Tuesday, August 7, 2012

An Old TV, a Repairman, and New Hope for Old Stories

Last week a tragedy happened at our house. Our 55 inch TV died. See it, over there to the left.

We've had this TV for at least eleven years and while our family seemed happy that the old, black box had given up the ghost, I grieved.

What's with me? I mean, it's just a TV. An old TV that has had a good life and was enjoyed by all.

My daughter wanted to wheel it out of the family room into the garage, but I wouldn't let her. Silly I know, but I have a hard time letting go of things.

Hubby and I started looking at other models. There's so many sleek, trim, and gorgeous sets to choose from. Still, I was having a hard time saying good-bye to the set that I'd enjoyed for years.

But hope sprang anew last night.

Hubby told me that he hired a repairman to look it over. The repairman came this morning and fixed the old TV. YES!!! He told us the set will probably last another ten years.

A good repairman can fix the old and make it new again.

I realize as an author, I'm a repairman for my old stories. See, I have many books that I've written over the years that haven't been published. I've saved them to files on my computer. I don't look at them very often, but I'm very hopeful that some day I'll be able to repair them and give them new life.

My old TV gave me hope for my old stories.

I know it's silly to form such attachments, but am I the only one who does this? Do you have old stories or things that you can't give up on? 



  1. I love the analogy of being repairmen for our own stories! I feel that way pretty often.

  2. Thanks, Jordan! I'm always going in and repairing my writing on old stories and new. :)

  3. I just finished dusting off the first one I ever wrote. What a stroll down memory lane. And what a mess!!! :)

    1. Diane,
      Isn't it fun to look back at our old stories. It's like seeing an old friend.

  4. I'm glad for the TV first aid! It's a waste to buy new when the old still has life left in it.
    Yes, I know what you mean about being fond of certain old projects. I have two MGs, a novel and a short story, I'm still attached to, but I'm not as optimistic as you are. They're good ideas, but I can't do justice to MG. I'm old enough that it's a stretch for me to write YA characters much less MG ones! Haha!

    1. Lexa,
      Oh, I don't know about too old to write MG. I know I'm a kid at heart. And there's been a lot of, let's say, "mature" writers putting out MG novels. Have some fun with it. :)

  5. those old gadgets always last for decades, unlike these modern ones which break after a few years :(
    I wanted to express my sympathies for the deceased TV :) but I see the old chap got fixed in the end :)

    1. Dezmond,
      We managed to give him CPR and now he's working again. That was a close call. :)



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