Hello, awesome readers!
This week I received the copy-edited files from my editor for my book, SUPERWOMAN: A Funny and Reflective Look at Single Motherhood.
I was excited. I was in turmoil. In fact, I WAS TURMOIL PERSONIFIED. Do I open the files, or do I walk away from my laptop and go clean out the garage?
I decided to open the files.
I think part of me was expecting … I don’t know what I was expecting. Perhaps I was afraid to find a note from my publisher telling me that they hated the book and that they were running away to join the circus. Imagine. L’il ole me and my crappy book had caused a career change. But that’s not what happened at all. Instead, as I got my head back into the book after a bit of time away from it, I remembered why I wrote it in the first place.
Here’s an excerpt:
First and foremost, my goal with this book is to show you that as a single mother, you are not alone. I say this because when I was a young single mother, alone is how I felt much of the time. And while I’m not a therapist, life coach, or Mother Teresa, I am an advocate for living your ideal life.
Now most people don’t put these two things together—being a single mom and living your ideal life—because solo parenting is damn hard. You know it. I know it. Your ex knows it. But although it’s challenging, solo parenting is also one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever achieve. I call it an achievement because at the end of the day—every day—you deserve a freaking award.
And that’s not all. I have another reason for writing this book. When I was a young single mother, I would have loved for someone to tell me not to define myself by my status, to get out of survival mode and turn on the go-get-it switch. My message in this book is that for life to be a truly satisfying experience, you must live it as your authentic self. But for you to understand the power behind my message, you have to know where I’ve been, which is why I share so much of my personal life with you in this book.
End of excerpt.
All that to say that for those of you that have been reaching out to ask, “when is your damn book going to be available?” I answer, soon, Kemosabe. Soon.
Meanwhile, I’m working on other projects. Two ghostwriting projects that I cannot talk to you about, which is unfortunate because I am sooooo enjoying both the clients and the mandates.
I’m also working on two other personal projects, one of which is a story about a serial killer. Just to clarify, I do not kill people in my spare time. I write about people that kill people in my spare time. That said, this story is NOT a memoir.
And here’s something else that I have in the works … I receive a lot of emails and DMs from people asking my advice on writing and gardening. Kidding. I killed an avocado plant this week. No one asks me for advice on gardening. But asking me for tips on writing … that part is true. So, I’m putting together a newsletter. The difference between this blog and the newsletter is that the newsletter will focus on writing-related topics, including the journey of writing about a serial killer. So, if you subscribe, you’ll be an accomplice to murder. Hope you’re okay with that.
I’ll send out an update once the newsletter is ready to launch but meanwhile, if you think this is something you’d be interested in (finding me in your inbox every couple of weeks sharing writing-related tidbits that include my journey as I get inside the mind of a sociopath), feel free to let me know so that I can make sure to get enough cupcakes for everyone. Because OF COURSE we can’t launch a newsletter without cupcakes!
And that’s my news!
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