BP Valentin

BP Valentin is a Chicago-based freelance writer and humorist. Her column, The Plate Spinner Chronicles, appeared regularly in the Chicago Tribune from 2008 to 2012 and snagged her a runner-up spot in the Erma Bombeck Humor Contest. Barb writes feature stories for the Tribune Media Group and Mom.Me, a Berman Braun online publication. Between all of this and working a full-time day job, she still finds time to ramble at her award-winning blog, Platespinning 101.

Putting the Stat Monster to Bed and Writing for Writing's Sake

Have you ever felt like there is a shift happening in your life? One that doesn't seem to be happening for any rhyme or reason, but the air feels different, you close your eyes, and it feels as though the world is stopping, waiting for you to make your next move. Problem is, I feel like I am waiting for the next move to find it's way to me; I'm doing everything right... I think. This past week, I received my first, real rejection letter. ...more
First, you are a very good writer (and we're not even related). Second, stats don't take ...more