Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Holidays and deadlines

Somewhere, there is a writer burning stuffing but keeping a plot tight. Well, I'm not burning stuffing but I am trying to keep this plot tight. When you're a writer, holidays only mean time to writer. With my hated day job and this bootleg holiday schedule, I'm in danger of writing at the Thanksgiving table on Thursday, but not during the Cowboys game. Hey, I got priorities. But I digress.

Writing during the holidays will cause different reactions from family members. There's Uncle Joe and his,"girl,when are you going to write about me?"
Normally, Uncle Joe is way past his prime and his stories about how he met your auntie -- creepy! While you want to tell Uncle Joe to have several seats, he'll drop a nugget that more than likely will end up in your next book. This is why you always bring rum for Uncle Joe.

Now, Aunt Hattie Mae, she doesn't want any part of the book. As a matter of fact, after every sentence she says, "Don't put that in your book." Even if she simply said, "It's raining outside."
But Aunt Hattie Mae needs to know, she has been in several books already. It's funny that when you write about real people, that don't know it. That's the good thing about being a writer, you can write about folks as you see them. 

Then, you have your parents, or ya mama to be more accurate, who's hollering, get off that iPad, lap top or computer and go to the store. 
Dang, I think my mama is calling me. I forgot to get the turkey! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

And if you're in need of a holiday read, check out my latest, Love After War!

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