Thursday, November 22, 2007
THANK YOU, CHUCK!
For seventeen years my hubby has kept his eye on the horizon. Why? That’s how long I’ve been writing for publication. And all along I've been telling him that, any day now, my ship is coming in!
For seventeen years Chuck has:
1. Kept me in computers (and that includes replacing my laptop when I spilled iced tea on it)
2. Upgraded my computers whether I thought they needed it or not!
3. Gone on research trips with me (and paid for them).
4. Released me to go on research trips WITHOUT him (including Hawaii!).
5. Listened to me stew about rejections, and editors, and how in the hairy boo did that book get published anyway?!
6. Gave me advice which I sometimes took and often ignored.
7. Listened to me read whole book manuscripts on road trips.
8. Gave up home remodeling projects, paying the mortgage off early, and who knows what else, for my lack of a steady income.
In 2000, I decided to take a paying job. Sometimes I loved it. Other days I did not! But mostly I grieved my writing. When I began to seriously think of leaving my work, my hubby could have reminded me of all the material sacrifices we’d have to make. And we did talk about those things. But in the end, what the man said was, “I want you to be happy!”
So, I quit. For the last four years I’ve gotten up every morning to the perfect job. I write for young people. I won’t give you a list of all the things I love about it.
Suffice it to say, my hubby got what he wanted. I am happy! ; )