Clean up on Aisle 4 6


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My edits are done! Woohoo! Although I expect they may come back. In addition to wanting an extra love scene, my editor made a single line suggestion that ended up having me delete a scene and replace it with a couple more to solve something that bugged her about the ending. My 73K story is now over 80K (including the dedication and author bio). But I think it works better, and I am happy with the ending even though it is a bit darker than it was originally. But personally I like dark and tormented heroes.

Since I’ve been ignoring everyone around the house for the past week while I’ve concentrated on doing the edits, I took Guitar Hero grocery shopping with me this morning. We were getting low on everything. Gizmo Guy and I had planned to go out yesterday, but forgot (or didn’t realize) all the stores would be closed thanks to Dalton McGuinty’s new Family Day. (Who wants a day off in February when it’s cold and yucky – yes I know it’s a long time without a day off between Christmas and Easter, but still … it’s Canada! There’s nothing to do this time of year.)

The grocery store was a nightmare. I guess everyone else had done the same thing as we had, and it was worse than a regular Saturday shop. It didn’t help that a local school had brought a busload of grade five or six kids to teach them to ‘shop’ or something. They each had baskets and arrived at the cashiers at the same time as almost everyone else in the store. So picture the students, and at least twelve cartloads lined up behind the two cashiers that were open. Do you see the faces on the customers? Especially when the cash register at one of the aisles stops scanning correctly and they had to call for help? Why someone couldn’t have called for more registers to be opened, I have no idea, but I wasn’t thrilled with the store management this morning. Luckily I was the second in line, otherwise I would have been tempted just to leave my cart where it was and walk away, letting the frozen vegetables and the ice cream melt. So what should have been a 30-40 minute trip out, became a two hour excursion.

Anyway, I’m back, groceries are put away for the most part, and I’m blogging instead of working on my WIP. I did work on it a bit this morning, got another thousand words done, but I think I’m going to have to buckle down and FastDraft this sucker.


6 thoughts on “Clean up on Aisle 4

  • Amy Ruttan

    Well speaking as a grocery store cashier, yeah, it was a pain when they wouldn’t open other tills.

    But sometimes it was due to the fact of not scheduling enough people, or they didn’t count out enough floats for tills.

    And the ones that get all the blame are the poor cashiers.

  • Leah Braemel

    I don’t think I heard anyone complaining about the cashiers. More just complaints about them not opening more stations. You’re probably right that they hadn’t anticipated the crowd that would hit them this morning. I felt sorry for the cashiers, they definitely earned their pay today.

  • Marley Delarose, Author

    Love that picture. A day out in the real world probably did you some good after all brain drain.

  • Sue L

    *screams* I don’t mind waiting a person or two, but I hate the long lines.

    just think about it being a good experience for the kids though… in spite of the scanner going out.

  • Shelley Munro

    I bet it was chaos in the car park too. None of our supermarkets close on holidays. I think they’re only closed on Christmas Day and a day over Easter. There’s nothing more frustrating than waiting. Without fail, I always pick the slowest line. I’m just lucky that way!

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