Writer – Bless me Father for I have sinned. It’s been 26 days since I last wrote.
Priest – Have you read anything, my child?
Writer – Yes Father. About eight books since then.
Priest – Hmm. That’s not many. That’s about how many I’d expect if you had been writing.
Writer – _____
Priest – Tell me what you’ve read.
Writer – I read two Stephen Kings, one of them a short story collection, the other a car thing—
Priest – Oh dear – not Christine, I hope.
Writer – No Father, much worse. The newer one. From a Buick 8.
Priest – Okay then. We can actually count that one twice since it takes a real effort to keep reading it.
Writer – Thank you Father. I also read another short story collection called Dangerous Women.
Priest – Have you gotten into the erotica reading? What is this book?
Writer – No Father. It’s a collection of almost “noir” stories with the character type in them.
Priest – Very literary then. That sounds good.
Writer – Unfortunately it’s also full of mysogeny.
Priest – I’ve heard this word. How is it defined?
Writer – It’s when there’s dislike or contempt, usually because of an assumed prejudice of women. Lots of objectification—
Priest – I see. So this book involved … a great deal of sex?
Writer – No. But there was a heavy leaning on the assumption women exist for man’s sexual gratification.
Priest – ______
Writer – Anyway, I also read another Asimov “Foundation” novel, and three indie published books.
Priest – Let’s get back to the, how did you pronounce it? “MY – SOJ – IN- EE?” Explain it so I understand.
Writer – It’s a big topic, Father. What would you like to know?
Priest – Well, the last part about sex; it’s my duty to remind you it sounds scripturally sound, dear.
Writer – Wait – you mean about man’s gratification?
Priest – Yes. Paul writes—
Writer – I know what Paul writes, Father. But it goes both ways about suffering a spouse.
Priest – Have you had marital problems, my child?
Writer – No. I’m just saying, there’s a more enlightened understanding about “suffering a husband.”
Priest – I see.
Writer – Besides, mysogeny is more than just viewing women as sex objects. It involves seeing them as—
Priest – Careful dear – remember the Lord created woman as a “help mate” for Adam.
Writer – Help is not a footstool.
Priest – Footstools can help reach books on higher shelves. Yes. And don’t forget the Marys – at Jesus feet.
Writer – I know the stations of the cross Father.
Priest – Would you look at the time. Tell me about these “indie” novels you read.
Writer – One was a horrible fantasy story set in Irish folklore that obviously mirrored Harry Potter.
Priest – Sounds delightful, you must share your copy with me.
Writer – The other two were great – a spy thriller and a great speculative fiction called Chimpanzee.
Priest – Uh, the premise of Chimpanzee?
Writer – A futuristic society where you have to get your brain wiped of your education if you can’t pay your student loans.
Priest – I see.
Writer – This guy’s wife has a job but he doesn’t so he has to serve on the conservation corps and get his multiple degrees wiped while his wife supports them and they buy a new house.
Priest – Oh dear. I’m not sure that’s appropriate.
Writer – Appropriate for what?
Priest – It’s just that, well it appears you are struggling with your writing because of these confusing ideas you’ve encountered. I can only imagine the toll this is taking on your marriage, child. You should consider this before choosing your next book.
Writer – ___
Priest – Child?
Writer – You know, I’ve also been reading a lot of Moses lately. I’m thinking about changing my pen name to Terzah.
Priest – Who?
Writer – Excuse me Father, I feel a story coming on.
Priest – But your penance, dear. I haven’t blessed you yet.
Writer – I’m a grown woman, Father. Not a “dear.” I need to go. I think if I wait around to be blessed by you I could die a very old and disappointed lady. Gotta’ go write.