Wednesday, January 2, 2019

SHARING IS SCARING

This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as the Insecure Writers Support Group, founded by the one and only, Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers—insecure or not—please join us. It happens the first Wednesday of each month.
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The awesome co-hosts for this month are Patricia Lynne, Lisa Bule-Collard, Kim Lajevardi, and Fundy Blue

January 2 question - What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?

Hmm?
Let me see...
The last time anyone asked me about my writing... 
Was loooooooog time ago.
It’s OK, though...
Guess they’re uncomfortable still asking the same question:
“Are you published yet?”
But there is one who still inquires about my writing...
It’s my granddaughter! 
She just turned sixteen and at her tender age...
She has penned some awesome pieces herself.
Hmm? 
Maybe, just maybe...
I sparked a flame in her creativity years ago...
When I used to babysit her and my other two grandkids?
Everyday at naptime they always chirped...
“Grandma! Tell us a story!”
Mind you, these stories weren't from a book...
But rather impromptu tales...
Of Egyptian mummies that came alive... 
Lost kingdoms where strange creatures roam...  
Castles with real vampires... 
And of course ghosts, and monsters.
But while they loved these stories...
My two daughters did not.
“Mom, please stop telling the kids scary stories. It’s hard enough getting them to bed as it is, but now we have to convince them that there are no monsters or mummies lurking in the house.”
“But they ask for scary stories,” I said in defense.
“Mom, they’re kids; you should know better. 
 From now on only tell them happy stories about princes and princesses.”
“Fine,” I said, not appreciating being scolded. Or edited.
 Well, I kept my word and told only happy stories...
But those new tales did not fly with the grandkids.
“No grandma! We don’t want to hear about stupid   princesses! 
We want scary stories. Tell us more about the mummies!”
“Well, your mommies won’t let me,” I said...
As their little faces drooped with disappointment.
When they got a bit older...
I only watched them occasionally on weekends...
Yet they still persisted...
“Grandma! Tell us a story. Tell us about the mummies!”
Well, one weekend I caved.
“OK, but you have to promise me that if I tell you, you won’t be scared at bedtime, got it?”
They nodded. 
“And don’t tell your mommies.”
Giggling, we all did a “pinky swear”.
They must have kept their word 'cause I never got scolded again.
So?
Have you every told your kids or grandkids scary stories?
Ever get scolded?
Or what kind of stories do you tell?

Always,
Em-Musing


8 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's cool your granddaughter writes - and that she's a big fan of yours.
You could have told them stories about mummy princesses...

Adrienne Reiter said...

Story telling is how all my work starts for me. I come up with an idea and if I stay in love with it, begin to map it out. A sentence creates an avalanche. Happy IWSG Day!

Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine said...

Aww, I love that you told your grandkids stories.

Gil Stewart said...

Leigh ----You say you love to see the whimsical sides of life. Apparently your grandkids like that too. My stories are about 70 year olds, and my grandkids can't believe Grandpa is telling stories like that.

thing is, we're each telling the stories we want to tell. Hopefully there will be a time when lots of folks are asking their questions about our writing.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

They liked what you told them, so is horror one of your genres?

Nick Wilford said...

Well, I think you were on the right track because I'm willing to bet those stories had a big hand in your granddaughter's creativity. It's good for kids to be scared. It's part of development!

Pat Garcia said...

Happy New Year!

That is so cute! You have inspired your granddaughter and I find that absolutely fantastic.
Wishing you all the best for 2019.

Shalom aleichem,
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

cleemckenzie said...

Scary stories are essential grandmother tools. Annoying the parent is part of the fun, right? Loved the "pinky swear."