blog, and ye shall receive

A few days ago I posted that my husband wouldn't read my 70k, novel. A novel I might add he helped provide ideas on.

Anyway. I blogged about it and teased my husband, saying the internet knows he's a horrible husband now. Just so you know, we always pick on eachother, there was no real malace here, he knows I have various blogs and I don't hide what I say from him.

Back on point. Husband knows of my frustration and no more words are said.

This morning as my alarm clock annoyed me out of a sound sleep, I noticed my husband was not in bed. Not being the most alert at 5am, I hit the snooze and took 5 more minutes. Hubby has a habit of allnighters on his computer lately.
By the time the alarm went off again hubby had slid into bed next to me.
"I read your book," he said.
There was no note of feeling in his voice, no clue in his simple phrase to tell me what he thought.
"And?" I responded curiously.
"It was a book."

First mental note, blog about husband taking out the trash next.
Second mental note don't get upset no matter what he says.

"So you hated it.?" I questioned curiously.

That started a good 30minute discussion of problems with my story.

The good news is, he finally read it. He provided me with valuable feedback and a male perspective.

The bad news is, I may have to completly rewrite my ending....


Jessica Nelson said...

This is hilarious! A typical guy. :-) Wow, so I can't believe he read it.
I couldn't get hubby to read my 300 word articles for the paper.
That's pretty cool that he read it. :-)

Kim Tomsic said...

Did he stay up all night to read it (hence the coming to bed after the two 5:00AM alarm resets? Impressive...he gets points for that at least--what were his positive comments?

Katie Salidas said...

Yes, the hubby stayed up all night reading it. The good comments, though ego boosting, weren't as important as the bad ones. To put it simply, he liked the story. He doesn't read Dark Fantasy and vampires aren't his cup of tea, but my novel was different. The bad comments weren't bad as in insulting, he saw areas where improvement was needed and suggested ways to improve them.

Charlie Rice said...

Yea I know I'm late to the party, but I just discovered your blog.
I think you're lucky to have a husband that'll critique your work. My wonderful and supportive wife loved my book. That's was nice to hear but she offered no valuable advice.

About The Author

Katie Salidas is a USA Today bestselling author and RONE award winner known for her unique genre-blending style.

Since 2010 she's penned five bestselling book series: the Immortalis, Olde Town Pack, Little Werewolf, Chronicles of the Uprising, and the all-new Agents of A.S.S.E.T. series. As her not-so-secret alter ego, Rozlyn Sparks, she is a USA Today bestselling author of romance with a naughty side.

In her spare time Katie also produces and hosts a YouTube talk show; Spilling Ink. She also has a regular column on First Comics News where she explores writing from a nerdy perspective.