Monday, January 15, 2007

The View

A peak into my window (be careful on that ladder, you're up on the third floor):

Blue pajamas. A large green couch. A small blonde dog missing a tooth. Editing, editing, editing. Sending a copy of manuscript to my agent and two trusted readers for their comments, feeling pretty good about myself. Little happy dance, a la Miss Jackson: I'm in...CONTRO-OL. I'm. In. Con-trol.

Two days later: noticing that there is a large chunk of Chapter Three floating inexplicably in the middle of the Preface. Beating head against wall behind large green couch (we need to hang a picture there anyway...) Listening to husband reassure me that these three lovely people will not decide I'm a useless hack because of this mistake, that it's not as if my oversight was immortalized in 100,000 print copies in 7 different languages. Nonetheless feeling like my Mother must have the day she dropped me off at nursery school wearing my favorite red and blue plaid pants with my beloved orange print shirt, announcing, "She dressed herself today..."

Last night: Same blue pajamas. Same green couch. Same dog. Hubby and I jumping up and down on said couch, screaming, "Go - Go- Go- Go!" as Tom Brady leads the Patriots down the field to score a touchdown, make the 2-point conversion (I think that's what it's called) and then the new kid who is not Adam Vinatieri secures a place in our hearts by making a HUGE, GORGEOUS field goal to beat the San Diego Chargers. All is happy in the Ryan Hood :)


Jess Riley said...

Oh goodness, isn't that a mortifying feeling? Similar things have happened to me. ;-) The worst was in a grant I just submitted on behalf of a local school district. One of our objectives was intended to read: "To decrease the percentage of students scoring in the overweight-obese range for their age group" (or something like that) and I'd used the word "INCREASE." And wouldn't you know it, NOBODY, not even the federal reviewers, noticed!!!!

Sarakastic said...

Maybe it's a happy accident. I know if I read part of chapter three in a preface, I'd keep reading. Maybe it will be the new in thing, you never know. You're such a good writer I'm sure it doesn't matter.

Swishy said...

Oh, how funny.

I was getting sick of the Patriots winning, but if you're happy, I'm happy. I might cheer for the Colts next week, though :) The Mannings can only handle so many losers in the family.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Don't worry, Trish! Think positively: you sent it off!! Way to go!

LEstes65 said...

Lord & Taylor Lady AND a football freak? Remind me again how it is that we are friends? You crack me up. Just one of many reasons why I think you are the bomb diggity.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Don't worry, at least it's out there. Good luck.