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Book Writing Postpartum

29 Oct
Book Writing Postpartum

© Stephen Nakatani, Flickr Creative Commons

It’s been almost five years since The Denim Jungle germinated inside me. It began as a promise and grew to be guide, challenger, and teacher.

At times, it was downright maddening and frustrating. I would’ve given anything to just be done with it. But throwing in the towel was never an option. It was a mysterious inevitability inside me, pushing me toward the finish line.

Never once did I think I’d be anything but elated to cross that finish line. Yet for the past few weeks, I’ve had the blues about it. Continue reading

Why Pinterest?

18 Jul
Photo by Roxanne Ready, Flickr Creative Commons

Photo by Roxanne Ready, Flickr Creative Commons

Why Pinterest?

If I pinned this as a Halloween costume idea on Pinterest, would it create a black hole? (Photo by Klara Kim)

If I pinned this as a Halloween costume idea on Pinterest, would it create a worm hole…? (Photo by Klara Kim)

Granted, Pinterest has its dark side, too. I’ve heard many a mom complain that Pinterest’s entire existence aims to disprove their worth with its mocking treasure trove of unrealistic expectations.

Sure, it can be that, too, but only if you let it. Here are some practical uses for this often misunderstood tool.

Writers
Show publishers you know your stuff.

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Why Blog?

20 May

Work Desk

“Why don’t you blog about it?” That was a common joke between my husband and me, long before my friend Geraldine (a.k.a. The Everywhereist) encouraged me to embark on this endeavor.

I thought back then (and often still do), that many blogs take themselves too seriously. Let’s face it: blogging is not exemplary journalism, literary excellence, or even (for most of us) our profession.

So, why blog?

It’s a valid question, and certainly one I scrutinized before jumping in. But I have to admit, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the results of this 1.5-year experiment, and that’s why I keep doing it.

If you’ve ever wondered, “What’s the point?”—or even considered trying it yourself—here are some benefits for three groups in particular.

Geraldine Pipe

And this would be The Everywhereist. Don’t let her fool you. She’s a smart cookie and a crazy-talented writer.

1. Writers

When was the last time you had regular, devoted time to write, when the topic was of your choosing, and you had an audience to hold you accountable? College maybe. Even then, I’m going to bet you wrote what you had to and not what you wanted to.

The writing practice alone is worth it. Writing talent is not something that “comes to you” like an image of the Virgin Mary on a piece of toast. Continue reading

Baby Pandas

1 Jun

This goes out to all you hardworking moms, multitasking dads, and thoughtful friends—with an extra special shout out to all you creative types fighting the uphill battle to live the dream.

You are awesome. So awesome, in fact, that you deserve more than just one baby panda. You deserve five.

Warning: This video may cause cuteness overload. Proceed with caution.

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