Adventures in Imperfection

Lipstick, Laundry, and a Broken Book

Glamorous Housewife

If we were to meet and I was wearing lipstick, it would be a signal to call the family, complete your bucket list, and watch the cows come home. Wearing lipstick is like hang-gliding in the mountains – sounds like fun, seems like it would be pretty, but likely to end in disaster. Doing laundry, on the other hand? It’s my happy place, and there’s a load in the basement waiting for me like a high school boyfriend – all smelly and ready to tumble.

Ballarina Housewife

What you just read was the opening paragraph to my book, Lipstick and Laundry. I drafted the first version in November and editing it has been like fingernails on a chalkboard. I wanted to write stories funny, witty, and engaging in order to hook the reader from the beginning, sell millions of books, quit my job and retire to Colorado. My plan was to lure them in with clever prose to make him or her fall hard and fast – like high heels on a waxed, gymnasium floor. Unfortunately, my query letter is better than the book itself and chapters are dying like my favorite characters in Game of Thrones: Season 3.

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You haven’t seen me in the bloggy-sphere for a while, and that’s purposeful.  I’ve gotten e-mails and texts from many of you  and it makes me smile to know that you think about me sometimes. Through this absence, I’ve been writing. Every single day and on any scrap of paper or seed packet I can find if my computer isn’t handy. Some of the writing is good. Better than what you just read. Way better. I’m even working with a submissions agent. But not with this book. This book sucks, and I’m thinking about shucking the whole thing.

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Piles of chapters

 

With regular writing comes natural hibernation. I love people, I work with people, I LIVE with people, but I’ve gravitated to extra alone time. Instead of boxing with ultra-social groups of extroverts, I’m running on quiet trails and practicing peace on the yoga mat. Reading other authors’ works has replaced reading drama on Facebook and I have thoroughly enjoyed being away from the constant string of information and stimulation. That said, I miss seeing pictures of my nieces and nephews and will be back on our Becker FB page this weekend (I promise, mama!)

I’ve also been gardening, basking in my greenhouse, and dirtying my hands in the expanded plot that my husband tilled for me. Butt cheeks and elbows are sky-high as the obsession with tickling life to the surface multiplies with each year.

Does anybody need tomatoes or snapdragons?

I’m not even going to say that I’m busy. That’s what I always say, so I’m striking the word from my vocabulary. We are ALL busy. We watch life rush by at the speed of life while hanging on by ragged fingernails and frazzled nerves. My boss called yesterday and asked how in the heck I was going to make it up and back from Kansas to South Carolina next Monday and still be coherent for an 8:00 meeting on Tuesday morning. I reminded him that I possess questionable coherence even without twenty-hour travel days and that our whole team needs a vacation day.

Lipstick, Laundry, and a Broken Book #atlanta
Somewhere over Atlanta

Life isn’t all serious though. We are in the midst of high school baseball season, and when I’m not watching my favorite Shawnee Heights freshman team, I’m watching or listening to the Royals. Moose is on fire this year and leads the team with .356 batting average. The NFL draft is under way and we are pulling for Eric Kendricks to go to a good home (he’s the son of a co-worker). The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight is on Saturday and we’re hoping to catch it without having to shell out mega $$ for pay-per-view like we did for the 14-second Rousey-Zingano show.

My husband makes me laugh out loud at least once/day, and my wicked heart thrives on inappropriate text messages from my bestie. I’ve accumulated enough wardrobe malfunctions and airport fails to write an entire memoir and guidebook for wayward adventurers.

Things I learned in the past two months:

  • It’s faster to drive from Atlanta to Chattanooga than it is to endure a 3-hour layover in Hartsfield-Jackson
  • The Chattanooga Choo-Choo is real! Who knew?
  • Midwestern girls acquire a Southern accent if we spend more than two days south of the Missouri border
  • Wearing a flowy skirt or dress is less comfortable and more complicated if you forget to pack certain articles of clothing. Windy Denver days add to the adventure.
  • Teenage boys are moody
  • Big boys can be moody, too
  • Come to think of it, we can all be moody
  • A messy bun passes for a professional hair style on days that start before 5 a.m.
  • The Nashville airport has better live music than anything I’ve seen on TV
  • Sweet tea and Varsity chili dogs in Atlanta should have a place in the Food Guide Pyramid (Thanks for the heads up, Christy!)
  • And finally, I learned that it only takes a belly laugh or a good night’s sleep to change a melancholy mood

Irish Proverb

Spring is the time of year when pictures on my iPhone go from snow to rain drops. Rolling clouds and citrine landscapes replace snow and ice. My camera is nestled next to the journal I carry with me and both hobbies fill pages of books and files that I’ll enjoy for years to come – even if nobody else reads or sees them.

dew drop

As always, thank you for reading my ramblings. This isn’t a real post, but wanted you to know that I’m still here. I’m working on a story about how we carry people with us – living and deceased – for later in the month and I’ll be ready to be social again very soon. Your friendship gives me the inspiration for what comes next. In fact, if you have any ideas on how to fix a broken book, you know where to find me. If I’m not in the garden, I’ll be down in the laundry room washing away the world’s problems. Love to you all!

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*Vintage images via my Pinterest page. Are you on Instagram? If so, note your @handle below – that’s my favorite place to be social. You can find me @mamamickterry

 

102 thoughts on “Lipstick, Laundry, and a Broken Book

  1. I think I hear the sound of some rest…real rest, where you go by the edge of some water somewhere and just stop. No mind tumbling, no dancing between the ears, no nothing. Just watch the water go by…and rest…and I think my ‘Emotional Intimacy’ post, but down by the water.
    When we allow ourselves to stop, we allow ourselves to ‘let go’, and wherever there is a vacuum, in comes more goodies. But first, the let go.
    Give yourself some space my friend, literally and in heart, be loving to yourself and the universe will give that back.
    Go on, off you go…your worth it…and as a matter of fact, make it a minimum of a full day, and no thinking! If you give that to yourself you may be surprised in just what you are given back, besides being refreshed 🙂 Mark

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    1. Mark! Hello, my friend. It has been entirely too long. Your words always find a way to help ground my spirit. I spent the entire evening in my garden. My son was mowing and my husby was supervising…I can’t think of a better Friday evening.
      How have you been? As I mentioned, I’ve not been reading or writing much on WP and have lost track of all that’s been written over the last couple of months. You should point me to your favorite post! I always love what you write.

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      1. You have been following your heart…and all that life stuff. Keeps a woman busy, specially with all that male energy around 🙂
        I’ve been a little quiet myself but I did manage to squeeze out a post a few weeks ago called ‘First Love’. It seems to have touched a note in all our lives. I think it may bring back memories.
        Good luck with the new idea for a book that has ‘synchronicitied’ into your life. Just follow your heart Michelle, no other path gives goosebumps and gooey feelings inside like that 🙂 Mark

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  2. I would read an entire book written on seed packets if it was written by you! Just seeing your post in my inbox this morning put a smile on my face. I won’t quite say a spring in my step because I haven’t finished my coffee but you’ve made my day brighter for sure. You’ve also reminded me that I have laundry to do. 😉 xxxooo

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    1. Oh Karen,
      You are so kind and good to me. Thank you! You know that I’d read anything you wrote as well. In fact, I’d like to go back to the Sisterwives and read the response to your masterful piece earlier this week.
      As for that laundry…it’ll be there tomorrow, my friend. We can do it together – even if we are in different time zones.
      Have a wonderful weekend with your beautiful family. xoxo
      Michelle

      PS: I still owe you an e-mail. So much to talk about!

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  3. I had every intention of getting started on my next column the moment I walked into the office. Then I saw your post notification and my plans changed to: “Start column AFTER reading Michelle’s post.” It was so good to here from you from this space in the blog world. I loved the opening to your book, but it sounds like you may be more enthralled by a different project — which might allow the other book to simmer a little longer. Don’t dump the pot; put it on the back burner a while longer. With the opening you wrote, the story is there. It just hasn’t fully cooked yet.

    Cheers to you, Michelle. It’s true we are always busy, but thanks to your family and the things you enjoy, it sounds like you are busy being happy 😉

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    1. Ned!
      How awesome to see you here. I’m so honored that you read me before jumping into your own work. And, I know that you’re moving this week, so I’m even more humbled. Thank you!
      Also, I knew you’d have great advice. You have been there and done that. I think I will put this project on the back burner and work on what’s really been bubbling for a few weeks. I get excited when I think about it, the writing comes easy in this new idea and everything feels right. Ha! We’ll see what happens after the next first draft is finished.
      PLEASE tell me that you wrote an NWOW today…I can use all the help I can get.
      Have a great weekend!!

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      1. It’s always my pleasure to visit, Michelle. Sorry I let you down on the NWOW, but I’m going to get back into the groove in the next week or two.

        Heading out the door to get our new couches! So yeah, the weekend is off to a great start! Enjoy your weekend as well 😉

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  4. I was just at a conference where they suggested ebooking your first book to build a following and moving on to your second. Mine took tons of revisions, but I hung in there with it.
    Congrats on starting another and scoring an agent. That is huge!

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    1. Hi Susie!
      How awesome to see you here! But, wait just a minute. What is the name of your book and where can I get it? I didn’t know that you had one (or more!) I absolutely love reading books that my friends write and I’m sure that yours is as fabulous as you are.
      Thank you so much for the advice – I’ve definitely been leaning toward an ebook. I STILL need to make what I have written worthy of being read. Baby steps, right?
      Seriously though, feel free to send me a link to your book(s) – I’ll read anything you write!

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      1. Thanks so much! I can’t wait until I have one for you to read. Maybe this is the year. I’m looking for an agent for my debut series. After attending a writer’s conference I have three agents and one publisher. Finding one is like being struck by lightning. Oh strike me, Please!
        You may want to stop by my blog to read the latest on publishing!
        I sent out my package today to be combed over by a writing coach. I can’t wait to submit! Thanks so much for your kind words!!

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      2. Oops! Darned fingers! I hit send too fast!
        I’m gonna check it all out Susie. Congrats on not only having 1 agent, but 3! And a publisher!
        I’ve been struck by real lightning before….maybe I have a chance!
        Best wishes, my friend. I’ll be over to read all that you’ve been up to. Xo

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    1. Marissa!
      How awesome to see you here. I definitely need a wicked poetry fix. What was the favorite thing you wrote this week? I’ll be sure to check it out!
      Thank you so much for stopping by and reading. I love seeing your pretty face. xo

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  5. Congrats on working toward a dream, love. The fact that you put yourself out there is Huge. If it’s not this one, I’m sure it’ll be the next or the next.

    Through this process you are refining your voice and tilling the soil of your heart. And the seeds planted there?? They will sprout beautifully, I know it.

    With heart & faith,
    Dani

    P.S. Keep your eye on those blooms?? There may be a few spiders around a la moi.

    P.P.S. “Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul.” – Meg Rosoff

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    1. LOVE the quote you provided, Dani. You always know exactly what to say in the most beautiful way ever.
      As for the spiders…they are everywhere and I absolutely love them. The graceful garden variety with the pretty markings on the back. Heck, I don’t even mind the poisonous ones with the violin. We’ve learned to share the space. As for the snakes…as long as they stay out of the greenhouse, I’m okay.
      Thank you for the vote of confidence and for always being a friend who makes me feel good about everything – no matter where I’m at.
      I hope you enjoyed your brief reprieve and vacay…I always love seeing you here. xoxoxo

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  6. You sound pensive Mama. A life unexamined is a life unlived. You know we’re with you in your heart. I’m pleased to see that your doing fine (if very busy) and and thank you for the updates. From a little further down the path I can tell you that in my early to mid forties (which i think you are) I did a period of introspection – it seems normal. I actually went back to school for two years. Go with the flow and it will all work out. Your natural effervescence will shine through (that and your garden – Ha!)

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    1. Dear Paul,
      How are you?? Any new adventures in your neck of the woods? You would never know it, but I think of you often and hope that you are doing well. Seriously, you are one of the most generous folks in this space and I’m still so happy that our paths have crossed.
      As for being in my mid-forties? As far as anybody knows, that’s EXACTLY where I’m at (give or take a few years.)
      Do you have a guest post scheduled with Cordelia’s Mom this week? I’m actually home ALL day on Sunday and would love to read it.

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  7. Well, your “not a real post” is better than my most inspired! And that book… well you’ve got one taker right here, and I would suspect a whole bunch of others in your blogosphere fan club.

    Thanks for checking in, and please don’t scrap that book, it will drive me absolutely crazy not to read more 🙂

    PS… I have laundry ready and waiting anytime you are near Philadelphia 🙂

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    1. Dear Josie,
      If anybody could make laundry fun, it would be you and I working on it together. Thank you so much for the vote of confidence, you have always been such a good friend and supporter. We’ll see what happens.
      AND, how are you doing? Seems like you were having a pretty hectic week last week??

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    1. I know, right? Seems like we just met a couple of weeks ago and then *kazam* I disappeared!
      I’m not quite back yet (horrible travel in May) – but, I will back soon and ready to rumble.
      In the meantime, thank you for taking the time to be here. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to. What HAVE you been up to??

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  8. Your words are like a silken ribbon, winding together around your thoughts, your experiences, your geography, and binding it into one glorious place. For a ‘not-a-post’, it was damn good.

    Glad you’re positive and looking forwards (and please DO write me a book for wayward travellers – I have no idea…) and I’m looking forward to you coming back with more frequency.

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    1. Oh Lizzi…you are truly awesome! I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. Reading your phrase about the silken ribbon gave me goosebumps. Not only did the compliment go straight to my heart, but it went to my gut, too. A couple of days ago, I wrote a story about red strands, silk riboons, and tangled threads. What was intended to be a post for next week, became the prompt for an entire book. Seeing your words seals the decision that I’m working on that next.
      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and write. I know you have a lot going on right now and your presence means the world to me.
      Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. xoxox

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      1. Ohhhhhh well in THAT case I’mma totally gonna link you to something I wrote for a friend earlier this week (think I’ve got this kind of thing on the mind too) after I found these GORGEOUS pins on Pintrest (did I find them from YOU by any chance?) about an ancient Chinese tradition whereby invisible red threads are tied about the wrists and ankles of people who are destined to meet…it’s been in my mind since then (but your ribbon was silk, in my mind, not thread)

        https://welltemperedbards.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/the-red-thread-of-forever/

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  9. And this is not a real comment …
    – I’m sure your book isn’t that bad. But one of the steps of becoming a better writer is being self-aware that sometimes our work needs, um, a lot of work. Zadie Smith says to set the book aside for as long as you can, like literally put it in a drawer. Then in a few months come back to it with fresh eyes and read it like a reader.

    Varsity… Yum!
    Game of Thrones… Yes!
    And snapdragons… Yes please.

    And quiet time? Take as much as you need. Like you told me once, you have to live life so as to be able to write life. I love my internet friends, but seriously, the computer sucks life out of us. You know what I mean.

    Love you! ❤

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    1. And this is not a real reply to your comment.
      Thank you very much for the sound advice – it’s been sitting in the drawer since December and I think I’m sending it back. Just today, during my 5 hours of driving, I landed on what I REALLY want to do for my next book. What started as a post (one to come) has turned into a full blown idea. I love it when that happens.
      As for everything else you mentioned about snapdragons, GOT, living life, and sucking….Yes to all of that. Cluck, Cluck 😉
      Love you!

      PS: Do you have any extra long johns? I want to send a pair to Eric 😀

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    1. Hello! I haven’t talked to you in so long! How awesome to see your pretty face come across my screen. Seeing you again makes me realize that I truly have been disengaged for a very long time. I hope that you’re doing well and I so appreciate that you stopped in to read and say hello.
      As for the tomatoes…is there anything better than fresh salsa or spaghetti sauce??

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      1. Oh, only one thing and that is both of them BUT extra, mega, giga hot and spicy 😀 Actually I should just go into growing hot peppers I guess 😀
        Its nice talking to you, don’t worry about dissengagement, I think it did you good to be away from blog for a while: it is important that you are happy 🙂

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    1. LOL! I figured somebody might pick up on that. I have a confession though. My husband actually helped me with that very last line about being smelly and ready to tumble. I had something a little less lady-like and he gave me the perfect compromise.
      So great to see you here, Malcolm. I promise to come visit you in your space soon. Happy Friday!

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  10. So glad your book writing is going well, even if it’s a different one. I admire anyone who can even write a book- what a huge commitment! Glad you see you in the blogosphere, even if this isn’t a real post. Our long neglected yard has been keeping me busy this spring. And Little Man and I have taken up kayaking just this past week. It’s been a blast.

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    1. Hello!
      Sounds like you’re partaking in a bit of garden therapy, too! It’s always so nice to hear from you. Thank you for taking the time to stop, read, and comment. I can’t wait to return the favor. Hugs to you and your kiddo! xo

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    1. *jumping up and down!
      It’s my friend, Victoria! It’s been way too long, my dear. So much to catch up on! I have completely lost touch and am eager to hear about what’s happening in your world.
      The hummingbirds showed up at the feeder this week and you know what that means 🙂
      I’ll meet you at the shed with the special nectar 🙂

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  11. Do I get to be a beta reader or advanced reviewer for your book? Because you already know how much I love you because I stalk your blog and your twitter, so it’s pretty inevitable at this point that I WILL OWN THAT BOOK ASAP.

    As far as you and colorado is concerned, consider my home to be yours. You’re welcome anytime 🙂

    But seriously, next time you drive through let me know! I will drive hours to meet up with you for chai and a nice long chat about your book and how it’s going. Nothing would make me happier!

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    1. Oh yes, Katie! Most definitely! I’d be honored.
      Next on my list, is to head over to Watt Pad and read your delightful yoga pants series. Heh, heh….who’s the real stalker here 😉
      You are SO good to me and I’ve learned so much. About writing AND being a down to earth, good person.
      Colorado IS happening. I’ll drop you an email. I can’t wait! Xoxxoxo

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  12. well….

    i wish i had something important to say here, but it looks like you have it all handled. I could say “no, no….finish the book”, but i trust you more than that. You are a fine writer and if there is something else calling to you am sure it’s spectacular.
    Lots of advice to not dump the old one, to put it away for a while…sounds great. And living life is the best place to find what you need to write about…
    i don’t know. I just can’t wait for a longer form Michelle…
    but i will wait, I will.

    btw, inversions are good for pushing blood and new ideas to the brain!

    always so lovely to see you in my inbox!
    don’t answer me, get back to that book!!!
    xoxox

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  13. Hey Michelle! So happy to hear from you! 🙂
    Love that opening – it’s the kind of writing I’d devour in one night.. Don’t know why you want to put it on the back burner, but I trust your instincts as a writer!
    I’m so, so happy to see you pursue your dreams; and even if this takes you away for months together, it’s okay. We all understand the need for you to focus on what really matters. Now go finish that book and tell me where to buy it, sister!

    Sending loads of love your way. ❤

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  14. Michelle!!! I was so thrilled to open my email this morning and find a post from you! I haven’t been posting much lately either… I have been busy too!! HA HA! Seriously, I have been tidying things up for the end of the school year with projects, papers and finals. After next week, I will be finding new things to keep me *ahem* busy like getting back to my blog. I have been very scarce with commenting or following anyone closely either. Although there are a handful I keep an eye out for… like you! 😉
    Reading your post today makes me tired…LOL! It sounds like all good things and you have been burning the proverbial candle at both ends my dear. But you are probably like me and the busier you are, the more productive you feel. However when I have been unwilling to slow down, something always happens to make me STOP, like breaking my wrist last fall. 😦
    It is soooo good to hear from you though…. keep up the good work. We shall be here waiting for your wonderful words when you have time to get back to us! 😀
    ps.. I have missed you!

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    1. Oh, to see your pretty face, C! It’s way too long, my friend. YOU are the busy gal and I look forward to reading about your adventures when you come back, too. We can spend the summer together. I’ll bring the snacks. xoxo

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  15. Your rambling posts are so fun to read, and I can only imagine how funny your book will be when you don’t think it’s broken any longer. Best wishes in the fixing department–I know you’ll do great! And when you’re rich and famous, maybe I can lure you to Idaho to talk to other writers here. That would be so dang fun!

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    1. I would LOVE to come see you in Idaho. I think there’s a writer’s conference up your direction. And, speaking of ‘your direction,’ my brother is moving there. To Moscow, I think? We are destined to meet, my friend. How are your book sales coming? I owe you a review – I absolutely love reading a book that my friend wrote. The fact that it’s really exciting, drama-filled with great characters is icing on the cake. So good to hear from you, Char!

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      1. Moscow’s up a few hours from me. I’m down in the bottom of the state. Glad to hear you liked the book! I can’t wait for you to finish yours so I can read it. You’re right, reading books by people you know (even if it’s only online knowing) is quite fun.

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  16. I certainly don’t mind reading these post. It’s almost like sitting with you and having a conversation with a dear friend.

    I’m happy to see you today. I’ve missed you.

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  17. I am SO EXCITED for your book. Love the intro. I think you’ve got something special here, MMT.

    It sounds like you and I were off doing the same thing for the last little while. Isn’t it nice to unplug, and rediscover the life that is all around you? Also, I couldn’t agree more about Hartsfield-Jackson. I have had some of my most brutal layovers there. It may have actually been easier/faster to rent a car and drive out west than to wait it out there.

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    1. Hello Jen!
      When I read your post about unplugging last week I remember thinking, “Yep, she knows!”
      I absolutely love seeing you here and am so grateful that we pick right up where we left off. Good luck to and your writing – you know that I’m a huge fan!!

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  18. “It’s known as the place where you find query letters, waiting rooms and game shows aplenty.”

    “What is Hell, Alex?”

    “Correct!”

    Good to see you, KC. I’m very excited to hear that you’re writing every day, because it’s something you do so very well. You bring a sense of belonging to the reader, and that’s something you just can’t teach. You have it or you don’t have it.

    You, m’dear. Have it.

    Never stop.

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    1. You have no idea how much your words touch me, Cayman. There’s nothing more that I want to do than to make the reader feel like it’s their story as much as mine.
      I remember the very first piece of yours that I read (from the first End of Days montage). I remember thinking, “There’s no way I’ll ever be that good.” Then to have you befriend and support me…well, it honors me beyond words. You’re good peeps, Cayman. Thank you!

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      1. I didn’t finish my thought. Every writer carries something different along with them. Granted, there are people who can’t write (Rush Limbaugh) or who shouldn’t write (Most professional athletes). And then there’s the rest of us. We don’t subscribe to a competition, but to a state of being. Writing is who we are, it’s how we translate the world around us. You got game, sister.

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      2. Just finished reading “Still Alice”. I had to chase it with Louis CK and Modern Family binge watching to snap me back to a happier place. Gonna read Unbroken next.

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      3. “Still Alice” is on my list. You’ll also need to chase Unbroken with something lighter….that book was heartbreaking. So good to catch up, Cayman. Xo

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  19. Oh man, I’m excited for you, that’s awesome! I’m ready to begin something new… ah! And I could take a VERY similar photo of notecards like that! Can’t wait to meet you in Colorado where we’ll both be wildly famous authors 😉

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    1. Aussa!!! How awesome to see you here. I stalked your Instagram honeymoon and am eager to hear about how you almost died (and I’m so glad you didn’t!)
      Wildly famous in Colorado sounds fabulous. I can’t wait to see what you’re up to – remember, I want access to your early showings at the box office 😉
      Thank you for being here today – it means the world to me! xo

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  20. Not a real post? What is this, a fake one?! Tell me your secret…I’ve seen your pix and you LOOK like you have only two arms like the rest of us mortals. It’s more than your productivity (and baby, this post just ran right out of your creative head). It’s your cheerful stalwartness. I’m glad for the update, Mickey. Keep shining – on and off the paper.

    Xxx
    D.

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    1. You know I love it when you call me Mickey 🙂
      Thanks for your kind words on the photos. I’ve been splitting my time between photography and writing and both seem to feed each other. So much fun! Plus, it’s Spring and the lighting is perfect this time of year and doesn’t require bells and whistles or technical skills (I have NONE!)
      I hope you are doing well. I’m starting to emerge from hibernation and it feels good…much less like the sleeping bear that’s been hanging around in my head. Thank you for being here. You know I love you, sister! xo

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  21. Hi Michelle! Sorry it took me a dang week to get here. You know. B-word. Bialczak! Writing more than a post a day keeps the reading at bay … Oy.

    I have a couple of things to say to you, my dear.

    One: This is a real post. I’m shaking my head right now. In fact, this is the realest post you’ve written in a long time. (Only, too, I know …) What I mean, is, it’s deep and down you, damn the fluff and stuff. That’s it! That’s what so many people can’t ever share. Anyway …

    Two: Your opening paragraph does not suck. I would definitely read the next one. You say it’s from your book, and describe your book, but still I must ask: Is your book a novel or an autobiographical collection? I think that would be a pretty nice start to a novel about a woman who may lead a life somewhat similar to yours.

    Three: The travel tips you say could fill a book? Why not?

    Seriously, I’d help you with either Two or Three if you want to talk in an email. Have a great weekend. ❤

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    1. You are just the best! I am so lucky to have you in my corner.
      First though – NEVER apologize for being a “week late.” Seems like I remember you telling me something similar 🙂
      One: thank you! I am trying to get rid of the fluff. As I mentioned, I’ve been writing a lot and as you know, the more you writer, the truer it becomes.
      Two: The premise of the book follows the mission of my blog. Celebrating imperfection and being authentic. I’ve revised some of my old posts and put them in categories of humor, parenting, relationships, etc. What I’m finding is that so many of my old posts were poorly written – too much fluff! So, I’m in the middle of a massacre!
      Three: I’ve thought of that, too. TOTALLY
      Enough about ME…what have YOU been working on??

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      1. Good job on the reorganization, Michelle. 🙂

        As for me … Lost the “other site” for the film blog but am continuing the reviews and news at my own place. Had a podcast added to my column at the second “other site.” Am getting expanded duties at a third “other site.” I took two civil service tests last week for possible full-time county jobs, PR and Information Specialist, but there were 50 other hopeful candidates in the room. And, my food blogger friend and I are about to start work on our Food and Film book. Wow. I am busy. Thanks for asking. 🙂 ❤

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  22. That opening paragraph grabbed my attention! And although “busy” has been struck from your vocabulary, it doesn’t change the fact that you ARE. 🙂

    I’ve not been around much either, and I have a six week trip to the US coming up so will be happily AWOL from the blogosphere while enjoying time with family in Iowa, Illinois, and a first for me — Colorado and both my daughters!! I hope my camera gets a workout.

    My Instagram is even more dormant than my blog, but I’m @cindikeller. I’ve followed you … and look forward to seeing what you’ve shared.

    I hope you’re finding peace and contentment in between all your crazy moments!

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    1. YAY! Cinid on Instagram! I’ll have quick access to your beautiful photos. I can’t wait to hear what you think about Colorado (which part?) I love that state.
      Best wishes to you and thank you for stopping in to say hello. I’ll be over to do the same very soon!
      Michelle

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      1. How gorgeous! Easily, my favorite spot in Colorado. Garden of the Gods, Air Force Academy (is your daughter there??), Seven Falls – I can’ wait to hear. I get to spend a few days there in August!

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      2. She’s in the Army and is stationed there (controls satellites). Bought her first house. Her sister was moving from Maryland to Lake Tahoe, traveling cross-country, stopped to visit for a few days and has decided to stay! (Her career is very portable.) This momma is thrilled, as I know you understand … both my “girls” in the same place! The photos of their hikes are amazing; Garden of the Gods is already my favorite, and I haven’t even been yet. 🙂

        I know you’ll enjoy your trip there in August!

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  23. Michelle! Oh my baseball mom!!! Seriously, baseball is *enough* to kill me, LOL! Every.Single.Spring I lie to myself and think, surely this spring will be different! I’ll be more efficient! More effective! More…humble because life is insane?! <- This! I'm cheering for you and all you do…can you hear the cowbell from here? 😀

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