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Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Living With A Writer

Writers are an interesting breed. Their minds are consumed with plots, characters and fictional towns. When I began creating stories, I gave my husband some tips about living with a writer: 
  • Wear your emotional seatbelt. I'll have strange ups and downs, which will affect the mood of the rest of the family. In a matter of a few hours, I can go from out-of-the-world happy to tossing my "how to" books out the window and onto the front lawn.
  • Any odd thing you say or do will be used in my next book.
  • If we're in a restaurant, bowling alley or church, I will invent stories about everyone and everything. Key word is invent. If you share with family or friends, they'll think you're insane.
  • When you're drawn into an amazing conversation between myself and another writer, don't be overly disappointed when you realize we're talking about a fictional person, place and thing.
  • If you get tired of pizza and Chinese takeout three nights/week, you'll find yourself at the stove with a wooden spatula in your hand.
  • When you wake up in the middle of the night and I'm scribbling on a tablet in the dark while humming or chuckling, I will not hurt you. Unless you interrupt me.
  • After I've sent in a submission, I will check my email 14,000 times/day. Honestly, I'm not having an affair.
  • Embrace my creativity, because writers make the world a better place.
Welcome! Today is the official launch of my blog. So glad you could stop by. Join me again later in the week for Fork It Up Fridays where I share a favorite recipe. I’d love to hear from you so please leave me a message.

18 comments:

Tracy Madison said...

I loved this post, Jenna! I especially loved (and laughed) at the "When you wake up in the middle of the night and I'm scribbling on a tablet in the dark while humming or chuckling, I will not hurt you. Unless you interrupt me."

Great post!

Jill Kemerer said...

"Any odd thing you say or do will be used in my next book."

You've been warned.

Ha! Loved this, Jenna! I needed a good laugh this morning!

Congratulations on your brand new blog launch--woo-hoo!!

Deanna Wadsworth said...

Great blog, I totally LOLed!

Ayda Recknagel said...

Fantastic launch post! The scribbling in the dark tip had me laughing too.

Welcome to the blogosphere, honey!! So happy to see you here!

Kristina Knight said...

Love it, Jenna! And welcome to the blogging space!!

Patrice Kavanaugh said...

Wonderful post, Jenna. Loved the "wooden spatula at stove" bit. Only in my household, this might happen whether I'm writing or not! Love the look of your blog. Has a bright, optimistic feel. Nice.

Julie Jarnagin said...

"After I've sent in a submission, I will check my email 14,000 times/day. Honestly, I'm not having an affair." Ha! So true!

Caryn Caldwell said...

Ha ha! So funny, and so, so true! Must share this one with my husband.

Caryn Caldwell said...

Ha ha! So funny, and so, so true! Must share this one with my husband.

Jenna Rutland said...

Tracy: It's amazing to me that I can actually read my handwriting the next morning!

Jill: This blog would not have been possible without all your help. Thanks for being so patient with the newbie!

Deanna: Glad I got a laugh out of you this morning!

Ayda: Thanks so much. Your encouragement means a lot to me.

Kristina: I spent a long time avoiding learning how to blog. But, I've got to tell you, I'm very excited and so glad to be here.

Patrice: Wow, aren't you the lucky one to have a husband that cooks. Buy him his own set of spatulas. Ha!

Julie: Nice to meet you. Thanks for finding me.

Caryn: Yes, please share. Let me know what the hubby thinks.

Thanks to each and every one of you for making my first blog day so much fun. I truly appreciate all your kind words. Have a wonderful day!

Sloan Parker said...

Fantastic post, Jenna. I'm going to have my partner read it tonight. She'll totally relate.

Congrats on the new blog. It looks great!

Jenna Rutland said...

Thanks, Sloan. I bet she can come up with a few new tips! Thanks so much for stopping by.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Ha! Love this!

Constance Phillips said...

Great post, Jenna, and insightful words to pass onto our significant others.

Jessica R. Patch said...

These are hilarious! I'm sure all the moms in the car rider line think I'm certifiable for cackling and snorting! Congrats on your new blog! Pretty in pink!

Em-Musing said...

HaHaHaHaHa! Sooo funny...and so true. Love the "love, laughter and happily ever after. Congrats on your new blog. }}}}}}}}}}}hugs{{{{{{{{{{{

Shay Lacy said...

Jenna, love the look of your blog! The post made a big smile crack my face. You're so smart to have told your DH beforehand about what to expect.

Jenna Rutland said...

Well, for some reason my previous post didn't come through so...

Jennifer: Glad you liked it!

Constance: I'm sure your hubby would be able to add to this list!

Jessica: Nice to meet you. Nothing like a laugh or two while waiting for the kids.

Em: Thanks for the nice comments. Miss you!

Shay: Happy I made you smile. And I regularly have to show my hubby the list as a reminder!

Thanks, ladies, for your support on my first blog day!!