Calling Mermom Cathi!

So a few of my fellow mermaids and I swam out to a local watering hole for drinks an dinner. We each had steak. What you didn’t think mermaids were carnivores?

The conversation centered around our works in progress, books we were reading. RWA nationals and even the regular non-book related gossip. That’s when Mermaid Kerri (yes, I’m totally outing you here) starting telling stories about her mom, Cathi. This is the same Mermom who rearranged the Nora Roberts section at a local bookstore so all the books were in chronological order. She doesn’t understand why in the world anyone would ever read anything besides romance. She goes down to Walmart nearly every day and buys a romance novel. Quiet frankly, I feel like my life won’t be complete until I finally get to meet her in person.

And best of all, Mermom Cathi is one of Mermaid Kerri’s biggest supporters. I love that.

Writing is hard. It’s lonely. It’s frustrating as hell. But when it works … well, then it’s glorious. We all need our supporters to help us get past the crappy times. We all need a Mermom Cathi. If you have one, go give them a hug. Hell, give them two. Listening to a writer bitch and moan can be a real pain in the neck. 🙂

Because you may not have a Mermom Cathi at your disposal, here are a few writing quotes to give you a giggle, shake your head in agreement with and motivate you to write on.

Manuscript: something submitted in haste and returned at leisure. – Oliver Herford

The difference between the right word and almost the right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug. – Mark Twain

I write to escape … to escape poverty. – Edgar Rice Burroughs

If you can’t annoy somebody, there’s little point in writing. – Kingsley Amis quotes

It’s a damn good story. If you have any comments, write them on the back of a check. – Erle Stanley Gardner

Writing is a lonely job, unless you’re a drinker, in which case you always have a friend within reach. – Emilio Estevez

When I was a little boy, they called me a liar, but now that I am grown up, they call me a writer. – Isaac Bashevis Singer

And my favorite writing quote of all time:

Nothing is ever finished, you just run out of time. – Anonymous

#amwriting Word Metrics

Project: A Dry Creek Bed (sequel to Up a Dry Creek)

Deadline: Aug. 31, 2011

New Words Written: None – going through revision/edits. Ugh.

Present Total Word Count: Just shy of 60,000