N . K . O . T . B.

Overheard last week . A heated exchange between Chris and Joey . Like the sort of argument between 2 small boys during a game of marbles . You know the one where neither boy will give in to the other ? Both are adamant ? Each standing his ground ? Wanting his own way ? Voices petulant ? Refusing to budge ? Imagine something as follows : give me back my milky ! No , it's mine ! You stole it from me ! Did not ! Did too ! You're a cheat ! Am not ! Give it back ! I won it , fair and square ….. *sighs* I wish it were that simple with Chris and Joey …

CHRIS : I dunno why you're so excited ? You're not the main character !

JOEY : But I am !

CHRIS : But you're not – get it out of that thick skull of yours !

JOEY : I am !!

CHRIS : You're N-O-T which spells NOT !


CHRIS : You're not – it has nothing to do with "main characters" !

JOEY : Then why did it describe me ?

CHRIS : But you're not !

JOEY : You're just jealous 'cos you want to be the main man all the time !

CHRIS : You , my friend , are missing the point ! It's not about being a main man …

JOEY : You're the main man in singing – let me be the main man on the blog … PLEASE ...

And that's Joey for you . Over-excited . Beside himself with excitement . He reckons he is the NKOTB . By the way , not New Kid On The Block . He reckons it's New Kid On The Blog !! (bless his heart) And he still doesn't know what a blog really is . He's "old school" … hasn't the foggiest notion … no good even explaining it to him …

In his mind , he is the main man . Main character . Main attraction . Leading man . Numero uno . Star of the show . And he refuses to let go of that thought .

And just when I thought I had heard it all , he pulls out this classic … Madam , do you think this could possibly develop into a movie ?

Want to read more about these two oddballs ? Go to http://writer-in-transit.co.za/other/chris-j-t/


  1. Shelly on June 3, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Know what you mean. I've got Frankie and Luis. Two child characters trying to steal the show in a WIP. And then, there's Ariel and Phil whoe were introduced into the stroy by Luis. Well, now they want their own novel. And, I'm like…REALLLY?

    • mish on June 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      Whoa ! Sounds like you have your hands full ~ 4 of them all scrambling for prime position ? Well I’ve got Chris & Joey (real- life oddballs ) … fortunately my WIP characters are still mild … still evolving …

  2. tara tyler on June 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    that is crazy! but i can see characters trying to jump in front of each other…
    have a nice wknd!

    • mish on June 3, 2011 at 11:21 pm

      They are crazy , but lots of fun ~ never a dull moment when they’re together !

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