So, today is the day I get to announce (SHOUT!!!) that I’m going to be a published author! As some of you know, this has been a LONG time coming. I’m so proud, grateful, and fortunate that along with some amazing writers, my work will be included in an upcoming anthology. The anthology is a collection of stories about postpartum depression and anxiety. I wrote my essay about the anxiety I experienced while on bed rest with my twins, which continued on during their time in the NICU and those scary first months at home. The book was compiled and edited by the creators of the Her Stories Project, Jessica Smock and Stephanie Sprenger. Mothering Through the Darkness, is going to be published by She Writes Press in November of this year. I’m not sure of all the details yet, but not to worry, I’ll let you know as soon as I am. I promise to try not to drive you crazy with my excitement and self-promotional antics. But I am required to help get the word out, so be prepared.
To start, you can read the announcement and learn about my fellow contributors by clicking here.
I’ll post more in the coming weeks, but I couldn’t wait another minute to share the news with my readers. Thank you so much for sticking by me. I really appreciate it!
It’s been a while since I wrote a “catch-up” post about what I’m doing, reading and watching. This post is also a partial link-up with Mama Kat’s World’s Greatest Writing Workshop. I didn’t have a whole lot to write about on the new fall television line-up, so I decided to combine the two. If you’re visiting from Mama Kat, please forgive me (but I hope you stick around, so I can learn more about you).
Writing prompt: Share the fall lineup you’re looking forward to.
Last year, I wrote a post all about the new fall television shows that was featured at Chick Lit Plus. I did some research for that article and thought I had the winners and losers figured out. I was wrong, so I’ve saved myself the trouble (and time) this year. I’m going to wait a few weeks before watching anything new – to see what the critics and my fellow bloggers (who are usually attuned to the most buzz-worthy shows) like. I’ve also been bruised one too many times by shows that I love getting axed way too soon. With just a cursory glance at Entertainment Weekly’s site, my only interest at this point is Bad Judge (I love Kate Walsh) and Madame Secretary (love political dramas). We shall see. I am, however, very excited for my returning favorites!!!! In no particular order; Revenge, The Good Wife, The Goldbergs, Nashville, Blue Bloods and Parenthood. Continue reading September Happenings
“Being a hero is about the shortest-lived profession on earth.” – Will Rogers
“We are all the hero of our own story.” – Mary McCarthy, author.
Who is your hero? It sounds like a simple question, but for me it’s not. The dictionary defines a hero as, “a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for brave deeds and noble qualities.” I find the definition, although accurate, hard l to live up to. I think we can all agree that our military is full of heroes, but we also have personal heroes. What makes someone a hero to each of us is subjective and a one-size-fits-all definition doesn’t apply. Over the years I’ve considered many people I’ve admired to be my hero, but they never seem to maintain their elite status in my eyes (like the Rogers quote above). My own values and experiences have changed the qualities I consider necessary to have such a label. For instance, as a child my two heroes were Chrissy Everett and Farrah Fawcett. Chris I can explain (until years later when a family member had a rude experience with the tennis player), Farrah not so much. Today most of my heroes usually work in the classroom or in autism centers. I also experience a bit of hero worship towards some of my favorite authors. Continue reading Who’s Your Hero?