Hi everyone! Where have I been? Staring at a new design I made all by myself and learning the code that makes it work (or NOT work, as they case may be). I hope to launch it after next week, my last class in my online web design course. In the meantime, do you know what will launch first? The title may have given it away…
The HerStories Project book! In which my essay will be officially published on DECEMBER 2nd! See?
Isn’t it gorgeous? I’m so proud! In case you’re confused, I’m going to be published twice over, and this is the first title. The amazing Jessica Smock and Stephanie Sprenger have published this one themselves (as opposed to the other anthology I’m going to be in, which went through a small press) and their work is amazing. Please buy many copies (the holidays are here! you need gifts!) via that link, because the only way I make any money this time around is through a special affiliate link. More importantly, this book means a lot to me because it celebrates what this blog is all about: women telling stories for an audience of everyone. I’m not saying that men don’t benefit from telling each other their personal stories, but I can’t speak to that, since I have no experience as a man, nor have I done any research on the topic. What I do know is that what blog has taught me:
Women learn SO much by telling each other our stories. I am doing it twice, in this very public way, to say YES, this MATTERS. Thank you to everyone who has written to me to tell me that my stories in this space have meant something to you. It means the world to me, to hear that. Thank you to everyone who has shared something with me. If you have your own space to share your story, thank you. Talk! No whispering. We matter too much to tell our stories in a whisper.
Guess what’s not news? My kid is a terrible sleeper. Nope, not news. But waking up every 3-4 hours all night long is still really bad for the brain and clear thinking. I need clear-ish thinking to write coherently, so this is all I can manage for now. But I promise that I was well-rested when I edited the essay! I edited it a few times!