Thursday, October 21, 2010

"We completely support your writing career!"

So, I mentioned the Big Sur conference to my mom when I was on the phone with her yesterday. I was telling her how much I wanted to go, but how I wasn't sure if I would be able to pull the money to pay for it out of the air in time to register. (I'm crafty, but I'm not that crafty.)

Well don't you know that my sweet mom offered to pay for the conference so I could register in time, and then told me I could just pay her back at my leisure? I couldn't believe it. My parents are so generous.

I almost said no, because I don't really like taking things from my parents. (Even though I know it makes my mom happy to be able to give me stuff.) But then she sent me an e-mail that said this:

"We completely support your writing career!"

You guys, I almost shed a tear, right there while my students were silent reading and I was sneakily checking my e-mail.

It feels so good to have support, doesn't it?

I'm really at a time in the process where I need some major support. I have my writing buddies, obviously, and we are all about supporting each other and being cheerleaders when needed. But sometimes you need the non-writers in your life to show their support, too. And I don't want to say that I don't feel totally supported in my writing endeavors by the people in my life. But...well.
I guess I just need to turn to my parents more.

My mom wants to support me however she can, I want and need it looks like I'll be going to Big Sur! (Well, unless they reject my application or they're full or something tragic like that.)(Let's not even joke about these things.)

Do you have a lot of support from the people in your life? (And I mean the real people, not the writing people. Not that writing people aren't real, but you know what I mean.) How do they show it? And is anyone else going to Big Sur? (Squeee!)


  1. I'm so happy that you get to go to BIG SUR! *jealous hugs, but still totes excited* Unfortunately I am on the wrong side of America, so airfare would be atrocious.

    I hear you about having support from the non-writers in your life. Just this past week the same thing happened with me and my parents as well. Even though I'm thirty-*blurb blurb blurb* I rely on them WAY more than I did in my teens or twenties! I got an encouraging email from an agent regarding my WIP, and almost started crying as I read it to my dad- and he started choking up too. He finally realized that "this writing thing" is viable. I think his approval meant more to me than the email! Later my parents chipped in and bought me a super fancy ergonomic desk chair "for all those long writing hours." No more numb-butt!

    So, I hear ya sister, I hear ya!

  2. Yay!!! So glad you are going. Take notes!

  3. I have moments like that too, where I realize how supportive the people in my life are. My parents are amazing, and my sister and my friends have all stepped up over the past year because they realize I'm serious about "this writing thing."

    I read a comment once on a debate about whether people liked or disliked seeing acknowledgment pages in books. This commenter was against them to the point of actively hating them, and said something along the lines of, "At the end of the day none of those people had anything to do with it. A book is made by an author sitting alone in a room working."

    That comment made me so, so sad. How tragic for him/her that this is the truth of it in his/her life! I've never felt so lucky to have the people I have. :)

  4. Aw yay! That's so awesome :) Your family is so supportive--and that can make all the difference!.

    I'm in a similar boat--my husband and my family support my writing career in ways I never even dreamed of :)

  5. Aw, that's really great, Jessica! I'm so happy for you! You are so blessed to have such a wonderful mom. And you, my dear, are a peach for acknowledging your mom's generosity. It says a lot about you, too. I hope the conference will be a smashing success.

  6. I'm so happy for you! Having a support system is a must!

  7. 1) I love, love, love the new layout!
    2) How sweet of your mom to do that for you. She's a keeper!
    3) I do have support from the non-writers in my life. I'm very lucky for it.

  8. That is awesome! So glad you get to go, and that your family is so supportive. My parents are very supportive about my writing career. They realized I was a good writer way before I ever did. I have to say that sometimes I feel they are a little too supportive though--at times, they really pressure me to write. Sometimes when I'm at their house, my dad will complain if he sees me reading a book. He'll say "Why are you reading that, when you could be writing?" But I know that is just his way of showing support.