Wednesday, July 3, 2013

IWSG: Have You Met THE WRITER'S TICKLE MONSTER???

There have been many sitings, reports, and findings...
But have YOU met...the WRITER'S TICKLE MONSTER??
I would LOVE to share my siting with everyone!!
Ok, so there I was beta reading for the ever so hot & bothered Elizabeth Seckman...
I mean, look at her! She is so vivacious!!
 
Anyhoo...I was busy helping her redo-rewrite-retire her 1ST chapter. It had several phases already & we were bound & determined to complete the phasing process.
Cue electric phasing process stuff!!!
I tipper-tappered away like a mad woman screaming, "Yes, yes, yes!!"
(some neighbors peeped, but this was no peep show folks; this was inspiration...)
I had this first chapter nailed!
(ok, maybe that could have been misconstrued as "peep" show material)
I couldn't wait to show her what I had done to her first chapter by making it FINALLY gel!
Ok, now time to attach...
*giggling*
DID YOU FEEL THAT??
*giggling*
HOLY BLACK & WHITE COW, DID YOU FEEEEEL THAT???
wait...
OHHHH MYYYY GOSSHHH.
MY STIZZ-UFF DID NOT SAVE!!
FRICKKK YOU WRITER'S TICKLE MONSTERRRR!!
 
If you've ever forgot to save your work, or forgot to attach the document before you pressed send, or do anything writerly + stupid= a SCREAM
BLAME IT ELSEWHERE!
IT'S NOT YOU, IT'S...THE WRITER'S TICKLE MONSTER!
 
(WHAT I SPECIFICALLY LEARNED: If you over "voice" yourself in someone else's stuff, fate, or the writer's tickle monster will come and tickle you; totally messing...you...up!)

52 comments:

Rachna Chhabria said...

Great that you have managed to nail the first chapter. Congrats.

Carol Kilgore said...

Ah, yes ... I, too, have come across the writer's tickle monster. He's a beast.

Cool post :)

Suzi said...

What, forget to attach a document before hitting send? That never happens to me. And when I say never, I really mean, sometimes. It must be the tickle monsters fault for making the wrong words come out of my fingers. I wish I could get rid of him for good. :)

Pk Hrezo said...

OH NOOOOOO! Did you lose it all??? Sheesh I hope not. Oh man I've sent emails without the attachments zillions of times. We have writer brains, we're absentminded by nature.:)

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Oh no! That dang tickle monster! He's gotten me before, too.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Damn tickle monster. He/she/it does get around. I thoroughly enjoyed the fun and silly IWSG post, Tammy - especially the peep show with a pole dancer. Woohoo!

xoRobyn

Michelle D. Argyle said...

Ack! I do that all the time! This made me laugh so hard, though, so thank you for sharing. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hilarious! Yes, safe often.
I bet what you wrote was really awesome though.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I am certain what you wrote was awesome. Like I've said, your creativity runs at the speed of a free wheeling Chopper...vroom!

And never sweat the losses, it's just fate saying "try again" (I don't know if that's actually true, but it does stop me from smashing laptops)

Morgan said...

Hahahaha!!! Tammy, you are hilarious. Seriously love you! And YES to nailing that chapter.

Suzanne Furness said...

Oh no! Think I have met the tickle monster once or twice!

David P. King said...

I'm laughing uop a storm right now, but also going OH NO! at the same time. Is that even possible? My family was right - I am an anomaly! :)

Emma Adams said...

This made me smile. If in doubt, blame the tickle monster! :P

Andrew Leon said...

The thought of losing something because I forgot to save it just freaks me out.
Thanks for bringing it up! :P

Tammy Theriault said...

••tickles for everyone•• hahaha

Natalie Aguirre said...

Glad you nailed the chapter. I hope you retrieved it. That's the worst when you find it's missing and can't get it back.

Al Diaz said...

Hahaha, I think that monster might have visited the cave more times I want to admit. :)

SC Author said...

OH NO THAT SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's horrible, I hope you get it back!

S.K. Anthony said...

I'm cracking up but I'm also thinking "Oh, crap!" That really sucks... Oh that monster... grrr

Lexa Cain said...

LOL! Sad but funny. And yes, that dang monster has visited me, too. I've more than once sent off a query to an agent and forgotten to include the sample chapters. Oh the shame! :P

Murees Dupé said...

I hate when that happens! Thanks for making laugh.

Tammy Theriault said...

Thanks for siting reports guys!!!

Christine Rains said...

I've had sightings of the monster, but I'm really obsessive about hitting the save button. That peep show has whet my appetite, but I'm not quite sure for what.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Forget? Me never. At least not that I remember. Just kidding. I forget all the time.

L.G. Smith said...

Yes, I've had that happen. And now that I know who to blame for it, they better run. Such a drag to lose so much time and effort.

michelle said...

Thanks for the entertainment, Tammy!
It's nice to have something to blame the absent-mindedness on - the tickle monster...
Writer In Transit

Julie Luek said...

Oh losing work sucks. I always have to do a lot of self talk (it needed rewritten anyway; it will be better next time). But it still sucks! Funny post!

Samantha May said...

Can't. Stop. Laughing :,) <---those are my tears of laughter. Thanks for that.

That is completely crappy about that chapter! Go buy yourself some peeps and try again!

Tammy Theriault said...

THANKS MY PRECIOUS "PEEPS"!!!

Nancy Thompson said...

Well that really blows! I'm paranoid with a OCD so that's never happened, but I will keep my eye out for that icky monster. Yikes!

Pat Hatt said...

LOL that monster just won't leave me be.

Rena said...

I love the tickle monster. That's awesome. And now I shall blame the tickle monster for idiotic stuff like tweets that should be DMs and every unattached file I've ever had.

Silly tickle monster.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Sorry about that. But like all writers you'll persevere. Great post and nice pics.

Livia Peterson said...

I have encountered the tickle monster before and it drives me nuts. Seriously, it does. Hahahaha!

Tammy Theriault said...

I HEAR ITS ON THE LOOSE!!! Watch out y'all

Heather M. Gardner said...

UGH! ARGH!

I love this!

Heather

celeste holloway said...

Actually, I think they may have happened to me, too, while betaing Elizabeth's stuff! Coincidence? Nope, couldn't be. That dude's out to get us all. Don't sleep with your lights off tonight. :P

Donna Hole said...

HooYah; been there blamed elsewhere, lol.

.......dhole

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I once lost a 35 page research paper for graduate school because for some reason it wasn't auto-saving and I hadn't realized it until the computer froze and I had to reboot...lesson learned :)

Suze said...

Sounds like another name for Jinx?

Tammy Theriault said...

DUDE!!! YOU GUYS HAVE SCARY ENCOUNTERS!!

Jeff Hargett said...

Worth a +1 and a Like too. Fortunately, I rarely forget to save. Remembering to attach before sending, however, is another matter entirely.

klahanie said...

Tammy!

Not you as well! How much more flattery can this shy, humble dude take. Yes another "IWSG" posting aka "I Was Seeking Gary". Thank you, Tammy. You're way too kind!

Delighted you have the first chapter "nailed". I would of suggested typing it, or even using good old fashioned pen and paper.

Anyway, happy saving from now on. All the best and yes, hooray for my comment.

Yours truly,

Gary :)

Heather Holden said...

Oh, it's called the writer's tickle monster? Good to know--now I know who to blame!

Michael Di Gesu said...

HOLY CRAP!!!!

That had happened to me a few weeks ago after spending two weeks on reworking my query letter. It didn't save the last two days of work, which were the money makers.... NOOOOOO.... Now I know it was the TICKLE MONSTER.

SOOOOOO sorry to hear this had happened to you, Tammy... That SOOO SUCKS....

I hope you were able to create something even more SPECTACULAR! I KNOW YOU WILL!!!!

Mark Means said...

LOL!! Yes, blame the Tickle Monster!

Great plan and one I think I'll steal...er, I mean borrow :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Ouch! I'm sorry you lost your writing. It's incredibly frustrating to find something you've worked on disappeared.

Tammy Theriault said...

THANKS EVERYONE!! NOW IF ONLY I COULD FIND A WAY TO WARD HIM OFF

Stephen Tremp said...

I've lost writing and had to rewrite a few chapters. Frustrating! I'm thinking of using Carbonite.com so this doesn't happen again.

Stephen Tremp said...

Love the Peep Show!!!

Jay Noel said...

Please tell me you were able to recover that first chapter.

I save often. And back up online and via portable hard drive. I'm paranoid.

Cherie Reich said...

Oh, no!

And the Writer's Tickle Monster gets me most with attaching documents, especially if I don't attach the document before writing up the email.