Monday, March 28, 2011

Um. Whoops.

Two things to know about me:

1. I'm as easily distracted as a two-year-old.

2. I'm big into paper recycling.

(item number 3 would be that I'm irresponsible, but my list is only two things long, so I'll just go ahead and leave that little tidbit off...)

I was digging through my notes the other day, searching through piles and piles of messy, scribbly junk for a tiny snip of dialogue which I wrote down after it passed through my head months ago... and though I didn't find that dialogue, I did find this paper amongst my notes: A cable disconnection notice covered in ideas for one of my stories. (using the Spanish side in case the English side had, you know, important information I might need.)

Yeaaaaah. *facepalm*

This paper sums me up perfectly, I'm afraid. Seriously, my poor husband deserves a Husband-of-the-Year Award. He deserves an award every year - heck, every month. This notice was from back in October, and I'm pretty sure things went down just like this:

Scene I

WILL [holding mail]: Marisa, did you pay Suddenlink?

MARISA: Yup, I just paid it. Last week, I think.

WILL: Sooooo.... why do we have a disconnection notice?

MARISA: Um... let me see that. [studies notice] Wait, maybe it was last month that I paid it.

WILL [raises brow]: ....

MARISA [weakly]: I'll go pay this now.

Will leaves room, Marisa reaches for phone. SUDDENLY a story idea flies into Marisa's head. After scrambling for a pen, Marisa writes idea over the most readily available paper item. Smiling and patting herself on the back, Marisa then files paper away for later reference and leaves her studio.

End Scene

Scene II

Several days later.

WILL: OUR CABLE ISN'T WORKING!

MARISA: Um. Whoops. [reaches for phone]

End Scene.

Maybe one day I'll write the book that the disconnection notice notes are for. And maybe that book will be super awesome and publishable, and I'll sell it and make back the money for all my disconnection fees. That would be nice.

In the meantime, I have three bills that must get paid this week, so I think I better be responsible and grab that phone before any more story ideas come into my head...

xoxo,


19 comments:

Kristine Asselin said...

So funny. Thanks for sharing!

My Hideaway said...

The scene you described is very familiar! I'm always jotting things down on the back of envelopes or notices we get from the management office in our apartment building. My poor boyfriend can't throw anything away because there may be a crucial idea or creative breakthrough of some sort scribbled on it ;)

My Hideaway said...

Oh, forgot to mention I found your blog through the Etsy blog team and now following:)

Lulu Grey said...

So funny. I can totally see myself doing that. I tend to grab mail while heading to the car, and then leave it in the car to slowly get lost in the kids books and toys that are taking over every square inch of my car.

Pretty Things said...

OMG that's hilarious.

Tina Laurel Lee said...

Haha! Do you want to do script frenzy with me?

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Funny! And familiar! I don't write down ideas that way, but the bill-payer in my family has a certain tall pile of papers on his desk that I dare not disturb because he "knows where everything is" only he can never find it when needed.....

mshatch said...

you crack me up :)

Meeling said...

Very funny...and not unlike someone in my house...who shall remain unnamed. ;-)

Jonathon Arntson said...

hehe

Laura Pauling said...

What our spouses have to deal with!

AlyGatr said...

I would totally fly by your side to defend you, but I know you and...I'm afraid to say it my love...it is so totally you :P That's OK, I love you even if you have the attention span of a flea. Maybe you should check to see if your water bill has been paid before you go to flush and nothing happens!

DancingMooney ♥ said...

You are so cute! I scribble notes all over things all the time, but I can't say I've filed away an unpaid bill from it. Silly girl! ♥

Amie Kaufman said...

I swear we're related. My husband keeps trying in vain to explain to me that a reminder notice is not the same thing as a bill, but... well, it's like a safety net, isn't it?

C.R. Evers said...

lol! We have so much in common! I have to remind myself to focus and my poor hubby . . . .

But that's the beauty of a creative mind. Right! :0)

Julie Dao said...

HAHAHA!! Loved this, and the fact that you prioritize writing over cable TV. You go, girl!

Kate said...

Good to know I'm not the only one. My husband avoids this problem by insisting on paying all of our bills himself :)

Anita said...

Hey, life's better without cable, anyway!

Melissa said...

LOL! I am NOTORIOUS for writing snippets of scenes and dialog on random pieces of paper and then having to search for them later. I keep telling myself I need to get better organized . . .

I've never written on bills, though. Report cards? Yes.

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