You might know I’ve got a book coming out. You might have presumed I’d be writing another book. You’d be right. It’s the sequel to PUNISHMENT, and it’s going really well (at least in my mind).
In this new book there’s a lot of interaction between the protagonist and an unknown caller on his phone. The calls come in labeled literally Unknown, not Private or Blocked Number, etc., and the calls are from the villain.
Mua ha ha.
Anyway, loosely related is this – I didn’t realize that, in the real world, I hadn’t had an unknown call to my phone in forever. These days if I don’t have the contact it’ll show the number and the city or something like that, right? It might be blocked, or it might be private, but unknown? Haven’t seen it in as far back as I can recall.
So here’s what’s crazy: I’ve been writing this book for a few months now, and a couple weeks ago I got a call from No Caller ID. I’m like… what? No Caller ID? Is there such a thing anymore?
It’s basically the equivalent of Unknown.
Mua ha ha?
I didn’t think much of it at first, but a couple days later I got the call again.
And then again.
Every other day for the last two weeks.
I got one yesterday.
I have never answered the call, and there has been no voice mail left. I think it’s safe to assume it’s a telemarketer, right? But I wonder… is life imitating art? It makes me scared to answer the phone because, you have to understand, when you’re writing a novel you have to get in so deep it becomes real to you. If you’re doing it right, you’re more of a reporter than a author. You create your characters and then just follow them around, recording what they do. It’s really not up to you. The characters make their own choices, and you’re subject to their whims. It gets confusing. For example, while writing a previous book I got so deep that I actually Googled a character I made up, fully expecting to gather information about them. When there were no hits I sat there confused for a moment before realizing I was trying to find real world information about a phantom from my mind.
Anyway, my phone keeps ringing with this No Caller ID, and I’m more and more tempted to answer it. But what if it’s the villain from my book? What if it’s Barnes, my protagonist, and he needs to tell me something?
Or what if I answer that call… and it’s me?