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Saya tidak pantas menyebut diri penulis lagi, karena sudah bertransformasi dalam kegiatan berdekatan bernama menyunting dan menerjemahkan yang toh relevan juga dengan judul Living by the book tadi.

Ya, suami saya memang pegiat buku juga. Ya, suami saya penggemar baca kendati hidupnya jauh lebih seimbang dalam arti masih sempat bersosialisasi dan lainnya. Saya tertohok berulang kali membaca kalimat-kalimat ini [sengaja mengganti kata author dalam teks aslinya dengan editor]:

“I would not marry a literary man for worlds, they are always doing too much, and one can only give them help by being hopelessly dull…”

People often imagine life with an editor to be “fascinating”. “Demanding” would be a more accurate description.

Try discussing your day with someone who often has talked to no one else; try getting up every morning to go to work while your loved one is still in bed “thinking”.

Sedikit bocoran, pada masa-masa tertentu, saya lebih sering dibiarkan tidur sendiri:))

Books are like babies; they have a long gestation period, followed by a delivery date. As many editors work from home, the creative output is reliant on a supportive mate.

“As deadlines approach, the washing-up tends not to get done,” says Kathy Lette’s husband Geoffrey Robertson QC – obviously not fully understanding his supporting role.

“It would be difficult to know what to say if they weren’t good,” she says. “There is often a dark cloud around when things are going wrong, and tension when the reviews are due out.”

Because an editor’s thoughts are frequently elsewhere, partners may also have to endure silent meals, and forego holidays and a social life when deadlines loom.

“We rarely have holidays because when Robert’s not working he doesn’t feel he needs a break, and when he is writing he hasn’t got the time.”

–Ah, mudah-mudahan saya sudah mengurangi ini walau sedikit:))

Editing is a cyclical and often lonely occupation.

So if you are still thinking of living with a editor, don’t expect thanks and don’t look to them for help, companionship or entertainment – except, that is, after the last full stop has been written.

Tentang yang ini, saya tak bisa menilai diri sendiri. Saya akui, masih sesekali dikeluhkan/diprotes, tapi berupaya juga untuk mengatasinya. Jadi, meski apa yang saya sampaikan tak banyak, tak panjang, dan mungkin tak setimpal dengan berlimpah kebaikan/pengorbanan suami, setulusnya saya ucapkan terima kasih padanya. Terima kasih tak terhingga dan permohonan maaf atas kelalaian saya sebagai teman hidup:)

I owe you a lot, Darling.


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Author: Rini Nurul

Ngeblog bukan "guilty pleasure". Blog-lah rumah, sedangkan jejaring sosial hanya pos ronda.

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