I read an article by Arlee Bird last week how he wrote a blog post about losing his stapler as a way to fill in a blank page. I told him I would do the same.
Yes, I have lost my stapler, two as a matter of fact, but more importantly I lost a story I wrote. It was about a peeping tom. Yeah, I know, kind of ucky subject matter, but it was something I wanted to put here, in this blog post. I spent nearly 2 hours searching through all my files, recycle bin, even my inbox and I can't find the damned thing anywhere.
I hate when I lose things. Especially stories. I did this once before as well. Lost a chapter or two from one of my novels, handwritten, so I know it's in a pad somewhere, but do you think I could find it? Nooooooo. And I mean, there's only so many places it could be. But I looked and checked and double checked and nothing. Those lost chapters were part of the first climax of the novel and pretty good. I could probably figure out what I wrote, but that's not really the point is it.
The point is -- I'm a loser. Well, you know what I mean. I lose things. And when I do, I think I'm losing my sanity. I lost a credit card a few weeks ago. I remember it was in the bag with the receipt, I took it out of the bag and put it somewhere (I thought on the counter). But I have absolutely no idea where I put it. I've searched the house, car, trash, washing machine, back pockets, front pockets, old bags, under the fridge (in case it fell) cupboards, and I can't find it anywhere. I am resigned it will turn up as soon as the new card comes in.
As for the missing chapters -- I'll find those after I publish the book, I'm sure.
As for the missing short story -- I have no clue what I did with it. I know I wrote it on my computer so it's not on paper anywhere because I sent it to a friend of mine. I checked my emails' attachments, every single 242 of them. I did a thorough search on my computer. Nothing, nada, zip, nowhere to be found.
Anyway, IF I find it, I'll probably put it up here at some point. If I don't find it, well, I guess you won't read it now will you.
Tell me -- Are you a loser? Do you ever find what you're missing?