My mother got after me a while ago. She is a wonderful, caring woman. She seldom gets angry, but at that moment she was absolutely livid.
“Your father and I don’t really know a lot about writing. We don’t know which market is the better one to get into and we have no idea how this works. But we want to learn because you are our daughter, and we’re proud of you, and if it’s something that you love, then we will support it. So tell me what a partial request is and why that’s a good thing!”
Hell hath no fury like a mother’s love. This made me happy for a lot of reasons, and I couldn’t wipe the grin off of my face while I explained.
I’ve pretty much stopped talking about it, for the most part. My writing conversations are held here at the blog and in a few emails, and that’s it. As writers, we live in a completely different reality. We’re excited for personal rejections. We slave for hours to create worlds out of thin air. We get angry at people who don’t exist, and we hang our hopes and dreams on them. We’re bonkers.
It’s almost like military and civilian life. There are a few of us that get the lingo. The drive. The masochism. The civilians offer love and support, but even they don’t get it, for the most part. And that’s okay. I don’t get the Star Wars/Star Trek obsession, but I support my friends who have, oh, for example, the Cantina music on their wedding CD. (Who am I to talk? I had a mix of Meatloaf, Cranberries, and The Nightmare Before Christmas on mine.) So I’m very glad and grateful for their support, but I still keep most writing related things quiet because otherwise? They look at me like I suddenly sprouted a pair of antennas.
And now, it’s time for a Joke About Writing!
How many screenwriters does it take to change a light bulb?
1st draft. Hero changes light bulb.
2nd draft. Villain changes light bulb.
3rd draft. Hero stops villain from changing light bulb. Villain falls to death.
4th draft. Lose the light bulb.
5th draft. Light bulb back in. Fluorescent instead of tungsten.
6th draft. Villain breaks bulb, uses it to kill hero’s mentor.
7th draft. Fluorescent not working.Back to tungsten.
8th draft. Hero forces villain to eat light bulb.
9th draft. Hero laments loss of light bulb. Doesn’t change it.
10th draft. Hero changes light bulb.