8.5.13

One Mother of a Blog Hop

This is part of a group post about mothers (or grandmas/mother-figures/fictional mothers) and their support of and/or influence on our writing. If you'd like to do one of your own, write it up & link at the Omnific blog on Thursday, May 9, or simply visit the blog that day to read more entries.


In tribute to my amazing mum on this upcoming Mother's Day, I'm giving her the George Bailey treatment and reflecting upon how things might be very different in my writerly life if she wasn't exactly who she is:
  • Without her indulging me and buying cat food & flea collars for Sugars, the stray cat who frequented our backyard and whom I considered a pet, I would never have been inspired to write Alley Cat, which won me a poetry award in the 5th grade and gave me my first inkling that I might be okay at this writing thing.  
  • Without her doing all the work around the house so my siblings and I could focus on our studies, I might never have become comfortable spending hours and hours doing quasi-intellectual things while remaining happily oblivious to all the work around the house that needs doing.
  • Without her wonderful laugh and strong faith, I may never have learned to not take this life too seriously, and if I took this life seriously at all, I never would've let myself shirk other duties to write the Harry Potter fanfiction that made me know I couldn't stop writing.
  • Without her genuine conviction that her children are the most marvelous creatures to ever inhabit this Earth, I might not've been instilled with enough confidence to say yes to this publishing thing.
This list could go on and on, but I'll end on this note...
  • Without her reaction to the sexy scenes in Three Daves, I may never have come up with a topic for my first ever blog post, and therefore, I may never have started blogging...and therefore, I may never have met you.

Thanks, Mom, for being fabulous you!



P.S. On Monday, Janie Junebug posted her review of Divine Temptation. I'm still smiling. :) (see?)

20 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a nice tribute to your mother. The second item made me chuckle!

Janie Junebug said...

What a great post. You have a cool mom. I've also given Divine Temptation five stars on amazon and written a review there (a condensed version of what was on my blog).

Love,
Janie

Mark Means said...

We owe our mothers a lot, don't we? Looks like yours was pretty instrumental in a lot of aspects of your writing and sounds like a great lady :)

Michael Offutt, "Johnny on the Spot" said...

Okay, okay...I'm getting my mom's card in the mail TODAY!

Johanna Garth said...

What a great post. She sounds like an amazing lady!

Cherie Colyer said...

You mom sounds amazing! My post will be up by tomorrow. So glad you thought of this!

Congrats on the great review!

DL Hammons said...

Thank you for sending Nicki our way, Mom!! :)

Suze said...

V, what a sweet post. And I like DL's comment. :)

Do you still have a copy of 'Alley Cat?' I would *love* to read it.

LD Masterson said...

A very nice tribute. Appreciate and enjoy your mom every day as I do the memories of mine.

Debra Anastasia said...

Your mom sounds wonderful. And yes, the housework is amazing.

Jennifer Lane said...

I still remember that first post, ha ha. Is your mother still traumatized? You have much to be grateful for, and I love that you started this blog hop idea so all of us can celebrate our mums.

Kate Evangelista said...

See? This is why I think moms are awesome!

Justine Dell said...

#2 and the last one made me laugh. Now I need to go find that first blog post. :-)

~JD

Patricia said...

What an awesome mum!! <3

Amanda Masters said...

awesome post! your mom sounds incredible!

Sarah Allan said...

Your mom sounds awesome! Great post!

Amber Belldene said...

Nicki--I love what you said about your mom's reaction to your sex scene! That's been one of my favorite things about writing.

Milo James Fowler said...

The "George Bailey" treatment -- awesome. My mom gave me the freedom to write, too, and she still reads my stuff. I need to give her a call.

Elliot Grace said...

...your mom sounds way cool. Hoping she enjoys her day ;)

El

Tina said...

I love the George Bailey treatment idea! And your tone was priceless. My mom is pretty terrific, too. I read your thing at DL's but didn't make it over here...at least I don't remember doing so...I've been driving too fast and making too many stops along route 66 for the A-Z Challenge Road Trip...
Tina @ Life is Good