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Blogging has brought many blessings into my life – friendships with women across the world, is one of them. Women who have touched me with their writing, who have opened their hearts and welcomed me even though they’ve never met me in person, who have told me that they love my writing, for who I am. Which is a big deal for someone who’s been trying to find acceptance for most of her life.
One of the women I’m grateful to have met and call a friend, is Kir of The Kir Corner. There is no one more genuine, sweet and generous than this beautiful lady, who writes about her struggles with infertility openly, shares her joy of her miracle twin boys, and draws us in with her ongoing fiction stories of Kimmy and David. She is one after my own heart, her love of shoes and cupcakes, legendary.
Thank you Kir, for being such a wonderful friend.
My first post was written in May 2005. I had been battling infertility for 2 years by then with no success. I wanted to have a baby and my blog was just a way to find support through my really bad days/years/cycles and a place to write about how I was feeling. It’s interesting for me to think that I started my blog wondering if I’d ever be a mommy when today I would definitely be characterized as a “mommy blogger”…it’s been a long (and sweet & sour) journey to here for sure.
2. What do you love most about blogging?
Well, I think everyone says the COMMUNITY don’t they? Of course the women (and men) I interact with every day have become part of my world…tiny stitches in the fabric of my life. I care about the people I read, I love being a part of their lives and so when good things happen we can celebrate and when not so good things happen we can rally and comfort, help one another. But I also love the writing aspect of blogging, the idea that you can share ideas, recipes, memorable moments…the small things in life and someone is always there to share them with you by reading. It’s like you can get a hug, a smile, a “YEA” or “I’m so sorry that happened” no matter what time, day or place you are in. I love being that connected to people I really love.
This is one question I have pondered for MANY days before writing and my answer is that I can’t choose. When I started writing my favorite bloggers were those women that KNEW where I was in my infertility journey and could bring me HOPE, COMFORT, HUMOR and SUUUPORT. Later they turned into the women that touched me with their words or make me sit back in awe at their talents. The truth is that I don’t have a favorite blogger. Today I have 53 subscriptions coming into my email on any given day and EVERY SINGLE ONE OF those blogs gives back to me. I love some for their humor, some for their pictures, others for their crafts, still others for their beautiful way with words. But they all share something with me and invite me into their world and the simple truth is that I feel so lucky for each and every invitation.
4. Is there a post you regret publishing?
Like the question above, it took me a couple of days to decide how I would answer this question. But here goes.
5. What do you love most about being a Mom?
Honestly, just being one. I wondered for so long about whether or not I would be that just hearing someone call me “mom” or “mommy” makes me smile. But the HUGS are good too..the hugs while little voices say “I love you Mommy” is absolutely one of the best things.
6. What’s your favorite time of the day?
5am. Any day of the week. On the weekdays, it’s quiet in our house and I can get out of bed and start getting dressed for work while the rest of my family sleeps. On the weekends I get out of bed and go to the computer, put a load of clothes in the washing machine, pick up the house or just grab the remote and get through an episode or two from my DVR’d shows. It’s quiet, it’s relaxing and the dark mornings wrap me in comfort and peace knowing my family is close enough but SILENT. 😉 I do my best thinking and writing in those early mornings.
7. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Italy. I’d love to taste the food, see the sights, enjoy the flavor of that country and see it with my children. John has told me so much about Rome, Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast along with the other places in Italy he’s been that I know that seeing it with him would be a dream come true for me, plus the magic of that country would have me completely under its spell for sure.
8. What could you eat every single day?
That is a very silly question….CUPCAKES of course 😉
9. Favorite season and why.
My favorite Season of the year is Summer. I love the feel of sand, the sunshine on my shoulders…no reason for coats or scarves, and the way I look with a tan. I love being warm and the smell of the ocean tickling my nose. But I also love the time of year from Nov 1st to Jan 1st..the HOLIDAY season. Christmas is the time of year that I truly find myself. I love the joy, the magic, the decorations and the feeling of love in the air. I smile quite a bit from Nov to January …
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11. You recently completed the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November, writing 50,000 words in one month. Tell us more about your novel.
Oh wow. Well where do I start? The Title of the novel I was working on for NaNo is called “Confessions to Justin…and other letters I wish I’d written” I got the idea for it about 10 yrs ago when I saw an ex-boyfriend’s engagement picture in the paper. I thought of all the things I’d love to tell him now that we had both moved on..then I thought what if I made up a girl who was a little like me who sees her ex in the paper and then meets two very different men who she has to choose between. While she is in the midst of her triangle, she is writing letters to Justin to deal with her feelings for each man. Honestly, it’s not finished but it has been lots of fun to remember and write, mostly because while Violet (the main character) is loosely based on me, those letters are all rooted in a real experience, moment or memory with my old boyfriend “Justin”.
12. Any tips for us aspiring writers?
I know you’ll be mad at me for saying this, but I still don’t consider myself a writer. I don’t write every day, I would much rather watch TV than sprint off to the computer to key a few pages and I have no discipline whatsoever about grammar or editing. That being said, I find inspiration all around me for writing. TV shows I watch people I meet on the street, songs I hear. My brain is always thinking, working words around and choosing situations in which I could use them.
I do carry a notebook in my purse and have been known to write an idea, a phrase, a quote on a napkin or spare piece of paper when something strikes me. So while I am not the barometer for “good writing” I can tell you that if you want to do something, if you have words inside you that you feel need to get out..LET THEM!!! Don’t ever think that your idea isn’t good enough or interesting…just write and see where it takes you. Honestly I started November thinking I’d never be able to find 50.000 words to finish and what I found was a story pouring out of me and characters that I truly cared about.
Alison, thank you so much for inviting me here today. From the moment we exchanged Twitter followings and I found your blog I have sat in awe of you. I don’t know a sweeter, more honest and open person in the blog world. I truly feel lucky just to know you. Being here with you today, sharing this very special and sacred place is just the ICING on a very SWEET cupcake my friend.