#74 - How Could I Have Forgotten You?

Have you ever gone through your hard drive and found a 45-page, 14,000+ word manuscript that you wrote 3 years ago that you'd completely forgotten about? Okay, that's a rhetorical question, because I'm pretty sure none of the rest of you are that out of it.

I made a discovery today, and I'm not really sure what it says about me. I started a book a few years ago and got 45 pages into it. And I'm in the middle of reading it to find out what happens. Seriously. I can't remember. I just read the most awesome scene. I love it. There is the most awesome old lady ever. And there's also this really cute guy. And the most awesome scene with a little girl stuck in a car, and the hunk saves her . . . Really, it rocks.

I'm kind of stunned because I kind-of sort-of remember writing this, but I did not remember any details, at all. Like, the scene with the old lady. Whose name happens to be Violet. (But that name totally fits her. No way could she pull "Vi" off.)

But if you do want to read a rockin' story about a girl named Vi, go read my friend Elana's story and write a review telling Amazon how seriously awesome it is. She's a quarter finalist for the "Amazon Breakthrough Novel" Award. Go Elana! :)

Sorry for the aside. My point is that I don't remember writing about Violet. It's like I put this book on the back-burner and then I got cooking some other stuff and set it to the side of the stove and then all my dishes piled up and I didn't even see it back there for the last few years. I don't know; I'm still trying to figure it out.

I've been searching on my hard drive today to find something I want to take to the LDS Storymaker's Conference for their annual "Boot Camp." You get to sit at a table with authors and other writers and read over pieces of your work to have them critiqued, etc. I'm so bored with all my current projects and they've all been recently critiqued and hashed over. So I thought I'd snoop around my files and see if I could come up with something to take. I found two story ideas that I've written the first 2 pages on, each. Both really cool concepts, if I do say so myself (and I just did.) And then this 45-page one . . .

What are your thoughts? Maybe I'm just the "absentminded professor" type? Maybe I just don't know how to focus and finish anything, so I've started too many projects to keep track of? And what does it say about me that I'm thinking, "this story is so great! I can't wait to see what happens next!" about my own book?

That concludes this episode of The Twilight Zone . . . . :D


  1. Violet!! Ha ha! Was that you who told me to rename Vi Violet? I think it was...

    What a fun thing to find something you've written and forgotten about. Cool!

  2. LOL! That's like finding a twenty dollar bill in an old pair of jeans. Sweet! Like winning the jackpot!

    I can't say as that's ever happened to me (the finding of a story that I don't even remember writing :D) but I can hardly ever remember what's happened in my own stories if I've been working on something else.

    Often I'll read through something and find myself hurrying on to the next page because I want to see what happens next. Uh, duh? You wrote that dimwit! Sorry, still don't remember.

    So I hear ya on that one!

  3. I love reading stories (or beginnings to novels) that I've written ages ago and forgotten about!!
    Sometimes I think I'd like to continue them but then it's really hard because I can't get into the mindset I was in when I started them, it's so annoying, especially when I love some of the ideas and characters I've created.


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