Blood, Guts and Rock & Roll: We're Up in Arms About Bratz, But We Ignore Killstreaks in Black Ops

We get so bent out of shape about kids seeing sex acts or sexy Katy Perry on Sesame Street. I don't want my daughter watching Miley Cyrus writhe in satin sheets, either, but Katy Perry's cleavage doesn't freak me out half as much as watching the neighborhood kids bludgeon each other on Halloween. Seriously, why are we so tolerant of violence? Opponents say there aren't any studies proving definitively that watching violent video games harms your child (the American Psychological Association, who in my opinion doesn't have skin in the game, begs to differ) -- but, um, do there really have to be? Doesn't your gut work just fine? How do you feel after you watch someone get shot on the nightly news? After watching the opening sequence of Bambi? ...more

What she said. Truly.

-Deborah Siegel more

When the Writer Becomes a Mommy: Do We Overshare When We Write About Our Kids?

The first few times, I did it without thinking. Like most parental musings conducted during that groggy first year, my early blog posts were more about me and the idea of them. But now that my twins are one, no longer blobs but sentient beings who may one day Google themselves and find my words, I’m obsessed with the mother of all writing conundrums: How much about one’s children is it kosher to expose? ...more

To mom-mom-mom: Judging from the comments here and the outpouring from writers at She Writes ... more

When the Writer Becomes a Mommy: Do We Overshare When We Write About Our Kids?

The first few times, I did it without thinking. Like most parental musings conducted during that groggy first year, my early blog posts were more about me and the idea of them. But now that my twins are one, no longer blobs but sentient beings who may one day Google themselves and find my words, I’m obsessed with the mother of all writing conundrums: How much about one’s children is it kosher to expose? ...more

She Writes

A room of her own just got ... more

When the Writer Becomes a Mommy: Do We Overshare When We Write About Our Kids?

The first few times, I did it without thinking. Like most parental musings conducted during that groggy first year, my early blog posts were more about me and the idea of them. But now that my twins are one, no longer blobs but sentient beings who may one day Google themselves and find my words, I’m obsessed with the mother of all writing conundrums: How much about one’s children is it kosher to expose? ...more

She Writes

A room of her own just got ... more

When the Writer Becomes a Mommy: Do We Overshare When We Write About Our Kids?

The first few times, I did it without thinking. Like most parental musings conducted during that groggy first year, my early blog posts were more about me and the idea of them. But now that my twins are one, no longer blobs but sentient beings who may one day Google themselves and find my words, I’m obsessed with the mother of all writing conundrums: How much about one’s children is it kosher to expose? ...more

She Writes

A room of her own just got ... more

The Homework Assignments

Own Your Beauty is a groundbreaking, year-long movement bringing women together to change the conversation about what beauty means. Our mission: to encourage and remind grown women that it is never too late to learn to love one's self and influence the lives of those around us - our mothers, friends, children, neighbors. We can shift our minds and hearts and change the path we follow in the pursuit of authentic beauty. ...more

She Writes

Truly!

-Deborah Siegel
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Feminism and Balance: Nobody Loves You Better Because You Used Yourself Up for Them

I was sitting in the audience at the Starr Community Conversation in Kansas City on Tuesday night when Gloria Feldt* said, "Nobody loves you better because you have used yourself up for them."  Kind of makes a record scratch, doesn't it? ...more

Feminism and Balance: Nobody Loves You Better Because You Used Yourself Up for Them

I was sitting in the audience at the Starr Community Conversation in Kansas City on Tuesday night when Gloria Feldt* said, "Nobody loves you better because you have used yourself up for them."  Kind of makes a record scratch, doesn't it? ...more

Rita, it was truly wonderful to see you at the Starr Community Convo! And all I can say is that ... more

Which Comes First, the Chicken or the Blog: Pitching a Blog-to-Book Idea or Moving from Book-to-Blog

Once upon a time, writers wrote a book, then launched a blog to help promote it. I did that. And now, for my next act, I’m thinking about going in the opposite direction. Why? Because in the new world publishing order, where "platform" is key to an author’s success, writers are learning the importance of engaging readers well before their book is born. ...more

I agree with Melissa: for first-time or aspiring nonfiction book authors, blogging is a solid ... more

Which Comes First, the Chicken or the Blog: Pitching a Blog-to-Book Idea or Moving from Book-to-Blog

Once upon a time, writers wrote a book, then launched a blog to help promote it. I did that. And now, for my next act, I’m thinking about going in the opposite direction. Why? Because in the new world publishing order, where "platform" is key to an author’s success, writers are learning the importance of engaging readers well before their book is born. ...more

Rita, I am reading Sleep is for the Weak right now and loving it. I salute you for ... more