“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

A writer's quandary
Sunday, May 31, 2009

What book to write next? I can't decide. My agent told me I should try a collection of first-person essays. And I have been working on them, but, alas, I hate all of them. Then she suggested I write about the upcoming empty nest my wife and I are going to have (daughter graduates next week), but I'm thinking: Empty nest? Who gives a crap? What can I say about an empty nest?

This was/has been my idea: After dropping Haley off at college, I would take off in my truck on some sort of odyssey, reflecting on my life as a stay-at-home dad AND reflecting/pontificating on the state of American culture at this point in time ... as only Ad Hudler Self-Appointed Critic At Large could do. I actually thought of following the path that de Tocqueville took for his opus "Democracy in America." ... only I would name mine "Lunacy in America" or something like that.

I don't know ... maybe I should write a cookbook or a guide to solar-powered tools. My wife wants me to make some money. Maybe I should do some professional escort work. I did this in college for my great aunt's friends (ladies 70-plus) and had a blast. (I ONLY escorted them to parties, not to their beds) They bought me lots of nice clothes.

Damn. I'm at a loss.


Blogger Kathy Grey said...

If you're thinking of an odyssey, consider re-tracking your mom's steps of the odyssey she took in your first book. It'd be interesting to get your take on what she was seeing/getting from the escape.

Or not.

June 1, 2009 at 8:19 AM  
Anonymous Scott said...

How about a Fowler/Palm Beach Blvd. dining adventure on a national scale?? Drive back from Ohio on US 41 (in the truck). Only sleep in non-chain hotels and only eat at non-chain restaurants. Not sure what you'd write about, but what a treasure-trove of story material!

June 1, 2009 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Good ideas, both of you. Thanks.
Scott: Yours might make a good business book.

June 1, 2009 at 6:17 PM  
Blogger Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Whatever you decide on - I know it's going to be good!

Jane Kennedy Sutton

June 1, 2009 at 8:14 PM  

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