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Orgasmo by Donald O'Donovan -- Part 62

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Donaldo, my friend… How to crush the demon of creativity? This is the problem I’m wrestling with now. I’m more than willing to give General Grant my sword. But I can’t stop writing! I don’t know how to exorcise the demon. I am in essence that demon. How to kill the inner child, that’s what it comes down to. How to kill the inner child. I want to live a normal life. But how can one live a normal life in Los Angeles?” Fausto Diego Villarreal, from a letter to Donald O’Donovan

In 2008, my best pal Fausto Diego Villarreal asked me to help him keep a pledge he’d made to himself to quit writing forever, get a regular job and live a normal life. We were both at the time impoverished and unpublished writers who had spent twenty years trying to batter down the doors of the monolithic New York publishing establishment. Fausto managed to convince me that we needed to stop pissing out a window as it were and salvage what was left of our lives, and at the bar of LA’s historic Wilshire Royale Hotel the two of us shook hands and made a solemn vow to do just that. My autobiographical novel Orgasmo chronicles my disastrous attempt to quit writing forever and pursue the American Dream. Donald O’Donovan

After that night in Sol Fingerbein’s shower, Doreen and I kept
steady company. It was as if we’d been married for decades. She was living at
the time in Hollywood. You could see the Capitol Records building from her
bedroom window. Always when we’d get together at her place I managed to bring a
bottle of wine, even if I had to borrow the money to buy it. Every weekend it
was the same. I rang the bell, Doreen greeted me with a lingering kiss, I’d
crack open the wine, Doreen would bring the glasses, we’d plop down on the
couch, I’d pour, and we’d toast:

“To us!”

I don’t mean to imply that ours was an exclusive relationship. It
was far from that. I mean, from the beginning Doreen was seeing other men. Her
agent, photographers, this director and that. She was constantly auditioning. I
tried not to think about her infidelities, but she had a sneaky way of bringing
the subject up. Invariably, the wine prompted Doreen to tell me about
everything she’d been doing during the week, and invariably her doings boiled
down to a series of encounters which she referred to as her “escapades.” And
unfailingly she described these escapades of hers in explicit detail.

Next episode, Monday“I
have to tell you about my latest escapade. Giacomo. He’s a soccer player–

Donald O’Donovan wrote the first draft of his novel Night Train (Open Books, 2010) on 23 yellow legal pads while homeless in the streets of LA. His other novels include Tarantula Woman, The Sugarhouse and Highway. An optioned screenwriter and voice actor with film and audio book credits, Donald O’Donovan lives mostly in Los Angeles. He can be reached at[email protected]m 

Find a list of O’Donovan’s books here and here. See O’Donovan’s other pieces on DDA: The Novel As GraffitiCardboard VillagesSimon Rodia, Architect of Dreams, and I Live Under Your Wallpaper

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