Wednesday, December 4, 2019

December IWSG

It's winter! (At least, in my mind, if not officially.) Happy, happy snow-time! We've had two good snowfalls, each around 5 to 6 inches. Pretty decent. Not enough to cancel school, though. It's also drive-yourself-crazy-getting-ready-for-Christmas time. Yeah. How's that shopping coming along?

Christmas Lights

Time for a break to celebrate being an insecure writer with our fabulous host, Alex J. Cavanaugh, and his merry band of co-hosts (kind of like Santa and his elves, no?): Tonja Drecker, Beverly Stowe McClure, Nicki Elson, Tyrean Martinson!

December's optional question: Let's play a game. Imagine. Role-play. How would you describe your future writer self, your life and what it looks and feels like if you were living the dream? Or if you are already there, what does it look and feel like? Tell the rest of us. What would you change or improve?

Hmmm. Let's see. Well, first, I would have to fast forward at least five years into the future in order to get both kids out of my hair and into college. Or else there would be no time for writing, because right now it's all homework, study, prepare for concerts, recitals, endless meals, and even more endless laundry. Blah. 

Once the kids are off skipping class to sleep in studying to become brain surgeons, I'll be happily typing the final draft of my follow-up to my debut bestseller. My amazing agent emails me that the blurb will be from none other than Stephen King himself(!!!), and that I'll probably have an interview on either The Today Show or The Tonight Show, when it comes out. (I nudge them toward the Tonight Show. I hate getting up early.) My publisher's marketing gurus have sent me brilliantly beautiful cover art possibilities, and just as I type the words, "The End", super agent calls. The movie rights to my first book have been sold. Hot dog!


Okay, that was fun. Back to reality. It's time to go pick up the kids and survive another 6 hours of algebra, causes and effects of global warming, American foreign policy in the late 1800's, and the really hard part: figuring out what's for dinner. 

To those about to parent, we salute you!


*HEXtraordinary* : Cranky Baby Mandrake

How was your Thanksgiving?

As we started our yearly tradition of going around the table to talk about what we were thankful for, there came a high-pitched squealing and screeching from a plastic-wrapped sweet potato in the microwave--a sound eerily similar to the chorus of baby Mandrakes from Harry Potter (2? I think). Needless to say, the dignity of the moment was tossed aside and my daughters and I almost fell on the floor laughing while my husband shook his head.

As a writer, I am thankful for the never-ending insanity delivered daily from family life. 

What are you thankful for?



  1. Funny about the potato. And I envy your snow!

  2. Oh my gosh the potato cracked me up. LOL so much for the serious stuff.
    Here's hoping we turn on the Tonight Show in a few years and see you there. :)

  3. Ha ha ha on the potato! That would so happen to me.

    I love the part about the blurb from Stephen King!

  4. Ah, yes, the parent life. I am very familiar with it. You've got some good dreams! Just having time to write is the goal. :)

    I've encountered screaming potatoes before. It makes me wonder what kind of torture the microwave is putting it through.

  5. My daughters are both in college and sometimes I am still busy answering phone calls and e-mails - giving feedback on college papers and excerpts. And then, when they don't call or send me stuff, I miss them.
    Parenting is wonderful, inspiring, and always gives us plenty to laugh about.
    Good luck figuring out dinner plans. :)
    And Happy December Writing! (Love your future self dream, too)

  6. We were foster parents for a while and now with my schedule, I have no idea how we did it. It's a challenge when kids are involved, isn't it?

  7. Your dreams sound so fantastic. I want them too! And funny story about the potato.

  8. I love your dream writer life! I would love all of those things. Totally realistic, right?

  9. Love those dreams! It is hard to write with kids around, but it's a wonderful time too. Writing ideas for the the potato. Maybe the potato was just be thankful too?

  10. Everything Christmas is coming along badly, but at least I haven't had any screaming potatoes! I salute parents everywhere, for they are amazing creatures. And extra kudos to those who parent and write! Merry Christmas!

  11. I'd have to nudge them toward the Tonight Show, too. I'm definitely not a morning person. :)

    Hope the snowfall stays pretty and doesn't add to the holiday-prep stress!

  12. It would be great to see snow. Grew up in Northern England when each winrter there was a great deal of it! Now rarely have snow, the climate is definitely changing... good luck with the algebra đŸ¤—

  13. One would think there'd be more time in the day once the kiddos hit college age...well, I'm gonna let you keep thinking that until you get there, heehee. Happy, happy holidays!

  14. I love your imagination and hope Stephen King does call you!

    I'm thankful for life!

  15. I love the part that once you get the kids in college you'll be able to find time to write. It didn't happen that way for me. but I LOVE your imagination. Wouldn't that be wonderful? All best to you in 2020, Tamara!

  16. Needless to say, the dignity of the moment was tossed aside and my daughters and I almost fell on the floor laughing while my husband shook his head.
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