I have lovely news, but I keep getting interrupted by other stuff.
- Children. Small children. They NEED things. Even when they don’t they really like to carry on conversations with you. Case in point: This morning Red was coming out of the bathroom, sauntered past me, and asked, “Mom, do you like sausages?” I had no idea how to respond, really. It was the whole juxtaposition of the bathroom*, the nonchalance, and my inability to talk without coffee. I was flummoxed. But, yes, actually, I DO like sausages. Italian and summer are my favorite.
- *Just don’t dwell on it too much and it won’t get icky.
3. A furry white cat that was on death’s door a week ago. But more on that later.
4. Laundry. See #1.
I know the other stuff is normal (except for Steve, the cat but more on that later) but the older I get the harder it is to multi-task. It’s like my synapses just freak out and say, “Hey! Everybody! She’s trying to do that multi-tasking thing again! Take COVER!”” And there’s general running about and firing of synapses all over the place and waving of synapsey arms and mayhem.
I was trying to get (shove) my two boys out the door this morning for VBS, hoping for an hour to work on the lovely news, when I noticed that Red’s bed looked like he had piled every single one of his stuffed animals on it. It looked like this because, as I asked him for verification, “Mom, I piled every one of my stuffed animals on it! I have a kaJILLION!”
And that’s when I started in on Mom Lecture #3445, Clean Up Your Stuff Or It Will Go Away And You Will Have to Play with Sticks.
Me: Red, you KNOW you are to MAKE YOUR BED every morning, and this is a MESS and-
Red: But, Mom-
Me: Hold on dear, I’m not to the sub points of the lecture. And FIRST OF ALL-
Red: But, MOM-
Me: One minute. FIRST OF ALL, it’s important to be RESPONSIBLE-
Red: MOM. MOMMY.
Me: AND ANOTHER THING-
Red: MOM THEY ASKED US TO BUILD THE WALL OF JERICHO IN VBS. IT WAS OUR HOMEWORK. AND I DID. WITH MY STUFFED ANIMALS. STRAIGHT UP BIBLE ACTIVITY ALL UP IN THERE.
Me: Oh. That’s adorable. And, they gave you homework? This VBS is hardcore.
Jesus and Red = 1 Mom = 0
Anyhow. I am now writing my little fingers off to tell you about THIS:
I’m working on another book. The publishing company actually wanted me to write another book. ANOTHER ONE.
Which, as you know, means I am really a big deal.
Also, it’s possible I have had the worst case of writer’s block known to all writers in the universe (no hyperbole here) because FOLLOW UP IS SO NOT MY THING.
I’ll keep you posted. But, in fact, I won’t keep you posted as much as I would like because every stray minute that dangles in front of me is utilized in eeking out another painful sentence on this second-book thing. I am serious. Last night I wrote a sentence. Then stared off into space. Then deleted the sentence. More staring. Wept a little. Repeat. This must be what snails feel like all the time.
I tell you this, so you will feel sorry for me. Just a teensy weensy bit? I always did like sympathy. I’m so not like those people who are all, “I don’t want your sympathy!”
I DO. I REALLY DO WANT IT.
But, if not sympathy, then your prayers. My family and me need to survive together until the manuscript is done, and this morning I asked Blonde to provide me with a synonym for “glass” and he answered “Um, donkey?” and I just nodded and carried on.
Never ask an eight year old with bad hearing for synonyms.
I’m gonna try and stick with the donkey-half-full ideology that a second book is wonderful and exciting and such a blessing. And, it is happening because of YOU guys. So, I thank you from the bottom of my synapse-misfiring little heart.
I do love you so.
I lift my donkey of grape juice to you.
This book is gonna be so good, can’t you tell?