Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tales From the Sock Drawer: Little Ralphie Ning
So when Ralphie asked me whether I thought he should try writing a novel too, I told him, 'absolutely'. Every second Tuesday he would e-mail me what he'd written, and I would respond with 'awesome!', along with a quick note on how he could make something better. Never once did I think it would actually go anywhere. After all, I was the writer with the quirky imagination. He was just a kid with a stupid story about vampire mermaids.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered he'd snagged himself an agent. Now he was the one offering me encouragement while I sat at home wondering if this whole writing thing was a waste of time. And if that wasn't bad enough I just discovered his book is due to be published this Spring.
Outside I pretend to be happy for Little Ralphie's success, but inside I hate him.