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The First Rule.

The first rule of blogging is you do not talk about bloggingblogging club. No, wait. That’s fight club.

The first rule of blogging is consistency. Or, maybe it’s the second rule, but it’s up there, I’m sure of it. Anyway, back to the rule. Consistency. I recently attended a meeting of our local writers’ group where I facilitated our session on blogging. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’m not exactly a pro at this. I usually just write about what I’m thinking about at the time, and I write as and when I think about it. I’m far from consistent. But, I like rules, so I’m trying to follow this one by posting now. I want to engage you, the reader, consistently and often, so that you’ll be interested in me, the writer, and maybe one day buy my stuff. If I ever have anything finished and for sale.

Speaking of buying my stuff…

(Cue cheesy music and game-show announcer voice) Mother’s Day is coming up – Sunday, May 14th, here in the US – and have I got a book for you! (and the crowd goes wild!)

Last year, I was honored to be part of the second volume of Lisa Ferland’s Knocked Up Abroad series, titled Knocked Up Abroad Again: Baby bumps, twists and turns around the globe. It’s a series of anthologies with stories of parenting joys and challenges while living in a culture foreign to one’s own. The locations may not be familiar and they may have their own specific cultural nuances, but the feelings evoked by these experiences are shared by parents the world over.

KUAA Ch 12 PicMy contribution consists of my first-born’s birth story intertwined with my experience of being pregnant in Abu Dhabi. As with most of my writing, it’s told through the lens of humor. There are several heartwarming and engaging stories of love, loss, and parenting in unexpected ways told within by talented authors whom I’ve come to know and enjoy over the last twelve months.

If you’re looking for a heartfelt gift to give to your mother, or someone else’s mother, or anyone who enjoys stories about parenting, for Mother’s Day, Knocked Up Abroad Again is a great choice. You can find links to the book and ebook by visiting my Amazon author page.

So, that’s today’s thought: consistency and self-improvement through self-promotion. I’m going to do what I love and attempt to be more consistent about it. I’m also going to try not to get so bogged down with following the rules. So, who knows, maybe I won’t be very consistent. You’ll just have to follow me and see.




Itchy Feet

you-know-when-it-all-starts-to-feel-a-little-too-easyThat’s what we call it in my house when we start to feel too settled. You know the feelings: when you can go about your daily routines with your eyes closed; when your casual acquaintances become your very best friends; when the guys at the meat counter, and the coffee bar, and the floral department at your grocery store all know you by first name; when you know exactly what time you need to leave and which roads to take, or avoid, to get you where you need to go in any part of town at any given time. You know, when it all starts to feel a little too easy.

I know not everyone can relate to that feeling; moving around frequently, on purpose, takes a certain kind of masochism, er, I mean, dedication and organization. And, I also know that some people live the nomadic life less by choice than by circumstance. But, there are those of us who’ve chosen to live our lives on the move, and some of us even like it.

I get a rush every time the mention of a new opportunity comes up. The words barely leave Steve’s lips and I’m already hitting up Realtor.com and Google Maps. It doesn’t matter that it’s probably not going to happen, I need to know house prices and commute times, STAT! Next, I open my excel spreadsheet (yes, I have an excel spreadsheet template set up to compare two locales) and start populating the cells with pertinent information, from currency exchange rates to average grocery, gas, and telecomm prices per month. My imagination kicks in and I’m already six months in to our new assignment (because we all know that the first six months are a roller coaster ride between “OMG I love this new place!” and “Ugh, I can’t believe we gave up our comfortable, easy life for this!”), where I’ve figured out where nearly everything goes in the house, and I know exactly how long it takes to get to the grocery store and coffee shop, oh, and of course the kids are settled in to their school by then, that’s important, too.

It’s not always easy, and with the prospect of each new opportunity, I promptly forget the stress and strain involved in packing up our lives and moving all over again – even if it’s not actually us doing the heavy lifting. To make life a little smoother, I have recently instituted a “two Christmases” rule where we are required live in the same house for at least two Christmases. So far, so good, but that could change. One thing I’ve learned to rely on is that the moment life starts to really make sense, that’s when it’s about to up and change. Occasionally, that doesn’t happen, and we stay put for a few years, and we get securely entrenched in the local life, complete with great friends, a home that looks and feels how we want it to, kids who are happy and thriving: by all accounts we feel like we’re “home.”

That’s when I get itchy feet.


Please don’t forget to support our kickstarter project for Knocked Up Abroad Again. This book, and its 26 contributors, need your support in order for it to get published! $10 gets you a pre-release copy of the e-Book. Please show your support and head to the kickstarter page to pledge now! I thank you, the 25 other authors thank you, and Steve thanks you (really, he does)!



Gratuitous and Shameless

So, all this recent talk about the Kickstarter project for our upcoming book, Knocked Up Abroad Again, has got me “feeling all the feels,” as the kids are saying these days (if you haven’t checked out the Kickstarter page yet, go do that now, then come back and finish reading…I’ll wait *cues hold music*).

I started going through some pictures of when my kiddos were just little (I mean, they still are, but I’m talking about when they were really little). So, I thought I’d share some snapshots of their overwhelming cuteness from back in the day.

Here are a few of J’s first year and a bit:

And now, here’s Boots:

And here they are together! Cuteness overload!

So, there you have it. A gratuitous display of the cuteness of my children designed specifically to get you to feel all the feels.

And, now for the truly shameless bit. We are in day three of our Kickstarter campaign for Knocked Up Abroad Again. It’s all or nothing. We need to reach our goal in order for this book baby to make its way out into the world.

We need your support to make that happen.

“We” are 26 mothers who have fearlessly and proudly written about our experiences of pregnancy and motherhood around the globe. I know many of my friends and family can relate to the fears and excitement of the prospect of bringing a new baby into the world, wherever that may be. The 26 women who’ve contributed to this book want to share our stories with you.

There are many rewards available for those who pledge an amount to support our cause. You can even get your hands on a pre-release copy of the e-Book for just $10!

You can easily share this information with friends and family that you know who may be interested as well – remember, the holidays are coming, and people love a good book to cozy up with!

Finally, thank you to everyone who made it through that. Your time, your support and your clicks mean the world to me.

Watch This Space!

Coming soon on Kickstarter!


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