May 21, 2017
Please Write More About Ethan! (Brantley Station Saga)
One of the issues with writing and being a perfectionist is this: I never view anything as complete! I have hundreds of half-finished manuscripts in various sizes littering my “stories” folder. Because I proof myself better in print than on a computer, I also literally litter the house with story proofs. Sometimes the girls pick them up and read them.
“MOM!” I hear Rebeccah shriek. I’m working on business finances and I know the little ones are asleep. (PLEASE don’t wake the baby!) But I just answer “what?” and keep working.
There she stands, that eager, excited look with her pixie-look haircut (long in the back, feathered up front, but in a ponytail it looks like she’s got short hair) and big, pleading brown eyes imploring my soul. She’s clutching my proof clipboard and begs, “Mom, you have to write more about Ethan!”
I sigh. I’m busy. I’m working on business. Writing is just a hobby. All the excuses I can think up die as she begins chatting away about the story and wants to know the “Pirate Baby Story” in detail.
I love to see her lit up over a book like that! I LOVE books. I LOVE reading. I considered Nancy Drew and Tyce Sanders to be intimate friends! Christina had that love of books. She was always lost in books. (Like the house could burn down around her and she’d never know it.) It is an integral part of self-learning to discover a love of reading. I wanted to keep this flame burning for Rebeccah.
So, I agreed to work on Brantley Station Saga. (aka Ethan) But my child knows me well. She wasn’t interested in me working on it later. She came back after every phone call that interrupted my financial work. She wanted to watch me write about Ethan.
Because of Rebeccah’s desire to know the backstory in more depth, Ethan’s story starts with Pirate Child and Little Thief instead of at The Protector where I had started it. Jamie (per Rebeccah, I just had to write more about him too) played a bigger role than I had originally planned and we introduced Mary – a character Rebeccah and Christina created!
I’m so grateful for my children being my biggest encouragers! Many things I’ve written are just there because they wanted them on paper instead of told from my head.
Thanks for reading!
Type at you next time…
~ Nancy Tart