Dorothy Parker and deadlines

“This is instead of telephoning because I can’t look you in the voice. I simply cannot get that thing done yet never have done such hard night and day work never have so wanted anything to be good and all I have is a pile of paper covered with wrong words. Can only keep at it and hope to heaven to get it done. Don’t know why it is so terribly difficult or I so terribly incompetent.”

— Dorothy Parker’s telegram to her editor at Viking Press explaining why she missed her deadline