Dear Final Project: An Open Letter.

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El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, USA. Photo: Wikipedia.
This is sorta how I’m feeling about it. (El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, USA. Photo: Wikipedia.)

 

Dear Final Project For My Design For Writers Class:

It’s time we talked. Past time.

You are aware at this point that I’ve been putting you off and I apologize. It’s just that you seemed so far off and so achievable, though I knew as the weeks went by all term I should’ve been working on you or I’d face long hours (right about now) in front of a computer staring at InDesign files on my computer, drinking cup after cup of tea. Working on you just a little more here, a little more there over these months would have made such a difference, Final Project For My Design For Writer’s Class (FPFMDFWC) but instead, I did X or Y. Even Z, the ol’ caboose, got done several times over. Also, I went to Kansas City and Houston and stuff and had work.

Yes, there was always something that needed my attention just a little bit more. But the time has come to make things right. In fact, there’s zero time left to put you off longer, so here I am!

Beginning tomorrow — even though I am sick and I want to do very little but lay on this couch and have soup — I will tackle you. In case you’re not familiar with that slang term, to “tackle” a project is a good thing. It means I’m going to attack you. Okay, that doesn’t sound very good, either. You’re going to get made tomorrow. Why are you suddenly a character in Get Shorty, FPFMDFWC?

Starting in the morning, I’m going to stop thinking about you and make real progress. There are 12 pages of you to figure out and that’s not a big deal, really. I’ve worked on all kinds of magazines in my day and you’re just the latest issue — a very special issue, of course. The most special mini-magazine in the world. The most exciting, well-designed, slick n’ pretty mini-magazine that anyone ever did see. Pendennis is in it — how can it go wrong?

Please, please, please be nice to me and don’t eat my files like you did two weeks ago because that did not help the situation.

With Great Hope,
Mary (and Pendennis)

7 Responses

  1. Debra White
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    You’ve got this!

  2. Marie Hughes
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    You are the best hang in there

  3. AJ
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    Loved this piece! I am also in grad school and can relate to this so well! I’m sure your project will be awesome, which is the same mantra I am trying to repeat to myself as I finish my final project for statistics.

  4. nadine donovan
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    I have all faith in you that you will get this done. Sometimes I do my best work under pressure.

  5. Lisa Gainey Floyd
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    Mary Fons you got this! No problem! Lots of procrastination WILL NOT stop this project from getting finished. We all have faith in you.

  6. Sarah
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    Boy do I relate! Don’t forget the regenerative posers of SLEEP. If you go to bed with the mental plan to dream about ideas for your project, you may just wake up with a splendid new notion. Courage!

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