So this is kind of a weird time in my life. A few weeks ago, I handed my manuscript over to my editor. Now my editor has handed that manuscript back to me. There’s surprisingly little that needs to be fixed, so I guess I’ll be moving forward with my self-publishing plan soon.
And that’s weird to me. I’ve been writing for a really long time now. I’ve come close to being published before, but this time is different. My writing dreams have never felt so real to me, and yet at the same time nothing about what’s happening feels real to me at all. I don’t know how to explain it any better than that.
I know a lot of writers fantasize about getting their book on a bestseller list or winning some sort of award. I honestly don’t care about that. So long as I make a living writing full time, I’ll be happy. However, I will confess there is one prestigious honor that I do find myself daydreaming about, from time to time. Is it premature for me to talk about this? Yes. Yes, it is. Indulge me.
The International Astronomy Union has a longstanding tradition of naming craters on Mercury after artists, writers, and musicians. To quote from this website, Mercury’s craters are to be named after:
Artists, musicians, painters, and authors who have made outstanding or fundamental contributions to their field and have been recognized as art historically significant figures for more than 50 years.
The most recent Mercury crater naming announcement came in September of 2019. Among others, poet Maya Angelou and comic book artist Jack Kirby now have craters named in their honor. Previously, craters have been named after H.P. Lovecraft, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Walt Disney (this is not Disney crater, which seems like a missed opportunity to me). Click here to see a full list of Mercury’s crater names.
Mercury is the most heavily cratered object in the Solar System, so it seems to me there should be room on the I.A.U.’s list for a Pailly crater. Maybe someday. A writer can dream, right?
Next time on Planet Pailly, if you can’t make the planet fit for human life, maybe you should make human life fit for the planet.