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Coming Clean with the Parental Unit

23 Mar 2008

My mom doesn’t know I moonlight as a writer. It makes life a little difficult because she worries about my anti-social behavior (these days, I stay cooped up in my apartment, even on weekends and holidays to write and only travel when the Clark Kent job demands it) and gets hurt when I don’t visit her each and every time she asks me to come over. She entices me with food, but when I’m trying to meet a deadline, the writing wins out.

She doesn’t know I do more than just stare at the ceiling when I’m home alone (but sometimes I do that, too). She thinks I need to be around people outside of the Clark Kent job, so she’s been trying to get me to move back home. However, I tell her twenty-eight is too old to still be living with a parental unit and I enjoy my privacy (it’s really not as dirty as it sounds). Besides, when I lived at home, I always got lectured because I spent all my time on the computer. I’m sure she thought I was surfing the ‘Net for porn, so maybe it’s time to see her mind at ease and tell her I write trashy stories instead.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. azteclady permalink
    23 Mar 2008 7:40 AM

    Oh dear… you think it’s bad at 28? I’m 42, divorced for over 12 yrs with two kidlets, and haven’t lived with either parent for almost 23 yrs. She still worries about my bad habits, dress, hairstyle, language, posture… the list is endless, really. 😀 Did I cheer you up yet?

  2. 25 Mar 2008 10:01 AM

    At least you have a passion. You could be in a lot worse circumstance then living in your own home writing on the computer

  3. 25 Mar 2008 11:25 PM

    I know exactly how you feel. I blogged about this topic awhile ago (title: “Does your mom think you write porn?”) because I write sexy romance and my mom is very conservative. My first book is coming out in June and she wants to read it. I keep putting her off. It’s like handing her naked pictures of myself. Y’know?

    She is proud, though. Your mom would be too. Having a book published at the age of 28 is a major accomplishment. Tell her!

  4. 26 Mar 2008 4:58 PM

    azteclady – Never stops, eh? *sigh* At least I know she loves me.

    Lauren – So very true.

    Jill Sorenson – Oh, I know she’d be proud, but like yours, mine would want to read my books, too, and I just can’t let her. (Side note: first book was published when I was 25…but I finished the manuscript when I was 19. I was just too bloody lazy to submit sooner.)

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