I came up with the idea for this story last month. I was re-reading The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (only the chapters about Harper because those are my favorite). It seems like Sasha, the youngest sister, came to me then.
If you haven't read last week's post, here's the last little bit of it where I mention the two main characters:
I wasn't able to put anything together to share about The Nolan Sisters, but I can tell you that it's about sibling relationships. The things that tear them apart and the things that bring them together.
Sasha, the youngest, has been interesting to write. She's a little bit quirky, and immature.
Mariah is the oldest and since the age of 11 she's had to be more to Sasha than just a sister. Kids growing up before their time is a topic I am passionately concerned about.
This first part of the story captures another theme that's important to me. It's about taking care of other people, which is a good thing, but not when it leads to neglecting yourself. As a mother, it happens to me a lot.
Everyone else has their dentist appointments.
Everyone else gets their vitamins.
When I had my first kid (it might've been when I had my second) my mom told me to make sure I took care of myself. I didn't completely understand until one day after grocery shopping and putting everything up that I realized I'd picked up plenty of snacks for the kids and hadn't gotten any for myself, (hubby picks up his own snacks).
How the heck did that happen? I LOVE SNACKS.
And then: Wait, when is the last time I've been to the doctor?
It happens, but it goes way deeper than not having snacks and appointments in this story.
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