Girls Write Out
Thursday, October 26, 2006

I am losing my mind. Now, you might think it wasn't all that solid and wrinkly to begin with, but I mean, the synapses are not firing. I have written and rewritten "Split Ends" (my next book) and I'm telling you, I can't figure it out. Something is wrong. Something is missing, but the thing is, I need brain time to discover it -- and that is something I'm woefully short on.

I drive. A lot. Now, you might think that would be excellent thinking time, but with four kids in the car, it's nothing less than absolute chaos. In fact, yesterday my kids were fighting over a sock. Yes, you heard me right. One sock was "too small" so he was verbally-beating on my younger son to trade socks with him. As I was involved in the war, I sort of rolled/California-stopped through a stop sign. And got a ticket. My kids were horrified, and the first thing out of their mouths, was, "Sorry Mom. We're sorry Mom!" And I didn't have time for my coffee, yeah, they better be sorry!

Normally when I write, I tend to live with my character, but right now, there is no room for her! She has been evicted in lieu of driving, grocery shopping, errands, doctor's appts for kids, laundry, packing lunches, dinner, cleaning up dinner, homework, bedtime and then, starting all over again. The difference for me this year is that my husband is working at a start-up (think LOTS of brain cells for that!), and now I have FOUR kids with homework and responsibilities instead of just three and extra hours when my daughter was in kindergarten. I'm not complaining, I LOVE it here, but it's a lot of work! So if you see my character, would you please tell her to get her bum back here?
Kristin Billerbeck  
posted at 11:58 AM  
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At 1:32 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

LOL about the sock! I can so relate to the crazy things kids fight over.

At 3:06 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Boy, life does get crazy busy sometimes, doesn't it? Looks like you'll have to invite your character along for the ride.

Sorry about the ticket!

At 3:07 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Silly me, I assumed she got a ticket for speeding. LOL

At 3:39 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Whoa. Talk about a reality check! Truthfully, I've been jealous all week--wishing I was a novelist (like you four are). Envious because your lives as writers HAD TO BE more glamorous, glitzy, and interesting than my life as a dumb ol' teacher...! LOL! Kristin, your life sounds more hectic (and mundane) than mine. Oh, well, another dream/illusion shattered. Guess I'll go fold some laundry and then grade some papers. :<

P.S. Sorry you got the ticket.

At 4:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear you, Girlfriend. Yes, even here in the "quiet" state of Kansas, my life is every bit as hectic and overwhelming. I know what you mean about the daily-ness of the routine--homework, dinner, laundry, errands, driving, and on and on it goes. I have 3 kids, ages 4--9 and I can sure identify! I love reading your books and I find it refreshing that you are a busy mom just like me. Hang in there!

At 6:55 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

I think your character just ran by my window with the coffee you didn't get to drink ... yep ... she just tossed the Starbucks cup into the garbage and she's still on the go ... heading in your direction though... I'm sure she'll be there soon!

At 7:53 PM, Blogger Janet Rubin said...

God bless you, sister. I didn't know you were a mom. Nevermind a mom of FOUR! You look way too together and cool for that:) (feel better?)Writing with kids- that's hard. I'm doin' it here in CT. I've been typing away on my story when I'm supposed to be putting together my seven-year-old's bat costume...

At 11:09 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Well, my character never showed up. Oh maybe briefly for five minutes or so, but she's gone again. Where are the voices I ask you? I need the voices! LOL I'm kidding. Sort of.

Well thanks all for making me feel better about the ticket. The cop was cute and sweet, though he was probably thinking I could be his mother, it was still better than an old craggy cop. LOL

At 12:05 AM, Blogger eileen said...

Awww, man, I'm sure the diva is alive and well somewhere! She'll flutter into that brain in perfect timing. Hmmm, would that be HIS timing?

Know--the sock thing? This too shall pass.

At 1:07 AM, Blogger Kayla said...

I thought you got a speeding ticket, too! lol

You need to update your book cover on the side to Poppy's book.

So if you need any help I'll be happy to read your book and give you ideas to spice it up :-D except probably for the whole give you ideas part. Read your book, most def.

At 8:16 AM, Blogger Katy said...

Girl, I wish I could help. My kids are grown, but wow! When the first girl says she's getting married, watch out! Another deal where you don't know where the time's going.

Want to tell you that your sitting eavesdropping in coffee joints or wherever paid off for me yesterday, bigtime. It was THE best, most God-gifted eavesdropping session of my life and played DIRECTLY into the story I'm writing.

I thought of you the whole time I listened and took notes. I should have been praying for you, huh? :)

BTW, I think Split Ends is the best title EVER.

Katy McKenna

At 8:32 AM, Anonymous Suzanne Schaffer said...

You can do it!
No pressure, but there are thousands of people out here who are dying to read Split Ends!
Feel better? ROFL

Praying that everything just pops together for you!

At 9:28 AM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

Hey Kris, I think your character came to visit mine. But hey, mine came back last night, so maybe she sent your character back to you! LOL

Sorry about the ticket. Hey, if you wanna know how to avoid getting it on your record, holler at me. I know a "trick". SHHH. LOL

At 1:48 PM, Anonymous Tasra Dawson said...

So back in the big city...what can I say? Comes with the territory.

Your character is probably busy with her own life, maybe she'll send you a text message from her Blackberry when she finds a moment! :-)

At 1:49 PM, Anonymous Michelle S said...

I think your character grabbed mine and they both ran off to Hawaii or something- and it think they took my english paper (that's due monday) with them. i guess ill just pray for their safe returns, as wll as that of my english paper :(

At 6:38 PM, Blogger Jenny said...

Man, I'm sorry about the ticket. Don't you just hate it when police officers don't understand about being a mom and driving at the same time?

I was driving home one night about 7-8 years ago with daughter number two and we were having an annimated disagreement. Pretty soon there was a siren and lights so I pulled into the nearest well-lit strip mall and rolled down my window, license in hand.

He wanted to know how much I'd been drinking.

As I indignatly told him, "not a drop!" my 17year old was nearly rolling on the floor. He explained I'd been weaving a bit and I explained about trying to explain things to a 17 year old.

Thankfully he shook is head and let me off with a warning. Bet that's probably the main reason my daughter insisted on driving when we went to Ireland last year!

So, think of it like a kidney stone--this too shall pass. Hang in there!

Abundant blessings,

At 7:06 PM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

Kristin sorry to hear about the ticket. I hope things get better.

If your character and Michelle's turn up here I'll let you know. Maybe they're partying in preparation for homecoming this weekend with my characters. They showed up for awhile last night but refused to come out this morning. They claim they need to focus on the game.

One of them already got hurt in the last game so I don't know what his problem is. Pouting over not getting the girl again, I suspect. Football players are a strange breed. :)

At 8:22 PM, Blogger Pammer said...

LOL! I remember my kids fighting over breathing. Sigh.

I think I saw your character. She took off cause she knew you couldn't come after her for a while. And she's on a shopping spree. I'll tell her she'd better bring back some Starbucks and a great pair of shoes....and a handbag of course. :D

At 9:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh how I can relate. I'm a mom of six (and they are home with me all day) and sometimes I just want to THINK even if only for one whole minute without chaos. When I'm really desperate, I go take a looooong shower. I may look like a wrinkled raison when I'm done, but I could think uninterrupted. :)

Sorry about the ticket. I just realized my license expires on Sunday (my birthday) and I forgot to get it renewed. I'll be the one driving real careful to the DMV on Monday.

At 11:39 AM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Audra, the DMV in California is like the worst VIPER pit in California!!! Oh my gosh, NO ONE speaks English and you have to wait in line for three hours to do simple requests!!! And don't anyone go telling me I'm racist, they don't speak ENGLISH, all right/ It's just a fact and it takes longer! Anyway, their online thing was a JOKE and so I think I'm going to have to be schlepping down there and waiting in the three hour line!!! Oh these are the days I want to live in Wyoming!

At 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to admit, you have it far worse than I do. I'll be thinking about how much worse it can be when I'm stuck in my DMV.
What I don't get is this: we live in a small town - WHERE do all these people come from to make what should be a 10 minute errand into two hours? I don't get it.


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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