Listen To Your Mother {Eastern Iowa} Cast Announced

A little story:

The first Mother’s Day after my mom passed away, this girl was producing a northwest Indiana show for Mother’s Day called Listen to Your Mother. She invited me and I declined. I was appreciative and wanted to support her, but I didn’t think I could deal with the emotions. She emailed a few days later and asked if Phil would be an usher at the show. I asked him and he said yes. (sneaky girl. I love you for that.)

So many of my friends were there that night and I felt loved and I loved them and it was good for my heart.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago. I was urged to submit something for the Eastern Iowa show and with moving and the chaos, I just didn’t think I could add one more thing to my plate. But then, one morning right after we moved in, I was looking in the backyard of our new home and I saw some lilac bushes I’d never noticed and I wrote it. I cried and I wrote it. Then I sent it without even thinking I’d ever be chosen.

But I got the email and the announcements are made and there is my name. I will (somehow) be reading my story on stage. I’m not a stranger to the stage, that’s not the intimidating part. It’s the part where my emotions will be uncontrolled trying to tell my story. So far, I can’t even *think* of reading it without crying let alone actually reading it. It’s probably one of the most emotional pieces I’ve ever written. (deep breath.)

Things I Meant to Blog About But Ran Out of Time, Energy, or Just Plain Forgot

  • Jen reads Randy Ingermanson’s blog and he talks highly of this (free) Simple.ology course. Jen’s been following the course and I haven’t. I had decided to give it a shot, started it, and never got past day one. So I started again today. Which leads me to the next bullet point.
  • I’m evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. For a while, they’re letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.

    It covers:

    • The best blogging techniques.
    • How to get traffic to your blog.
    • How to turn your blog into money.

    I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it’s still free.

  • Stephen King will appear on NBC Today January 22. If you have questions for Mr. King, see this blog.
  • The premiere issue of Mused: The Bella Online Literary Review is live! Heather, one of my crit partners, has a great story in it. Did I mention I’m on the fiction editing team? Submissions are open for the next issue. Hurry and get your story in!
  • Submissions are also open for Coach’s Midnight Diner. Did I mention I was on the editing team of this one, too? Surely I did. 🙂
  • Did you read about my newest venture? Send me an email if you’re interesting in purchasing one for yourself or someone special. Remember, they’re totally customizable. Project Lifebook:
    Part I
    Part II
  • I think that’s it. But y’never know. I might be back later with more.
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