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Revision Is This Part II

This is in continuation from my last post on revision, Revision Is This. You didn’t think I’d leave you dying on the path, did you?

My legs ache from the steep incline and I can barely put one foot in front of the other. I stagger to the top of the peak and let the wind brush a cool breeze against my cheeks. The air smells sweet like honeysuckle. A valley spreads below me in a patchwork quilt, and I realize it’s filled with tulips, daisies and tiny white flowers.

And there, just in the distance, stands the finish line, its crimson flags whipping against an icy blue sky.

Energy bursts through me and I take off in a sprint down the hill. The wind pushes against me now, tearing at my clothes, but I’m so caught up in my downward momentum that I don’t care. I’m practically flying.

I hit level ground. It’s rocky and weeds twist their way over the path, but my eyes focus on the finish line. Fire burns my lungs, a searing pain. It spreads through my whole body and yet I’ve never felt more alive than I do right now.
 And then I cross the finish line. I lift my arms in victory, and I scream and shout. Someone presses a thin, cold disc into my sweaty hand.

My medal.

The blisters are forgotten, the cuts and bruises have vanished, and the doubts have been left in the dust because I’ve finished the race.

And nothing can take that victory from me.I’ve nearly made it. I’m almost there!

15 Responses to Revision Is This Part II

  1. This is a hilarious post. I’ve never thought of revisions this way, but it’s true. Though I usually don’t need a shower once I’m though with them. But a massage would be nice. 🙂

  2. Marcia says:

    Yes, revision is exactly this!

  3. I guess since I like to run, I can see lots of simularities! And some of my best writing ideas actually come when I’m writing!

  4. Kim Kasch says:

    Keep on going! You’re almost there!

  5. Yes, yes you are. 😀 Congratulations again! Do Koreans celebrate the Moon Festival this month? If so, have a great one!

  6. Misha says:

    Hehehehe nicely put. Revision definitely can start off painfully before we get into it. The last bit is the best. 🙂

  7. I’m breathing hard with exhaustion just from reading this entry. 🙂 LOL.

  8. Bish Denham says:

    We get blisters on our fingers!

  9. Best feeling ever, isn’t it? Love the comparison!

  10. Victoria- yes it is! Chusok! I need to do a blog post on it soon.

    Misha- I know. It’s so rewarding at the end, isn’t it?

    Golden Eye- Love it

    Yes Bish! Blisters on fingers!

  11. This is so true. I slogged through revisions and edits lately. It was grueling, but so worth it at the end.

  12. Okay – this is hilarious and so true. I personally wish Pink Pajama Girl would come visit me :0)

  13. Ruth says:

    You have summed it up wonderfully!

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