Monday, January 10, 2011

RE:QUEST

Saturday afternoon,  2:30.
Knock Knock
“Who’s there?” Harriet asked behind the closed door.
“It’s me, Leigh.”
“Oh, so nice to see you,” she said after opening the door.
“I brought you my manuscript.”
“It’s so thin.”
“It’s just the first 50 pages.”
“I’ve been waiting,” she said smiling, her eyes bright.
“OK, you should know there’re some cuss words.”
“Like f**k?”
Well, you could have blown me over.
“And some sex–”
“I’ve had three kids. I know how it works.”
“Of course you do.
Please don’t be afraid to criticize.”
“Oh, I won’t…
I’m taking a “contemporary fiction” course at the university.”
Hmm? Maybe this might be better than I thought…
She might actually have some constructive criticism.
After some small talk, I left.
Saturday night…
Sunday morning…
Sunday afternoon…
Sunday evening, early…
Ringtone Ringtone (finally)
“Hello?”
“Leigh, I love it! Love your style.”
“You do?”
“But you can’t leave me hanging. I want more.”
Of course I grilled her to make sure she wasn’t just patronizing me.
(She wasn't)
And so…
This morning…
Having a “request for more”…
I’m re-reading what I’ve already edited ad nauseam…
Making sure every scene…
Every word, every punctuation is perfect…
For Harriet.
(she's 78, not 82)
And who knows?
I just might get a "request for a full"
In this lifetime!

Always, Em-Musing

6 comments:

Jennifer Shirk said...

I truly hope so!
What kind of book are you writing?

Jessica Bell said...

LOLOL! Ha, so you did it. good on you! And wasn't a bad as you thought, either. :o)

Anne Gallagher said...

I really hate to say I told you so.

Patrice said...

It's SO great to get positive feedback, isn't it? Good for you for putting your work out there. Who knows where it might lead?

Talli Roland said...

Postive feedback rocks! I'm glad Harriet enjoyed it!

T. Anne said...

OMGosh how funny!!!!!! I'm glad she wanted more. And BTW, you are SO brave!!!