Julie's Quest

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Julie Phillips - freelance writer - member of the Association of Freelance Writers - member of the Society of Authors

Thursday, 31 December 2009

Blog Take Over day post - so no peeking until 1st Jan 2010!

I am fully aware that it is not blog takeover day until the morrow but if I don't take my chance while she's distracted I may never have the opportunity to comment, and share her secrets with you all again!

God, she's hard work. There I've said it. I've waited six months to get that off my chest and it feels great! She's a complete and utter nightmare to work with - full of self doubt and frustration - you should hear the language when she's had a rejection or six, Phooey! She's disorganised and messy. I've been shoved in her drawers for all that time. It's been ever so drafty and dark in there, I can tell you. Every now and then dhe has a rummage around and I think 'YES! It's my turn!' But, alas, she pulls out a paper clip and slams her drawers shut again.

But the other day, at last, my time had come. I was taken out from her drawers and placed majestically on her desk. But I saw a terrible sight on the way up there - it made my spine go cold. I'm sure she's told you about her piles before now,but this is something much worse. I saw, there, lying at the back of her cupboard, rows and rows of used notebooks. 'Oh my!' I gasped. She told me I was the only one - that she'd never done it before - I was her first! How could she? I felt a fool - I believed her and she took advantage of me - I will never trust a writer again. They are a scurvy lot of odd looking unscrupulous, good for nothing, low lifes anyway! ;0

The notebooks sleep on the back shelves, shoved out of the way in the darkness, unloved and ignored since she'd scribbled in them. All those pages full of ideas - oh the ecstasy they must have felt as she ran her pen across their pages! But to what end? It's criminal.

The worst of it it that she has three shiny new pens she won for letters of the week in the local newspaper and these pens have never been used - they are still in their boxes. I've heard them whimpering, begging to be set free. I would so like to offer them my pages so they can run free across my chest in gay, wanton, abandon! But they remain penned in, dependent on her will, paying penance for a crime they haven't committed. She has a penchant for stashing things away and despite her assurances to you that her piles are under control, I beg to differ! She shows no remorse, no penitence. She'll be drawing her pension before she gets those poor pens out.

Still. If you are reading this will you tell her to get her posh pens out and use them - it's what they are for - writing. She's cruel to her pens - they need to run free, not be kept penned up and forgotten.

Oh and don't tell her I told you but she likes nothing more than to dance around the living room to Lady GaGa's CDs when she thinks no one is watching! If I can get a video of her doing it on here I will. I promise - oh I so do!

She told me that I'm going to be her new Wrekin Writer notebook for 2010! Ooh I'm looking forward to going to their meetings - you think they go there to talk about writing - pah! I'll tell you the truth of the matter, don't you worry!

Happy New Year!

Julie's new moleskine notebook (free at last! Oh she is so going to regret setting me free! I'll get my own back on her and I intend to free those who have gone before me) And also signed on behalf of Julie's posh pens xxxx


Teresa Ashby said...

I have a new respect for notebooks after reading this. Run wild and free Moleskine.

Note to Julie: Get yer posh pens out and keep dancing x

Quillers said...

Pure genius, Julie! Your notebook said all the things mine wanted to say but couldn't, because it's so sadly under-used.

And those poor pens...

Julie P said...

I know, Teresa! Our poor notebooks.Moleskine is so looking forward to his first outing on Jan 16th. I haven't unwrapped him yet but as least he's sitting on my desk and can see what is going on! Mind you I'm not so sure that's such a good thing afterall after he 'outed' me about my dancing!

I will take the pens out of their boxes today as a New Year treat!

Julie xx

Julie P said...

I have learned the error of my ways re the pens and their ink shall run free from today!

I think we are both in the dog house (or should that be the notebook house) with our poor. neglected notebooks. Oh the shame of it!

In this New Year of 2010 we should vow to free the pens and be kinder to our notebooks, ourselves and our writing - oh and to the editors too so we don't bombard them with substandard submissions! Here's to a reduced rejection rate 2010!

Julie xx

HelenMHunt said...

That's brilliant. So funny.

Debs said...

Reading this has shown me the error of my ways and I'm not going to free my own moleskin notebook from it's darkened drawer.

Happy New Year. x

Suzanne Jones said...

Hee, hee - brilliant post.


Julie P said...

Thanks, Helen - and I don't think my notebook was drunk when he wrote it either! Mind you I haven't heard a peep out of him all day - so perhaps he is hung over!

Julie xx

Julie P said...

Go, Debs, go! Free the Moleskine! You know it makes sense!

Julie xx

Julie P said...

Thanks, Suzanne. I think my notebook made his case very well and I am suitably chastised!

Julie xx

Annieye said...

Posh pens and Moleskine notebooks unite for freedom. Chain yourselves to the computer mouse and fight for your cause. Then, while you are at it discredit the scrappy bits of paper with cryptic things written on them that lurk in the corners of handbags and in coat pockets.

Julie P said...

I feel a revolt is on the way, Annieye! I shall have to watch my back or I'll find post-it notes stuck on my back with rude messages on!

Julie xx

Antonia said...

Great, amusing post.

One consolation: she seems to think you're quite special, being Wrekin Writers notebook and all. I'll tell her though, if I ever come across her. :-)

Julie P said...

Thanks, Antonia!

These Moleskine notebooks do seem to have a superiority complex don't they!

Julie xx

Antonia said...

They sure do. Mine's exactly the same.

Julie P said...

Illusions of grandeur, that's what it is. Mine looks at me with contempt - like a dirty mark!

Julie xx