Sunday, May 16, 2010

Random Funny Things My Mom Says - Part 7

A little while back my buddy Moonrat did this awesome post on "Do I really want to be published?" that could have been written about me. In fact, it was. And as excellent as Moonie's advice has always been to me, I've never been able to get to that zen state about my book. Until now. Because my Mom did the smackdown on me. And it was good.

My folks came down this weekend for a visit. They've known that I've been under a lot of stress and were worried about me. The first thing my Mom says is to get off the laptop. "All that computer does is give you stress. Turn it off and come sit down and talk."

I turn off the computer and sit down, heart sinking for the lecture that I know is coming. It won't matter if I'm 60 years old, my parents are always going to lecture me. That's life.

"Ellen, why are you so stressed about this book?" my Mom asks. "Why don't you forget about it already."

"That's impossible, Mom. I just can't forget it."

"Not forget forever. Just for a little while," my Mom says. "Listen, don't be stuck on your book. Let it go and be happy. When you are happy, really happy, then go back to it. Nothing works when your brain is filled with stress." She rubs at the crease between my eyebrows. "Your brain is all filled with worry and stress and miserableness. Why you want to put that in your book? You put that in your book - who want to read it? Happiness makes your healthy. Healthy makes your brain happy. Then you write your book."

I nod and sigh. "It's not that easy..."

"Of course it's not easy." My Mom shakes her head at me. "You and your sister got your writing gene from your Dad. He's a great writer. Great newspaper columnist (my Dad had a column in the national Korean American paper for years). But then he write 3 books and they don't do good. He's depressed and give up writing. That's why he's worried about you girls. But I'm not worried. I know one day people will applaud me just for being your mother. You will be great one day. But don't rush it. You don't have to. I will live until I am 110! You have plenty of time. Don't rush."

I begin to laugh. "Thanks Mom. Maybe one day then it'll all work out for me. It's just hard when I see all my friends succeed and I wonder when it will happen to me." (My wonderful, fabulous critique group is made up of me and 3 authors who I knew from the day I first read their work that they would all be published because they were that good. And I was right. All 3 have book deals for 2011 - and I couldn't be happier for them.)

My Mom smiles and grabs my hands. "What kind of writer will you be? Some writers will write 10 books that are all forgettable. You will be the writer that writes one book, but it will be unforgettable. I believe in you. Some people lay eggs that turn into chickens - others lay eggs that turn into eagles. You are no chicken. You are an Eagle. One day you will soar."

"Funny - I thought you were going to say swan, but I like the eagle analogy better," I say.

"Swan, BAH! Only look good on outside. Open its mouth and the ugliest sound come out. Eagle is better. Look strong, look powerful, be strong, be powerful."

"Thanks Mom, you're right."

"Of course. I'm almost always right."

25 comments:

Angie said...

You have a pretty cool mom. :D That's great advice -- I think I'll take it myself.

Angie, wandering off to have some fun

jjdebenedictis said...

Awesome advice.

For me as much as you; please thank your mom on my behalf. :)

Patti said...

will you ask your mom if she will be my mom for a day? i don't think the german will mind...

moonrat said...

wait, are you saying your mom is righter than i am?!?

j/k.

two thumbs up.

Girl with One Eye said...

Your mom is like Confucius meets Saturday Night Live. I love her little pep talks. I think you should have a blog contest "Be My Mother's Daughter for a Day" I'd totally try to win that. SHe would totally have my butt in shape by the end of the day.

Bossy Betty said...

I love yer Mama!!!

WindyA said...

Wow. Your mom oozes all sorts of profoundness. Thanks for sharing the fantastic advice!

Precie said...

I <3 Ello's mom. So wise.

strugglingwriter said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. Your Mom is very wise.

You should be in a critique group with me. I'm very much the opposite of successful. It will make you feel better. :)

Rena said...

Ellen -- You have an amazing mom. I know other people who don't get any support from their family when it comes to their writing efforts. And in all honesty, if your book is anywhere like your blog has been, it's going to be FANTASTIC and a bestseller!

Charles Gramlich said...

Yes, good advice. At this point you may definitely be a little close and a little too intense about the book. A bit of time away from it might be perfect.

Good advice is much easier to give than to take. I'll give you one other piece. Don't compare yourself or your journey to anyone else, including your critique group. it's not a science. There's no algorythm for success. It's all rule of thumb.

Ello said...

To all of you wanting to have my Mom for a day - remember the advice and funny stuff comes with a price. The nag you to death about something price. I am just warning you all.

But she is definitely a good mom. I think I'll keep her! ;o)

And thanks for all the kind words everyone.

Charles - not comparing is the hardest thing in the world and one I'm really striving for. Thanks for the reminder!

laughingwolf said...

mother knows best, el :D

Peter Dudley said...

Ha ha ha ha! Your mom really is funny.

"almost always"

ha ha ha!

Mary Witzl said...

Ello, this has just made my day. How I wish I had your mom around! All I can do is hope that all the eggs I've laid are eagle eggs.

(Could you ask your mom what the gestation period for eagles is again? Ten years, isn't it? :o)

Bernita said...

Listen to your mother. She is wise.

JKB said...

Absolutely.

Brilliant.

I adore your mom.

XOXO

Vivian Mahoney said...

Fantastic advice. Be an Eagle. Your mom rocks.

Angela Williams Duea said...

Awww, great words of support. You should listen to your mother.

Lana Gramlich said...

Very cool, hon. My mom always just tried to crush me like an ant.

laughingwolf said...

still can't get your email link to work, el... :(

i'm at:

sinner1man@gmail.com

Vijaya said...

Listen to your mother. I should listen to her as well. Love the Eagle analogy.

Vijaya said...

Wanted to add that I write chickens though ... and don't mind. They are still precious to some little kids.

Lauren said...

Your mom sounds like an awesome lady! She's right...eagles are much better than swans :)

Danette said...

OMG! I love you mother. :)

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