Thursday, May 03, 2007

A Mother and a Writer

I have had a busy week as a parent and a writing mama. We had the bomb scare, and yes it really was a bomb. Fortunately, it wasn't actually a threat - just a foolish act on the part of a very foolish person. Some guy (low in the intellect department, sorry but it's true) found a pipe bomb, put it in his truck, and brought it with him to ask school officials what it was. I am thankful that it wasn't a crime of hate, but rather stupidity. Somehow that makes me feel better.

Last night, Chloe fell down the basement steps. I spent the most helpless moments of my parenting career watching her tumble down all but two of them. Yuck. Fortunately, all that came of it was a big scare, three hours in the emergency room, and three little stitches on her forehead. It could have been much worse.

These experiences have taught me that there are some things we cannot protect our children from. A hard pill to swallow if you ask me. But as I have said over and over, it's a reminder to cherish today and the time we have with our loved ones. Believe me, if I wasn't before I am now.

As writers what can we get out of circumstances such as these?

To begin with, they are great opportunities to write. They are undeveloped story ideas that have the potential to grow into published works. I already have my query letter in mind from this week's experiences. Not only are they opportunities to come up with stories, but also to grow in our thinking to make our stories so much more flavorful. When Nick was a boy, he knew an old man who lived in his neighborhood. Every time he would see this guy, he would say in his feeble old man voice, "Reach into my bag and grab yourself a gum ball." These little life experiences are the gum balls that make our stories sweeter.

I have also been busy as a writing mama. Other than last night I have been working hard on a short story to enter in the 76th Annual Writer's Digest Writing competition. I am very excited because it is a new step in my writing career. I have never entered any contests other than the essay contest I entered in college. The deadline for this one is May 15 and I am determined to finish it and submit it. I will keep you updated on how that is going.

My copy of Writer Mama How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids by Christina Katz came in the mail a couple days ago. I have read snippets of it in between all the other stuff in my life this week. So far, it's great and I think I am going to learn a lot from it. I plan to write a review when I am done.

I apologize for blogging about so many issues other than writing lately. These events have been monumental and a huge focus in my life. Hopefully, now things will settle down! Regardless, I will be back next week to blog about writing and to give you something useful to apply to your own writing careers.

Until next time enjoy all life has to offer you!


sylvia c. said...


I feel better for you, to know that it was stupidity...

Thanks for the update.

Oh, and I wouldn't worry about the personal info...that's what makes your writing info more personlized to the reader!


Sylvia C.

Lisa Vella said...

Yes, you are right and my blog is a part of me. I suppose it is appropriate to talk about the most significant events in my life.

Thanks, Sylvia, and have a lovely weekend!


Mihaela Lica said...

You had so much info in this entry and I can only think of one thing: should we thank God that the bomb scare was just stupidity, or should that worry us even more?

My grandma had a saying: there's no excuse for stupidity.

Believe me, she was the most gentle person I've known and she defined the very art of forgiving. But one thing she couldn't stand: stupidity. Because she believed that people hide behind such excuses: "I was young and stupid" or "It is not his fault, he was born like this" (that was a joke for stupidity)

Now to Chloe: how is she doing? Is everything all right? What about you Lisa? You sound so strong, and you have to be strong... but you know: if you need me, I am just a click away.

Mihaela Lica said...

Sorry, almost forgot that: good luck with your entry! Win! Make us proud! ;)

What am I saying? I am proud of you anyway!

Lisa Vella said...

Mihaela Lica, you are an angel sent straight from Heaven! You sure do know how to make a girl feel good!

Chloe is doing great. Gosh, I think I took it harder than she. I was pretty shook up well into the next day. I have to remind myself that you cannot worry about such things unless you want to be a basket case!

But there were no broken bones or concussions and I can't tell you how thankful I am for that. What's more is that there wasn't even a single bruise on her body - three stitches and that's it. That was only the good works of our Heavenly Father!

As for the contest, thanks for the encouragement! I will do my very best! :)

Enjoy your Sunday!


Matthew C. Keegan said...

Lisa, I am glad that your daughter had "only" three stitches to deal with. Still, it is upsetting when our children get hurt.

Blessings on your writing contest project too. It is fun to be challenged and it looks as if you are up to it.

Lisa Vella said...


Thank you for your encouragement. I am excited about the contest - although I am getting a little nervous as teh deadline is drawing nearer. But hey, like you said, I'm up for it!

As for Chloe, the "only" three stitches seemed horrible to me at the time, but I am soooooo thankful it wasn't worse.

Thanks for the comment!

Take care!