Friday, March 1, 2013

Back From the Future Bloghop

Today I'm taking part in two blogfests. On this blog, I'll be discussing what I'm hoping to send myself from the future. One the other blog, I'm counting my blessings for the Bloghop of Joy. So back to Back From the future.

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You’re up before dawn on a Saturday when the doorbell rings. You haven’t brewed your coffee so you wonder if you imagined the sound. Plonking the half-filled carafe in the sink, you go to the front door and cautiously swing it open. No one there. As you cast your eyes to the ground, you see a parcel addressed to you … from you.
You scoop it up and haul it inside, sensing something legitimate despite the extreme oddness of the situation. Carefully, you pry it open. Inside is a shoebox — sent from ten years in the future – and it’s filled with items you have sent yourself.
What’s in it?

Since I'm on a bit of having-writing-fun kick (which I'll write about next week), I decided I'll do a short (very short) story of it. Hope you enjoy! In case you're wondering, I don't drink coffee. Hence its absence from the morning routine. 


The doorbell rings. No... please let that be my imagination. The dogs start in on their frenzied barking. Never could figure out their problem with the bell. Maybe they just don't like the tune. 

I growl and roll myself out of bed, landing on my feet in a show of much greater alertness than I'm currently feeling. Then I trudge up stairs. This better be worth the aggravation of waking up early on the first Saturday in weeks that I could sleep in. 

When I get to the door, there's no one. My black lab pelts past and starts sniffling the parcel on the welcome mat. It's addressed to me. Interesting. I pick it up and head back in, tearing at the wrapping as I go. 

A shoebox. Even more interesting. I sit down by the kitchen counter and investigate the outside of the box. Nothing strange pops out at me, so I pry the lid off. Inside lies only three things, although the third is obscured by a huge slab of dark chocolate and a piece of paper with a note on it. 

I pull out the note and stare, shock shooting through me. This is my own handwriting. Complete with ink splots, strikethroughs and just general chaos. Unable to help myself, I read it.

Hey there, kiddo, 

I know you don't really like knowing what the future holds, so on International Send Back a Capsule Day, I thought you might appreciate these. 

You're going to make it!!!

Love, 

Me. 

So that would be the piece of chocolate. What's the other thing? I check back inside the box and pull out a book. My own. I open the cover. 

6th edition. And, as my future humoristic self notes in my infamously sloppy handwriting: 

And counting

38 comments:

Dani said...

Fingers crossed it all comes true - and counting!

Romance Reader said...

I've visited several members of this bloghop. A very good gift from you to yourself, Misha.

I like the positive and optimistice done of your entry.

Maria

Annalisa Crawford said...

I should have thought to send myself chocolate!!

M.J. Fifield said...

I'm hoping if future me ever sends me a package like that that she's considerate enough to include chocolate. You know, as well as a finished copy of my book.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

At least you know which story to focus on now.

Loree Huebner said...

Love your future!!

Mark Means said...

The future is looking bright for you...they still have chocolate! :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Love your future - especially the chocolate and your note! Sweet!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sixth edition - that means it will happen soon!

Suze said...

Chocolate. Never goes out of style.

Adriana Dascalu said...

chocolate -on my list! 6th edition - a distant hope for me for now, but I know... someday...

M Pax said...

Mmm, chocolate! You'll make it and I can't wait to read the post that your 7th edition is about to go into print. :D

nutschell said...

chocolate is always good! Love that there's an International Send Back a Capsule Day :D
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Nicki Elson said...

And counting, indeed. Good to see that future you is still a pretty cool chick. ;)

celeste holloway said...

Ha! Love it! I can't think of anything better than that find. I'm fairly new to the blogging world, so thanks for joining my site. I was slow to get my post up this morning, but it sounds like you can relate to chaos and being behind schedule. At any rate, I enjoyed your post and will be back. :)

Julie Flanders said...

6th edition and counting, love it. And the chocolate too, of course. Great entry. :)

Angela Brown said...

Chocolate! Yeppers!!

And keep at it. That 6th edition will come and go as the next comes around the future corner :-)

Nicole said...

Chocolate and a book...the perfect combination. ;)

Suzanne Furness said...

A great story, hope your dreams come true :)

Christine Rains said...

Hehehe! Awesome. I'd love for chocolate and a book to turn up on my porch.

Jackie said...

Love what you sent yourself! Two great things!!! :D

michelle said...

International Send Back a Capsule Day? Nice touch!
6th edition... I love your positivity!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Super! Dark chocolate and a best seller. It doesn't get much better than that!

DL Hammons said...

In ten years I expect you to be on your 10th edition! Don't short change yourself! :)

erica and christy said...

You'd better get going to have all those editions done in 10 years. ;)
erica

The Golden Eagle said...

And counting! Perfect ending. :)

Rachna Chhabria said...

Keeping my fingers crossed that it all comes true for you Misha.

Adhi Das said...

everything so sweet as the chocolates...good work..GOD LOVE U

Donna Hole said...

Are we all writers or what? My excerpt included a book I wrote too, lol. I don't drink coffee either, nice to know I'm not the only non-conformist in the blogs.

......dhole

Nick Wilford said...

That was a very thoughtful gift from yourself!

Candilynn Fite said...

Ah yes, that would be the perfect gift to send back to yourself. :)

Lily Tequila said...

Sixth edition is a fine ambition - dark chocolate a fine celebration :-)

klahanie said...

Had a word with the future Misha. Yes, I'm commenting into the now from the future. And it be true, you did make it! With that, I'm taking two future 'capsules' for my future headache which also seems to be happening now.
.....I'm outta' here, zap me back.....

Kittie Howard said...

Misha, that was a fantastic Back to the Future shoebox. And, yep, the future's yours, girl! BTW, I'm not big on coffee either and honestly don't understand what's so great about a cup of coffee.

Medeia Sharif said...

What a fantastic idea. I never thought about edition counts. I'm hoping this becomes a reality for you.

Rosalind Adam said...

Love this story. This blog hop is a scary concept.

Trisha F said...

I think this is the first I saw anyone mention editions, too. Nice work :) I love dark chocolate... mmmm! ate too much of it already this weekend. haha

Michael Di Gesu said...

YAY FOR CHOCOLATE.!

I sent myself that too and COFFEE.. LOL.