Over the next ten years, she would listen patiently as I retold story lines and plot details, described characters, and in general, bounced around all kinds of different ideas regarding my writing. She helped me when I struggled with writer's block and low-motivation. She's let me work during the late (and early) hours of day, even when she'd wish otherwise. I've even managed to wake her up to spill an idea or work through a problem. Sometimes, I might even be accused of being overbearing, turning my wife into a captive audience, forcing her to listen to my random inspirations. I think most writers would agree, that sometimes you only need an audience, whether they're listening or not.
Jen has always been a great sport about the nuances of writing, even if sometimes she isn't quite in the mood to listen. The fact that she listens to my ramblings even half of the time is tremendous help. One of the greatest offerings a writer can receive is a listening ear and when needed, a suggestion to help point you in the right direction. Jen has provided both to me over the years.