I’d like to thank the fools who put up with me

This may sound pretentious, but I’m writing the acknowledgments to my manuscript, even though the MS has not even made it to a first complete draft. I do this, in part, because I have raging ADD, and would never remember everyone who I needed to thank if I didn’t write it down now.

But it’s become a small testament to community. I’m not the only one who has a stake in my finishing the fucker. No one cares as much as I do, of course; but it reminds me that other people find my project interesting. It reminds me that I’m not completely alone in this little endeavor.

Sometimes I look at the list of names and it’s like flipping through photographs of friends. I get to read my friends’ formal writer names. (Liz becomes Elizabeth, and other people add their more specifically ethnic middle names to their otherwise ethnically nonspecific names; it’s an interesting trend.) It reminds me to be grateful to the librarians.

But mostly I keep an acknowledgment list because it makes my leggy manuscript feel like it might eventually see the light of day. What do you do?

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8 responses to “I’d like to thank the fools who put up with me

  1. “It reminds me that I’m not completely alone in this little endeavor.”

    This is so important.

    What do I do? I dream…

    PS.I wish my manuscript was leggy. It’s more ass-y.

  2. It makes perfect sense that you’re writing your acknowledgments before the fucker is finished. Hell, I’m scoping out islands I want to retire to even though I still have 12 years before my youngest leaves for college.

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