Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Wedding, Birthday, and July #writemotivation

July 3rd, 1998:  The day I married my wife, Susan. It was an insanely hot day. As with any wedding, it had it's own weirdness. Amazingly, I was able to take it in stride when my brother called me, hours before the wedding, to say he couldn't find his shoes.  My brain quickly clicked into gear. No problem, the tux rental place started an hour before the wedding. It was only a few blocks away. It wouldn't be a problem.  Five minutes later, he called to say that he found the shoes. That morning, we had a huge thunderstorm. This was a problem because my wife had to go outside the church to get from the changing room to the front door. Luckily, it stopped raining after about an hour.



The wedding started less than 5 minutes after it was scheduled. Nobody fell. Nobody fainted. And nobody forgot their lines, the rings, or anything else. Had some issues with the bustle on my wife's dress, but we survived and made it to the reception.

July 3rd, 2001: I am woken up from a dead sleep with the words...

Andrew! My water just broke!



Now, I don't know about you, but being woken up in that fashion is NOT conducive to coherent thought. After a brief moment of half-awake panic, I was able to collect enough neurons that I was able to find out what was going on. I stumbled out of the bedroom and, after some coaxing from my wife, managed to call the doctor and let them know what was going on. I then hurriedly got dressed (I don't even remember if I shaved). The bags for the hospital had been packed for weeks and then my brain caught up and shut down. I spent about five minutes pacing in a circle before my wife, from the bathroom, called.

Andrew! Go. Make. Coffee!

*click*

Although she didn't drink, she knew I did. And frankly she was tired of me walking in a circle trying to figure out what to do next. I brewed a pot, poured it into a travel mug, gathered up my wife, and ran us all to the hospital.

NINETEEN HOURS LATER...

Our oldest son is born, 11 minutes to midnight. My wife and I were planning on going to Red Lobster, obviously we didn't make it. However, the greatest anniversary present of all was the birth of our first child.


Ok. So that one was a little early yet...

This one is much better.
Today, July 3rd, 2012: Alex turns 11 and my wife and I will forget, once again, to celebrate our anniversary. It's been 14 years now, and she still hasn't thrown me from a tall building...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ALEX
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, SUSAN

Ok. Finally, July's #writemotivation goal list
  1. Finish first draft of WIP#1
  2. Choose which story I want to work on next
  3. Do Character sketches and basic world building for chosen story
  4. Blog once a week
  5. Cheer everybody on! 
I think these are all doable. I am currently within words of finishing chapter 22 of 24 and probably, by the time this blog goes live, I will be done and on to chapter 23.

On last thing, I have the cover reveal for Ada Adams new novel ReAwakened coming up on July 5th, so keep an eye out.

Till next time!

22 comments:

  1. Awww, this is such a beautiful post!! Happy Birthday to Alex and Happy Anniversary to you & Susan!! I hope you all have a fantastic day in celebration :)

    Your goals are great and I wish you well - I shall be cheering along on Twitter and hope this is a productive July for you!

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    1. Thank you! It's started good so far. :D

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  2. P.S. The pic you chose to go along with "My water just broke!" is hilarious, and I imagine, quite true to the experience ;)

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    1. Yes, it is. I can't remember what it is called, but I did a search on "Crazy eye pictures". Found it on a blog.

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  3. Congrats on surviving marriage so long. It's quite an accomplishment these days. Also, congrats on surviving your children this long. I suspect that's a much larger accomplishment... :)

    Advice: buy a pie. Tell both parties that it is in honor of their day (anniversary/birthday), but then eat it yourself. Blame it on the other party (tell him it was her, tell her it was him). In this way, you earn brownie points for having gotten pie, but you get to enjoy your pie. I would call this, having your pie and eating it, too, which is unlike having your cake in that it is impossible to have cake and eat it. Because cake is not very good.

    I'm rambling... Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday to Alex!

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    1. LOL. Thank you Abigail. :D Surviving children is a much large accomplishment, I agree. Both cake and pie are yummy. I prefer lemon pie and chocolate cake with chocolate frosting...although lemon cake is nommy too. :D

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  4. aww, Happy Anniversary, and Happy Birthday, Alex! I love the picture of "you" waking up to "My water broke!"

    I'm so glad #writemotivation is back, you'll do great!

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    1. Thank you Rebekah! :D Yes, I love that picture of whatever that thing is. I don't know if I actually had those eyes, but I did go from a dead sleep to sitting up very quickly...the rest is kind of a blur...until I had some coffee. :D

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  5. You know, ever birthday celebration for Alex is an Anniversary celebration for you. It can happen in only a glance. But it will! You know it! :)

    So Happy Birthday Alex and Happy Anniversary to you and Susan!

    And come on goals! You can do it! I just wish I could get so far with mine!!! So envious, yet so proud! :D

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    1. Yes, definitely! :D

      You'll get there on your goals, Jamie. That's what #writemotivation is about. Also, I'm only focusing on one story right now. If I remember correctly, you've got two that you are working on. Combine their word counts and then realize how far you are and how much you've done. :D

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    2. Actually, I haven't visited WIP#2 in a couple months. WIP#1 has been on my mind so much lately. So, technically, I only have one now. :) It's slow going. Trying to figure out the middle and how to plot each chapter. It's very hard for me it seems. But I will get there! I am determined! :) Thanks for your support! <3

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    3. Yes, you will get there. :D Sometimes it is slow. You'll figure it out and then nothing will stop the words. :D

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  6. I want to comment on the #writemotivation goals but the cute baby pic and the great story of your wedding keep distracting me. Many congratulations and may you achieve as much success in writing as you have obviously achieved in other areas. Can't wait to see the cover!

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    1. The cover, unfortunately, is not mine but a friends. But it will go live July 5th. Definitely check it.

      Yes, he was a cutie back then (and still is from all the attention he gets from the girls).

      And thanks for the comment. I blame #writemotivation for getting me this far. :D Good luck on your goals as well.

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  7. What a lovely post! Congrats on the anniversaries and #writemotivation! you can do it! :)

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    1. Thanks! :D Good luck with your goals too! :D

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  8. Who can focus on the goals after such an adorable post? July 3rd is definitely a fantastic day for you. :) Congratulations on all fronts!

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    1. I'm surprised nobody noticed that the sonogram has a a joystick and headset on the kid. :D

      But anyway, thank you. :D

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  9. I'm currently an emotional wreck, for obvious reasons...

    This made me cry. Happy tears. What an awesome date for you :D

    And I know you can make your goals :D

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  10. Awwwww! Gorgeous wedding picture, and I KNEW there was something off on the sonogram, lol!! (Zoomed in and had a giggle)
    And those goals are good! You can DO IT!

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  11. Awww. Very nice post. Lol- I am sure that she wouldnt throw you through thick and thin:) Congrats and happy belated birthday to your son.

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    1. LOL. Thanks Lucy. Of course, you've never been married or been with the same person for 20 years...you'll learn what I'm talking about. :-p

      Seriously, thanks for the post. :D

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