Posted by Kate Carlisle
Welcome to our beautiful new blog! I’m so excited to be here – and I almost missed it.
I just returned home from a long, frustrating cross-country trip complete with layovers and flight cancellations and internet service breakdowns (grrrr!). Then I woke up this morning with a miserable nasty stuffy head cold and wanted to write a letter to the airlines to complain about their bad attitudes and bad air circulation, but instead, I went back to bed and almost slept the day away before realizing—holy Stephen King! It’s my day to blog!
And when I blog, I've usually got a really important subject all picked out to dazzle you with, but today, all I can think about is…decongestants.
Have you tried to buy one lately? I have. Let me tell you, it's like I got caught sneaking through the back door of the White House or something.
First, the clerk entered my name and address and driver’s license number in the computer. But that wasn’t good enough. She also wrote the same information down in a big book—in duplicate, mind you. She made me sign it, then she disappeared for a few minutes.
What’s up with that? Was she flipping through the latest FBI Most Wanted photos in the back room? It was nerve-wracking and vaguely demoralizing.
So finally the clerk came back and allowed me to pay for the darn stuff. It cost me $5.62, including tax. It probably cost the company $40.00 for the clerk to go through all that nonsense. I popped a pill before I left the store and felt like an addict. Sheesh.
I know what you’re thinking: Kate, go take a nap. This sad story of yours has nothing to do with writing.
But you’re wrong, my friends. As I was going through the process, I kept thinking, if I were a different person, this frustrating little experience might push me right over the edge. I might think, what are you people doing to me? This is the last straw! I can’t take it any more! I’m going to kill someone!!
And voila! A new plotline is born!
Oh, before I left the store, I also bought a box of Kleenex and some cough drops.
So where do you get your ideas?