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16 February 2010 @ 09:21 pm
[writing] family approval  
I talked to my dad for about an hour tonight. One of the things we discussed was Monsters & Music, my current novel writing project. (I also have review writing projects and short story writing projects, not to mention law school projects.) I've sent the first twenty or so chapters to my first readers, which includes Mom and Dad, and though Mom gave me her thoughts on the first ten chapters awhile ago, I hadn't heard from Dad about it.

(Dad is actually one of my subject-matter experts for all my writing, even the stuff that goes under the professional pseudonym; I run all the car details by him starting early in the writing process -- sometimes as early as the outlining stage -- and then have him double check the details. Sometimes this is only a line or two in a short story, though a novel like Werewolves in Love which has a mechanic main character is a lot more work for him. He's also one of my musician consultants, because he's a guitarist.)

The amusing part of all this is that neither of my parents actually likes what I write. I mean, not my work, but the genres and styles. They are both readers, but neither are fans of horror or monsters or paranormal romance or whatever. They don't really read teen fiction, either. Basically, the only reason they read my work is because it's mine, which is really sweet and supportive. I mean, Monsters & Music is teen fiction about a girl who can see the ghosts of murdered people and who ends up in the middle of some werewolf politics, and Dad has pretty much zero interest in any of those things, but was super supportive anyway.

I love that, even though they aren't interested in the genre, they are always eager to read more. My parents are awesome.

This reminds me of a story I shared with bewize the other day, but meant to share here, too. I was outlining the end of the chapter I'm currently writing for Monsters & Music and realized there was going to be some serious making out and fooling around. For a moment, I was all, oh, Mom and Dad are going to read that, they're aren't really for sexually active teens, kinda awkward. Then I remembered it was ridiculous to be nervous, because a) I believe in my characters and their actions and support that but also b) they've already read the masturbation scene anyway, so how in the world was kissing awkward?

I'm entertained by us.

I'm sometimes amazed by how close Dad and I are, considering how different our beliefs. I was telling him about Obama speaking at graduation, and made sure to reassure him that it wasn't the same ceremony Dad's attending, because he's not interested in hearing Obama speak, while I'm thrilled about it. For some reason, we started talking about politics, too, and health care reform, and tax reform, which gets us both riled up, but in the end, even though I so deeply disagree with a lot of things, he still supports me completely.

I think the point I'm getting at here is how incredibly lucky I am to have such amazing parents.

Actually, this is sort of an aside to a rant I'm drafting about adoption stories and how frustrated I've been with them in the media these days. I should finish that up and post it, maybe Thursday. (Wednesdays are busy days for me at school.)

Dad actually wanted to talk to me today because he got his passport for our bar trip and was giddy with excitement about it. I'm giddy, too. While we were talking about it, he said he no longer thinks our original schedule is enough, he wants to more than double the time we'll be out together. I told him I was free from August 1 to November 1, so however long he wants to make this roadtrip, I'm game.

Basically, this entry can be summed up as this: My family, totally awesome.
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a2zmoma2zmom on February 17th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
You're lucky to have such great parents.
Carla M. Leecarlamlee on February 18th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
I really am. I try to tell them this pretty frequently, too.
bewizeficwize on February 17th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
Awww, I wish you were online. :(

I'm seriously jealous of your trip. I hope you have a blast. You totally deserve it!
Carla M. Leecarlamlee on February 18th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)
I was online tonight! But I didn't see you. This weekend, though, I'm sure.

I'm just hoping it helps me not spend the entire time freaked out about not passing the bar. And also that Mom doesn't spend the whole time worried we're going to die.
new killer star: I'm with you by duetobislollipop on February 17th, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)
that is really cool. you're very lucky...I think my mom regards my efforts as a phase (dad doesn't even acknowledge it), so either I need to put my nose to the grindstone more or just admit that they're never gonna get it. though in fairness I let my mom read some of my short stories, forgetting the language that I sometimes use and that one sci-fi piece has genetically trained dinos tearing into people. she's a trooper, lol.

your entry gives me warm fuzzies. I love reading about people who are so obviously and beautifully supported

Carla M. Lee: AtRH Anna & Taz apocalypsecarlamlee on February 18th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
Thanks. I am lucky, and I try to tell my parents this frequently, though I could be better at that.

I love the idea of the genetically trained dinos piece. Oh, dinosaurs, so very awesome.

I'm glad it made you happy. I like to spread the joy. I wish you had more support from your parents, but I think you're going to do great things even without it.
Jeni Belljeniwrites on February 17th, 2010 09:42 am (UTC)
I think it's great that you're taking a road trip with your dad. What an awesome way to celebrate graduating from law school!
Carla M. Leecarlamlee on February 18th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
Thanks! It's something he's wanted to do for years (ride trikes to Alaska), and I'm really excited about it.
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical: family lovehermionesviolin on February 17th, 2010 12:22 pm (UTC)
*loves not being the only person whose parents are awesome*
Carla M. Leecarlamlee on February 18th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
This made me grin. Our families are awesome.
kellyrfinemankellyrfineman on February 17th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
How awesome that your parents are so supportive!
Carla M. Leecarlamlee on February 18th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
Thanks! I know I'm really lucky. I should probably tell them more often that I know it, though.