Momservation: It’s not the day job you do but the hugs and kisses you give each night that really matter to your children.
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Like the actor who says what he really wants to do is direct, I too harbor a greater passion (second of course to my family—cheeseheads though they can be).
For the last two years I have been working on a manuscript. After countless hours of loving, hating, obsessing, neglecting, weeping with joy and sorrow, flip-flopping between conviction and serious doubt over this project (is this a new relationship or a book?) I am ready to release the book I’ve been working on to the world.
I really hope you don’t throw tomatoes at me.
Tomorrow night, Wednesday, Feb. 6, I will be a featured writer invited by the Sacramento Bee’s online community, SacramentoConnect.com, to share my work. I will be reading a chapter from my narrative nonfiction, AN ANGEL FOR HEAVEN, A True Story of a Guardian Angel. It is a compelling story of perseverance, transcending love, and finding the courage to be the person you are destined to be.
Finally letting go of this project and allowing it to go out into the world makes me feel like I’ve just found myself butt-naked giving a speech at Sleep Train Arena.
But writing this book has been a 20-year odyssey that I have never given up on. As vulnerable as it makes me feel to release this “baby” into the world, it is a story I believe with all my heart needs to be told and will inspire others to believe that those we love are always with us.
If you are intrigued and would like to hear the chapter, “An Angel in my Shoes,” about the time a hot pink pair of heels scared the poop out me, here’s the info for tomorrow’s reading:
A lively evening of prose
Wednesday, February 6
at Bows & Arrows!
Join us at Bows and Arrows on Wednesday, February 6 for the launch of Sacramento Connect’s monthly reading series featuring local bloggers, writers and reporters sharing their prose.
The premiere event will feature two local mom bloggers: Kelli Wheeler of Momservations, andJanelle Hanchett MacDonald of Renegade Mothering. After the featured bloggers, attendees are invited to read their own short pieces (2-4 minutes) during the open mic portion. Then stick around for the after-party with free snacks and socializing.
What: A reading series
Where: Bows & Arrows, 1815 19th Street (across from Safeway) [MAP]
When: 8:00-10:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 6
Questions: Email Lisa Howard, Sacramento Connect Community Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Janelle is a 33-year-old mother to three children—Ava (11), Rocket (7), and Georgia (2)—and wife to a man who thinks “getting dressed up” means shaving his forearm tattoo. Her blog provides a raw, funny, insightful and thoroughly honest look at parenting. Janelle is a featured blogger for The Sacramento Bee’s blog network, Sacramento Connect and SacMomsClub To keep things interesting, Janelle is pursuing an M.A. in English Literature at CSUS. She hopes to finish within twelve years.
Kelli is an award-winning family columnist, author of the humorous gift book Momservations: The Fine Print of Parenting, and Sacramento mother of two. Kelli’s column and blog features humorous and poignant observations about motherhood and family life. Kelli has been featured in Sacramento Magazine and Success Magazine. She is a featured blogger for The Sacramento Bee’s blog network, Sacramento Connect and SacMomsClub, and also News10′s MyNeighborhood, and MomsLikeMeSac. She has written for former First Lady Maria Shriver, Sacramento Parent, Bay Area Parent, MomsLikeMe.com, Gannett News, CBS Local, Dannon, Fresh & Easy, Smile Generation, Tillamook and Sam’s Club.
8:00-8:50 Scheduled readers
8:50-9:00 Short break
9:00-9:30 Open mic*
9:30-10:30 Snacks and socializing
*Open mic participants: please bring a short piece (2-5 minutes) and put your name on the sign-up sheet when you get to Bows & Arrows.
No ticket necessary, but please register with Eventbrite for the sake of enough snacks.
I hope I remember to wear clothes.