Monday, August 9, 2010

Bollocks!

Yeah, you know what I mean. I like cursing in another country's slang; that way I don't feel so naughty.

Owen's 7th birthday was yesterday (happy b-day, buddy). I'm scarcely breathing today. My writing has suffered of late. I haven't penned a decent story in...well, at least a month. I have plenty of work to do in preparation for the new school year, too. I need a lifeline, and fast.

So, when I read this article, "Is Having Children an Unexpected Path to Publishing Success", you may think I answered "NO!"

But, in fact, having kids is fantastic. Having the structure of a full time job and kids...I'm motivated. I'm motivated.

Having summer vacation, too many Legos, and 100+ degree weather...

What was I talking about?

Oh yeah. My lack of motivation. I'm back to work on Friday. I'll see about that Pulitzer Prize winning novel, then.

*by the way...you want to preorder Cate Gardner's short story collection, Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits and Other Curious Things, don't you? C'mon...

16 comments:

Jamie Eyberg said...

for me the kids are incentive, but they have to be asleep for me to get anything done. Or one of them needs to be out of the house for a couple of hours so they aren't fighting. :) Have fun with the going back to work thing.

Cate Gardner said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Owen :D

(And thank you for all your hard work, Aaron).

Natalie L. Sin said...

If nothing else, the kids are an automatic fan base!

Andrea Allison said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Owen!

I don't know about kids. I'll have to take your word on that.

Rebecca Nazar said...

Happy Birthday, Owen. : )

Michael Stone said...

Bollocks is my favourite cussword. You're welcome to use it any time you like.

Aaron Polson said...

Jamie - Going back to school is always a mixed bag. I'm so much more focused, though. That's a given.

Cate - I'm not done yet. (with the work thing)

Natalie - I guess I should up their allowances so they can spend more money on books...wait a minute...

Andrea - He thanks you. And yeah. Kids.

Becca - ;)

Mike - It's great since Owen and Max have no idea what I'm saying. I could say "falafel" and it would be the same to them. Oh, for the innocence of youth.

katey said...

Gotta fill up the tank-- and kids, well, they appreciate the important things. Always helpful :D

Bollocks IS a great word. I wish we'd adopt it over here.

Alan W. Davidson said...

Hope the birthday festivities went by smoothly. "Bollocks!" The Brits have all the cool words. I remember hearing the word "tollies" at a young age about the house (don't ask...)

Aaron Polson said...

Katey - True. True. No amount of fantastic fiction is worth trading for our summer adventures.

Alan - As smooth as they ever do. *sigh* (and you've stoked my curiosity)

Barry Napier said...

As far as the kids go...it may seem greedy, but they have definitely helped me write MUCH better from the perspective of characters that just happen to be parents.

Also, now it's a little harder to make myself harm a kid in my fiction...

Aaron Polson said...

Barry - I hear you on #1. Number 2...sometimes it's a little too easy to harm fictional kids...

K.C. Shaw said...

I hope the new school year goes well. Structure really helps me get more work done too. I write more on weekdays than on weekends.

Happy birthday, Owen!

Aaron Polson said...

Thanks, KC. Here's to a good year for all of us, eh?

Danielle Ferries said...

Happy birthday, Owen!

Good luck for the new school year and hope you get in some good writing time :)

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