Not to be a downer, but I figure getting these off my chest would be a good thing.
Getting into a really great TV show on DVD then realizing the end is near. Bonus points for falling in love with a show that was prematurely canceled.
Being tricked by a book. Most good editors won't allow a writer to pull the wool over the reader's eyes. A good twist is one thing; a lie or withholding information for the sake of shock is another. Also, books with a lot of back matter can lead you to believe you've got more of the story when what you really have are end notes.
Thinking you've got your financials in order. This inevitably leads to a broken-down car, medical bills, a student loan coming out of the woodwork, a hefty list of expensive textbooks for the next semester, an unexpected vet bill, etc.
That one recurring dream where you have to take a final for a class in which you totally forgot you had enrolled. For me, inevitably, it's a math class. Also, I once forgot to do a take-home portion of an advanced algebra test. In college. So my math-class stress dreams are actually validated by real experience.
What really hits you in the pit of the stomach?
Posted by Erin of The Fierce Beagle
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