Saturday, August 05, 2006
I'm a writer
Hi. My name's Carla Swafford and I'm a writer. When you say it like that, it sounds like I'm at an AA meeting. True. Writing to me is like a drug. Not counting that I'm a book junkie, I'm also obsessed with all thoughts of writing.
I'm proud to be a mother and more recently a grandmother (though I still feel too young to be one). BUT, I do have to say I take a lot of pleasure in telling people I'm a writer. Of course, I have to quickly tell them I'm not published and more times than I can count, they merely say "Oh." Yet on occasion, someone will become excited about the news and I will walk away feeling like I'm someone special.
My family has mixed feelings about my writing. My husband understands if he wants to remain married to me, he will ignore the messy house and my hours at the computer or at conferences. My two daughters say it's cool to tell their friends, but they refuse to read my work. Too gross to think mom knows about sex. Yeah. They believe they were conceived by immaculate conception.
My sister read one of my first manuscripts and claimed she loved it. Actually, I believe it is more like she loves me. (Thanks, sis.) My brother isn't sure what to think and my sister-in-law finds it interesting. While my dad expects me to write the next great American novel. Isn't he sweet?
But most of my buddies have heard my story about my mom. Bless her heart (Have to say that - I am Southern). When I told her I had written a book and asked if she would like to read it, she declared in her Southern lady-like voice, "Oh, Lord, no! I know it's all about what a horrible mother I've been!" Is it no wonder that I loved the movie, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood? I can relate so well. LOL! BTW, she wasn't a horrible mother - I'm just a very demanding daughter at times. Besides, no one is perfect.
Tell me some of your experiences with family and friends when you told them you planned to or had written a book.
p.s. I added the picture because I like to share my inspirations.