Thanks DL Hammons and Talli Roland for hosting the Significant Others Blogfest, where we writers give our blogs over to our better halves and let them
rant express what it's like living with a writer. Enjoy!!
This is me and my husband, Christian, a few weeks before our wedding. My big, Italian family threw us a shower in New York state, since most of my aunts, uncles and cousins wouldn't be flying to France for the wedding. One uncle and his wife gave us these glasses for a wedding present. They explained: "Eventually, you'll get pissed off at each other. When you start to fight, put these on. It's really hard to stay mad at someone who looks so ridiculous." Luckily, we don't need them (that often). I included this photo so you have a good idea of our goofy sides. We're pretty care-free, and we laugh. A lot!
[Before we get started, first let me say that Christian is supportive of anything I want to do...but, he does not share an iota of the passion I feel for writing. He's annoyed when he has to write an email. Therefore, Christian and I both felt more comfortable with me interviewing him for this blogfest rather then him writing down his thoughts. Also, he is French, and English is his second language. Many people have commented that Christian sounds like Arnold Schwarzenegger when he talks, so go ahead and read Christian's lines with that accent. ;)]
Me: What’s it like to be married to a writer?
Christian: I don’t know.
Me: (pause) You don’t know?
Christian: It’s not too bad. There’s nothing wrong with that. Except if you’re like me, all logical and fixing (Caterpillar) tractors for a living, then poetry isn’t really my field, if you know what I mean. I read service manuals all day. So of course, there’s some stuff I don’t understand.
Me: What about my erotica?
Christian: That’s the good stuff. Make more of it. I’ll read that.
(I roll my eyes and we both laugh.)
Christian: Honestly, it’s not that, baby. Most of the time, you don’t get it that I don’t get it. That’s about all of it. I don’t try to be mean to you. It’s just not my cup of tea. I just don’t get it.
Me: I know, I know. Next question: Do you think I spend too much time on the computer or not enough time, and why?
Christian: Is that the only choices we have? I mean, sometimes you do spend too much time, and sometimes I don’t give a shit. Sometimes, yes. But most of the time it isn’t writing related, is it? Lots of the time it's Facebook and stuff. But, no. You’re good about it. When the three of us stand at the bottom of the stairs and scream, “MOM!” you come right down.
Me: Can you tell when I’ve sort of zoned out and started thinking about my stories instead of what’s going on around me?
Christian: Yeah. ‘Cause when the zebra’s in the zone, you leave him in the zone. (Christian and our two kids love the Madagascar movies. They quote them whenever it’s remotely appropriate. And, obviously sometimes when it’s not…) Woman, of course I can tell. When I ask you a question and you answer something else, I know you’re thinking about writing.
Me: Hmm, I guess I knew that. And don’t call me ‘woman.’ (Inside joke. Clue: We love Clueless.) What’s the first thing you’re going to buy when I sell a bestselling book?
Christian: Nothing, baby. That’s going to be your money.
Awww! What a sweetie! Maybe I’ll buy him a little present with some of it…
So there you have it, a glance inside our lives and my husband's mind.
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