Friday, February 20, 2009

Most Likely, Alas, He Was Right

When I was a freshman in college, I decided to give writing true confessions stories a try. If memory serves me, I wrote, "My Teen Dream Turned Into A Nightmare," and (the fabulously prescient), "I Was My Mayor's Mistress."

It is possible I didn't write either of them, but just came up with the titles.

What I do remember doing is buying a whole batch of confessions magazines and reading them for research. One story stuck with me for decades. There was a girl who wanted to be a go go dancer (and who amongst us didn't dream that dream). Her straight arrow boyfriend didn't approve of this career path one bit, and to convince her of the mistake she was about to make, said, "There's more to life than the hully gully."

A few days ago, I said that to myself (as I do several times a year, but only on appropriate occasions), and I realized the anonymous author of that story probably doesn't even remember the line. Heaven knows, I've written lots of lines I don't remember, although none as good as that.

Working through to the best possible ending for This World We Live In seems to be my hully gully right now. Instead, I subbed for Marci at my previous volunteer job, did lunch and a movie with my friend Geri (we saw and loved Confessions Of A Shopaholic), got my hair cut so I'll be presentable at my cousin Danny's wedding, and pondered at enormous and unsatisfying length, whether I should get white or black or multicolored storage boxes to hide manuscripts and old Mad magazines. All this and American Idol too would keep anybody from work.

What thought I have given to B3 Ending 3, I blogged about over at thirdmoonbook. So if you're interested in what my five remaining brain cells have been up to, make your merry way over there. If you aren't, but you have a strong opinion about storage box colors, let me know about that instead.

Either way, feel free to do the hully gully!


Anonymous said...

I say go with the multicolored storage boxes. :)


Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hallo Nora-

I need to measure a few more times, to make sure I know just what sizes to get and that the plan will really work, but as of the moment I'm favoring one set of five different colored boxes, and one set of five black ones. Then I'll intersperse them.

That was actually intended to be a job for today, but I'm currently working on my taxes.

Oh well. By week's end, I'll have sent off my tax stuff to my accountant, ordered the boxes, ordered new checks for my mother and me (we're both running low) and absolutely positively have decided on an ending for B3.

Really I will!

Marci said...

Long time since I visited your blog. Hello!

So you actually liked Shopaholic? Alice likes the books.

And which mayor was that?

I knew a girl who went into a convent after high school, mostly at the behest of her family. After a couple of years, the Mother Superior suggested that another life would be better for her and she left the convent. She became "TADA!!" a GOGO GIRL!! Really!

Did you and Freda get to Danny's wedding?

I will Hully Gully into the book store this week, so you don't have to sub for me. Many, many thanks!

BTW, Alice and Sara now have blogs. Sara has two entries. Alice is more prolific. Should I be next?

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Marci-

Of course you should have a blog. I've been telling you that for ages now.

Hmm. My nonsense word du jour is "liseckso." One could take that so many ways!

Anonymous said...

try the black& white ones

Anonymous said...

i really want to see that moive!

& u r like the best author ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hello to Anonymous and to Anonymous Jill-

I bought one set of the various color boxes and one of the black ones and intermixed.

The boxes turned out to be pretty flimsy, but they're still an improvement over manila envelopes and manuscripts bound together with rubber bands.

And thank you Jill. I don't know if I'm the best author ever (probably not), but I'm good at !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! also!!

Lizzy said...

Wow! I have a blog too! I am doing my reading fair on your book! I think your blog is funny and it seems-for I don't know you entirely- like you are very fun!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Lizzy-

I like to think I'm a fun person, but I can also be a cranky, grouchy, whiny person as well.

That's not to say I can't be fun when I'm cranky, grouchy and whiny!

Anonymous said...

Well i still think you r!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!-Jill

Anonymous said...

btw, i was the Anonymous that said to get the black & white boxes.

did you like Shopaholice/?