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Writing My Memoir #3: Christian Publishing Hopes and Rejections

So the agent who didn’t sign me. There was a reason, one I didn’t address in my last post. Remember I mentioned he wanted me to change one major thing, and I did even though it didn’t sit well with me? This agent worked for a Christian agency. I thought at first my book could…
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Writing My Memoir #2: Selling Out For An Agent Too Soon

For the next six months after the initial idea, I wrote whenever I could. None of the stories was organized and I didn’t try to tame them. I was still just coaxing the muse. I was gently prodding my memories out, hoping they could be captured well on the page. I was writing a book,…
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How I Wrote My Memoir: The Inspiration

I can remember the moment I decided to write a memoir. I was fresh off hormones from the birth of my first daughter and I was euphoric as I frantically typed random memories and thoughts in a Word Doc. It was sudden like that. I spent my whole life with the knowledge that I’d write a…
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Want to Write Better? Know Your Strengths.

Most writers are their own worst critics. We all want to improve our writing, and there’s a LOT of information out there on exactly how to do this—but has anyone ever suggested you begin by looking at your strengths? I believe that writers who are aware of their strengths have an edge in becoming a…
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Hang Tight!

…New Website Coming September 2017! I’m excited to announce the launch of my creative services agency. I’m available for hire for writing projects of all sizes. Whether you’re writing your first novel or memoir, struggling with your corporate newsletter, or need someone to spearhead a strategic social media campaign, I’m your girl. I’m here to…
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An Open Letter to the Doctor Who Saw Cancer When We Thought It Was A Cold

Dear Dr. Dina Sukharev of Palo Alto Medical Foundation, You probably don’t know who I am, because you never met me in person. You saw my husband in April as a first-time patient on Wednesday, April 20. My otherwise strong, athletic husband had this cold he couldn’t over since Thanksgiving. Every night for months he…
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First Chemo Session Down

Josiah and I are lounging in our backyard, dogs on our laps. It’s a such a nice day it would sound flowery and cliche if I tried to describe it: dappled sun peeking through trees, birds chirping, a slight breeze on our faces. I’ll spare you. On a normal Thursday morning, Josiah would be busy…
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Confessions of an Internet Lurker: A Guest Post for Kelsey Munger

I’m happy to be featured on my friend Kelsey Munger’s blog this week for her series on Self Care. I stumbled on Kelsey’s blog a couple years ago and her writing instantly resonated with me. When she asked me to write for her Self Care series, I was in a blogging rut and at first said…
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"I don't know what I can believe in anymore": A story of odd proposals, disillusionment, and letting go

I’ve spent my twenties wandering from and wrestling with the faith of my youth. It’s been a gradual movement in directions all over a muddled map–a slow, foggy journey. My storytelling brain wants to make sense of it all, to organize it in a clean narrative arch, to connect experience with meaning and meaning with…
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Parenting In the Midst of Faith Wandering

Today I’m excited to be writing for Unfundamentalist Parenting, a new collective Patheos blog curated by Cindy Brandt. I share my thoughts on raising kids in the midst of faith wandering, and  it might involve a story of how my toddler was recently evangelized by another toddler at the play-dough table. You could fill a…
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