Yeah. To me, this was strange.
I've been stuck on this one part of my manuscript, HANDS TOUCH. I kept re-writing the scene, never quite getting it right.
My protag receives a very old letter from a relative and I struggled to figure out how the letter would look after so many decades, and what it would be written with (pencil, fountain pen, ink...). I even Googled different variation of this topics and got...nothing.
On my vacay last week, I left my writing behind and that distance gave me a fresh perspective (weird how that happens). We had the privileged company of my son's great grandmother with us in Florida. We discussed my writing and I asked her about letters and ink used back in the day, when she was little. She gave me some perspective but admitted it was hard to remember.
SO. Now jump to post-vacation.
I have a roll top desk from my childhood that I keep in my home. I store jewelry pieces and parts in it. I sat down at the desk to organize my jewelry orders for the week. But I couldn't get the roll top to open up. It was stuck.
I shoved my fingers under and towards the back and felt something there (um, something that was never there "before"). * dum dum dum *
It felt like paper of some kind, and when I tugged I could feel it crumbling.
I told my husband it must be a long lost love letter from a prior owner of the desk or something. I very gently pulled the papers out...
So here they are (below). From my own childhood. So about thirty some years ago.
It says Hi Boys and Girls on it. I vaguely remember writing it. But I wrote a lot. Either I was playing school or writing a story or something.
Anyway, after only thirty years the paper was so yellow and crumbly.
There was my answer staring right at me. WEIRD!
By the way, some good news for me on this manuscript.
I submitted the first 250 words of it to the Source Books Teen Fire Contest last month and I made it as one of the top 45 semi-finalists!
Not sure how many hundreds of entries there were, but that little news gave me some much needed validation. Maybe I am finally a better writer and on the right track with this one. ;-)
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