Monthly Archives: June 2012

Clean Your Room!

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This is a mantra that every parent has spoken at least 50,000 times within the first 5 years, multiplied by the number of children you have, divided by 20 if your offspring are very well behaved and mindful. (Insert copious amounts of laughter here)

Yesterday, my children had a raucous of a good time with several of their cousins who had come over for a play date. They had a blast. One of their cousins spent the night. Fun and hijinks were had by all. Of course, playing hard means leaving an absolute mess, right?

We aren’t talking about “left the legos out” kind of mess. We aren’t even “dumped out the toy box” level of mess. We are talking about full room domination, contained hurricane, curtains torn off the windows, bookshelves upside down level of mess.

Children’s response to “Clean Your Room!” ?

But we didn’t make that mess!”

And here is the point where I relate my experiences as a parent with my experiences as a writer. I don’t know who it was who coined the phrase “Write what you Know”, but these living experiences are the bread and butter of the journeys that our characters go through. In this particular scenario, I had a lesson to teach my children, that surprisingly taught me something as well.

“You still have to clean your room,” I said. “Your cousins aren’t here anymore and your room is still a mess”
“But we didn’t make this mess, our cousins did! It’s Not Fair!”
I picked up the fallen curtain rod and rehung the curtains that went on it. “Did I knock down your curtains?” They told me no. “Is it fair that I have to put up your curtains?”
“But we can’t put up the curtains, we’re too little and don’t know how,” replied my 7 year old.
“Uh, huh, But it’s not fair! I didn’t knock down the curtains. Why do I have to put them up?” I imitated my children.
“Because you have to!” answered my 6 year old.
I finished hanging the curtains and smiled at my children. “Exactly. It’s not fair, but I still have to do it.” I pointed out the mess around me. “It might not be fair that you have to clean up after your guests, but you still have to clean your room. It’s the right thing to do.”

Teaching my kids that the Right Thing isn’t always the Fair Thing wasn’t on the agenda for the day. Truthfully, had my children not brought up the issue of fairness, I wouldn’t have given it a second thought, and this pearl of wisdom would have stayed buried in my subconscious. So when I sat down to brainstorm story ideas, I pulled up my Master List of Big Ideas, the handbag from which I pull my story ideas and twists, and added: “What is Right isn’t always Fair, and what is Fair, isn’t always Right.”

What will I do with this? I don’t know. However, it’s there in my grab bag of ideas, and is sure to find its way into my future writings. The issue may come up in fictional politics, mimicking the socialism of some made up kingdom. It might find its way into the life of a hero, who has to sacrifice almost everything to save a world that could care less about him. It might come in a simple argument between two siblings who don’t want to share the cleaning responsibilities.  Oh, well! Back to the fray.

Happy Writing! (And parenting where applicable!)

-Tamara

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I Got Nothin….

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Um… hello! I’m not sure if you remember me, but I used to write this here blog thingy… The truth is that I am the worst blogger in the world. I’m right up there with this guy:

“I’d be on working on my blog right now, but the baby stole the iPad.”

The truth is that I’ve been sucked into something called Laziness. Hey, lets call a spade a spade, right? In the intermittent time between blogging, not blogging, job finishing, job hunting, parenting, and writing, I’ve been asking myself this main essential question:

“What my plan for this blog thing, again? Man, I really need to stop watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and focus!”

I’m sure that I’m not the first person to ask this question, Micky Mouse Clubhouse aside. In fact, I highly doubt if I’ve even made it into the top 2 million. I did come up with a few ideas for why I WASN’T blogging, though.

Number 1. Gosh, I just don’t have any new creative writing to post! My muse is effectively comatose…
There is some truth to this, but it isn’t completely true. In fact, at the very end of May, I started writing several outlines and ideas for my Camp NaNoWriMo project, (of which I currently have 28,433 out of 50,000 words written) . Muse took a nap for a week or two, tops.

Number 2. Doing a new blog everyday (Or once a week) is tough! What on earth am I going to write? Do I have anything worth posting? No one is going to read this stuff! (Enter self-doubt, stage left)
Wow, nothing kills a good writing streak faster than worrying about what other people are going to think about it. This sneaky little worm worked his way into my blog and said “Neener, neener, neener! You couldn’t blog your way out of a cardboard box!” Sad, but true… Leading me to reason number 3.

Number 3. Lack of Motivation. I haz it.
This is the part where I roll over and let the Gluttonous Beast of Motivational Despondency win. This is an example of some of his work:

First Bunny: “I’m tired of being a chocolate bunny. I wonder what it would be like to just relax and let go…”
Second Bunny: “Way ahead of you, Bro.”
Third Bunny: “Dude.”

Okay, so to recap: I wasn’t blogging because I was uninspired, intimidated, and unmotivated. Phew! Glad I got that off of my chest!

So, why do I want to do this blog?
Answer: If I don’t do this blog, the Gluttonous Beast of Motivational Despondency will get me, and I’ll melt into a puddle… I don’t want to melt into a puddle.

Huh… And now, for some Random Star Wars Humor:

When your cable company refuses to deliver service to Tatooine, you get bored.
When you get bored, you clean the droids.
When you clean the droids, you find a hologram that sends you off on an adventure with an old desert hermit.
When you go on adventures with an old desert hermit, you become a Jedi.
When you become a Jedi, you learn that your father is Darth Vader.
When you learn your father is Darth Vader, you realize that you have a connection with Jar Jar Binks.

Don’t have a connection with Jar Jar Binks. Get rid of Cable. Switch to DirecTV

Guess I had something afterall. Not quite sure what it IS yet, but something is better than nothing!

Now that I have written a post about nothing, Here is a cute picture of a cute baby writting my next cute blog!

“My mommy makes me do all the work.”