Writing Life

On “Off Grid,” the Haters, and What Really Matters

Just to be clear, the haters are not on my own channel. Not mostly, anyway. My channel is sweet and small and downright family-like. The comments that I shouldn't have read are on the Seeker videos, those mini doc videos about my life that were filmed back in December and released in March. I wouldn't have gone anywhere near them...except for the first two things that also happened today.

By |September 3rd, 2015|Writing Life|23 Comments

Whole Mama Week Ten – “Room For Beauty” by Lisha Epperson

My soul’s composition demanded expression through the beauty of art. Motherhood wasn't the end of that. (by Lisha Epperson)

By |August 17th, 2015|Writing Life|18 Comments

Whole Mama Week Nine – Something to Celebrate

(causes for celebration, end of summer, 2015) 1. My kids did incur a few injuries this summer. But you know what? I didn't CAUSE them. We're calling that a win.

By |August 10th, 2015|Writing Life|7 Comments

Whole Mama Week Eight – “Too Serious?” (Guest Post by Erika Shirk)

This is Erika Shirk, of Overflow. Although Erika and I didn't know each other a few months ago, it is our chance meeting and idea to write together that started this whole summer adventure. Thank you so much for sharing with us today and all summer long, Erika!

By |August 3rd, 2015|Writing Life|6 Comments

Whole Mama Week Seven – With Mihee Kim-Kort and Crazy Plus Beauty

Do you all already know Mihee Kim-Kort? I hope you do. If you aren't following her podcast, "This Everyday Holy," you're missing out. I've also followed her blog for a long time. This summer she did a long series on "The Meaning of Children," doing that crazy thing where you integrate parenting life with deep thoughts.   Mihee isn't only into talking about parenthood. She's a published author, an ordained pastor in the PC(USA), a theologian and a social justice activist. She tends to be involved in more things at a time than I can keep track of. But I managed to nail [...]

By |July 27th, 2015|Writing Life|4 Comments

Whole Mama Week Six – “The Gift of Space” (guest post by Cara Meredith)

Last weekend I was given a gift – the gift of gifts, in my opinion – to get away for the weekend and simply hole up with my words. It came after a whirlwind of spring activities, when the HBH (Hot Black Husband) had been traveling for work and I’d traveled out of state with our two boys by myself. (by Cara Meredith)

By |July 20th, 2015|Writing Life|15 Comments

Whole Mama Week Five – with Sarah Bessey and the Holiness of Our Days

Sarah Bessey and I recorded this video interview a week ago. At the time I told her I would cut it down so it was nice and short. She said maybe cut out the part where we talk about her upcoming book (which is called Out of Sorts and is about a changing, evolving faith). I said, Sarah, WE ARE NOT DOING THAT.

By |July 13th, 2015|Writing Life|29 Comments

Whole Mama Week Four – The Cheese Fight

Once upon a time, my children had a Cheese Fight. This was back in the days of tiny babies and no extra energy to be found and so I did something that shames me even now, I bought bags of pre-grated cheese, poison preservatives and all. I was tired, okay? And I had babies that never let me put them down, so how exactly was I supposed to grate my own cheese? … (by Sarah Torna Roberts)

By |July 6th, 2015|Writing Life|4 Comments

On Summer Bedtimes and Other Impossible Feats (For #WholeMama)

Real Talk. Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever tried to do a creative thing and had that happen, that life got in the way and you just couldn't pull it off? I mean, YES, right? Right? Tell the truth. THIS HAPPENS. This week it happened to us.

By |June 30th, 2015|Writing Life|13 Comments

Whole Mama Week Three – “Quiet” With Micha Boyett

The week three whole mama link up. The word this week is "quiet." Don't anybody burst into tears.

By |June 29th, 2015|Writing Life|2 Comments

Real Talk On Being a Mama Who Writes and a Writer Who Mamas (or, WHERE IS MY SUPERSUIT?)

I was a member once, in a closed Facebook group for only women writers. I had just joined when a signed author posted about what a struggle she was having getting her manuscript done at the necessary clip while also parenting her children. I felt a huge sigh of sympathy; and, having recently finished my own manuscript, I hopped right on the comment thread to put in my two cents.

By |June 25th, 2015|Writing Life|17 Comments

Whole Mama Week Two – What’s Your Superpower?

Do you have a special talent that comes in handy as a mom? Perhaps you can always sing the baby to sleep, or you can tell exactly when your child is into the crayons without even being in the same room. Maybe you tell awesome stories. Maybe your empathy is off the charts. Maybe you have a whole list of #wholemama superpowers. Go ahead and write them down.

By |June 22nd, 2015|Writing Life|22 Comments