Expert Advice

 2012 Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May Book Giveaway, Day 26:

Be sure to leave a comment on Christina Katz’s blog today for a chance to win an autographed copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms, containing my story “Expert Advice”.

Expert Advice

By Cara Holman

Shortly after my wedding, and long before my first child was even a twinkle in my eye, well-meaning friends and relatives began doling out parenting advice: “You don’t want to wait too long before getting started on your family. You never know how long it will take,” I heard from the relatives. From my younger friends, “Don’t be in a rush to have kids” was the constant refrain. No wonder I was confused!

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Buy (or win!) the book, to read more. It is available at Amazon, or email me at cara[dot]holman[at]gmail[dot]com to purchase an autographed copy at a discounted rate.

Today’s question, and my response:

Easy to Love but Hard to Raise sounds like it could have been written about raising a writing career…do you ever feel this way? Is your writing career easy to love or hard to raise or both or neither? Does writing or not writing about your family make it more or less challenging?

The easiest (and most fun!) part of the writing life is the writing itself. Tracking submissions is surprisingly time consuming, and can get tedious at times. Trying to understand why one piece is accepted, and not another, can be frustrating. And finding the right balance between time spent writing and everything else can be a challenge. Yet still… the rewards far outnumber the inconveniences, and that’s why I keep writing, and keep submitting!

Women Reinvented

I just got my contributor’s copy yesterday of Women Reinvented: True Stories of Empowerment and Change. This is a project I was very happy to be a part of. The book is published by LaChance Publishing, and proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to The Healing Project, a not-for-profit organization created to support those with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

Women Reinvented is the 9th book in the “Voices of” series. Other titles in the series deal with alcoholism, Alzheimer’s, autism, bipolar disorder, caregiving, breast cancer, lung cancer, and multiple sclerosis– tough topics dealt with honestly. Having read stories from several volumes in the series, including Women Reinvented, I can heartily recommend the series for anyone who is dealing with one of these issues, has a friend or loved one dealing with any of these issues, or who just wants to be more educated on these topics.

Thirty-one women, including myself,  contributed their stories to Women Reinvented. My story, The Best of All Worlds, deals with career decisions I was faced with, after becoming a mother for the first time. Other stories deal with the aftermath of being raped, starting again after a divorce, career changes, illness and recovery, and… well, anything having to do with reinvention!The book is divided into four sections: “Reclaiming Myself”, “Finding My Calling”, “Of Marriage and Motherhood”,  and “My Spirit Renewed”. I look forward to reading all of the stories, and I hope you will too!