|This isn't the cover for my book... it's an artwork by David Holtek of creativedisease.com|
The story below is taken from my new book 'Vote Tekno Party'. And yes, that is the same book that I spent the last seven months working on instead of blogging!
Vote Tekno Party is a collection of stories written from the point of view of Selene, a 24 year-old expat living in late-nineties London. She is pushing herself to live what she considers to be a totally independent, DIY lifestyle. Throughout the book (which mostly takes place in squats, underground clubs, illegal parties and riots) she keeps on running into unexpected obstacles to that goal.
In this chapter, Selene gets fired for drawing and daydreaming while at her desk job instead of "pretending" to work, like all of her colleagues seem to be doing. I wrote it to show the reader how out of touch Selene's expectations are with what's going on around her. While I was writing it, though, I started to think about the difference between what people 'expect' to happen and what they think is 'meant to be'. Good example: almost all of the artists, musicians and writers that I know 'expect' to make very little money, even though they mostly believe that's not the way that things are 'meant to be'. Where does expectation become acceptance?
Read on to find out how Selene's answers that question, and feel free to share your own experiences and viewpoints after reading it!