Books Made into Movies · 10 November 2018

One of my track and field athletes asked me a strange question early last season. “What book would you like to see made into a movie?” I had to think about it for a moment before I thought of the obvious answer. One of my own.

I am not really one to promote my writing where I work. I am a bit shy about it in reality. For one thing, I do not want to appear to be promoting myself to my students who are impressionable. And for another, I am just not much of a self-promoter. So when students tell me that they like my blog, I smile and say thanks. That is about it. I think it is nice that they tell others that they like my writing, but that is usually about the extent of the conversations.

Of course, some of them look me up on the internet and see what is out there. They see and and my YouTube channel to be sure. Some of them will even find my Amazon author page.

Which is where the conversation led to after my athlete, Carter, asked me the movie question.

The question actually came up while the student-athletes were cooling down at the end of practice. Two of them were talking about a video one of them had made with a partner for the school district. Then came the question about making a book into a movie. I thought of a few books, but most of them had already been made into movies. I even thought of some of the movies that had been made from the Bible.

That was when it hit me. (Duh.) I am a writer. Or at least I claim to be. So why not say that I would like to have one of my own books made into a movie. Which is of course, one of my dreams.

Naturally, when I answered, my student-athletes’ eyes went wide as they asked, “You wrote a book?”

I said something like, “Sure, I have several out there digitally on Amazon.”

Their eyes went wider if that was possible. And that was about the extent of the conversation. Until the next day.

Carter said that he could not find my books. I did not think about it at the time, but I should have told him to look on Amazon for Michael Miyoshi instead of just Miyoshi. There are things out there with Miyoshi that are not associated with me, and even searching for Michael Miyoshi gets you more than just my stuff. But it does get you to my stuff. Like I said, I did not think of telling him to search for Michael Miyoshi at the time. And I do not know if he ever found any of my writing. Ah well.

I am not sure, but I think part of the reason I did not think of telling Carter to look for Michael Miyoshi or even Michael T. Miyoshi is that I am a bit shy about my writing. Sure, I put out my weekly blog post. And yes, I like to have people read my books. But when it comes down to it, as much as I like attention, I like to give others the attention even more. Which is probably why I could barely think of the right answer when I was asked, “What book would you like to see made into a movie?” (Next time, I will answer right away, “One of my own, of course.”)

© 2018 Michael T. Miyoshi

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