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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
This month's Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog question comes from Deb Salisbury, who asks:
"How do your pets/kids/plants (something you take care of) influence your writing? Do they help you, or distract you? Do you include them in your stories?"
I already blogged about my new writing buddy, Finney, who's currently more concerned about begging for food than helping me write. Now I know why the word "fish" is in selfish.
(Just kidding, Finney. Big slimy hugs.)
There's no question that my family influences my writing. Along with work, they're the reason why I don't write every moment of the day. "Life Balance" has become synonymous with "Hamster Wheel" in my world. The balance is all wonky and I'm always falling off the damn wheel. And yes, I am the hamster. (Don't you dare quote me on that.)
So let's get to the meat of the question. Or the seitan, for the veggie crowd.
Do my family or friends show up in my writing?
No. Not even thinly disguised. It is what it is, folks.
What about the pets, like the fish, the stick insects, and the It-Which-Shall-Not-Be-Named (the giant turd-like bug chrysalis my babysitter found in her yard and thoughtfully brought to my nature-loving kids. The first time I saw it, the turd twitched at me and I made myself deaf from screaming so freaking loud.)
No. But IWSNBN haunts my dreams every night.
What about plants?
I have thought about my pretty sago palm, which is highly poisonous and would make a great Medical Mondays post, but no.
Bottom line? I am a hamster with a mysterious, frightening turd living in my house. Oh, and all my literary imaginings come from one place--my noggin.
I'll leave you with a choice quote from Virginia Woolf:
"Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt, that you can set up on the freedom of my mind."
If you missed it, check out Laura's post from last week, and keep an eye out for Sarah and Deb's post coming soon!