All in a Day's Work.

I don’t know about you, but when I tell people that I’m a writer, I get one of two reactions. Either they tell me they have a book they’ve always wanted to write, or they nod their head sagely. What does that mean? I don't know. I stopped trying to figure it out.

I have to pick up my preschooler at 10:45 every day. I drop her off at 8:00; I have that much time to write and so I do. The other day, I am heading at breakneck speed toward the inevitable hot and heavy between my hero and my heroine (and can I say it’s about time, the tension has been thick in the air for the last several chapters) when I remember, out of the blue, library books are due and I haven’t found the missing library book yet. My fingers pause mid-sentence; I glance at the clock, back to the words on the screen, back to the clock and sigh. There is just not enough time. My poor characters, it's damn close to coitus interruptus. I mean they've been waiting for this moment and they. are. so. close.

‘I’m sorry, characters’, I plead, ‘a library fine is a library fine. Can you, um, hold position until I get back?’

‘Tease’, they growled, voices still ragged from shared passion. They might have said something else but I saved and diminished the document before further guilt could be heaped upon my head.

So now I have something new to tell those people who ask what it’s like to be a mother and a erotic romance writer: The distance between your hero’s lips finding the heroine’s breast to looking frantically for the Saggy Baggy Elephant is surprisingly short.

12 comments:

Jennifer Leeland said...

LMAO!!!!! Exactly. I totally understand this one.

Kait Nolan said...

Hahahahahahaha!

Thank you for my morning belly laugh. Yeah I really don't understand people's reactions to finding out I'm a writer. I less often have the "I have this book I've always wanted to write" response and more the subtle sneer when they find out I write romance. And then there's that whole notion that it's not a "real job"--as if it is somehow less valid than the other 60 hours of work I do a week.

Catherine Bybee said...

LOl... too funny. Love the layout, BTW. I understand how frustrating it can be to leave your characters 'hanging'... They do get over it, however. You simply have to get back to them ASAP.

Lynne Roberts said...

Jennifer, thanks. I knew you would. I did find the books. ; )

Kait, oh I deal with that one too. I used to attempt to defend just how much work goes into writing and then I realized it was a waste of my time. Unless you do it, you won't understand.

Catherine, I'm still playing with the layout. I loved the heart and coffee and okay, I confess, the color. LOL And my characters forgave me after I threw them in the shower. ; )

Helen Hardt said...

I'm still laughing!! Great post, Lynne!

Lynne Roberts said...

Thank you, Helen. : )

Cari Quinn said...

LOL, Lynne, that was great! ;)

Lara Dien said...

I'm the opposite, I'm afraid. I get so wrapped up in writing the scene I invariably forget what I was supposed to do next.

I have learned never to write hot and heavy scenes while cooking dinner....

Crystal Posey said...

ROFL!!

Lynne Roberts said...

Cari,

Thank you. ; )

Lara,

Ah! I know that one too! My kids are getting used to me looking at the burnt dinner and declaring it a sandwich night.

Crystal,

: )

Becca Simone said...

Too funny! Ah, I remember those days. Now, it's my husband who interrupts me as he works from home. But I can just tell him to "Go away, I'm writing sex."

Thanks for the morning laugh. Congrats on your upcoming release. How exciting!

Lynne Roberts said...

Thank you Becca! That means a lot.

LOL. Yeah, I suppose with a husband it's a bit easier. (?)