Okay. Confession time. I didn't get my read-through of ASF completed last week. I only managed to get the first 100 pages done. Very bad. So I packed the manuscript back into my bag again and set out for the airport on Sunday. Made it through security with very little wait, and with 45 minutes to go before the plane was due to board, plonked myself down near the gate agent's stand, pulled out the MS and my red pen and started to read. After about 15 minutes I looked up. Hmmm. that's odd. The flight wasn't displayed over the gate any more. 'Kay. What's going on? Checked my cellphone(I don't wear a watch).
OMG!!! The flight LEFT 27 minutes ago!!
Leapt up (ms securely in hand), bolted to the desk. Yelped "Flight 2244 to Dayton?" at the agent.
Received a patronizing smile. "Didn't you hear the announcement?"
Does it look like I heard the blasted announcement? "No, no I didn't" I say, trying not to grit my teeth.
"Yes. I noticed you were engrossed in what you were doing."
Oh fine! But you didn't think to maybe come over and kick me, did you? "Yes I was reading."
Agent grins maliciously. "You should listen to the announcements, you know." Pauses for effect, then says "The flight's been delayed by 90 minutes. You're fine."
I could have kissed him, but I just smiled my thanks and sat down again. It only took another five pages to get my heartrate to return to normal.
ASF may never get published, but I know one thing: it's a page-turner.
PS I finished it last night and I've started the type-in of the changes. They'll be done by the end of the week. It should be on it's way to the beta readers on Friday.