In response to the Day 17 assignment, “Mine your own material“
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Well, you wouldn’t believe what I stumbled across as I was decluttering some files in an old filing cabinet.
To give you a little background, once a year I purge my main filing cabinet to make room for day-to-day documents that I would never keep paperless.
And the other file cabinet has stuff that I need to hang onto for the long-term like tax documents (at least 6 years), warranties for electronics and appliances and receipts for big ticket items (for as long as I have the item).
This cabinet also has projects and stuff from my younger days that I wanted to keep but not necessarily access on the regular.
But I had a few free hours to kill and accompanied by Netflix, I decided to tackle cabinet #2.
And I’m glad that I did because this is what I found:
Now don’t be all impressed or anything. What you see above is more of a mishmash of draft chapters than an entire manuscript. I honestly didn’t even remember that I had these drafts.
This is just proof (to myself) that some of my characters have been aimlessly rambling around lost since circa 1997. And the year is just my guesstimate since within these pages I refer to “pagers” and the old school answering machines we used to have back in the day.
Eventually, I will read through all of it but from the pages I did thumb through, it is quite amusing to see how the draft storyline of “then” is markedly different than the storyline of what I am working on “now”.
Time, maturity, age and experience have definitely changed where I plan on eventually taking this story.
What have you written that you have been hanging onto? And what do you plan on doing it?
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