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Things that make you go Doh!

Over the weekend I gave my latest short story to my mother to read.  I don’t give them to her for editing purposes, ’cause, well, it’s my mom, and she doesn’t really have it in her to be critical of my stuff.  Then, yesterday:

Mom: Your story was really great.  I really liked it.

Me: Aw, shucks.  (No, really.  I said that.)

Mom:  It’s just that, when I was reading it, I kinda felt like there was something missing.

Me (in my head): OMG, can it be?  Is she actually going to give me a real, honest-to-god critique?   Sweet. This is new.  There must be two blue moons in the sky.

Mom: But then this morning I was looking at it again and I figured out what was missing.

Me: Oh?

Mom: A couple of pages.

Me: …

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  1. Ian Rogers

    Ha-ha. Your mom sounds like a card.

    Reminds me of a story I heard about David Lynch. Someone asked me about the screenplay for a movie he was working on.

    “What’s it called?”

    “Wild at Heart.”

    “What’s it about?”

    “It’s about 250 pages.”


    Oct 16, 2008 @ 5:46 pm

  2. Shayne

    The thing is, she wasn’t joking. She actually missed a couple of pages and didn’t notice until later. I’m going to assume she was distracted while reading.

    Oct 17, 2008 @ 1:02 am