Writers often talk about characters taking a life of their own. In my case I'm engaged one. His name is Dr. Bob. He has 17 ex-wives. He asked me to marry him while he was at a bar-- east of somewhere-- drinking beer.
Our relationship is quite complicated. For example, my best friend, who is also jokingly my wife (joking in the way some things that aren't true are also true), does not like him any more that my friend's husband likes her wife -- me.
Confused yet? That's okay. I'm confused too. I can't say exactly when I became engaged to Dr. Bob. It happened sometime while writing Do It Yourself Veterinary Medicine for Dr. Bob because he was at the bar drinking beer. Now, I'm working on three hundred ways to say no, for the website www.dyivet.com that goes with a book that scared a lot of agents.
Literary Agent 1: You won't believe the query I got today for a book. It's for a a vet.
Literary Agent 2: I got a strange one for a vet too.
Literary Agent 3: (Interjecting) Me too. Mine drinks beer.
Literary Agent 1: Mine was married to a clown.
Literary Agent 4: Mine is engaged to the writer who wrote the book.
All of the literary agents look at each other and decide never to speak of the query again.
Okay, that's only four agents. But for a vet who loves beer more than any of his 17 ex-wives and perhaps his hound dog, four is a big number.
Setting aside all jokes, I have been working this book for a very, very long time. I'm so happy the book itself is finished. I'm working on the website since the two go hand-in-hand. I'm very excited about this and a bit sad as writing it has been one of my joys in life. I'd leave it for periods and every time I picked back up, I laughed, often so hard people looked at me strange. And sometimes my cats.
Mariel R. is an ESL teacher, horse trainer, writer, editor, sporadic blogger, and lover of beer. She lives in South Korea with two house cats, three horses, a German Shepherd and three barn cats .
Bear (Gom in Korean) then (above) now (below)
Geumbi (Goldy in English) R.I.P February, 23, 2018