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Red ink and torn paper






Dear daughters,

You know I love it when you take an interest in the world around you, which is why I didn't complain last week, when I came back from a phone call to find the two of you scribbling over the printout of my latest manuscript. After all, you'd seen me poring over it, red pen in hand. Why not join in?

Watching me separate the novel into scenes, so I could evaluate each one in turn, must have looked such fun. Besides, who doesn't like throwing paper around? It doesn't matter. After the Donald Maass workshop I attended last year, I already planned to read the novel out of sequence, so I could add tension to every page.

But then we come to this morning's excitement.

I know all my printouts end up in the garbage sooner or later, and yes, I do tear them up before throwing them away, but not into quite such small pieces, and I usually wait until after I type up the handwritten changes I made. If you would keep that in mind for future reference, I'd be most grateful.

Love,

Your Dear Old Dad

PS: Where did you hide the sticky tape?

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dawtheminstrel
Apr. 3rd, 2012 11:10 am (UTC)
LOL. One of the first rules my son learned was "Never draw on Mommy's dissertation."
jongibbs
Apr. 3rd, 2012 11:23 am (UTC)
Or else, right? ;)
stone_bitch
Apr. 3rd, 2012 11:10 am (UTC)
OoNoooooo! I'm so sorry!
jongibbs
Apr. 3rd, 2012 11:24 am (UTC)
Lol, it wasn't too bad. I just printed out the twenty-odd pages and started over.
angeladegroot
Apr. 3rd, 2012 11:15 am (UTC)
The joys of parenthood! While you might not have been smiling through all this, you certainly brought a smile to my face. I admire your ability to keep your sense of humor.
You might want to invest in a lock and key arrangement for your writing stuff.
jongibbs
Apr. 3rd, 2012 11:25 am (UTC)
You might want to invest in a lock and key arrangement for your writing stuff.

To heck with that, I'm digging out my old gran's cattle prod ;)
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temporus
Apr. 3rd, 2012 11:15 am (UTC)
Oy! That sounds like it's gotta hurt.
jongibbs
Apr. 3rd, 2012 11:26 am (UTC)
It as my fault. I should have kept it out of there reach. No lasting harm done :)
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peadarog
Apr. 3rd, 2012 11:17 am (UTC)
Don't they have a "shred" of decency?
jongibbs
Apr. 3rd, 2012 11:26 am (UTC)
Hehehehehe :)
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asakiyume
Apr. 3rd, 2012 11:47 am (UTC)
Aww! You are a very good-natured dad :-)
jongibbs
Apr. 3rd, 2012 12:07 pm (UTC)
Lol, I doubt my son would agree ;)
Mieke Zamora-Mackay
Apr. 3rd, 2012 12:24 pm (UTC)
Red Ink and Torn Paper
Doh! It's one of those slap you forehead moments, isn't it? At least that's all you'd slap, right? Lovely way to let out the frustration.
jongibbs
Apr. 3rd, 2012 12:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Red Ink and Torn Paper
They do this sort of thing all the time :)
mylefteye
Apr. 3rd, 2012 12:42 pm (UTC)
Aw, bless. Or something like that. :)
jongibbs
Apr. 3rd, 2012 01:22 pm (UTC)
It could have been worse.
wendigomountain
Apr. 3rd, 2012 12:59 pm (UTC)
Oh dang!
jongibbs
Apr. 3rd, 2012 01:21 pm (UTC)
That's (almost) exactly what I said ;)
ladysaotome
Apr. 3rd, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
Ouch!! Well, they're good imitators at least. ;) Glad to see from your comments that it wasn't too horrible a fiasco.
jongibbs
Apr. 3rd, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
Nothing I couldn't print out and do over :)
mary_j_59
Apr. 3rd, 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear, Jon! They meant well, I'm sure, but what a shock! A very vivid piece of writing, however.
jongibbs
Apr. 3rd, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
What can I say. They inspire me ;)
bogwitch64
Apr. 3rd, 2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, my! Say it ain't so!
jongibbs
Apr. 3rd, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
It was only about twenty pages, so it didn't take too long to get back on track :)
martyn44
Apr. 3rd, 2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
Could be worse. Could have been a t-y-p-e-d manuscript. Remember typing? Remember typing with 2 and 3 carbon copies. Print it out again. You'll get it right this time.
sallymn
Apr. 3rd, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
... or even handwritten. That would be cause for tears, oh yes!
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jongibbs
Apr. 4th, 2012 07:14 am (UTC)
It's certainly better than the time they both decided to cut off all their hair (two weeks before a wedding) :)
melissajm
Apr. 3rd, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
Oh dear!
jongibbs
Apr. 4th, 2012 07:14 am (UTC)
Born literary critics :)
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