I am one of those crazy people who jots down ideas or images for stories and poems on the back of receipts, paper towels, journals, notebooks and calendars. I also have Evernote and more than one short story (all works-in-progress) open on my laptop at all times even when I am away at work. What all this means is that I am a hoarder of words and ideas and paper.
Anyway a strange thing happened earlier this week that made me realize I have a serious problem. I don’t think it requires surgery but certainly a visit to the head doctor may be overdue.
I discovered I had saved a version of one of the short stories I have been working on for oh, let’s say four months on Dropbox. I then discovered another version of it – under a different title – in Word Documents. To give you an indication of just how brilliant I am – one of the versions is titled simply ‘Short Story’. Another is ‘Girl Walks Into A Bar’. Yes. Really.
All in all I have discovered three versions of what is essentially the same story with the same characters. What bothers me is how I didn’t even realize I had been doing this? Seems like I would write a new paragraph and save it without really noticing where I was saving it to.
Has this happened to you?
The good news is I now have two versions that I really like and one that needs to be deleted as soon as I pluck up the courage to do so. The bad news is that these two (delightfully different) versions have me firmly and very resolutely stuck in the middle. The end is apparently still nowhere in sight.
Image: Dallas Clayton