I had an array of experiences this this week, had a slew of emotions to go with them, and learned quite a bit.
Here are ten things I learned this week:
- Having a deadline is pressure
- Missing a deadline is even more pressure
- Especially when you can't quite figure out how to wrap up a story
- Sitting at a computer for hours on end makes your buttocks/bum/derriere really hurt
- Knowing you can't do anything about said aching buttocks because you have to stay at that computer and get the book done makes it hurt even more
- Pushing through the pain (pertaining to both deadline pressure and throbbing gluteus maximus) is HARD
- But rewarding...after the fact
- Your child's broken heart is your broken heart, too
- A broken heart (& the plethora of emotions that come with it) is not a good thing to have when you're trying to write
- But at least you can be surprised by who the killer turns out to be in your own book, incidentally NOT who was planned
Regarding #s 8 & 9, I remember having a broken heart. I remember it vividly, in fact. I know nothing I say will take the pain away. But, holy mackerel, I never expected my boy's emotional reaction to be what it was, and my tired, stretched-thin state-of-mind didn't help me help him very much, I'm afraid.
So I have only one question. How do you help your child get over a broken heart, which includes not only the loss of love, but the loss of a best friend?