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Monday, February 3, 2014

It's Complicated

I realize I haven’t been very attentive lately. And when I did finally see you the other night, all I did was criticize you. I felt shitty about that. I just didn’t like some of the stuff I saw. You were pretty messed up. I felt it was my duty to straighten you out.

We’ve hit some rough patches, but I think we should ride this thing out. I promise to keep a more open mind and try not to be so disparaging.

You know at one point I actually thought about bringing someone else in to … um … spice things up. I‘m too possessive, though. The thought of anyone else touching you freaks me out. That doesn't mean I won’t pass you around like Thanksgiving yams when I’m finished with you. (Haha!) But right now, let’s keep this between us.

Look, it won’t always be good. Some days I will lavish attention on you. And then weeks might go by without any word from me. Not a single word. It’s not as if I’m trying to neglect you. I do have other stuff going on and people who depend on me. I have a family, remember? I refuse to feel guilty about that. It doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about you. I think about you all the time.

I guess I’m a little gun shy. My track record up to this point hasn’t exactly been stellar. I won't manipulate history: It was me, not them. I take full responsibility. We’d be going along great and—all of a sudden—I’d lose interest. Either that or something felt off, and I didn’t know how to fix it, so I bailed.

I want this time to be different because I think you’re the one. I’m not just saying that. It’s going to take more than a little writer’s block to make me quit on you. So, as-yet-untitled first draft, my schedule is wide open today. How about we spend a couple hours between your sheets?



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This week's Trifecta Writing Challenge: The entry must be 33-333 words and include the word "manipulate" as defined below:

MANIPULATE
to change by artful or unfair means so as to serve one's purpose : to doctor


Word count: 333

34 comments:

  1. I think we all feel that way about our writing don't we? It's a love/hate/love relationship that takes a LOT of patience and acceptance.

    the last line was fun, sexy and the perfect way to end it...your writing is always a "good time' ;)
    xo

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    1. Thank you, my beautiful friend. I'm glad I could show you a good time. ;)

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  2. Ivy, you are so damn talented and I am so damn jealous. Great work (as usual):)

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    1. Oh, Vicki! This literally made me Lol. :) Thanks for the wonderful comment. :)

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  3. I loved that ending. A very clever piece of writing Ivy.

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  4. This was an amazing clever write! It had me think one thing and turned around and it was something totally different. You are a masterful story tell! ;)

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    1. Thank you, my friend. I really appreciate you always stopping by and leaving such sweet comments.

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  5. Ah, GREAT! I was hating her for a few moments then you surprised me with that perfect ending.

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  6. Oh my goodness! I love, love love this! Very nice; "pass you around like Thanksgiving yams" - I love that line!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Sami! I'm so glad you enjoyed this. I have to admit that line was a favorite of mine too. :)

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  7. Hahaha Your writing as some needy, whiney partner. Excellent, Ivy. Wonderful metaphors. (oh yes, like those yams!)

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    1. I have a very complex relationship with my writing. Lol! I'm thrilled you liked this piece. Thanks, my friend. :)

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  8. Genius - I spent the whole post wondering who you were writing too, and I was not disappointed!

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    1. I'm so glad this didn't leave you disappointed. :) Thanks, Troy!

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  9. Writing is such an emotional, frustrating, fulfilling and sometimes terrifying endeavor. You captured this perfectly.

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    1. Thank you, Mel. You are so right. I love writing, but it can be such a pain in the ass sometimes. I couldn't live without it, though! (Sounds like I'm talking about a man, doesn't it? Ha!)

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  10. Ah what a cool take Ivy-loved it:-)

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  11. I have a neglected draft in my queue that I should delete, but I just can't bring myself to hit the button. This was perfect.

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    1. Thank you, Tara. I figured Trifectans could relate to this. :)

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  12. Ivy, your cleverness gets me every time, which is one of many things I love about your writing - another being the fun, sexy energy that comes into so much of what you do. This is great and the last line is stellar.

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    1. Wow! Thank you, Momo. Feedback like this from one of my favorite Trifectans puts a big ol' smile on my face.

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  13. It's REALLY hard to pull something like that and not have the reader feel kind of cheated, but I'm just smiling. Nice job.

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    1. Thanks, Jesse. Your comment made my morning. :) When I do a twist, I really try not to pull any cheap tricks so I won't piss off the readers. I wouldn't want them to feel MANIPULATED. (See what I did there?)

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  14. That is spot on! Do you ever find yourself finding other stuff to write about to avoid 'her'? LM x

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    1. Every Monday morning. ;)

      Thanks, Lyssa! (Love your name, by the way.)

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  15. I love the metaphor in this. I really thought you were talking about a human-to-human relationship, not a human-to-pen one. Until the end. Very well done....

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    1. Thanks so much, Rebecca. I'm glad it came off as a human/human relationship. Writing certainly feels that way sometimes, doesn't it?

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  16. This is brilliant. I also thought you were talking about a person but love the way it panned out in the end. Awesome!

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    1. Thank you, Kathy! I'm so happy you enjoyed this. :)

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  17. Oh Ivy! I loved this! This is exactly how I felt yesterday. (And why I wasted so much time playing with the camera on my computer.) And I also loved the ending! You do the (ending) twist like nobody's business!!

    p.s. It's so fun being Facebook friends too! Like we are next door neighbors now:) xx

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  18. I thought you were going in a completely different direction at the start. Very clever. I confess I have a string of broken-hearted drafts that I've loved and left, so to speak.... :P

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