Ah, yes, the Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe. Funny how a line so many of us have uttered can be traced back to one who uttered it in a story so powerful he gets endless credit.
Why will you say I, Pamela Tracy, am mad?
Here's why: I am a list maker.
Last week, I received my AA's in the mail. For those of you who don't know AAs are Author Altercations. Basically we get the finished version of our book in sheet form and have one last chance to make minute corrections. Since I was on Spring Break last week, I was one happy camper because I actually had time to read the AAs carefully. Still, don't picture me leisurely sitting in my chair with a soda (complete with straw) and BonBons next to me. Nope, not me.
Instead, picture me at the kitchen table. AA's are spread out in front of me, and there's also a notebook. The notebook reads like this:
Do Chapter One
Clean linen closest (Hmmm, no wonder I can't close the door. Crib sheets! My son is four! Oh, look, here's that Christmas tablecloth I've been looking for. How long has it been? Two years? Why am I keeping all these torn and raggedy towels? One-half of linen closet now lives at the Goodwill.
Do Chapter Two
Dishes Reminder to self - stop baking in glass dishes.
Do Chapter Three
Laundry I do laundry every day. Sometimes I do three loads. Okay, I confess, the every day gets away from. Sometimes clothes wait for me to remember them for three days.
Do Chapter Four
Clean Living Room Mom's things in living room: Put books back on bookshelf. Dad's things in living room: Throw away newspapers, take shoes to bedroom, brush peanut crumbs off dad's favorite chair. Mikey's things in living room: I would need more blog space. So, you can say the word endless in the priceless tone.
Now, do the math. Four chapters a day, a 20 chapter book. It took me all week and my house is very clean. Okay, delete the word very in the previous sentence.
So, how do the rest of you tackle your AA's? Do you have as much fun as I do?