I’m working on the book while my daughter is sitting next to me on the sofa.
Jess: Are you distracted again?
Me: I’m trying to figure out what comes next in this book.
Jess: What’s happening now?
Me: Natalie’s in the hospital.
Jess (gasping): Why is Natalie in the hospital?!
Me: She has pneumonia. You know I make these people up, right?
Jess: Yes. WHY DID YOU MAKE HER SICK?
Me: I think you’re getting a little emotional.
Jess: Isn’t that what you’re trying to do?
Me: Um … Yes.
Jess: Okay then. IT WORKED.