Working girl

Page 48… in a fiction series.

Before she could sit down, Mr. Tiller asked Miranda to remain standing and present her qualifications and work experience as if she were making a very important sale.  Having spent the last 48 hours practicing the very same, Miranda Stowe was ready.  Since her conversation with Rita, she gave her speech to anyone who would listen– the dockmates, Rosie the bartender, and to herself in front of a mirror in the lady’s room.  With Neil Lipman loitering outside the door, she hoped he was impressed, too.

Miranda cleared her throat.  Tiller said, ”You may begin.” 

“My most recent employer was Stowe Publishing.  The name is the same as my own because the company is owned by my former husband, Harry Stowe.  This does not, in any away, diminish my contribution or success as it relates to my position there.  As you may have noted, Harry Stowe is listed as a business reference.”

Emerson James Tiller sat at a large desk with the deportment of a State Highway Patrolman, hands neatly folded in front of him.  He was watching her over the top of his reading glasses– possibly amused, probably not. 

“I began my career with Stowe Publishing as an assistant editor and copywriter.  I quickly gained a reputation for doing quality work, and completed writing assignments for a major market newspaper and several broadcast media outlets.  I also did ghostwriting for a political candidate, preparing campaign speeches and correspondence.  Each project eventually added to Stowe’s bottom line by introducing local organizations to our complete printing and publishing services.” 

No response.

“As I gained experience, Harry included me in sales presentations on a broader scale.   (She could feel herself missing Harry. Miranda needed to stay focussed.)  I began to prospect and develop new business, working mostly with colleges and universities.  I wrote proposals, studied needs-analysis data, and researched marketing trends. 

By building good relationships with my clients and being responsive to their needs,  I was consistently recognized for bringing in the highest dollar volume of new business.  I’m a strong negotiator, Mr. Tiller.  I’m not ashamed to say I like making money.”

Tiller looked down at her resume, wrote something on a legal pad, and said, “Continue.”

“Like everyone else on the payroll, I was at the office anytime the workload demanded it.  We operated as a team, and put out an exceptional product.”  Miranda paused.  “If I may say so, Mr. Tiller, I loved my work, made a notable contribution, and look forward to achieving the same level of success with your firm.”  (Level of success doing what?  Miranda still had no idea what she was doing there.)

Miranda may have been a drunk and a party girl, but no one could ever call her stupid or lazy.  And while she enjoyed the ten years she spent living a life of luxury with Harry Stowe, a girl can only buy so many cute shoes and Gucci bags.  When she took a job at his office, she never drank a drop.  It occurred to her, as if for the first time, that she had to stay sober.

Tiller looked up from her resume and asked, trying to hide a grin,  “About your volunteer position with the Orchid Society–  Does that somehow relate to your work experience, or do you just like flowers?”

She met his gaze, also trying not to grin.  “When I became editor-in-chief of the Orchid Society newsletter, I had never grown a plant in my life.   But I’m a quick study, sir, and my orchids are thriving.”

“And this makes you qualified to work for me.”

“Yes Mr. Tiller,  I believe it does.”

To be continued…

*This story is based on some true events, however, has been fictionalized and all persons appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real people, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.




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19 Responses to Working girl

  1. Theresa says:

    Oh my goodness, we still don’t know the outcome of the interview! :)

    • Linda says:

      Yes, these things take time. And this man, “Tiller,” made me come back again before I knew if I was hired. P.S. When I put your new blog on my blogroll, is there a way to do that without taking down the original? Let me know… : )

      • Theresa says:

        I don’t know…I still haven’t got my end figured out either. I wish I knew how to do the technical stuff. I tried to make an “About” section like I have on the old blog, but it was just included in the section of posts listed in the left margin. Oh well… :)

        • Linda says:

          When I first found your other blog, I was blown away by all the neat stuff you have on there… easy to navigate and alot of places to click on. The new look is very artistic and classy. It suits you very well, and it’s nice that you can keep changing the header.

          I’ve never written the “About” section because I would have no idea what to write. It’s a tough question… : )

  2. Larry Who says:

    “…And this makes you qualified to work for me…”

    Good salesmanship. Is it a learned or natural behavior?

  3. Larry Who says:

    And…and…and I’m ready. Let’s turn the page.

  4. .endtransmission. says:

    Linda, you’re hitting your stride. This current writing style is descriptive, enticing, and with the cliff hangers, leaves us wanting more… So much more. Well done.

  5. Linda, You just shoved me closer to the edge of my seat! The suspense is killing me. ;)

    I love how Miranda has for the first time realized how important sobriety is. I truly hope that realization sticks and she doesn’t blow it again. I guess only time (and probably 10 or 20 more installments) will tell. Peace, Linda

    • Linda says:

      You never know about an alcoholic, Linda. I’ve been shocked by how many people at AA meetings do really well for DECADES, then stop for a beer after work and lose it all. When I get back to Ohio in April, one or two of my AA friends will be dead. Happens like clockwork.

      When I’m writing, I keep in mind the AA friends who believe they will never get well, never be anything but a loser. And that they could never be forgiven. When I tell my little story at meetings, the “losers” literally lean across the table, and stare, and listen. It gives words to their own struggles in a way that’s not complicated or preachy… and besides, I turned out pretty good. : )

      So that’s why there is no easy ending in sight, because it’s a true story, and true alcoholics can destroy a few good months of sobriety just like that. Just like that.

      Thanks for your loyalty… 48 pages, and counting.

  6. Debbie says:

    Oh my goodness . . .he should so hire Miranda! She sold me! Your writing is just so tight and right, Linda! I’m so excited about this story, for you, and just for what all He is going to do in your life. He’s got plans . . .
    God bless you and yours today!

    • Linda says:

      I really liked your post this morning. Stayed with me all day.

      I’m excited about writing, too. I have something to look forward to everyday, no matter what else happens. Praying for you today, Debbie. Hope all is well. : )

  7. ann says:

    Thanks Linda

    The edge of my seat is worn thin!

    Echoing Linda K. Hopeful am I, but I don’t want to wait too long to find out how Miranda won the battle of the Bottle..


    • Linda says:

      Sadly, I have to be true to the story, and the nature of alcoholism is slow and dirty. I’d love to have all those years back to do something productive, but it just takes a long time. The success rate in AA today is between 7-15%. Lot’s of failure, very sad.

      So I’m really writing for the people who come into AA and have nothing to live for… they’ve lost it all. If Miranda can do it, they can do it, too… something like that.

      That’s why I have to keep going, keep it real, and not write anything that would scare my mom.

      Hugs… ; )

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    lol :-)

    Technology…. smh :-)

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