Today's topic is... wait for it...
Like politicians ('I did not have sexual relations with that woman'), my mother-in-law's favorite method of dealing with things is to DENY DENY DENY.
When my sister-in-law got married, my MIL threw her a brunch the next day. She had this conversation with the host.
MIL: Excuse me, sir. We need more seats and place settings.
HOST: Well, Ma'am. You said there would be ninety guests and there are clearly more.
MIL: No there aren't
HOST: Well, we set 90 places and they are all taken. So, there have to be more than 90 people in attendance.
MIL: No. There aren't.
We all put our heads in the sand sometimes. A little voice inside kept trying to tell me this week that my chicken story had an issue, but I kept telling that voice to shut up!
Luckily, I have a friend who was honest enough to call me on it.
As writers, we really need to listen to that voice. Denying that there is a problem is not going to get us publishing contracts!