This is especially true for one's first meta-joke or anti-joke. (I'll leave the classification to experts.)
For me, long before "How many surrealists does it take to change a lightulb?--let alone Interrupting Cow--there came a simple exchange I've never forgotten.
Guy One: How do you keep an [individual] in suspense?
Guy Two: I don't know. How?
Guy One: I'll tell you later.
Today I am Guy Two, the joke at least temporarily being on me. This writer in general and entry-level humorist in particular is kept in suspense until March 1, when my collection Notes of a Tourist on Planet Earth is released. There will be more waiting for reviews and sales figures, but all of that flows from publication.
And now I am down to "The Final Countdown." Yes, I went there, referencing the cheesetastic single by Swedish band Europe.
And what does an [individual] in suspense do? Recent experience suggests the following:
- Concentrate poorly.
- Sleep poorly and/or with stress dreams.
- Turn every conversation with others, or train of thought while alone, to the book.
- Check social media obsessively to see if anyone has read, liked, or passed along a book-related update.
- Search the Internet at least as obsessively for references to the book.
- Repeat steps 1-5.
I don't what's coming next, but I suspect the waiting is the hardest part. Tom Petty had this figured out a long time ago.
Three days until the publication of Notes of a Tourist on Planet Earth.