Thank you, NaNoWriMo

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crest-bda7b7a6e1b57bb9fb8ce9772b8faafbWhat’s NaNoWriMo, you ask? This is the abbreviated name for National Novel Writing Month, an annual challenge posed by the fine folks at the Office of Letters and Light (OLL), to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Daunting, difficult, daring? Yes, yes, and yes. I’ve tried twice and accomplished twice, in 2008 and 2012. In fact, Milked was born out of the rough draft I wrote in 2012, and I absolutely have the OLL to thank for the panic-inducing deadlines and the thrill of victory.

I was very honored that the NaNoWriMo folks invited me to write for their blog series about preparing for November and how to find inspiration when battling writer’s block. I challenged writers to make a list of reasons of why one would want to spend time with the story’s protagonist. After all, if you expect a reader to devote a book’s worth of time to your characters, you should certainly be able to provide fantastic reasons for doing so! You can find my blog post here.

Happy writing!


It’s Official

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rl_logoI popped onto the Regal Literary website today, and lo and behold, my author profile is up! You can read it here. Not gonna lie, seeing my profile made me a little bit emotional (thank goodness for a tucked away office and readily available tissues). I’ve always loved writing and considered myself a writer in my heart of hearts. I’ve made my living writing one thing or another for more than 11 years. However, when my novel Milked and I were accepted for representation by Regal, it was one of the most validating, gratifying and just plain best days of my life. This was such a crucial step toward my novel becoming a reality and getting it that much closer to an audience, and it had actually happened. Every aspiring author dreams about obtaining representation by a dream agency like this, and Regal has been even better than I imagined.

And, finding myself in the company of truly great writers makes me more honored and humbled than words can say. Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife), Isaac Marion (Warm Bodies), Daniel Wallace (Big Fish) and dozens of other outstanding novelists are represented by Regal. Every Regal author has contributed significantly to their genres and fields of study. It’s a little mind-boggling to see a picture of myself on the client list, and I’m truly grateful.

My weekend is officially off to a great start. Hope yours is fantastic as well!


Yes, My Book is About Breastfeeding Other People’s Children

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Yes, my book is about breastfeeding other people’s children. And no, before you ask, it’s not an autobiography. So how did I come up with the idea?

It all comes down to Colin.

Colin is my son, now four years old. In 2012, he was two, and still breastfeeding. I’ll go into more details about that journey in a future post, but one night before putting him to bed, latching him for the eleventy billionth time and absently humming “Yellow Submarine,” I began thinking about just how many times I’d breastfed my child. For close to a thousand days, multiple times per day, we’d had those tender moments of quiet, rest and fulfillment. Thousands of moments filled with snuggles, sleepy smiles and the ever-growing bond between my little guy and me.

Then, I started to think about how much that could be worth. And I realized that if I had a dollar for every one of those feeding sessions, I’d be swimming in a pool of money like my name was Scrooge McDuck.

(Sure, I can be sentimental but damn if I’m not a pragmatist.)

I then started to think about what it would be like to make money by breastfeeding the babies of other people (ok, rich people), and what the implications would be. What kind of issues one could run into, and what kind of emotional rewards and challenges could exist. What kind of person one would have to be in order to work in this profession–in this day and age–and do it well.

I unhooked Colin, who was on his way to dreamland, placed him bed, and kissed him goodnight.

That very night, I started my outline.

More on the next steps I took, coming soon!