Pages or a Package?

Today I went to the post office to pick up my writing advisor’s latest critique on some manuscript pages.

You can imagine my surprise when instead of returning with a large envelope, the postal worker emerged with a large box he could barely carry.

Now, wish it were that I actually had a finished novel and this was a package containing several tens of copies of said book, but nay, I am far, far from such a day.

“Um, that’s not for me,” I said.

“Oh? But this is the number that corresponds to your delivery slip,” he said.

Well, needless to say, it wasn’t.

You’ve already heard my rant about the inefficiency of the post, so no need to point out yet another mistake (oops! I guess I already did!)

Only, this time, I wonder if it could have worked out in my favor. I noticed the package came from Spain, Espana, and something told me there might just be something very interesting inside. If only I weren’t a goody two-shoes, I might have fled with said box….

Oh well, the novel feedback is – in my tiny little universe at the moment – much more important. And judging from all the red markings on the pages – the postal employee finally did find the package destined for me – I really have some work to do before these pages turn magically into a book.

Yep, back to the drawing - or I mean writing - board

I was accepted into a special novel workshop in December (yay!) and must turn in a sizable sample in two weeks (oh no!) My blog posting promises to be a bit spotty the next few weeks. I’ll sneak back when I can… :)

Have a great start to your week.

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16 Responses to “Pages or a Package?”


  1. 1 Michal October 18, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Hey!
    Welcome home. So the manuscript hasn’t arrived??
    What’s up?
    M

    • 2 paris (im)perfect October 18, 2010 at 6:10 pm

      It’s here! It’s the postal employee who made the mistake. He brought out a package, but I told him that was not at all what I was expecting. (And no, it was not a surprise package for me – he was about to hand over someone else’s package to me!)

      My critique pages ARE back. Thank god. And oh my god…so much work to do. Turning internet off….NOW :)

  2. 3 Cynthia October 18, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Wow, that’s a lot of editing to do, I guess it takes a lot of patience and diligence!

    I just came back from the Poste Office and guess what, they almost told me my package was lost but finally found it after 15 minutes. It seems as they cannot organise themselves!

    • 4 paris (im)perfect October 18, 2010 at 9:52 pm

      Hey Cynthia. Yep, a whole lot of work, this writing business.

      Gosh, I’m glad they finally found their package. I’ve had several “lost” packages. Glad you stuck around long enough for them to find it!

  3. 5 Cassady October 18, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    glad you got your critique pages back! good luck with your work lady :)

  4. 7 Paris Paul P October 18, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Congratulations on the acceptance! Keep up the good work. Next time I’m in Spain, I’ll send you a big package so you won’t feel like you’re missing out!

  5. 9 Sweet Freak October 19, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Don’t worry about the blog – you are going to rock your writing sample! Felicitations on the program!

  6. 11 pariskarin October 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Yikes. Those critique pages scare me!! Look at all that, ummm, feedback. *shudders* You have quite some stones for taking that on, and I am proud of you for getting into that writing cave and working!! Too bad La Poste does not have your work ethic, huh, lol. Ah, it all ends well. The La Poste part anyway! Best as you work, work, work. Hang in there. Life first, blog later.

    • 12 pariskarin October 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm

      “Look at all that, ummm, feedback.”
      This was in no way my critique of your writing, either, ha! I seriously got freaked out and had bad memories of school & the perfectionist in me that hates not being perfect when looking at all the critique marks/comments. Oh lala. You have to be a brave soul to be a writer, methinks. I know you have what it takes, though, Sion. Kick some writing A, eh? :)

      • 13 paris (im)perfect October 19, 2010 at 5:07 pm

        Thanks, Karin. No worries. I picked two very heavily marked pages because I thought it would make a more interesting photo – sorry it scared you ! :)

        I love this kind of critique – because it’s not just saying, oh this is wrong, this didn’t work…a lot of that feedback is her posing questions to me or saying, maybe play around with this or that. But yes, you *definitely* have to learn to be able to accept criticism when you’re a writer! I feel very lucky in that I feel like my advisor genuinely believes in my project. She’s this thorough partly because she’s so deeply involved now – heck, she has a right to say as much as she wants given how many pages I ask her to read every month!

  7. 14 Adam October 19, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Ooo – a sneak preview! I zoomed in and it looks very interesting!

    • 15 paris (im)perfect October 19, 2010 at 11:20 pm

      Oh no! Gosh, if I knew people were going to zoom in, I never would have taken this photo! Or, I would have at least picked some pages I liked better – not this crappy first draft! Aw well, glad you’re intrigued :)


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