Sunday, September 6, 2009

Telling Mom About Going Into Publishing

Some people I know decided to go into publishing and said they were leaving the blogs behind. I wrote this thinking about the changes that life makes when you make big decisions.

Telling Mom About Going Into Publishing

and then I said let’s
do this thing and she said yes
and then we got Jan
and this is just so
good I can’t hardly stand it.
I’m grinnin from ear to earth.
Mom says, honey, I
hope you know whatcher doin.

February 10, 2009 4:14 PM


  1. Moms are usually like that, huh, always hoping the kid, grown or not, knows what he or she is doing!! We are always hoping for the best for them.

  2. Hmmmmmm......yeah. I don't know about anyone else, but when my mum said that to me I always felt like I was doing something wrong. She has that gift :)


  3. pizza delivery is more stable than publishing...

    The people from your church agree
    It's not much of a career
    Trying the handles of parked cars
    Whoops, there goes another year
    Whoops, there goes another pint of beer

    Billy Bragg

  4. funny that those interested in word and publishing would shun the blogs... seems to me that this is the way things are going... a very postmodern form me thinks... but to each their own i suppose...

  5. Love her whatcher! She's my kinder lady.

  6. Yes, Michelle, Mothers have a job to stand in a special place with her kids...not always the same one, but there always is one.

    Ghost, everything I learned about the basics of business I learned south of the law line. That's not stable and sort of requires some beer to get through. Pizza delivery doesn't pay, but then neither does publishing unless you land just right.

    Yes, Jon, I agree in my way, but these people want a career, not an avocation. If you don't get into print, then you don't get an income.

    Erin, I used to drive my mother crazy because I would slang around and say ain't and stuff like that. Ain't is actually archaic or regional English, not slang at all.

  7. grinning from ear to earth right along with you...

  8. Yay. I have written three poems today.

  9. Christopher, I love that you've written 3 poems today and that one of them was left at my blog. It made my day. I was feeling worthless in my scribbling (oh, the intangibles, words, how they suffer---). My husband and one daughter are artists (both of my girls are teachers) and I have my little poems on insubstantial paper---well, you made my day, like I said. You're an amazing poet and I love your mother's attitude.

    Love the line "from ear to earth". You are my kinda guy. (grinning>) Blessings, poet-dude, and good luck in your venture!!!

  10. Oh ho! Marion, I wrote this poem about a triumvirate of poets, none of them me, who have intended to take their efforts at publishing from the volunary to a new and more complicated level.

    I am way beyond the kind of driving interest in carving out a public niche of some kind.

    The Mom is sort of mine, but she would NEVER talk like that...


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