It happened last week. I was driving and thinking about one of my picture books and I finally figured out the ending (that I’ve revised umpteen times). I know, I shouldn’t drive and revise.
I couldn’t wait until I got home. I had to tend to this spark immediately. So, I pulled into a parking lot and opened my front seat console where I stash scraps of paper. I saw my pen, but no grocery receipts, dry cleaner pick-up tickets (which have lots blank space) or business cards. Surely, I would find a napkin or facial tissue in my purse. Nothing, not even a bookmark in my book.
There wasn’t any old snail mail laying around on the floor of my back seat. I checked the glove compartment. The car manual cover? Nope. It has a solid black front and back cover. Obviously, they didn’t have writers in mind when they designed it!
I considered typing into the notepad on my cell phone, but it hardly had any power. Then, I felt under the passenger seat. Something slippery. I pulled out an ad circular and tested my pen on the one-inch margin at the top. It worked! I wrote in cursive, small enough to fit sentences in the margins on the front page and turned the page… I was on a roll! I wrote a paragraph and a new opening for a magazine article.
Thank God for circulars! The last time I felt that desperate, I resorted to writing an idea for a picture book on my empty coffee shop cup. Perfect cardboard and generous space.
But, have to say, I still prefer napkins, especially restaurant ones. Oh, and lest I forget, giftwrapping and paper bags from stores.
By the way, I wrote this blog on the back of a bill.
What have you written on lately?