Who doesn’t love a good concert* tour?! You know, saving up your money to buy a cool t-shirt to remember the event, calling up your friends to see who all is in for the big day. Picking out the perfect outfit so you’ll look totally awesome when Bruce Springsteen pulls you up on stage to dance with him … it can’t always be Courtney Cox, right?!!? So you can imagine my excitement when my fellow Best Mommy Blog Badass nominee Foxy Wine Pocket asked me if I wanted to join her on tour!
I lurve that Foxy lady. She’s smart, sassy and so, so funny! Seriously. Well, she’s not serious–she’s funny … you know what I mean. And she’s a hilariously Crappy Tooth Fairy with an awesome description of her First and Last Brazilian (that she wrote as a guest post on est. 1975). I hope you’ll check her out. You won’t be disappointed.
So this concert* tour (and by concert I mean blog) takes us on a little journey. I get to share a little about the blog that invited me to tour (^up there), a little about me–only four questions worth, and then I get to introduce you to the next legs of the tour. So let’s keep this rollin’, shall we?!
What am I working on? Awesome stuff. I just got back from BlogU–a conference for bloggers where I got to meet lots of amazing people. I loved spending time–in real life–with so many friends that I’ve only known on-line. In one word: amazeballs! So I’m going to be working on some good stuff for the blog and trying to get a few things together for some book submissions … and maybe I’ll try to get started on my own book. Whew … that’s a big one. I’m also trying to get organized. Really organized. Like papers filed and closets cleaned out organized. Because with a few big projects on the horizon, that’s my go-to method of procrastination!
But seriously, the Girl and I are wanting to start a blog together and I’d like to really get going with that. We recently became independent designers for Origami Owl which prompted the entire thing when we created a name for our little adventure: Two Hicks Chicks. Cute, huh? (What’s that? You love Origami Owl jewelry and want to buy something? Just click here.) But I’m really excited for what we want to do together. She’s a pretty amazing kid and I think she’s got a unique voice to share with others.
How does my work differ from others of its genre? I don’t know that very many parenting / “mommy blogs” rant as much as I do. My You Might Be an Asshat posts seem to get attention around here. And my awesome, embarrassing selfies are pretty unique. I have to say, there’s something incredibly powerful about putting myself out there in ways that aren’t very flattering. Half the time I don’t have on makeup or my hair is a wild mess. And it’s great because it’s real. And that’s me … no put-ons, not trying to be perfect, just Real Life Me.
Why do I write/create what I do? I’ve always been a talker. I love sharing and connecting with other people–and this blog feels like an extension of that. Most of the time I feel like I’m a conversational writer–I write like I talk. Writing is also part of how I process life and what’s going on. It’s how I make sense of things and keep my (limited) sanity … it’s also a nice break for Hubbinator since I vent out some of my rants via the blog, it saves his ears a little. 😉
How does your writing/creating process work? That depends. For some posts, I brainstorm about the topic and how I want to write about it. I make notes on my phone as thoughts come to me, then I sit down and write. Then I read it (out loud a lot of the time), edit, re-read, edit, re-read, etc until it feels like I’ve got what I’m trying to say. That can be a few days’ process. However, most of my rant posts just flow out of me. Apparently I write feverishly when I’m inspired! I still read and edit those posts, but there’s less I need to do to clean those up, I guess, since I like them a bit raw and edgy. For example, my two posts that have received the most attention (Dear Mom on the iPhone: You’re Doing Fine and Disney and the Gays) were completely written, edited, graphic created, and posted in 2-3 hours from start to finish. I guess those are mostly impulsive writing posts.
Alright … back on the tour bus! Now I get to share three of my favorite blogs with you!
Lorinda from The Rowdy Baker:
Tucked away in the Huckleberry Mountains of Washington State, Lorinda spends her time baking for her blog, The Rowdy Baker, and writes a monthly food column “Food for Thought” for Yummy Northwest. Her addictions to sugar, butter, chocolate, and blue ribbons keeps her constantly on a quest for new recipes. She bakes with abandon and watches the flour fly!
Each month she writes a Fly on the Wall post. My all time favorite has her getting up close and personal with a bear’s penis … and the fun continues in this R Rated post to show her adventurous spirit. (Ahem.) She’ll forever be my “bes fren” after our highly acclaimed joint post in Blogger Idol.
Stacia from Dried-on Milk:
Stacia Ellermeier is a graphic designer who moonlights as a parenting-humor writer. She finds inspiration in her two littles, her husband, and a cat who barfs on everything. Often referred to as the modern day Lucy Ball, she’s known for running over the orange directional cones at her daughter’s school and her extreme skills of self-embarrassment. Stacia was a Top 4 finalist in Blogger Idol 2013 and can be found spewing verbal diarrhea on NickMom, Erma Bombeck’s Writer’s Workshop, Go West Young Mom, and her personal blog: Dried-on Milk. Her party planning skeels have been featured on Red Tricycle and We Heart Parties. She loves chapstick, books, Starbucks and Target. Follow Stacia at @driedonmilk on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+ or Instagram.
And she might not tell you this, but she’s in American Girl Heaven when she takes her daughter to the store! Fo real!
Rebecca from Frugalista Blog:
Rebecca Gallagher is a blogger, mom, wife and poop scooper, not necessarily in that order. She writes at her blog, Frugalista Blog, which isn’t about couponing. She likes movies, Daniel Craig, tea and lip gloss. She can be found driving her mini van to PTA meetings and heading to Target in yoga pants and cashmere. She spends too much time on Pinterest checking beauty tips and not enough time cleaning her house. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter @FrugieBlog. She’s proud to be a part of the three best-selling humor anthologies, I JUST WANT TO PEE ALONE, I JUST WANT TO BE ALONE and YOU HAVE LIPSTICK ON YOUR TEETH. Rebecca has been featured on Babble, In the Powder Room, and Scary Mommy. She is a Huff Post Parents contributor and editor of the “Bedroom” at Bonbon Break, an online magazine.
Now, if you haven’t been clicking all those links as you read this post, now’s the time! Get clickin’ and roll on along with this Real Life Parenting tour!!