STILL not quite grown up

Here I am, gray hair attesting to at least a chronological maturity, yet I still have the impulse to show mommy my pretty drawing and have her put it on the refrigerator door. Does that pitiful need for approval ever go away? I’ve been writing for nine years, have published novels and written a bunch more that are not yet published, and still, I write a scene that seems to sing, and I want to show it to somebody. They’ll be so impressed, so proud of me, they’ll tell me it’s wonderful and put a gold star in the top right corner.

Kind of pitiful. Especially when you consider that this impulse occurs immediately after the first draft of that scene. I know very well that in a few hours or days I’ll look it over again and smack myself in the forehead. This thing needs revisions, big time. So I’ll fix it and wish again I could show it to an adoring someone who’ll pat me on the back and say Good Job.

Some people hire secretaries and assistants to help them with research and what not. Maybe I should hire someone to sit in the next room until I’m ready for praise and cookies. She, or he, would then come in and read my pages and murmur or chuckle and then pronounce me a very clever girl indeed. What’s the going rate for a grandmother these days?

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About glcraig

Gretchen Craig’s lush, sweeping tales deliver edgy, compelling characters who test the boundaries of integrity, strength, and love. Told with sensitivity, the novels realistically portray the raw suffering of people in times of great upheaval. Gretchen was born and raised in Florida. She’s lived in climates and terrain as diverse as the white beaches of the Gulf Coast, the rocky shores of Maine, and the dusty plains of Texas. Her awareness of place imbues every page with the smell of the bayous of Louisiana, the taste of gumbo in New Orleans, or the grit of a desert storm. Rich in compelling characters and historical detail, Always and Forever is a sweeping saga of Josie and Cleo, mistress and slave. Amid Cajuns and Creoles, the bonds between these two remarkable women are tested by prejudice, tragedy, and passion for one extraordinary man. Gretchen’s first novel won the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence for Mainstream with Romantic Elements and was chosen as an Editor’s Pick in the Historical Novel Society reviews. Ever My Love, winner of the Booksellers Best Award from the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America, continues the story of Cleo and Josie’s families, of their struggle for principle, justice, and love in a world where the underpinnings of the plantation culture are crumbling. Crimson Sky, inspired by the pueblos, mountains, and deserts of New Mexico, evokes the lives of people facing neighboring marauders and drought. Now the march of Spanish Conquistadors up the Rio Grande threatens their homeland, their culture, and their entire belief system.
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2 Responses to STILL not quite grown up

  1. Aww! I’ll be your cheerleader. Hire me! You are a very clever girl indeed. Seriously, you are. send me the pages I want to see.
    Hugs, I am so proud of you. For those of you who haven’t seen her books. She is a wonderful storyteller. Vivid historical images coupled with women who are so ordinary and yet when the fce difficulties become extraordinary. I love Gretchen’s writing.

  2. Oh, I should’ve edited that comment. Meant to say, when they face difficulties they step up and become extraordinary.

    It’s late. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!

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