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Once You’ve Handed in the Manuscript…

Dear Leigh,

Here is a list of thing you should do now that you’ve handed in your manuscript:

  1. Pay the bills. Mastercard will send a thank you letter.
  2. Start the diet so that the 6 pounds you gained over the last 2 months can magically disappear in 4.5 days.
  3.  Water the plants. They’re not dead, they’re sleeping.
  4. Buy toilet paper. Kleenex is bad for the water system.
  5. Retrieve from the back seat of the car, the bottle of Amaretto bought last week as a “please-don’t-hate-me” gift for hubby.  Tear off card. Replace with “Let’s celebrate! I’m done!”
  6. Hit play on the phone messages.
  7. Read a piece of non-fiction. The newspaper will do.
  8. Trim the dog’s face. He is not a bear. He’s a cocker spaniel.
  9. Do a 6 loads of laundry, then throw out the circa 1998 panties you found at the back of your empty underwear drawer.
  10. Replace face cream. Vaseline Intensive Care is a hand product, not a wrinkle reducer.
  11. Remove the red t-shirt worn for the last 6 consecutive days. Inquire whether it would prefer to walk on its own or be carried to the fireplace.
  12. Go see the dentist. You know you cracked a tooth with that Scotch Mint. Yes, you do. Your tongues been playing with the crevasse for the last 8 days.
  13. Go up to your kid’s room. See that world globe? Close your eyes. Spin it. Count to 3. Then stab your finger down. There you go. Time to fire up (Okay, yes, if you hit Bolivia you can have a do-over).
  14. Remember that behind every fanatical writer, there are people who safeguard the writer’s bubble of creativity. Have you felt the sting of the outside world? No? Why is that? Perhaps it’s because your path has been kept thorn-free. Who did that? Ah… Your husband. Your kids. Your sisters and brother.  Your friends. Think. What can you do for them?
  15. Now, go do it.

Your friend and alter-ego,


[AND YES, blog readers. Approximately fifteen minutes ago, I sent off my manuscript. I did kill IT though doing so just about slayed me. Next week, I will tell you about that voyage. Right now, there’s a bottle of Amaretto with my name on it.]


  • Posted March 30, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    I can relate. I have a long list of my own.

  • Posted March 30, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    Well done and good luck getting through that list 😉 Enjoy the Amaretto!

  • B
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Permalink


    Wine? 🙂

  • Posted March 30, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    You are awesome! Congratulations!

  • Posted March 30, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, my friend!!!! Job. Well. Done!!! Now go reward yourself!!!!!

    • Posted March 30, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

      Aww, thanks Ellie. I pushed through in the end. I’m happy with it.

  • Posted March 30, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    This is the best news, Leigh-Ann! I am so excited for you and hope, like mad, to be in your shoes soon. Congratulations!

  • Posted March 31, 2012 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Congrats! Hope you enjoy your well deserved relaxation. Oh, and in case no one has mentioned it, the new pic is H-O-T! Very nice, indeed! Take care.

    • Posted March 31, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Thomas. Today I have slept in and seen a movie. Now I’m off to buy a book. What a heavenly day:-) Re: the picture. I can absolutely recommend the whole publicity shot experience. Someone takes your picture. Then they rinse it a few million times through photoshop. Then they send it to you. After that, you print it out and tack it to your bulletin board. And for at least a week you can actually convince yourself you look like that…sort of…okay, maybe not a lot…okay, okay, maybe she’s taken 7 yrs off my face:-)

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