Here’s a tiny peek at what is new this year…
1. Hello, Whole Mama!
As I mentioned in my last post, I am thrilled to be able to put more of my efforts here instead of other places (if some editor or agent out there is reading this, I didn’t mean that one darned bit). There’s something nice about having complete control over your blog, so I am geared up to fill it with good stuff for you this year.
For starters, I have asked many of you to consider writing a guest post. Here’s what my Facebook event says:
In 2013 I will begin featuring other voices besides my own over at my blog, Whole Mama. If you have ever toyed with the idea of writing something for ‘print,’ this is your chance;)
I will consider all subjects, but am primarily interested in your stories of personal growth…this could be anything from how you define ‘wholeness,’ to how you pursue it in your own life, to your story of brokenness and/or healing. How are you dealing with a rough situation, an unexpected surprise, a deep sorrow? What comfort have you found and where? How might others in your position be encouraged by your story? Did you have an encounter with someone that changed your life? Tell us about it.
Men, you are invited, too, but remember this is a woman’s blog for women, so please come at your story with an eye toward, as they say, ‘what women want.’ You may have a raw story that demands anonymity, which I will respect, and print as such. I would love to hear stories that aren’t finished yet, that don’t have neat, tidy endings. Feel free to be imperfect and real. If you don’t have answers, that’s okay.
There is no age requirement. In fact, I would love to see some younger voices, so invite your daughters!
If you are interested, please send your document in the body of an email (not as an attachment) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please limit yourself to approximately 500 words. I reserve the right to make small edits if necessary, but will let you know if any big changes need to be made. Email me with questions.
Looking forward to reading your wonderful words and to playing publisher!
2. Hello, new writing opportunities!
I have a blog post for in(courage) coming out this spring. Will keep you posted on when. Humpty is selling well, but what’s even better are the comments I am hearing. Here is what one mama said on Facebook:
Hands down the best parenting type book I’ve read! No guilt trips, stories about her perfect kids, or theories and methods. Just good common sense advice and empathy. I think I might need get a copy to pass along to my mommy friends.
I must admit I was skeptical as I am not a fan of parenting how-to-books, but this one blew me away. Very down-to-earth, applicable, and an engaging read!
Thank you, Alicia…and thank you to her sweet mama who bought her the book for Christmas. More than any sales numbers, what I am thrilled about the most is hearing that the book is encouraging moms. That is all the payment I want and what I have prayed so hard the book would do.
In other writing news, it was a blast to attend my first book signing at Slate Creek Books in Wellington, where I met some neat people and ate a delicious sandwich. Elenia is getting good practice for her own writing career:) We also did a semi-disasterous craft show in which we sold no books, but had a great time visiting with other vendors…and even secured a babysitting job for the girls with a dear new mama here in town.
2. Hello, nourishment!
Since watching Hungry for Change, we’ve started to rethink how we eat: Is it food or is it a food-like product? I have always tried to eat semi-healthy, meaning salads and good grains, few sweets and carbs, but this got me thinking not just about losing weight or what I can get away with eating, but about what my body NEEDS to function its best. I do not plan to make a religion out of this, but have been increasingly concerned about my/our health, so am having a blast finding new recipes. Thank you, HFC, for starting us on this journey. (btw, I just bought a Kindle version of Nourishing Traditions and am TERRIFIED to read it).
3. Hello, king-sized bed!
After 23 years, we finally upgraded our bed from a queen to a king and I cannot tell you the difference it has made in our quality of sleep. Like many men, Ian struggles with snoring. Add to this his restless leg syndrome and you have a recipe for a bad night of sleep…for both of us. With our king bed, I feel NO leg movement, indeed, I can just barely feel it when he gets out of bed in the morning. The snoring remains, but at least my ear is further away from the source;) I highly recommend a new bed for anyone with these issues. Two well-rested people like each other a lot better:)
4. Hello, audio books!
Since Em moved out, I’ve lost my walking buddy. Ian and I walk a ton, but some days he runs so does not need to walk as well, which leaves me alone to exercise. I do not like to exercise alone. Therefore, for the past few months I have not exercised. This, after years of being diligent. Word to the wise: If you are a dedicated walker and one day you decide that walking isn’t doing anything for you, that it doesn’t really burn that many calories anyway, let me assure you you are wrong. Walking was not my main form of exercise, but I have walked about an hour a day (4.5 miles or so) every day for most of my adult life. Trust me, STOPPING MADE A DIFFERENCE. Keep it up, is what I’m saying. Which is easier to do when you have company. Or a substitution for company. That’s where audio books come in. I’ve never wanted to pay for them, but signed up for Audible because they had a book I wanted for free (Celebration of Discipline). Since then I have earned two other free books. I’m wondering how long I can go without paying, but even if/when the freebies run out, I may consider staying on with Audible. Or I’ll find some other free source. Either way, walking with an audio book is the best thing since Emily. But I still love her.
5. Hello, regular books!
Ah, saved the best for last. On my reading list for the first quarter of 2013:
A Third Testament: A Modern Pilgrim Explores the Spiritual Wanderings of Augustine, Blake, Pascal, Tolstoy, Bonhoeffer, Kierkegaard, and Dostoevsky (Muggeridge) My father-in-law was friends with Muggeridge so this book caught my eye. He’s a FANTASTIC writer and I can’t wait to gobble up his other stuff when I’m done with this one.
Anna Karenina (Tolstoy) Disappointment with the movie has not dissuaded me from getting at least a few pages further
Writing the Memoir (Judith Barrington) I triple love memoir and one day maybe I’ll write one. This is in prep for that.
Amsterdam (Ian McEwan) I like McEwan’s tight writing style.
It All Turns on Affection (Wendell Berry) Got to meet Mr. Berry this past spring, so reading up on him.
Travels in Siberia (Ian Frazier) I love cold and snow. Plus our local bookstore had a signed copy of this one.
The Irrational Season (Madeleine L’Engle) She’s deep and thinky. I like that.
A Grief Observed (C.S. Lewis) Working my way through Lewis’ work…
The Supper of the Lamb (Robert Farrar Capon and Deborah Madison) When I mentioned I loved A Year in Provence, my friend, Derek, thought I’d love this one, too. So far, yes!
We’ll see how long that takes me and then add some more.
This post is way too long (but no one is telling me to shorten it, hurray!) so I’ll leave it at that.
What new things are you inviting into 2013?
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