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I'm a writer with a day job: herding wild monkeys.  They climb on me a lot.


I get my words in when I can...



and where I can.  Yes, that's a lightsaber I'm sitting on.



Sometimes I kill plants (note the lime tree), but I'm doing my best to keep the humans alive and the characters real.



I've found I actually get a lot done while being climbed on.  I just keep my laptop with me...



and my fingers crossed...



and occasionally the monkeys sit still long enough for the magic to happen.



Once everyone is in bed I get a chance to write uninterrupted.  That's when the writer's block sets in.  Just kidding.  This is me getting a really incredible idea. 

Oddly enough, after a couple of hours of writing, I start missing the monkeys. 



I almost consider going and waking them up, but I'm too tired to move... 



or to put myself to bed.

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lisaalbert
Dec. 9th, 2010 05:57 am (UTC)
Aw! I love those monkeys! It takes a lot to raise a family and stay motivated to write so kudos to you! Mine were toddlers when I started and they're 18 and 19 now. They'll always be my monkeys...just bigger. :-)

The last photo is a hoot!
stephanieburgis
Dec. 9th, 2010 09:53 am (UTC)
This is adorable, and I empathized completely! It's a good thing those little monkeys are so cute... ;)
robinbridges
Dec. 9th, 2010 11:14 am (UTC)
This made me smile, Jessica! Gosh, those pesky little (and totally adorable) monkeys!
mguibord
Dec. 9th, 2010 12:14 pm (UTC)
Haha- This is so cute. Gotta love those little monkeys!
kimharrington
Dec. 9th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
LOL! I know how that is. :)
randyrussell
Dec. 9th, 2010 01:21 pm (UTC)
Love this! Hey, grab the colored chalk next time and compose on the sidewalk.
carolinesr
Dec. 9th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
Love this!

There are squirrels at my house. And I wrote outside for a few weeks with a light saber on the table. :)
dawn_metcalf
Dec. 9th, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
Awww! Looks like the theme is "cute and exhausted" -- a writer mommy's life if ever I've heard it! Thanks for sharing this glimpse into your world. :-)
jlmarti
Dec. 9th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks guys! Yeah, it is a good thing the monkeys are so darn adorable, because otherwise I'd be snapping that lightsaber in two over my knee. Actually, as crazy as it looks, its the monkey/writing combination that keeps me sane and happy.

All you smart people out there: is there any way to put this post on my blog (I'm using blogger) without redoing the whole thing, or should I just post a link to this site? Hmmm. Keep in mind, I'm lazy. But would anyone actually click on the link if I just put it on my blog as a post? (This presupposes that my blog has a readership. Ha ha.)
helenlandalf
Dec. 9th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
I couldn't figure that out either, Jessica, so I just put the link to my "Day in the Writing Life" on my blog.
mandyhubbard
Dec. 9th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love this post. Hilarious. :-)
helenlandalf
Dec. 9th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
So sweet, Jessica! And, I'm sure, so very, very exhausting.
sheela_chari
Dec. 9th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, the monkey! They grow here in NY, too! I love this - it makes me glad to know I'm not the only one who works this way! What an adorable one she is, too.

I have to say though that I'm never fallen asleep with my laptop yet...
sbennettwealer
Dec. 10th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
As a mom, I LOVED this!! Adorable, and so true.
rutasepetys
Dec. 14th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC)
Sorry I'm late to the party, but just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed this post, Jessica! You are superwoman!
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