About Lily Hamrick

Lily Hamrick is a failed writer, 56 years old, living in Berkeley, California. Lily has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English. She subsequently received a law degree, but recoils from the rough and tumble of courtrooms and long ago retreated to a desk job.

Lily spends a lot of time as a #HashtagWarrior, ranting on her twitter feed about Donald Trump (which is quite amusing because it's mostly nonsense about things like how the Electoral College is full of faithless electors, which it wasn't). She really should spend more time writing.

There's a Saturday Night Live skit by Dave Chappelle that depicts three women (who are a composite of Lily) sneering at Trump. Pretty funny really. Lily likes this zero-impact sneering because it serves as virtue signalling in Berkeley.

Lily's father is incapacitated by Alzheimers, but Lily doesn't pay even one penny to help her 86 year old mother pay for his care. Yet Lily has no problem paying for an ineffective, virtue signalling trip to Washington, DC on January 21 for the Women's March on Washington (power to the people, you go sister, #TheResistance :) Does anyone smell the stench of hypocricy?

Lily also spent a lot of time on her blog at: bloglily.wordpress.com/about/.

Lily claims to be a fiction writer, but she's never published a book. She worked on a novel, The Secret War, for 10 years, rewriting it constantly, but was never able to get it published.

Lily also tried to get numerous short stories published in the past 10 years, but was similarly unsuccessful. She even talks about the number of times she's been rejected on her blog.

Now Lily is working on another book, Queen of Mercy, which will undoubtedly face the same fate, with another decade of rewrites and rejections.

It's certainly true that most writers are as unsuccessful as Lily, but most real writers write several books per year and seldom spend years re-writing. Why does Lily re-write for a decade?

The real reason Lily writes is to signal that she's somehow successful, somehow running with the cool kids. If she were actually trying to succeed as a writer, she'd write more than one novel per decade.

The problem with Lily's books isn't that she doesn't know how to mechanically write a book, it's just that her life experiences are boring and she writes about things that aren't compelling. Her first book was decades too late, and was a silly cold war spy story loosely based on how she imagined her father's life as a spy. Nobody cares about the cold war and most younger people don't even know what the cold war was. Her second book, about some silliness in Oakland, suffers from her lack of real world experience. It's doubtful she's ever spent even an hour in a rough part of Oakland.

Great writers write about what they know. Ernest Hemingway experienced war and wrote A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls. He became The Old Man and the Sea, winning a Pulitzer Prize and a Nobel Prize for Literature. John Steinbeck lived on Cannery Row and tasted The Grapes of Wrath, also winning a Pulitzer Price and a Nobel Prize for Literature.

Lily lived a sheltered life in a liberal cocoon in Berkeley, but nobody wants to read about this.