CHRONICLE You know you're a writer when . . . You'll never forgive your parents for your happy childhood. . . . The doctor tells you that you have terminal cancer and you think, "I can use this." . . . You accidentally sign a check with your pen name. . . . You know more than ten synonyms for "blue." . . . You write your Christmas letter as if it were War and Peace.
Many readers will recognize themselves in this collection of observations about the eccentric, quirky, word-obsessed condition that is being a writer.