So, remember that time when I made a really big deal about the fact that I spent waaaay too long making a Valentine and then changed my mind about giving it to the person I was making it for? Well yes, of course you do, because that was only yesterday. But if for any reason you missed that sub-plot (because it was subtle, and you may have read the post as more of a craft tutorial, which it totally was), let me just give you this brief synopsis:
A well-intentioned mother of two sits down to facilitate the annual holiday card-making assembly line, and instead gets caught up in creating a bizarre fantasy world of her own.
It makes you want to go back and read the story again, doesn’t it? I think I got so good at writing those synopses because growing up we always had a subscription to TV Guide and my dad would read the descriptions out loud each night after dinner before “picking the channel.” (Channel 5 usually won because of ABC Movie of the Week. Bonus points if it had Jaclyn Smith.) The trick to writing a good synopsis is to keep it to one sentence, leave out the boring detail (you don’t need “in her pajamas until 4:30 pm” and “it took five hours” and stuff like that) and try to make it sound a little mysterious.
Where were we? Okay, the changed-my-mind-about-giving-the-Valentine part. Well, guess what? I hope this doesn’t ruin yesterday’s story for you, but I changed my mind back again! Which means that I did give it to the intended recipient! And it went really well! The end.
Just kidding. That would be an example of a bad story. You only want to leave out the details if it’s a synopsis. So tomorrow I will tell you the real story. I would tell it right now, but I still have to finish up the kids’ Valentines, which was another sub-plot of yesterday’s story, or maybe the main plot. I’m not sure. I’m sorry it’s not going to be as funny as yesterday’s. It is going to be more of a “feel-good” story. So try not to write “the first story was better” in the comments because I already know that. (Same with today’s post which I could have technically skipped altogether, but I just wanted to make sure you knew there is more to come. Because yesterday I did get an email from a very nice person asking, “Do you write a blog (or whatever it’s called) periodically, or is this just a one-time thing?” And I don’t think he meant it like hopefully this is just a one-time thing. But you never know.)
Also, Happy Valentine’s Day!