Angie. . .and Angela?

julie_and_julia_posterSo that movie Julie & Julia comes out pretty soon.

Whenever I see a poster (or giant billboard) for it, I think back to when I heard Julie Powell and other bloggers speak.  If you don’t already know, Julie Powell had a blog about how she cooked all the recipes in a Julia Child cookbook.  From her innocent little blog, she got a great big book deal, and from the book, she now has a gigantic movie starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, and directed by Nora Ephron.

Not that I’m jealous.

What I also remember was how annoying Julie Powell was on the panel.  While everyone else calmly told their stories, she repeatedly called her experience “lame” and “stupid,” to the point that I had to leave early.  I mean, I understand she might have been embarrassed and surprised to have such success, but at some point you just have to suck it up and be gracious.  But that was a few years ago.  She’s probably an old pro at it by now.

Of course I would love that same kind of success off my blog, but I don’t really see it.  What made Powell’s blog so appealing was that it was a clever, succint idea – Julie’s life while cooking Julia Child’s recipes.  Genius!  I’m serious.  My blog, like a lot of people’s, is sort of all over the place.  I mean, it’s me.  It’s relationships, dating, it’s what I had for lunch.  But I guess it was also my memoir in rough draft.

It’s funny to read that blog post from three years ago.  I was working on my memoir even then!  Who knew it’d take so damned long.  I’m a lot more hopeful than I was back then.  It’s freeing to not worry about trying to get my book published but to know I have the power to put it out there.  Just as long as people are reading it, that’s all I care about.

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