Living with a Writer – fun – or not!

Sounds exciting doesn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚ Yeah, you should know what’s coming! Cuz this wasn’t an idle question. It came from one of my kids friend who asked, “What’s it like to live with a writer??

Just think, it’s a glamorous lifestyle of the rich and famous. Big fancy house, fast cars and ID-10031667gorgeous partner on your arm. At least that’s the way it is in the movies. But this is real life and that is a whole different story.

So living with a writer from my kids’ perspective goes something like this (keep in mind, I’m a workaholic and my kids go from young adults to midteen):

  1. Going to bed at any hour and find the writer is already up and at it – or lost in thought at the end of the bed and not sure if it’s time to go to sleep or time to get up.
  2. Getting up at any hour and find same writer in same position.
  3. Arriving in the kitchen to find writer standing in the middle of the room, spoon in the air, going, “I’ve got it!” But there’s no sign that ‘it’ refers to the meal in progress. sigh.
  4. Parking at a store and exiting the van only to realize as you enter the store front that the writer is sitting half in and half out of the vehicle writing frantically on a scrap of paper they found on the street.
  5. Finding out the writer has a habit of picking up pens and paper from….everywhere!
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  7. Having company over who is busy telling the gathering about some sad event and having the writer ask waaay too impertinent questions. “She had an affair did you say? Hmmm. Do you know if it was one guy or two – are you sure her partners were male?”
  8. Having the latest gruesome news reports pop up in your gchat or FB msg cause it’s … different. Yeah, this writer has files on the many ways to kill each other. And how wonderful to see the latest weirdest headlines before breakfast, or coffee, or starting a life on our own!
  9. Having to repeat information over and over and over….ad nauseam as the writers says she’s listening but so obviously is plotting the next serial killer book – yes we do wonder when she looks at us with that special gleam in her eye – are we next?
  10. Having the writer lose track of hours, days, weeks – all right who are we kidding – months at a time! Then stares at you in shock (make that horror) when you tell her how old she really is (add a few years for some extra laughs).
  11. Remembering to NOT tell her you have a date. No, you won’t get asked the usual questions about who with? Where are you going? When are you coming home? No. Be prepared for the questions you’d hope a parent would never ask and wished your writer parent hadn’t – questions such as:
  1. What’s the current thinking on rate on number of dates before having sex? I’m writing a New Adult book and really need to know. (Like what’s a New Adult. It’s hardly the same thing as a New Born??)
  2. Did you two hear about the woman who murdered her babies and buried in them in flower pots around the house? Isn’t that cool? (No – so not cool. By now the dates are inching to the front door – alone)
  3. Do you know how to hotwire a car? I have this couple stranded in this creepy little town with car trouble…
  4. ID-10055359Either of you know anything about poisons? This last said as the writer holds out coffee and cookies… and usually sends the date running. Unfortunately the writer is usually running right behind with pen and paper in hand shouting, “Wait, I really want to know…”

Sigh…the good things about having a writer in the house include never having trouble getting notes to explain why you didn’t go to school that day. Only you might have a little trouble keeping the over the top imagination toned down so the notes are someone what reasonable. There’s also a certain cachet to having a writer in the house. We all have friends/buddies who think the writer is awesome and can they have a bad guy named after them in one of the books. And that is usually followed by the proverbial…can I have the writer’s autograph in hushed whispers as the writers grabs a napkin and starts scribbling down the next best seller.

Yeah, the thing is…this writer is ours! Awesome!

Written with contributions from Christoph, Jason, Nick and Kara….writer’s in progress. ๐Ÿ™‚

So what do you think? Is living with a writer something you’d like to do. And you writers out there – what are some of the bad habits your family has to live with?

About Dale Mayer

Dale Mayer writes romantic suspense, with or without paranormal elements like TUESDAY'S CHILD (2011) and now young adult books in various genres like DANGEROUS DESIGNS (2011). Writing stabilizes her in a life gone wild! The other stabilizers? Cheesecake and her four cats! Of course, she's dreaming to think she'll get a piece cheesecake once her four kids find out she's been baking!
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8 Responses to Living with a Writer – fun – or not!

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Very funny, Dale! Your kids are good!

    I think my husband would prefer it if I had a different career, so I would be ‘there’ at the end of the day instead of writing – or scribbling notes as quickly as I can. lol

    • Dale Mayer says:

      Hi Edie,

      The kids got a kick out of it. lol. They do like bringing friends over to meet me though so their life can’t be all bad. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yeah, partners do seem to want you ‘there’ for them at the end of the day. Good thing we’re adaptable. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Contests & Giveaways!

  2. LOL, this is great. You’ve got talented kids!

    I am definitely guilty of having to have things told to me multiple times because I really was elsewhere when my kids first asked me / told me.
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …In Defense of the Queen Cover Reveal

    • Dale Mayer says:

      Hi Michelle!

      I think their great. lol. And isn’t that a pain when they tell you stuff and you just didn’t hear it? We’re so locked into our heads sometimes, nothing else makes it in there!
      Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Contests & Giveaways!

  3. Amy Atwell says:

    Your kids have inspired me, Dale. I need to interview my cats. Half the time I’m trying to coax them out of my chair so I can work there instead of tucked into a fetal position on the old futon in my office.
    Amy Atwell`s last blog was …The Classics Are, Wellโ€ฆ Classic.

    • Dale Mayer says:

      Hey Amy,

      I actually wanted to interview my cats but they just rolled over and went back to sleep. lol. I’m actually trying to coax my daughter out of my bedroom so I can hideaway there!

      Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Contests & Giveaways!

  4. Oh, my goodness, Dale!! This was so funny, I was snorting with laughter!!!
    My son is nearly 15, so he would totally be onboard with many of these — #3 about the meals for sure, and just about all of the questions following #11 ;).
    LOVED it! Thanks so much (to you and your kids!) for posting this…

    • Dale Mayer says:

      Hi Marilyn,

      Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to write comedy some times – it makes a relief from the rest of my writing. You’d think the kids would be enough comic relief but…

      Glad you like it – and that you’re not so far different from me! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Contests & Giveaways!

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