Thursday, October 14, 2010

Stinkin' Old Wonderful Corner Thingy

"Do you want this? I'm just going to set it out on the curb and wait to see if someone takes it."

In the back of the truck was an old broken armoire, the special kind that can snuggle in a corner. It was dingy and its cupboard doors were off their hinges, its frame torn from it's center.

Oh yeah! A corner wardrobe thingy. I had always wanted one. I had some tools -hammer, heavy duty staples, varnish, time. Maybe I could fix it up. Even if I couldn't get those doors back on.

So the next day, I got to work. I washed, nailed, re-hinged, added awesome new knobs.

And then it was finished (I even got the doors fixed). 

It turned out better than I thought. It was beautiful. (I cried a little.  I also did a happy dance which turned out more embarrassing than I had planned when the mailman walked in front of my window.)

Today, it sits in my front room corner, hiding all my stuff and making my room actually look clean (I love that! Plus I can hide my chocolate chips in there and NOBODY knows- mwa ha ha). All to the thanks of all my tools. Thanks tools!

Sometimes my wip reminds me of that old broken armoire.  I just want to set it on the corner outside and wait for someone to take it away. But deep down I know it can be fixed. I just need the right tools -crit buddies (super loves ya), revisions, rewrites.

It's going to be beautiful one day. And when it's done-I'm going to set that book down, inside the corner wardrobe thingy, where all my special stuff goes and do a super happy dance. I don't even care if the mailman sees me.

So how about you? How do you feel when you are doing rewrites/revisions? Do you feel like you can do it? do you feel like it's worth it?

p.s. I'm unplugging for a few days. The kids have school off and we are going to party (as long as they call cleaning out their rooms partying. Mwa ha ha)!

Have a great week guys!


Lenny Lee! said...

hi miss carolyn! i just learned on these blogs the word analogy so what you wrote is a real good one. one of my brothers is a carpenter so i watch him build stuff and yep its just like building a good book and yep its worth it cause of the finished produce.
...hugs from lenny

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I knew just from the title that this post had to be one of yours! LOL.

I love how you made the connection between your corner furniture and your writing. Awesome!

Cinette said...

I'm afraid my manuscript (right now) resembles the pile of unfinished knitting projects I have on the go - some of them are still in pieces. They eventually get done...

The Dixon Family said...

I wish you posted a picture of your corner thingey so I could see how handy you are and know where to search for chocolate.

Lynda Young said...

great analogy. I have to think my writing is worth the hard work otherwise I'd stop.

MT said...

Most positively it is worth it - just like your armoire project. Now you've got a chocolate hiding visual to help you remember. :)