Friday, August 27, 2010

Shout Out to the Support Team

The act of writing is thought of as a solitary occupation. You sit alone, at your computer, day after day, night after night with only your imagination and your words to keep you company. And it is, in a sense, but most of us wouldn't even be able to get there if it weren't for our support teams backing us up and pushing us to do our work.

My support team is my husband. He's my first reader. He's the one who listens patiently while I bounce new ideas off of him. He's the one who keeps the house in order when I can't. Tomorrow is his birthday, and in between my day job, getting my manuscript in shape for submission and helping one of my friends with her wedding, I have no time. No cake. One present that is going to show up late. No card....and he's okay with that.

I'm lucky. I know it. I probably don't tell him that enough, so today is a shout out to him, my support team. And if you have someone like that in your life, take time today to thank that person (or persons) and let them know how much their help means to you.

1 comment:

Brigid Kemmerer said...

My husband is not my first reader, but he's definitely my support team. Usually I'll bounce an idea off him, and he'll either say, "Hon, that's gay," or he'll do that guy thing where he kind of shrugs and raises one eyebrow and says, "That could be cool," which means he thinks it's completely badass.

But like you, I know I'm lucky. Go husbands. They're the only people who will totally get it when you say something like, "Hey, honey, will you put me in a choke hold so I can see if I can get out of it?"