Gizmo Guy surprised me today. After 29 years of marriage, I’m still learning new things about him.

He’d come home from work and we were both sitting in the family room working on our laptops, when he, very shyly, asked if I would read something for him. He sent me a file attached to an email and I opened it up, not knowing what to expect.

It’s a short story, 7,000 words. He’s been writing too, not telling anyone, but while I’ve been typing away, so has he.

What was it about? A man in his early 50’s, with two 20-something still-at-home sons, and a wife who is writing the great American novel. And how he and his wife plot to turf the boys from the house and reclaim their sanity. OK, not quite fiction in this household, but OMG, it was absolutely hilarious. I was laughing so hard I had tears running down my face.

Every scene moves the story along, the characters are identifiable. He’s even tied the action at the start with the action at the ending so it’s a lovely little circular tale. Ok, there are some typos and grammatical errors, but the writing is sound and reminded me a lot of Dave Barry’s style.

It’s good! Even though it probably resounds more with me than anyone else because I recognize so many of the shenanigans, it’s a sweet little story that I’d love to see published for him.

And when he talked about writing it, how it made him feel as it evolved, I wanted to cry again. He gets it! He understands why I need to write, why I have to write.

I’m so proud of him!

Just when you think you know everything about your hubby…
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  • June 4, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    That is so awesome!! My husband tried to do some writing for a bit, but then stopped. He said he didn’t want to step on my toes! I told him he was being silly and to keep going. 🙂

  • June 4, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    It must be wonderful to share something new with a man you’ve spend 29 years with… Bet you fell in love all over again 😉

  • June 5, 2007 at 5:00 am

    Wylie: Yeah, I really did fall in love with him all over again. I’m still grinning as I think of it.

    Christine: Yeah, hopefully hubby will start up again. I don’t know if GG will ever write again, but I love that he gets the process of writing, the need/drive to put down his thought process – he said it just came to him and started flowing. It took him a week to write it, and for 7500 words, that’s damned good. Especially when you realize that when I married him he didn’t ‘get people who read’ and I had to explain to him how I loved to sit in the tub and read, that I wasn’t mad at him and ignoring him purposefully when I read. And now here he is writing!

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