Guilting Myself into Writing, Friendship for Sale, Restoring the Canon of Literature, Bus Stops, and Catholic Fiction
Thanks for the encouragement 💛 The two year old and seven month old leave little time for me to pursue my creative interests but it’s moms like you that remind me I’m holding on for the someday when I can hopefully find the time to write again.
The “My Fair Lady” line! Yes. That’s exactly it. 5, 8 and under here and I keep reminding myself that it isn’t forever. In some ways things are already easier than the 3 small ones (that almost killed me), but also intense in that people now have scheduled activities AND there is a newborn and toddler. I am hopeful for brief periods of bodily autonomy and hot food in my future.
You’re doing the Lord’s work-I needed that reminder that everyone won’t always need me all the time today. Thank you for the encouragement. Also loved that piece about the cannon; I’ve just been rereading one of my favorite female authors, Elizabeth Gaskell, and thinking how she needs to be appreciated more/part of the cannon. Same with books like “Things Fall Apart;” a marvelous novel I wish I had known about sooner/should be part of the cannon. Finally, from several newsletters ago, I watched “The Lost King” you’d mentioned and adored it!
I'm excited to dive into those internet reads! And thank you for the encouragement, I've looked up to you for inspiration for years. Currently I have 4 kids (my oldest is about to turn 7), and lately, even when I've managed to grab snippets of time for creative writing, my brain and body are so fried that it's tough to string together sentences. So it's really helpful to remember that as wonderful as this season is, good things are ahead as well :)
Selling Friends - what a thought provoking and also very fun read!
Love the article by Clare Coffey! She really encapsulates what is happening with online media. My hope though is that people revisit connecting on a real and personal level instead of on social media.
I would LOVE a list of must-read catholic fiction (and accidentally catholic fiction...lotta lapsed Catholic writers out there who can’t seem to escape the themes of universal human dignity and divine grace). Your list of great children’s books for catholic kids went straight to my kids’ Amazon wish list and we have loved every single recommendation!