Saturday, July 30, 2011

Great deal for writer-mamas!

(Actually, for any mamas...)

When I make a mental list of the writing tools I couldn't live without, my baby carriers come in right after my laptop and nice pens. Having the baby in a sling or wrap allows me to write without worrying about baby (I know she's safe and not having her eyes poked by her big sisters...), keeps baby content (hey, she's not worring about having her eyes poked by her big sisters either!) and, most importantly for writing, keeps both my hands free to type far more efficiently.

Zoe's carrier of choice was a moby wrap (super-est invention ever), but Genevieve currently prefers being held in one of these, a traditional sling from the company Seven Slings:

(I wish I could say that was me in the picture, but I am not quite that cute. :) It's from their website...My sling is that pretty pattern, though!)

Currently, Seven Slings is having a promotion, in which you can get a sling for FREE--you only pay shipping and handling. Just enter the promo code: "breastfeeding" (it's in honor of World Breastfeeding Week) at check-out.

So, if you have a baby and you've never tried a sling, now would be a great time to take the plunge. (And of course if you already love slings, who can't use another for color-coordinating outfits, right?) Your writing will thank you!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Top 10 reasons having a baby is great for writing

1. After enduring hours of labor (not to mention nine months of pregnancy), even writing seems easy.
2. Similar to the above reason, there is the added plus of not having to get up to go to the bathroom every ten minutes.
3. Usually, baby sleeps. When she doesn't, she's still light enough to hold while you type with one hand.
4. Baby cannot yet reach out to add to your story by randomly pressing keys...and the older siblings have finally outgrown this fascination.
5. Family and friends--wonderful people--come around to help out. Which means someone else is getting the older siblings their drinks and snacks, while you rest and write....and writing makes the neccesary resting feel productive.
6. Similar to #4, Baby cannot yet reach out and grab pages in a book. Which makes long stretches of nursing fly by as you read. I've read more this past month than the last three months together.

This is Genevieve thinking, "You love me, don'tcha?"

7. You are filled with the desire to buy all those adorable little baby clothes, but can't afford to--and so run to the keyboard and get to work so you will at least be able to afford the adorable little toddler clothes in a couple years.
8. Getting up at 5 a.m. to write was never so "easy," and getting up at 5 a.m. to nurse suddenly seems fun!
9. You're more likely to spend play time with older siblings reading books aloud than climbing around and building with blocks...Not that building towers is a bad thing, but it can't compare to reading several hours a day and building your skill. (By the way, our current family favorite is "Who's That Baby?" by Sharon Creech. The poem "Two Big Grandmas" has us laughing every time.)
10. Most importantly.... Having a baby reminds you that miracles are not only possible but happen every day. Watching her sleep and grow and grasp and smile restores your sense of wonder and faith and joy--and those aspects are the most important things a writer can possess.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I just finished a book...

...which forever changed the way I'll think about writing--and life. Here is my quickly-written, exuberant Goodreads review:

Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and ArtWalking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L'Engle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Madeleine L'Engle was not only a brilliant story teller, she was a humble, beautiful and insightful woman who, in this book, wrote many of the wisest words I have ever read--about being a writer, and artist, a woman...a human being and child of God.

I couldn't stop quoting passages to my husband, family--okay, anyone who would listen--but this was a book that was best read slowly, page by page, with time for reflection. (So the constant pausing to quote ended up being a benefit for me!) It is certainly going to be one of the first books I think of if I am ever again asked the "desert island" question.

I highly, highly recommend this book to everyone--but especially to writers and artists...and any woman struggling with marrying the dual roles of writer and mother would do well to find some answers in these pages.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

How are wine, hobbits, and sticky notes related?

Well, they all play a role in my interview with Laura Stanfill on her blog series, Seven Questions:
I hope it's as much fun to read as it was to answer the questions! Laura has a knack for coming up with great things to ask about--thanks, Laura!
(Besides, wine and hobbits are naturally connected, right? The sticky notes might be a little bit of a stretch...:)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Important things to remember...

20 years from now, no one is going to care if your floors weren't swept every day or you got behind on your laundry.

But 20 years from now, your children will have been molded by the time you spent with them and by the kind of person they witnessed you becoming. 20 years from now, millions of souls could have been touched by the words you wrote or art you created—or a simple smile.

No one is going to name a patron saint of getting 21 perfect meals on the table each you can stop aiming for that position.
But there are children looking for a hero now. And the occasional bowl of cereal for dinner is just great with them.

Time is precious. Spend it wisely, then every so often you can afford to be frivolous.

And, lastly, for the record: everybody LOVES Mrs. Weasley's crazy house. Just sayin'...

Monday, July 4, 2011

Little Women (Baby news!)

For once, I have a very good excuse for not blogging!
Genevieve Marie was born on June 24th, and I am now the proud mother of three girls. Oh, the dance parties and dress up days her sisters have planned...
Genevieve is healthy and beautiful and I am so distracted from everything else in life it is not even funny. :) But I've been back to little stretches of writing while she sleeps (when I can stop staring at her) and to long stretches of reading. So I will have lots to blog about soon....