NOTES: I’m all uptight over an assignment to revise one of the stories I submitted for grade over the last four months, yet I wanted to participate in SS, so a quickie. Say, any advice on revising short stories, Professor P? ; )
Revisions made 7/2/09
For ten hours a day, six days per week, Jane Wulandari sits rigid in the blue plastic chair at her work station, leaned into the task of painting eyes on hundreds of doll heads per day. For 802,000 rupiahs per month she deftly wields her brushes and paints in the exact sizes and numbers prescribed, and makes near-perfect irises and pupils on the whites of each doll eye every time. She is no artist, by any means, and not particularly intelligent, but easily trainable at repetitive labors. She comes from a long line of factory workers and laborers, blue collar survivalists. So when America began exporting hundreds of thousands of its jobs overseas, she soon found a marriageable Indonesian man on the internet. With his help, she began the process of obtaining all the proper documentation and left Chicago for Jakarta. And in that gigantic capital city, she enjoyed many happy years calling herself a fine artist and boasting of her brilliant foresight. And even now, though her hands, back and neck ache almost unbearably, she is still pleased with herself, though less so as she keeps a watchful eye on the latest goings-on in America.
Photo from “the making of Barbie” at http://www.designboom.com/snapshot/gallery.php?SNAPSHOT_ID=24&GALLERY_ID=1077&PHOTO_IDX=0
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