Friday, September 23, 2011

This is Gonna Be a Good Day...if Murphy Be Willing

I've been finishing up the final edit on my novel for a week and a half and it shouldn't have taken this long. But you know how Murphy responds to people with deadlines. He throws every obstacle, complication, and time waster he can think of in the hopes he can derail our projects.

I've dealt with the tree people because our apple tree had fire blight, the doctor because my cat bit me and the injury was serious enough to require an antibiotic, ice packs because my hand was swollen and throbbed for two days, and plumbers because of a major leaky faucet in my kitchen that began to leak under the sink as well.

Even so, I can finish the editing today and submit my manuscript if nothing else goes wrong.

So I offered Murphy a chocolate bar from my secret stash and sort of hinted how bad it would be if the cat bit him. I'm kind of hoping he's done here and has moved on. But you know how it goes...anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

Which made me almost afraid to title this post This is Gonna Be a Good Day. I did it anyway. Little old risk-taker me.


Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - Sounds as though you've had quite the visit from Murphy! I hope you'll be free of those complications now, and I look forward to reading your novel!

Kathryn Elliott said...

Murphy is never a welcome visitor in my house! Send him packing! Looking forward to your book.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ask Murphy how he'd feel if his jelly toast landed jelly side down on the carpet!

Dean K Miller said...

Somewhere in all of this hides a little gem that you'll find when you need to. Distractions surely mean you are on the right path though, otherwise they wouldn't feel so darned distracting!

Keep at'll get there.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Thanks, Margot and Kathryn -- now begins the much-loved submission process--this final editing was my own final editing phase. We'll see what happens next.

Alex -- Oh, dear. Did that happen to you? I'm not sure the five-second rule applies when the toast has jelly on it.

Dean -- That's exactly what I've been telling myself. There's almost always a rainbow right after the storm. :)

irishoma said...

Hi Patricia,
Wow! You've had a stretch of bad luck. Hope it's behind you so you can concentrate on the submission process.

Donna v.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I'm hearing Blogger is not letting some visitors leave comments. Bad Blogger!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Thanks, Donna -- I'm keeping my fingers crossed. So far, all is well.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That's a great attitude! We don't always get what we want but we usually get what we expect.

j. a. kazimer said...

Yeah Pat! Spit in Murphy's face (Murphy that was totally Pat's idea. I would never, ever dare :)

I hope the hand is healing well and that Kathie is properly apologetic. Congrats on the last edits!