I unfortunately did not give myself much time to put this together what with my busy life of supporting my writer of a wife and two young children but I'll try to do the best I can. Having a spouse as a writer has its good times and bad times. I'll start with the good. It is quite entertaining to see how passionate she gets about her story ideas. I can admit that I do not always do the best job of listening as I have so much on my mind as it is, but just seeing her enthusiasm and true unconditional love for story-writing lets me know that what she is doing is right and what she is meant to do. Her tireless efforts are admirable with the long hours she puts in as well as having to be a mother of two very young, energetic children. She will interrupt conversations having nothing to do with stories almost as if a light-bulb pops on in her head with a new idea which lets me know she is always working no matter what time of day or where she is. She will toil and lose sleep if she has to in order to meet deadlines and her perseverance is truly incredible.
But then comes the negative. I work a schedule on a five week rotation which could have me working days, middles, or a split shift and I sometimes spend up to 11-12 hours at the office and can't wait to get home to see her only to have to sit downstairs and take care of the kids while she spends an entire night locked in the bedroom trying to get her writing done. I can see the toll that the lack of sleep has taken on her and she needs the energy to be a mom as well as a writer. I have also been relegated to having my iPhone as my sole source of the Internet because our home PC has been commandeered. Even my sleep can be affected by it being that we have our computer in our bedroom and often times I have to go to sleep with a blaring bright monitor shining towards my face. But other than that I guess I have no more complants.
All in all, I think it is an honor having a spouse as a writer. It definitely has its pros and cons, but seeing her face when she gets a story accepted, a new contract, a royalty check is enough to make me forget about the negative. She is doing my name proud and hopefully I'll soon be able to go into a Barnes and Noble or Borders and take one of her books off of the front display shelf with all of the other New York Times bestsellers. Remember the name Nicole Zoltack, because soon she'll be making international news.