Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Books and Books

Sometimes I forget to talk about all the cool books I've had the fortunate opportunity to be a part of over the last few years. I can't really express in words (how ironic!) how meaningful each one of these projects has been for me.

So I'm breathing some new life into them here...with full credit where credit is due to the gutsy women who came up with the concepts, solicited manuscripts for them, had to fire off rejections and edits, and bam-- Made them happen!

Current deadlines always seem to cloud past accomplishments, so let's have some fun and take a trip down memory lane, shall we?...and sure, [cough, cough], feel free to grab one or two off Amazon! 

First things first. "Let's start at the very beginning...a very good place to start!"

Clash of the Couples was my first foray into the paperback world.

The [somewhat] racy cover and concept-- writing about our most ridiculous marital arguments-- brought out the prude in some people, but I don't really care: I still think the concept was totally fresh and creative. And if you can't handle the shirtless guy and a fully covered female's private parts, then, um, maybe you need to go make out with your spouse or something. It's really NOT that scandalous, folks.

It's funny. It's fresh. it'll make you chuckle tonight as you nudge your husband to get him to stop snoring.

Book Numero Dos:

Only Trollops Shave Above the Knee. This was another group effort by some of my ultimate favorite female writers.

This book has a quirky title that some of us (yes, okay, me too) might have had to Google {"what's a trollop?"} but I really like the concept: off-beat lessons-- some humorous, some serious-- we learned from our mothers and other women-who-are-older-than-us.

I wrote one called, "There's Nothing Attractive About a Drunk Girl," (yeah, let that sink in for a sec...), and I'll be hanging on to a copy of this book to share with my own little lady when she heads off to college some day. Enough said.

Book Number 3:

This one should be required reading for all new parents, published by the duo at Lose the Cape publishing: Never Will I Ever (and then I had kids!). It's written by those of us who Knew It ALL...until we had kids of our own. Yeah. Cringe. 

This anthology reveals all those "oh yeahhhhh" moments in excruciating, self-deprecating glory. With plenty of humor and solidarity to keep you going during a long night of "second/third/10th good nights"/ nursing marathons / epic tantrums.

Has a cover image ever been so ON POINT?

4th Book:

Next up is You Do You, published by the unstoppable  Jen Mann of the "People I Want to Punch in the Throat" fame.

This one was such a passion project for me and all the female writers (yes, all female!) who contributed to it. The concept was to write something that would empower the girls in our lives, whether it be funny, emotional, or both.

I truly hope I did that with my story, and I can't wait to share this one with my own daughter when she's just a little older. [She's a badass, so I know she'll love it.]

And I was even on t.v. for this one! Yes, real, LIVE t.v.! And no, I've never watched my section. Ha!

Last but certainly not least:

Will Work for Apples brought together my love of writing and my love of teaching, all in one diverse, forward-thinking anthology, again published by Jen Mann.

What an HONOR to be a part of this one!

I loved sharing the growth as a teacher I've experienced since I've become a parent, and I thoroughly enjoyed the other contributions from a diverse and interesting group of authors. I'd highly recommend this one to parents, soon-to-be-parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators...basically, everyone involved with schools and education.

That's 5 of 5, people. Thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with me.

I'm pretty humbled as I look at this unique list of books. I can't thank the publishers and readers enough for their support of me and of all the independent, freelance writers out there baring our souls, and sharing our words, our stories, and our lives and loves!

Thank you.

P.S. If you are interested in following along with more of my publishing feats, you can find that on my freelance website, JuliaStarrArnold.com.

~Julia @ Frantic Mama

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

My baby is turning 7, how can this be?

Hello? Anyone out there?

How was my last post in July? How is it now September?

I know you can relate. Fall is such a busy season. Though, I must admit, I am a little weary of everyone-- including myself-- always saying just how "busy" they are. I don't think that's changing anytime soon for most of us. Busy is family life.

Anyhoo... my little baby, the one who longtime readers have 'known' since she was born in 2012, will be SEVEN in the wee hours of the morning.

Seven feels big to me, perhaps because that's an age when I begin to remember a lot from my own childhood. Seven is, for whatever reason, an age where I can almost feel and touch the memories from my childhood. My favorite fluffy white stuffed animal. The feel of my soft pink-checked baby blanket I still slept with at the time. The family cat and dog who patiently let me carry her around, practically thrown over my shoulder. We can conjure it all up easier than those nebulous 4, 5, or 6 year old memories.

Being a mother has been more challenging than I could have ever predicted. But it's something I always wanted and will never regret.

So help me wish a happiest of birthdays to my little girl, the one who I couldn't have dreamed up in a million years.

Yes, that's us with our puppy. Hunting. HA!

~"Mom" (because, yes, bittersweetly, she insists on calling me that rather than Mommy or Mama, the baby names she once called me (though occasionally, as luck might have it, she'll call me Mommy, and I don't make a show of it so she'll keep doing it).