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by Karla Brandenburg
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Generally, my parents read my books prior to publication, but Mist on the Meadow went through the process relatively quickly. The ideas flowed, the story tracked, the edits were done and voila!, here it is. So when I told the folks it was published, they naturally asked when they could read it. I don't know about you guys, but I still worry about what my parents will think, even after all these years of being "grown up."
When they read the original version of Living Canvas, my mother told me it needed more sex and violence! Imagine! My Mother! So I stopped worrying about what my parents thought. However, with Mist on the Meadow, I did provide them with a caution that there is "language" in this one. I know they don't appreciate "colorful" language in movies, but parents never cease to surprise. Again, they told me that if it fit the story, they could understand where that might happen. My hero, Wolf, is a little high strung. He has some major issues to deal with in his life.
When I went back to read what I'd written, I have to admit to a few moments of panic about Wolf's behavior. I write "in character." Often, the words tumble from my head through my fingers without any filter or forethought. Fortunately, I have a very good friend (hi, Jen) who assured me that Wolf's outburst was totally understandable given the circumstances, and she wouldn't change a thing. It was a normal reaction.
Yes, I worry about these things. One does not wish to offend, and yet, some behavior is offensive, no matter what you do about it.
March Madness at the day job has come to an end. The good news is that March is the most challenging deadline to meet. That bad news is that there's one more major deadline in April before we can take that collective sigh of relief and get back to our normal lives. This is where I usually start looking ahead to vacation time - that light at the end of the tunnel. The 14 hour days should be at an end, which means I can reclaim some of my life and have time to do some writing. Now if I can only find those misplaced brain cells that disappeared in the deadline melee.