The good news: I didn’t actually hit the Sheriff’s Department car. The very nice deputy didn’t cite me for not using my turn signal and didn’t take my license. The kids weren’t in the car. I now know what it’s like to be issued a traffic ticket, should I ever need to describe the experience.
The bad news: After twenty-six years, my perfect driving record* is shot. I owe the county $120 for
improper overtaking complacent stupidity. I’ve got the shakes from the near accident.
On the other hand, it’s a terrific excuse to stay home, send out some queries, and get my Nanowrimo word count up. I need a
day or so moment or two before I get behind the wheel again.
To be perfectly honest, and despite the good game I’ve been talking, I’ve been delaying querying Pigeon out of what I like to describe as last-minute tweaking, but which is slightly closer to indecisive paralysis. I described myself to a friend yesterday as Schrödinger‘s Pigeon—both Ready and Not Ready—and whined to Watson last night that I could send any number of articles and historical monologues out into the world without blinking, but I couldn’t seem to kick this one bird out of the nest.
She shrugged and said, “That’s because this isn’t non-fiction. This one is all you.”
And that’s it, isn’t it?
But I’m stronger than I was yesterday, and my latest Learning Experience™ has clarified things for me.
I now know, in my heart, that if every agent in both hemispheres decide to pass on Pigeon Drop, at least not a single one of them will fine me $120.
It will not go on my record. My license will not be revoked.
And after a shaky moment, or two, I will be
driving writing again.
(Upper Photo Credit: “Frank”, via pat00139)
(Lover Photo Credit: “Pigeon Drop”, via Dunnock_D)
*We shall not speak of parking. Ever.