For instance, I’ve listened to DMB’s “Dancing Nancies” on the first day of school for the past 13 years (since my sophomore year in HS). Before I serve in tennis, I have to bounce a few times in place – not the ball, mind you, I bounce me. Every night before I go to bed I have to check that the closet door is shut so I don’t get sucked into another dimension, Poltergeist-style.
Completely normal little routines.
With writing I have many of these. My latest one is Revision-Skittles. I’m not sure when it switched from being that’s-fun to that’s-necessary, but at some point between January and now I started the habit of allowing myself one Skittles Core per page revised.
Skittles really are the perfect candy for revision –besides being made of rainbows, creativity and inspiration - they’re small. Individually they don’t pack much of a calorie wallop, and if I ate enough to have a detrimental affect on my sugar-level, my worry was overshadowed by the thrill of knowing I’d had an excellent revision day. Plus, Revision-Skittle sugar-high carried me through a couple of extended elliptical hours.
Somewhere along the line Bruschi became a Revision-Skittle addict too, and now he will gladly curl up next to me during late-night revision sessions and wait semi-patiently for his loyalty to be rewarded with a circular piece of sugary goodness. And if I’m taking too long with any individual page, he’ll let me know this with a wet nose to my calf or an impatient paw on my arm.
Last week I finished up my second pass on my WIP (currently titled TBALMCSAP, but I seriously need to come up with something better soon). In a minor revision-miracle, not quite as impressive as Chanukah’s 8-days of light, my last bag of Skittles lasted to the final page of TBALMCSAP. I ate the last one as I pressed *SEND*
After church today we stopped at Wegmans to do our weekly shopping. I smiled through the Wonka-esque candy aisle and skipped over to the shelf where Revision-Skittles wait for happy lil’ people like me.
It was empty.
Panic didn’t set in immediately, but it didn’t take longer than 5 minutes either. There are many other revision passes that will need to be made on TBALMCSAP! What about the WIP I began outlining last night. I WILL need to revise again. Soon. The rainbowful flavors began to fade from my memory, my head began to spin...
Before we were even home from Wegmans I was Googling the number for other supermarkets and calling out the digits to an indulgent St. Matt.
As I whimpered, “What if they’ve stopped making them?” He patted my leg and tapped the numbers on his keypad.
“Hello, I was wondering if you had Revision-Skittles in stock?”
Panic = Gone!
Laughter = Extreme!
As I giggled and tee-hee’d St. Matt shot me you’re-in-trouble-looks, corrected himself and managed to ascertain that Giant did stock Skittles Cores but only in large bags. “Oh, that won’t be a problem. Thanks so much.”
So now I’m stocked up. I’m good to go. And someone just sent me something awesome to revise… I don't know who's more excited, me or Bruschi!
Slightly geeking out, because Dancing Nancies is THE ONLY SONG I listened to when I studied for finals my freshman year of college. I listened to it on repeat for a good week or two. My friends all wanted to kill me, but I pulled a great GPA! ;)ReplyDelete
I've never heard of Skittles Cores. But I'm glad that you got some and I lol'd at St. Matt asking for "Revision Skittles."ReplyDelete
“Hello, I was wondering if you had Revision-Skittles in stock?”ReplyDelete
*LULZING SO HARD*
You guys FTW.
T.O.T. - while I LOVE 'Dancing Nancies,' no DMB song will ever beat #42's ability to be played on repeat for HOURS and HOURS. :) Do you have the new album yet?ReplyDelete
Andrea - You MUST go NOW to buy Revision-Skittles. Do NOT pass go, collect $200, or stop to help old ladies across the street.
Courtney - I will bring MANY bags of Revision-Skittles to @2010BigYApple and also undoubtedly do many hugely-entertaining-but-accidental things. Enticed?
*looks sadly at empty revision-skittles bag*ReplyDelete
Also, I'm SO tempted to drop St. S at your house for husband daycare while we're conquering NYC because LULZ - I could SO see him doing the exact. same. thing. He and St. Matt probably NEED a support system! ;)
Emily, I still haven't deciding if St. S & St. Matt meeting would be the BEST or WORST thing ever. Best b/c they could seriously use an Us Support Group. Worst b/c they might plot and return to us in less-saintly forms.ReplyDelete