I don’t remember the date or season, but I remember the feeling.
Elation. Thrill. Anticipation.
I was going to boxing class when my phone dinged with a Twitter message from my new-ish blogger buddy, Christy.
She had an idea and wanted me to be part of it. She’d tested the waters earlier that year at Words for the Weekend and trusted me enough to take things a step further. We traded phone numbers and then she offered me an opportunity to write for her – a series on bravery. Me! *Gulp. Why me?
Anxiety. Angst. Worry.
After she had talked me off the ledge, we produced a set of stories for her readers that I still treasure. If she hadn’t given me such a safe, and open platform, I would never have spread my wings (got brave!) or met some of my closest friends as a result. A person never forgets the feeling of being wanted.
I want you!
Brene Brown, in her latest book Rising Strong,
Our expressions of spirituality are as diverse as we are. When our intentions and actions are guided by spirituality — our belief in our interconnectedness and love — our everyday experiences can be spiritual practices. We can transform teaching, leading, and parenting into spiritual practices. Asking for and receiving help can also be spiritual practices. Storytelling and creating can be spiritual practices, because they cultivate awareness.
I don’t need help! We don’t need help! We are super humans, right? We don’t need no stinkin’ help!
Until we do.
With an increased work schedule and expansive geography, I’ve had to rely on other people. The hubs has been doing the laundry, buying groceries, and keeping the home fires burning. These days, I even need help keeping my house clean, and that’s always been a ‘hands off’ zone.
Guys. You have NO idea how difficult it is for me to admit that I can’t do it all myself.
Another place I need assistance? Keeping this blog afloat. Part of publishing a non-fiction book is establishing and maintaining an active platform, social media, and author presence. This blog has been dormant because I haven’t had time to post, comment, or engage with readers. I’ve missed the interaction, but I’d also resolved not to post articles just to have stuff in cyberspace for self-indulgent promotion. I want to write (and provide) high-quality content to make you laugh, cry and think. It’s in that vein that I’m building a venue for guest writing.
I need you!
I’m seeking guest writers in any of the following categories explained in more detail below:
- The Red Thread Diaries
- Lil’ Mama’s Love Letters
- The Braveheart Chronicles
- Life is a Highway
- Adventures in Imperfection
- VIP Interviews
The Red Thread Diaries: An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break. ~~Ancient Chinese Proverb
Tell us about your experience with unbreakable bonds.
Lil Mama’s Love Letters: “Stop Drop and Love Letter was inspired by a combination of our affinity for love letters and the beauty of discovering something wonderful and unexpected in the world. Over the past few months, The Love Letter Library has been composing hand-written love letters and leaving them in random locations in our little corner of the world.” ~Nicole Ahr
I’m hopeless romantic without a poet’s quill. Start with Nicole’s inspiration, and let your love show. Do you have a love letter penned in your heart? To a child? A parent? Your adoring spouse? The one who got away? Whether it’s to someone in your life now, or someone who used to be – write to them and seal it with a kiss in my cyber envelope. They never have to know…unless you want them to.
The Braveheart Chronicles: We seek and adore vulnerability in others. We cherish them for their honesty and willingness to trust us with the hidden and imperfect parts of their souls. In that same breath, we despise any display of our personal “weaknesses” and exposure of vulnerability. What we love in others is the same trait we hate about ourselves. It’s human nature to hide the bitter facts because we may be rejected or unloved. When were you brave when it would have been easier to run away? Own and share your story. Jump in!
I double-dog dare you!
Life is a Highway: Where is the most awesome place you’ve ever visited or lived?
In what ways has your life’s journey not gone according to plan? Where are your roots? Have how you handled the following: crossroads, stop signs, one-way streets, wrong turns, hidden treasure. Tell us where you’ve been or where you want to go.
Adventures in Imperfection: If you have read anything in this space, you know my stories are anchored in celebrating imperfection. This space is the perfect place to share your funniest or most heart-wrenching stories when you’ve tried to be perfect in an imperfect world.
VIP Interviews: I’m ripping a page out of the Book of Hook and will be randomly conducting
interrogations interviews with my victims favorite most willing bloggy buds. You’ll never know when I’m coming for you. Except for Hook. You’ll be hearing from me soon. Muahahahaha!
- Mondays in October, I’ll post an example article in each of the categories to get a feel for the subject
- Submissions: Click “menu” in the upper right hand of the page and select “Submit Here!“
- The submission form, category descriptors, and guidelines are all on that page
- Publication begins November 2015 with an indefinite run
NOTE ONE: This is not a “blogger only” forum. I have family, friends (Facebook and otherwise) who are talented writers. Please let me hear from you, too.
NOTE TWO: Ready to own your story, but more privately? I accept anonymous submissions. What a great place to experiment with your pen name!
Whaddya think? Will you do it?
I gotta have you!
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