Motherhood & Words

I’m sorry to be so long in posting, friends. I’ve had my face in my computer almost constantly. I’ve been up since 3 a.m. this morning. I am exhausted. But I just e-mail the manuscript–Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mother–to my editor. (It hasn’t sunk in yet. I just feel numb.)

Andrea suggested having a virtual margarita party to celebrate. What I’d really like at this point is a nap. But my 83-year-old dad has been watching Zoe and my nephew all morning, and I need to relieve him. And tonight: dance recital. Oh yes. And I am even in a small portion of one of Stella’s numbers. Very scary. I know.

I’ll be more present here now. I promise. 

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I have been teaching creative writing for almost twenty years. Reading about other women’s lives and experiences has expanded my world. To be able to walk in someone else’s shoes, whether it’s for a moment or an hour or a few days, is an incredible gift, providing me with insight into the human experience. It takes courage to write your truths, especially if it doesn’t seem as though anyone cares, as though anyone is listening. Let me tell you: your stories matter, I’m listening, and I’m here to help you find the heart of those truths, to get them down on the page, to craft them, and to send them out into the world. Together, we will change the world, one story at a time.


  1. Katia Raina on June 1, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Hi Kate, rmemeber me, one of your Literary Reflections writers? Anyway, I just HAD to write back, because I think I know that feeling. Not to an editor yet, but every time I finish a revision or a draft, that's just where I am. And no matter how exhausted you are, remember ot bask a little 🙂 Cheers and congrats!


  2. Joy Riggs on June 1, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Congratulations, Kate! You're amazing! Too bad you can't catch your breath today. The work of a mother who writes is never done. 🙂

  3. Gwen on June 1, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Congratulations! I think it seems perfectly apropos that you should have to take care of the girls and go to a dance recital on the same day your book is finished. That's life as a mom, huh?
    Great job, and I'll look forward to buying the book!

  4. finding words on June 1, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Congratulations, Kate! I have thinking about you.

  5. Elizabeth on June 1, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Well, congrats on turning in your manuscript. That's HUGE! I will make a margarita over here tonight, perhaps, and join you if you decide on the virtual party.

  6. notshoppingattarget on June 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Fantastic!!!! I'm so happy for you!!! Big smile! Looking for the tequila!! (the rest is cumbersome).

  7. kate hopper on June 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Thank you so much! And Elizabeth, pour yourself something tonight!

    Notshoppingattarget, I love that you're going straight for the tequila!

  8. Sara on June 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    How exciting! I never turn down an excuse for a margarita. Congratulations!

  9. Amber on June 2, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Congratulations, Kate! You've worked so hard! Way to go!! Can't wait to read your book!

  10. K on June 3, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Congratulations Kate!! You've put so much of your heart in your writing and I'm so excited for you!

  11. Anonymous on June 3, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Congratulations Kate! You have worked so hard–I am so happy for you! Looking forward to the Party!!

    Kristin Troup

  12. Andria on June 4, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Yahoooo! You are awesome!!

  13. Miss Frangipani on June 4, 2011 at 1:26 am

    Congratulations! Leave it to the universe now. And instead of a margarita party, I think we should have a nap party. All mums are eligible to join in 🙂

  14. Myrna CG Mibus on June 13, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Wonderful news!