Motherhood & Words

Today the blog book tour stop is over at Megan Flatt’s wonderful blog. Megan is a kindred spirit, helping moms meet their goals, carve out time for themselves, and get back in touch with their passions. She teaches the six-week online course Find Your Mama Groove to help busy moms get back in (and stay in) their groove, which I think it so fabulous.

Thank you so much for your kind words about Ready for Air, Megan.  A line that really resonated with Megan was in the scene when I first visit Stella in the NICU. She’s hooked up to a ventilator, goggles covering her eyes. In that moment I think, “Nothing is as it should be.”

Megan writes, “This line really struck me; first of all, I counted my blessing that I was able to have my slime-covered babies on my chest right after birth (see above photo.) But this line also made me think about how really, in our own ways, we go into motherhood with a set of ideals, with visions on how things will go and we quickly learn that things don’t always go as we had planned in our heads.  This realization, for a planner like me, has been hard part of motherhood to come to terms with.”


Please check out Megan’s lovely post, and if you need a little help getting back in your groove, check out her her classes!

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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. Sue on October 9, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Loved this quote from you in her blog:

    gritty, the heartbreaking, and the gorgeous and breathtaking parts of being a mother are given a voice and a space, we can begin to chip away at the myths that surround motherhood.’
    It is so empowering to truly connect with other moms and support each other. Thanks.

    • Kate on October 10, 2013 at 7:49 am

      Thank you, Sue!! It is empowering, isn’t it. I feel that way every time I teach and writers are going deep and write their truths.