I've been partying lately, celebrating my own birthday and the many, many other September birthday people I know. Lots of Virgos, and now Libras, which suits me fine since I'm a cusp baby, and am very familiar with duality, mine included. That duality has recently proven valuable in a way I'd never before considered.
Yesterday I sent off a non-fiction book which I wrote with my daughter to my agent in New York for review and comments. I had Daughter #2 on the phone with me when I hit SEND to let it fly into cyberspace.
I won't pretend I'm not nervous. I would like this project to be successful; my daughter has great hopes for it and I'd hate to see her disappointed. And I'd love to explore my duality as a writer. I didn't know I had any. Yes, I've written non-fiction before, had years on newspapers in school, and I knew I could write a coherent sentence. But it's been a while. Most of my published work has been fiction, with historical settings. I wondered if that would be a help or a hindrance when I started to write the non-fiction book.
I discovered that I could make the switch to my natural tone very easily. I don't know why I worried about it, after all I don't talk in an historical mode at the grocery story, or to other writers, or with His Majesty (except for . . .oh, never mind. TMI, TMI). I talk like a 20th century person (yes, 20th century. I don't think I've evolved into a 21st century person yet. Stay tuned.).
It was a fun book to write. I had worried about how we would do writing together. I've got my own ways of working, and she hers, and I didn't know if our methods would mesh. And I didn't want anything to upset the very close relationship we have. I'm delighted to report that it was a thrill to write with her. She's smart and hard-working, and so mature and rational. It literally was joyous. I make no apologies for thinking that my two daughters are the most wonderful women on earth, and it was gratifying to discover how easily Daughter #2 and I worked together. I'm so proud of her! And I'm proud of the book we've created. I hope that one day it will be published and you and I can talk about it together.
I'll let you know.