Ah…back to writing

You know you’re a writing mom when the kids go back to school after spring break and you let out a loud sigh of contentment. Like an army Sargent, I’ve rallied the troops and sent them on their way this morning. Back to school.

The tension rolls off my shoulders. I’ve walked the dog and the house is quiet for the next 5 1/2 hours. Time to go to write!

Words kids use

My online dictionary defines slang as

  • the jargon of a particular class, profession, etc.
  • the special vocabulary of thieves, vagabonds, etc.; argot

 

So for today’s post, let’s focus on the special vocabulary of my little vagabonds. Last summer, my kids loved to use the word, ginormous. Picture three kids standing with noses pressed against a glass bakery case staring down at large chocolate chip cookies. And my youngest pipes up, “They’re ginormous.”

Ginormbakeryous got used so much that it accidentally slipped out of my mouth one day without me even realizing it. I stopped to think about what the real word was. Enormous? Large? Big? Those words just didn’t capture the size. “They’re enormous” Hmm…. Doesn’t wow me as much.

Now kids have all sorts of funny things they say. When they talk about money, for example, they don’t want to just be millionaires. They want to be gazillionaires.

When I was young, there was a time in California where everybody spoke ‘valley talk.’ Everyone at school used the words, ‘like’ and ‘way’.

For example, this would be an example of discussion between two guys.

“I was like so into her.”

“No way, dude.”

“Way.”

It took years and years to get these words out of our everyday speech and sometimes I hear it slip out.

As a writer, we come up with fun ways to use words. What special vocabulary do your young vagabonds use?

Having kids who like to write

creative writing workshop

My son, who is almost 9, once decided he wanted to be an astronaut. Today, he says he wants to be a book editor. I have no idea where that came from but he spouted off, and accurately so, what the job entails.

My kids tell people that their mom is a writer and they ask me all the time what I’m working on. Sometimes, I even write short stories just for them and read them out loud. They get to choose the ending and they have so much fun coming up with interesting ideas. But they also know that being a writer means getting rejections. Look at authors like J.K. Rowling. She posted some on Twitter. Rejections bring moments of sadness and doubt. BUT. BUT. Writing teaches you to persevere and believe in oneself.

My six year old daughter is already writing stories and poetry in first grade. She recently entered a writing contest with a poem and won. She will be receiving help from an editor to shape and enhance the poem and it will be published this summer in an anthology of other children’s short fictional stories and poetry. The company is called Young Inklings. They support and encourage kids to write. Isn’t that a fantastic !

As a mom who writes, I am excited for her writing debut but also a little envious at the same time. I never thought my six year old would be a published author before me. Someday, I tell myself. Your time will come.

Writing and Being a Mom

Being a mom is hard. Being a mom who is a writer is even harder.

I have three kids, which means there are fights, ferocious battles, verbal escalations (yelling), and tears. There’s also a lot of laughter, smiles, and delight. Dare I say, joy? Sometimes, they play together and actually get along. A lot of time, I play police, body guard, and referee.

I have a myriad of positions I fill that are part of the job description: I am a shuttle driver, a cheer leader, a short order cook. I am the person who does the grocery shopping, laundry, and cleaning of the house. I am the one who scoops the kitty litter and takes the dog for a walk.

I’m the one the kids go to when they fall down and scrape their knees. I am the buyer and applier of Band aids. I don’t faint from the sight of blood.

I am also a writer but being a mom and being a writer is very tough.The kids are almost always off from school. Let’s see… there’s summer break, fall break, winter break, ski week, spring break and other holidays. So that means a lot of days when it’s almost impossible to write. But I try to do it a little every day because it’s something I enjoy.

What else? I live in the suburbs outside of San Francisco. It’s called Silicon Valley. Home to Google, Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Tesla, NVIDIA, and many many more.

Besides this blog, I am writing novels. My manuscripts always have romance, life struggle, hope, and optimism. Also Intelligent female heroines. Sometimes, my characters drink wine. They love food. And apparently end up in Paris. Or London. Or Italy. Because by using these settings as a backdrop to the story, I can live vicariously through my characters. I have traveled to France, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Turkey but mostly spend my time in California. Someday, I hope to travel again for real. Thanks for coming along on the ride.