Wednesday, June 05, 2019

June, Yes, Already IWSG


So, June is now here to prove that 2019 can go faster than any year before it. I’m sitting in my little kitchen listening to the breeze blowing through tree leaves and birds chirping, and someone’s A/C going even though it isn’t hot, yet. A quiet day in the middle of a city, which finds me thinking of the beginning of summer and what it might bring.
I hope to have time to write. I will make as much time as I can. The reason I know some time will be taken off is a good one. My mother in law is coming for a visit. She will stay with us in our 800 sq ft rental house and I will do my best to occupy her with talks, walks and fun things in the city to see. I don’t want to tire her (she’s soon to be 86), but my goal is that she will feel appreciated and loved.
City of Columbus Ohio
I’m a bit insecure about how this visit will go. My mother in law and I have until recently had a “distanced” relationship. I could say she’s been the proverbial “scary” and “no-way-to-please” mother in law and I wouldn’t be lying. But last year something changed. She all of a sudden likes me. I’m hesitant to trust this new side of her, but I don’t want to dwell in the past. I want to love her and have a true friendship with her. I have always wanted this, so I’m going forward with my goals and my desire to help her be happy with us while she’s here.
Having just “finished” my current WIP, I'm pleased to find that I still have it in me to finish novels I begin. So, I will look at this coming summer with my MIL as a WIP and see how it goes. Surely, I will learn a lot, and do a lot of revising. My mother in law and our relationship is worth this. Trepidatious or not, I can’t wait to see how “we” turn out.
June IWSG Question: Of all the genres you read and write, which is your favorite to write in and why?
I love to read mysteries, ScFi, and biographies. In writing, I like the puzzle of having to work it all out. I think that no matter what genre I write, the mystery of beginning a story and not knowing how I'm going to get to the end, the sense of having to puzzle something out, make a story work, is what makes writing so addicting for me.  I've written a mystery, a police procedural, and three historical fiction novels. Each one is a puzzle in the beginning. So, I guess I don't have a favorite genre (yet) that I like to write. I just like to write whatever story has the most to offer in figuring it out and making work in a way that hopefully others will enjoy reading. That, really, is the biggest mystery of all, finding out what makes readers come back.

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  1. I hope the visit with your mother-in-law goes well. Just enjoy the changes in her.

  2. Good luck with your MIL's visit. I'm so fortunate that my DIL wanted Hubs & me to stay for a month with them when they lived in AZ. Now they're close by and I love our relationship. Good luck with your WIP. I love figuring out how a story will progress from that first sentence to the end.

  3. Maybe she grew up/out of her dislike for you? It can happen. All the best to you...and to your MIL, as well as to your finished WIP.

  4. Sometimes it's easier to let the past go to have a more positive future.
    I think for writers, every story starts out as a mystery, right? You're not always sure of how things will go.

  5. I keep mentioning about how fast time has been going and others keep saying it too, so I guess it must be true. I'd be happy to let time slow down for me. Maybe I'd fit in more time for reading and other things.

    My wife's father doesn't speak English and neither did her late mother nor do her sisters. I'm fine with taking them places as long as my wife is with me. Hope your visit goes well.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  6. Hope this new change is lasting. Sometimes writing for its own sake is enjoyable enough. :)

  7. My sister-in-law is now really friendly with me. I'm just happy she is. Hopefully your visit is great.

  8. Puzzling a book out is a great way of thinking about what we do. I like puzzling things out as well.
    Hopefully, your summer with your MIL is good.

  9. Good luck with your MIL's visit! I wonder if some of her change in heart is just due to aging. As we grow, we sometimes realize that the time we have with folks is too precious to waste it being mean & scary.

    It's interesting that even across genres, your projects have that similar thread of puzzle-solving. How fun!

  10. Wishing you a wonderful (and successful) summer with your Mother-in-Law.

  11. Good luck with your visit with your mother-in-law and balancing your writing with it. And finishing a story is a huge accomplishment. I have only finished one but right now I had to put it in the drawer. Hoping that my new manuscript is easier to get right.

  12. Hope you find the time you need to write, but also hope you have a nice visit with your mother-in-law. I had a dramatic change with my mother-in-law a few years ago and it was very scary at the time. I didn't know if it was sincere, but now there's no doubt that she loves me.


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