In Others' Words.
When I moved to Colorado Springs, I heard about her through the director of a local writer's group. I never quite understood her name. All the other ladies nodded knowingly, if Beth's name was mentioned. I made a mental note to look up this author and editor.
Then one day, I ran across a post at the My Book Therapy blog — A Sure-Fire cure for Writer's Block That blogger's name sounded familiar. I liked her tips. Her name while wearing her editor's cap — The Evil Editor (TEE).
In May, I saw a post on literary agent Rachelle Gardner's Facebook page. It included a picture of Rachelle and her client Beth Vogt with a link to Beth's post about a new book contract. I read the post: Burnout & Hearing Voices: Why This is a Good Thing. And, here's where my "Oh, this is Beth Vogt" moment arrived.
See, Beth writes nonfiction, but got burned out. She began writing fiction. The conversation between Beth and her husband in the post is very funny. She began writing a novel — "Just for fun. No one will ever see it." She embraced change, worked on her craft and inked a book deal. Wish You Were Here, a contemporary romance, will be published in May.
In many ways, reading that post alerted me to my own bend in the road. I had read several blog posts about memoirs that were discouraging. As the deadline approached for a picture book retreat, I decided to go for it. Take time. Write something different. Take a break. Refresh.
I enjoy Beth's blog posts, so I recently checked out her book: Baby Changes Everything: Embracing and Preparing for Motherhood after 35 at the library. I wish I had had this book when I was pregnant at 38 in Del Rio, Texas with a limited network. There was no one with a Mommy-Come-Lately life experience around me.
Beth's story and those throughout the book reminded me that I am not alone. With the book fresh on my mind, I shared a few thoughts with another mother at church on Sunday. She knew about Baby Changes Everything, but didn't feel like it fit her. I encouraged her to take another look. I learned a lot through Beth's story.
And all this, months later, reminds me that I need to convert my memoir-in-progress into a completed manuscript. I hope my unexpected life experience — not about parenthood, but as a caregiver — might be helpful to someone in a similar situation or to someone just trying to live in this world.
I'm grateful Beth wrote Baby Changes Everything and look forward to her novel debut in May. Please check out her blog — it's encouraging, funny and thoughtful.
Have you ever read a blog post that hit close to home or changed the way you do something?