I've been social media-scarce over the last week. And the noun-adjective combination in the previous sentence is one of the reasons why, but I'll get to that later.
We had houseguests during the first half of last week, which, as my daughter perfectly phrased it, "Is such a special treat!"
And it was.
Especially the part where the kids set their alarms for 6:00 AM so they could get in a solid hour of Make-up Chase and Darkness Mob in the basement before they had to get ready for school.
Fun Times! No seriously, it was fun.
In the middle of refereeing games of Make-up Chase and handing out ice packs for Darkness Mob (haven't played it, don't know the rules, but it involves lights outs, a large size dog crate and is more dangerous than hockey) I received an email from Agent Emily telling me the book is so very, very close to being ready to go out on submission, but still, a few more tweaks were needed.
In a manic moment, I decided the tweaks really weren't that substantial and "absolutely, no problem, could get them done by Friday."
It's funny how tweaks always look smaller in an email than they do when you're combing through the four hundred plus pages of your book.
The first one, as I hinted at above, was easy. I love a good noun-adjective combination. They're a crutch that makes it easy to paint a quick picture. Agent Emily wanted them gone. I complied.
It was the other tweaks that turned me, like a seasonally appropriate house decoration, from writer mommy into writer-scary and created conversations like the following.
"Mom, can I just sit on the couch next to you and watch you write?"
"No, you can not. I'm WORKING."
"I'll be quiet."
"I can hear you breathing. You HAVE TO LEAVE."
Writer-scary is probably the downside of having a writer mom. The upside is I made monster brownies this weekend to soften the blow of having to live with a temporary monster writer.
What about you?
How are your Halloween plans shaping up? Do you turn into a monster when you have a deadline?