Someone gave me the dreaded “enjoy this now while it lasts – this is the easy time!” the other day.
That’s the kind of thing that would have ripped me apart 5 years ago when I was at this stage with my first child. Now? I laughed in her face. (Well, it was online, so her virtual face.) Continue reading
The last few weeks have been tough. I had a baby, for one thing. I’m now 19 days into the newborn stage and am frankly having trouble seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Continue reading
I’ve always been hesitant about posting things I’ve written on a blog. (That is, things other than actual blog posts – books, short stories, poems, etc.) There’s two reason for this – 1) it’s “out there” which is just a scary concept in itself and 2) other people will see it, which could in my head lead to any number of bad things I’ve probably made up.
But I’m a writer. And a writer, at least the kind of writer I am, doesn’t just write things she never wants anyone to see. Which is what will happen if I don’t start putting things out there.
There’s actually a third reason I don’t post stuff I write – it’s never finished. Much of it is first drafty stuff, but even what is fairly polished just isn’t done. Well, no more. One of the reasons I finished some of my fan fiction back in college is that just the act of making it available for others to read (regardless of if they did or not) makes me feel more like a writer.
So I’m going to post a few excerpts from projects here, and see what I feel like continuing. The first is something I started almost 5 years ago when I had my first child, and it’s been on my mind lately because I’m about to have (God willing) my second. The Pessimist’s Guide to Babies is a kinda funny account of how to deal with a new baby, meant mostly for new parents who have not yet discovered, for example, that breastfeeding sucks.
Here’s one of the sections I liked better than others, on baby registries: Continue reading
My husband and I are big on stealth geek. What is that, you say? Well, I’d be breaking the rules to tell you.
Yeah ok, all it means is very geeky things that don’t, at first glance, seem like very geeky things. For example, we named our daughter Aeryn. There’s a lot of different ways to spell Aeryn (Erin, Arin, Aaron, etc.), but we chose that way for a reason.
So when it was time to start making a baby blanket for Aeryn, there was really only one choice. Serenity, a beautiful free pattern on Ravelry. It’s a leaf pattern, and the quote on the page is “Like a leaf on the wind…”
Excellent. Continue reading