Motherhood & Words

the tour and disappearing posts

Okay, I’m just logging in after a very crazy day to discover that my post yesterday about the wonderful Ivy League Insecurities has gone missing. What’s up with that? Aidan hosted day four of the Use Your Words virtual book tour. Aidan, I’m sorry my post disappeared! I’ll rewrite it if it doesn’t reappear tomorrow. But where would it even go? And why?

Today. What a day.

First, the amazing Tracy (which sounds like “The Amazing Race” but is way better) at Sellabit Mum hosted the Use Your Words blog tour stop today. Tracy, I cried. You’re awesome. And you ARE a writer. Thank you. I met Tracy at the MN Blogger Conference (but first on Twitter, right?), and she’s hilarious and amazing. Please check out her blog.

I wasn’t able to post about Tracy’s post this morning, however, because I was scrambling (driving) with the help of my step-dad to a car rental place that was much farther away than we expected. But I finally rented my car and made it to the WGN studios in time to swipe some snacks from their green room. They also have coffee and water and other tasty treats, but I was too nervous for all of that (but not as nervous as my mom, who arrived a little later with my step-dad, the girls and my nephew, Mac). You can watch the show here. You can also catch a glimpse of the girls and Mac. (I have to say that I am very proud of Zoe for being quiet as a mouse in the studio, which is a challenge for her these days. She likes to fill the air with exuberant singing.)

Immediately after WGN filming, I hugged the kids and jumped in my rental car and called in to the Boomer and the Babe show to talk about the book. And I had a lovely conversation (on my headset, I promise) with Pete about memoir and writing motherhood as I made my way to Winnetka to teach a workshop at StoryStudio. (And I pulled over to the side of the road as son as it was clear I wouldn’t be late for my workshop.) You can listen to that interview here.

And then StoryStudio. I was totally energized by the wonderful women who attended my workshop. What an incredible gift to be welcomed into their stories and lives. Thank you, ladies. And thank you, Jill at StoryStudio, for inviting me.

Jill handed me some seaweed chips as I hit the road again for Milwaukee. Lots of traffic. Long drive.

Oh, how happy I was to see that king-sized bed, those fluffy pillows, that coupon for two-for-one glasses of wine in the bar. I ate a delicious burger, drank a glass of wine (and brought one back to the room), and now I’m catching up before I watch a little television and go to bed. I’m up early again tomorrow for an appearance on Milwaukee’s The Morning Blend before heading back to Chicago for a 7:30 reading at Women and Children First. Join me if you’re in Chicago! I promise I won’t collapse.


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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. jenn on May 10, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    You. Are. A. Rock. Star. and an inspiration. Thank you.

  2. Mary on May 11, 2012 at 2:43 am

    I’m loving checking in on your whirlwind tour — checking out all these wonderful blogs and watching your interview. You look and sound fabulous, Kate!!