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Monday, November 22, 2010

Overheard in the Revision Room

Deep in a Kasbah in Marrakesh (or somewhere equally exotic...)
Indy is bent over a beautiful woven rug. He is grimacing.

This is not good.

Harrison Ford: Okay, I've been looking at your rug* and you see where you used pink? Well, the pink looks a little, uh, I dunno, lame. I think you should change that thread to green.

Me: Through the whole rug*?

Harrison: That's what I said.

Me: The whole rug.*

Harrison: Is there an echo in here?

Me: But then I'll have to unweave the rug*, find green thread (I don't even know if there is any around here) and re-weave the rug*.

Harrision: I never said it was gonna be easy. But if you want your rug* to look good, then you're going to have to make some changes.

Me: But if I change the pink to green, then it's going to look stupid next to the orange. You realize I'm going to have to change that too, right?

Harrison: Well, since you're unweaving it anyway, kid, it should't matter.

Me: *blushes*

Harrison: What? WHAT?

Me: You called me "kid" instead of "ma'am." *blushes more*

Harrison: Are you gonna get started, or are you just going to sit around here looking goofy at me?

Me: Do I get a choice? I mean, because I'd probably rather sit around looking goofy at you than unweave and reweave this entire rug*.

Harrison: *shakes head in disgust* Listen, you need to get busy. As in now.

Me: Fine.

Searches for plants to crush and make green dye for thread.........

* if I needed to tell you. And that's what it's like right now. Unweaving, reweaving, tightening, loosening, raising fist to the sky, shaking head in despair.....ah, revision.

Harrison: Now.


Shannon O'Donnell said...

I love it! And you know I share your Indy crush. *grins* :-)

SWK said...

Heeheehee! Happy Monday :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Would you please send Indy over when you're finished with him? Pleeeeese? I've got dye all over my hands and yarn every which way and what happened to the pretty weave?
It's so hard to be my own taskmaster.

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss shelly! yep! for sure its lots of work. but its gonna be a real WOWEEEE rug when it get all done. so you just gotta do what mr harrison says and get going on it.
...smiles and hugs from lenny

Karen Akins said...

lol! Dang thread.

Love it. :)

Jessie Oliveros said...

I think I need Harrison to talk to me and kick my manuscript in gear.

Jackee said...

LOL! How I've missed your posts while I've been playing catch up. :o)

Harrison needs to come and crack the whip on me too. My revision despair is close to swallowing me up these days.

Happy Thanksgiving, Shelley!

Christina Lee said...


MG Higgins said...

Ha! Very cute. You DID need to tell me it was your manuscript, BTW. I'm slow.

Corey Schwartz said...

Ha, ha, ha! Possibly your best post EVER!

Tabitha Bird said...

Ah, yes. Revision. How I know thee well. :)
Take heart and keep going.

Lydia Kang said...

I love how he called you kid.
Sigh. Revision would be easier if Indy had my back.
I'm such a Harrison Ford groupie.

Christie Wright Wild said...

Oh, that is too funny and good. Love the analogy. And such a clever way to share it. Love the Indie movies.

storyqueen said...

Shannon-Indy is the best...unless he is making me revise....again.

SWK-Thanks for stopping by!

Tricia-I'll probably have to have Indy around until February actually, that's when the revision is due. So, sure, I'll send him over....what's left of him.

Lenny-thank you for dropping by, Lenny! And yes, I hope the rug is WOWEEE.

Karen-And GREEN? Where am I supposed to come up with a whole new thread?//

Jessie-YOu can have him when I am done...well, Tricia asked first, but after Tricia he's all yours. I probably won't be speaking to him by then anyhow.

Jackee-That's the right term for it: it's swallowing me up, too!
(It looked easier than this....)

christina-Thank you. It kind of sounds like more fun that it is, though....

MG-I WISH it were really a rug. I mean, then it will just get stepped on anyway, so it wouldn't matter as much maybe.

Corey-Thank you....but really, anywhere Harrison pops up makes the post better. Too bad he's picky and won't show up every day.

Tabitha-Yes, I shall strive to take between bouts of pulling my hair out, that is.

Lydia-I know, right? I haven't been called kid in YEARS!

Christine-Yeah, it kind of fits...and if there is one thing that gives me trouble, it's undoing and redoing. yuck.