PG read an item which turned out to be not quite what he expected, hence, its lack of appearance on the august pages of TPV.
That said, the article began with the phrase, “When my first novel was published.”
Astute visitors to TPV will immediately recognize the passive voice in that phrase (no blog-title irony intended).
What struck PG about the phrase was how much different it seemed than something an indie author would say. Something like, “When I published my first novel.”
Perhaps PG is truly in the advanced stages of Covid-craziness, but the whole sense of the author being in control of both the creative and publishing parts of her career feels so much better to him.
“I just published my fifth book in three years,” or “I decided to write and publish a book about a woman who killed and ate a shark,” seems like something that an assertive individual, an individual in control of their own destiny, an individual who runs the show instead of watching the show would say.
“When my first novel was published,” is something Lydia Bennet would say. Elizabeth would say, “When I published my first novel.”
“Pride and Prejudice” analogies will be something that will interest PG’s psychiatrist if Covid doesn’t end soon.
(No, PG doesn’t need a psychiatrist, but yes, PG is definitely Covid-crazy.)