Today! Today, what a day. Went to the library and pecked away at this story that’s been dragging, dragging, dragging since I started it. It’s one of three “desperation” stories, all ideas started within the last month or so for grad school, all in varying states of not being done. I “finished” the story while at the library, which is to say I found it a place to stop. But it didn’t read like it was done, so I printed it out and took it out to lunch at Papa Keno’s pizza (lucky story, it even got a bread stick).
And there I found it! Found what was messed up with it, moved the middle to the beginning and fixed the ending and found a good theme to thread through it. It was an extremely critical and clinical lunch that the story and I had, but we were both better for it when we left. From there I went to the nearest coffee shop and transferred all of the edits to computer, then packed the computer away and started toward home.
It may have been the dance of victory I was composing in my head that tripped me up, because I managed somehow to trip over a crack in the sidewalk just outside The Grenada. I skinned my knee and smashed my leftover pizza in the fall, and my backpack, with the computer in it, somehow got flung from my shoulder onto the ground a few feet in front of me. I think the computer is OK. It’s up and running right now, and though the battery seems to be a little crooked in its home, everything is running smoothly, the screen is unmarked, the memory is intact, no new scratches or gashes. I’m downloading the latest version of .mac backup at the moment and committing everything to disc and to the big computer. Apparently I should’ve bought the computer a breadstick or at least a cookie. I had no idea it was getting ready to jump.
Two stories done or close to it! Today makes up for yesterday, even with the fall (ask me again when I’m sore and cranky tomorrow). Funny story: the working title, abandoned as of RIGHT NOW, for today’s finished story? Fall. Oh yeah, I’ve got freakin’ ESP. Woo!