Ever tried to accomplish a giant task while you have company? I’m facing that …oh, what’s the word… ‘excitement’ now as I have a book deal for a rather lengthy manuscript on an extremely tight deadline.
So. My father is turning 80. On the same day, his brother is turning 82. On the same day (no, this is not a typo) my daughter is turning 13.
October 9 is a popular day to birth babies in our gene pool. Relatives are flying in from the four corners of the earth to celebrate.
What with me being in menopause and having the five kids under 18 and all, I’m feeling a tad stressed. However, I am nothing if not organized and I love to delegate. So, I’m thinking I’m going to ask for a little help. They say it’s one of the hardest things a person can do, this asking for help business. To that, I say, “Heeeeeeellllllllllllppppppppp!”
Yeah, yeah, yeah, grandpa is turning 80. Big whoop. He can make the spaghetti. Aunt and Uncle are clean freaks, they can tackle the pantry. My cousin and her daughters are creative and love to talk/tell stories. I’m passing out plot cards when they walk through the door and sending them off to enjoy some quiet time and a jolly good writing exercise. We can discuss character arc at the party, and goal, motivation and conflict over dessert. After the gifts are open, everyone will get a party favor pencil and go to work. Scenes for the kids, chapters for the adults.
That oughtta gitter done. By the time I have to take them to the airport, I should be able to swing by the post office and mail the completed manuscript, therefore giving two birds the old one/two punch with one stone.