Patreon updates: TIME JUMPS, mini-breaks, advice, ebooks, and a realization
 
Today's "writing selfie" is what I wish I was able to do right now. (I am, unfortunately, only pretending to nap.)  I did not plan for The Biographies of Ordinary People to finish Part 1 right at Thanksgiving, at the same time that I am writing a gob of Black Friday articles that will appear on various websites around the internet.

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But we are getting very very close to the END OF PART 1 and the subsequent time jump, and after I write that chapter and give it to y'all I am going to take a two week break from novel writing.


I won't disappear, though; the first Patreon Advice Column Installment will come out during that break, so those of you who are subscribed to the advice column will be able to watch me give you the heartfeltiest advice I know. (Yes, watch. I'm going to vlog my advice column because... well, because I write everything else, and I wanted to try something different.)


The ebook... well, that's an interesting thing. Nobody has yet subscribed to the ebook, which at first I thought meant "okay, I don't have to make an ebook this month," and then I realized that people who had subscribed at higher levels were also entitled to the ebook because that's how stacked rewards work. So I will also be making an ebook. 


Lastly, I wanted to share a discovery I recently made about Rosemary. I keep asking myself: "Nicole, why can't Rosemary just be? Why does she look at her kids and see a to-do list of shopping and haircuts and talking to them about how to behave?" That last chapter, where Rosemary arranges for her daughters to have this joyous holiday surprise, and she's simultaneously examining each of her daughters for things that she can fix, like new clothes or brushed hair—I just read this enormous packet of information about emotional labor and female socialization, and I was suddenly all "oh, I get it." 


Because a seven-year-old child can't buy a pair of new pants, of course, so someone has to watch the child and make sure the pants aren't getting too small, and that is frequently a female socialized behavior. So Rosemary makes these to-do lists and takes on these responsibilities, which is why her brain is always running a track of "what do my kids need, what do I need to remember to do for them, what do I need to tell them to do."


And it makes her seem perpetually dissatisfied, when that isn't necessarily true. 


So that's something to think about.