Writing About Writing
- Published on Wednesday, 13 March 2013
My writer friend Dana is not only an awesome writer but a self-promotion goddess. I’m told that to be a successful author, it’s useful to have this skill, but when it comes to shouting from the rooftops about my writing, I’ve always been more of a whisperer.
Until now. Dunh-dunh-dunh.
Thanks to Dana’s not-so-gentle...
- Published on Tuesday, 05 March 2013
Introducing Rosemary, my second girl, my second R, my second blue-eyed, long-lashed beauty. This one has red hair. Maybe my payment for waiting so long to have babies is that I got my wish – a curly-haired girl and a redhead. Both are perfect.
Rosemary reminds me of all the things I forgot from the sleep-deprived haze that was...
The Sweetness of Suburbia
- Published on Tuesday, 13 November 2012
The last time I posted, I was wondering whether we should leave our 1902 Victorian and move to “a new McMansion, surrounded by fabulous closets and walls that meet at 90-degree angles.” I wondered if I could be happier in town, or at least have an easier, simpler life, less stress, more grocery stores in close proximity.
- Published on Monday, 12 September 2011
You know that fantasy? The one that goes, “My life would be so much better if …”? I’ve often fallen victim to this fantasy over the years, in many different incarnations.
As a chubby, awkward, straggly-haired middle schooler with a penchant for oversize T-shirts tucked into high-waisted denim shorts, I believed...
- Published on Saturday, 27 August 2011
Everyone says about their kids, “I didn’t know I could love someone this much.” I expected to feel that way, too, and I did the moment I looked into Ruby’s eyes on the day she was born.
But what I didn’t expect was to say, 14 months later, “I didn’t know someone could love me this much.”...
Fourteen Years Late
- Published on Thursday, 21 July 2011
I’ve been on an unannounced, unintended hiatus. But don’t worry, there’s nothing bad going on to distract me. It’s just that for the past few months, all my writing mojo has been expended in the service of my manuscript.
My goal was to finish my novel (set in Alabama during the Civil War) by my 30th birthday. I am...
- Published on Tuesday, 07 June 2011
Tonight, I laid my child in her crib, and she immediately rolled over and went to sleep. No screaming, no repeatedly standing up, no thrashing about like one possessed. She didn’t even need to hold my hand.
I was stunned at first – literally, mouth-hanging-open stunned – but taken in the context of the past two weeks,...
We Are Alive
- Published on Thursday, 19 May 2011
Sorry I disappeared for a while there. Didn’t realize how long it had been. I kept thinking, “I need to go post on my blog so people don’t think I’m dead,” but then I kept getting distracted by other things, and I couldn’t fathom how to write about the tornado yet.
The tornadoes hit south of here and...
1601 Reasons Not to Buy the House
- Published on Monday, 25 April 2011
I’ve been reading over some of my old renovation-related blog entries, since I’ve had renovation on the brain again lately, and realized I barely remember half this stuff. It’s all a blur now … well, except bashing out the tile and concrete floor in the master bath – that I will remember till my dying day...
Inner Turmoil, Victorian Style
- Published on Thursday, 21 April 2011
Because I could think of nothing else for the two days following our first encounter with the house at 1601 Main, because I am a crazy person and my husband is just crazy enough to go along with me, I called the realtor and made an appointment for us to see the house.
On the way there, I kept up an eager stream of chatter: “We...