Monday, October 22, 2012

eat crap and die epiphany

My brother used to say, "Eat crap and die."
Puh-lease. Like I'm gonna do that.
Jessie (my bro and not my writing bestie) was the world's biggest dork and so when my mom wasn't listening, I would tease him. Relentlessly.
He was the only boy in a house of wildly obnoxious girls and because of this he often felt picked on like my parents were truly assigning him more to do. Why do I have to mow the lawn? Pick up the dog poop? Take out the garbage? Etc. Etc. And so on.
"Jessarella, Jessarella, All I hear is Jessarella," I would sing in the perfect Cinderella mouse-squeak. He loved it. So much so, his favorite response was the aforementioned and very classy, "Eat crap and die."

For years I hated the phrase. Now I quite enjoy it. I've found myself using it when the situation seemed fitting. Like when a crit partner tells me to work on my MS instead of reading. Or when my hubby suggests I stop whining and actually start writing. Yeah, ya'll. You can Eat Crap and Die. That's what I'm thinking . . . and sometimes saying.

Obviously for all of Jessie's suggesting, it didn't add up to much because as of today I have yet to Eat Crap and Die. But today for some reason I got to really thinking about his tag line.

And then I had an epiphany. 
Instead of eating crap and dying (are you getting sick of that phrase yet?) what I need to do is sort through the crap and live. Translation: edit my crap and make it so awesome that my characters come to life. (Are you having an ah-ha moment too?)

Basically today's deep inner thoughts added up to this:


Does that even make sense to you? Or am I just having a really weird Monday morning? And if it doesn't make sense, give me your own epiphany and maybe I can run with that. 


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I like edit the crap better.
And you were one mean sister.

i'm erin. said...

Oh Alex, I know! But I'm super nice now to make up for it...well most of the time.

Chantele Sedgwick said...

It makes perfect sense! :D Your posts are always so hilarious. :)

ilima said...

I need to start an Erin's Quotes page somewhere. Lol.

David P. King said...

That makes perfect sense. And I can sympathize with your brother, raised among a bunch of sisters. :)

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I have to finish writing the crap so I can edit it. Realizing the last third of books kicks my {bleep}.

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

I write crap all of the time. But sifting through it seems tedious. I'll just send you my crap. (Oh wait, I already did!)
I'm actually getting better at editing all the time. Only took 3 years.

Angela Cothran said...

I love it :) You are perfectly quotable.

Unknown said...

Writers who write about writing unite!...

Jessie Humphries said...

I 100% agree that you better start editing that awesome crap, cuz I am going to hold you to it! I am gonna bring me some handcuffs this weekend, which may or may not be to lock you down to your laptop! :0

Patti said...

Totally agree, but right now I just need to write the crap so I can sort through it later. Because as the saying goes, "better to write crap than nothing at all"

Peggy Eddleman said...

You actually made me snort when I hit that tagline! It's the BEST TAGLINE EVER. Seriously frameable. Cross-stitchable. Make-into-an-e-cardable.

Skippy Bo Bippy said...

So.. if you write crap, and edit crap.. you get crap squared. Which is ironic because I bought a book just the other day that I found myself referring to as "crap squared".. so I think you're onto something!

Carrie Butler said...

Hah! I think we need that on t-shirts, Erin. ;)

prerna pickett said...

Hahaha! i love how you likened this phrase to writing. I have a little brother and it's so much fun to tease him at times. Although I think my husband enjoys more than I do since he's the youngest in his family and feels that my little brother is now his little brother. But thankfully he's a good sport about it.

Jennie Bennett said...

Ha! I love it! :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I had mean sisters like you. Thanks to them, I have really thick skin and a warped sense of humor. Loved the post. Yes, it made sense (but don't be too elated, I am

I've been known to use the occasional eat crap and die, but my personal fave was for someone to take a long walk off a short pier.

Katie Dodge said...

First, that makes total sense. And second, Jessie's handcuff comment is making me a little nervous for this weekend... ;)

Charlie N. Holmberg said...

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...

I have nothing else to say.

Caryn Caldwell said...

LOL! Yes, it makes sense, but maybe that's because I'm in that weird place that my revisions send me to, where things that are a little off-kilter seem totally normal.

Botanist said...

Maybe a more family-friendly way of looking at it is: editing is the means by which we turn manure into roses.

i'm erin. said...

ha Botanist! I love that.

Robin said...

LOL-your post made perfect sense. I came from a family with 5 girls and 2 boys, I know all about torturing brothers (and little sisters, and older siblings on dates, and...)

Great post-esp. for revision crazed me. Today I will Edit the crap till it's awesome. I promise not to eat it:) said...

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