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January 26, 2015



Thank you!

J. Oh

I love this. I really admire how productive and disciplined you've been, and it really shows in how much I love your books; but I also love that you're a mom and that's a huge priority to you, too. I can't imagine how hard it is to balance it all, but I love that you show us it's possible.

Gillian Streeter

So glad you are both a writer and a mother - and by no means the only one I know of, either. I wish there were more considerations for mothers in general but that Salon article quote makes me sad. Many roads lead to Rome, not just one.


So, this is great.

I'd also note that having a child has made me more critical of the world, and more thoughtful in my interactions with it. I've become aware of so many more things, both as they relate to children and as they don't, since having a kid. It's done wonders for my writing. You know, except having time to do it as much as I'd like.

Robin Ambrose

I so hate that ANYONE thinks they have to choose between success and parenting... or that, if they DO have to choose, that success is far more important. Such a limited world view won't help them create art, experience joy, or Find Themselves.

I mostly hate it when these people go about telling others that adopting their myopic viewpoint is vital. Thank you sooo much for being the necessary counter-voice.


I love your blog. I love your books. And I've got to say, you quote on first drafts ("Writing a first draft and reminding myself that I'm simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.") is really helping me to get through my own first draft. Thank you!


Seems ironic to me to learn that anyone, male or female, would think they have choose between having children and being a writer. For me, that dream came when my kids were small. Children don't stifle art. If anything, they breathe more life into it!

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