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Scraps of Paper

Tried to do the usual Sunday-morning writing today, but some days, the writing doesn't happen as planned. Or at all, really. The goal was to get a running start at a short story that's been circling my brain for a year. I had lots of fragments, and the goal was to make a beautiful mosaic out of the whole thing.

Unfortunately, the bits and pieces of it that I figured out were written on my Unstoppable Filing System: tiny random bits of paper, receipts, yellow sticky papers, the due date slips from the library. Yes, I have a laptop, email, flash drive, you name it, but when inspiration strikes late at night or while driving, I write it on a little slip of paper, which I then add to a larger stack of such slips, until I have "enough". No one said this fiction thing was entirely rational.

Anyway, I was working through the stack today with Rene and John at the Sunday-morning keyboard session, and two things became clear:

1) I was missing one Vitally Important piece of paper.
2) I might have two beautiful mosaics to work with. Or it might be just one that needs some pounding to fit into a square-shaped manuscript.

I wound up with a mushy start to the story, and gave it up early to go take care of real business. Naturally, I found the missing slip as soon as I arrived at home: In my wallet, where I couldn't possibly lose it.

Silly filing system.

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godeater_sw
Apr. 11th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
So what you are really saying is that we both likely saw that Vital Paper when you took out your wallet two or three times at Cardhaus on Sunday afternoon? ;)

I'm still quite pleased at the nice surprise of you walking in the door. :)
the_monkey_king
Apr. 12th, 2006 12:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, we probably did. I blame the lack of sleep.
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