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Utterly T-talkative

Warning, this is not a writerly post...per se. Do you ever have moments that are outside your norm? Where you know exactly what to say and act, but are so caught off guard that your normal attitude/behavior goes right out the window?

I had that experience last night.

I'm used to dealing with executives, part of the day job. It is nothing for me to get a call or be on conference with the president or CEO of some major company. I know how to speak professionally and with thought.

Yet all that went out the window last night. I received a lovely call from a lovely person. I knew from the beginning that the first call should be all business. So perhaps it was that I had just washed off my make-up and still had a tinge of soap on my face. Or perhaps it was the toddler in the bath singing (DH was with her of course). Or perhaps it was sheer, utter, giddiness, but for whatever reason I became a talker. You know the kind. The ones that speak fast and with emotion and sound like they've had a few too many cups of coffee.

Yeah...

So don't be me. Prepare for the unexpected in this publishing game and when in doubt, write out your words, else you too could suffer my fate and become...Dum. Dum. Dum.

A talker!

M.B.

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  1. Hmmm....something tells me that this was a good call. Talky-talky or NOT. Ha.

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  2. Haha! Yes, indeed. It was a good call. ;)

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  3. Can't wait to hear more! Over from Verla's.... :)

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