On mistakes

March 31, 2016

So you’ve laboured over a poem, and it’s as near to finished as it will ever be.  So you upload it and pay the fee for a comp, and sit back and have a cup of tea (or coffee, or wine, depending on the time).

So you realise that you sent a draft, and that draft was over the line limit.  So you refill the form with the proper poem uploaded, and ask if it can be substituted.  So you kick your computer and yourself.  So you don’t know if the poem will be disqualified.  So you may never know!

So you have a glass of wine, and stuff the time.  Wine is the only cure for idiocy.


So you are not as celebratory as the woman in the picture.

UPDATE:  So on the way down to your favoured wine place, you remember that you are picking up your daughter from school later on, and therefore, that you can’t drink.  Let middle class sulking erupt like an erupty thing!  (You maintain you are working class, but people tend to laugh when you say that.)  So you vent on your blog like a whingey Vesuvius.

UPDATIER: The lovely administrators have accepted the second submitted version of my poem.  Drinking in celebration is so much nicer!  (Please read with slightly slurred eyes.)

8 Responses to “On mistakes”

  1. Michele Seminara said

    Crossing my fingers for you, Penelope!

    • pscottier said

      Thank you Michele. I don’t mind the possible loss of entry fee so much as the fact that quite a good poem is flying around the ether, unloved!

      • Michele Seminara said

        I know, I know! Do keep me posted. I would love to know if the comp organisers take mercy. I hope they do!

  2. Chocolate as a substitute for wine?

  3. pscottier said

    Ha! Tough chaps like me laugh at chocolate in a vaguely offensive way.

    And my daughter and I just walked down to the aforementioned place where she partook of an iced chocolate, and I didn’t. (I didn’t laugh at her chocolate, of course. That’d be wrong.)

  4. pscottier said

    Yes, they did take mercy Michele!

  5. frankprem said

    Bravo for a good result. Hope you had the wine later, anyway. Cheers and best luck in th ecomp. Frank

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