Monthly Archives: May 2016
Mothers are very important to writers. Some will encourage and support crazy writing habits. Others will cause the writers to succeed to prove the disparaging mother wrong. Either way these experiences are very important in a writer’s life and useful as they put their work out there for the world to see it.
My mom is a writer and didn’t realize that writing was an infectious disease that her children would catch. I am sure that if she was given a choice all of us would be doing something ‘useful’ with our lives. I fully understand her thoughts on this matter and would encourage my non-existent children to find other careers.
I just finished editing one of my mom’s books and am reminded just how good a writer she is. Lit-N-Laughter, who publish my books, also has published two of her novels. Math Troubles and Man or Monkey are both written under the penname Rosalyn Marie Francis. I highly recommend that as great books and that is not because I am her daughter, but because I enjoyed reading them.
Since I moved I have done a lot more car trips. I don’t mind as I like car trips. I like driving and I don’t mind being a passenger. The only problem with car trips is that if I try to read or write I can motion sick. So, those hours are useless for getting anything done. Instead I watch the scenery and let my mind wander off to wherever it wants to go. I do pay attention if I am driving, but even then my mind tends to be working on something. This time sitting and enjoying the view has led to many story ideas.
Depending on the trip and the day I will write down these ideas during the short breaks that happen like lunch. Other times I wait until the evening when I have reached my destination and I have a few minutes before going to bed. I like to keep as many of the ideas I get while on car trips as I can because those are some of my better ideas.
It was during my family trips that I got the idea for my western, Chenarcor, as the scenery reminded me of the old west. The trip was usually a yearly event and thus I had plenty of time to think and imagine as we drove.
As much as it would be nice to have those for reading or writing, I enjoy those times for the ideas that come to me.