Write That Thing (and some announcements)

It doesn’t take much to make me cry. Happy tears, sad tears, scared tears, mad tears, moved tears, worried tears – it doesn’t matter the mood or the occasion. I am a crier.

As a result, I am rarely surprised to find myself crying and, honestly, I’m not even really embarrassed by it much anymore. It’s just who I am. Crying is my spiritual gift, people.

But a few weeks ago at Allume, I realized that something other than my normal neuroses might be at play when I found myself unable to stop the tears running down my face during a session about writing. My friend Annie talked to us about writing where you are, writing about what you’re going through right now – but doing it in a healthy, safe, appropriate way.

If you know Annie Downs, you know that she is hilarious – and her presentation was no exception. But while I laughed at every single one of her jokes, I also cried, nonstop, through the entire hour.

Early on in the session, Annie shared with us that when she began writing, she informed God that she would write anything for Him, but she would not write about her weight or about being single. Of course, God eventually compelled her to write about both of those things – like He does.

After telling us a bit about her journey, Annie finished her presentation by saying, “Write that thing. Talk about that thing.” As I wrote her words in my notebook, I swallowed a sob and wondered, What on earth is wrong with me?!?

I can’t tell you what my “thing” is. Not because I’m hiding it or because I’m too scared to talk about it. I really don’t know what it is! I don’t know WHY I was such a tear-soaked mess in Annie’s session. I don’t know what chord she was striking or why I can’t process it enough today to figure out what thing is messing me up.

What I suspect, though, is that my thing is not a topic that I don’t want to dig into or a personal experience I don’t want to share or a weakness I don’t want to reveal. I think my thing is actually a book.

See, I want to write a book. I do. I’ve even been brave enough to tell a few close friends that I am going to write a book . . . soon. But when I sat down with my friends at Squee this spring and actually set goals and dates to make that book happen? Something inside me froze.

I want to write a book. But I am terrified. That – I’m pretty sure that is my thing.

But Annie told me to talk about it, that thing. So I’m talking about it. (Okay, Annie? Sheesh. Quit telling me what to do.) I’m telling you. I want to write a book, and right now, this month, I’m trying to write a book.

Well, not a whole book. But I have officially begun writing a book proposal. (Okay, Holley? Stop yelling at me!)

BREATHE . . .

Now that it’s out, I’m going to ask you to help me. Keep me accountable. Ask me how it’s going. Don’t let me chicken out. Pray for me. Remind me that this really is a good idea. Please? Thank you, friends.

But, wait! There’s more! [I can’t help it. I cannot resist an opportunity to use my infomercial voice.]

I’ve got two announcements for you, and I think you’re going to like them.

Announcement #1: Starting tomorrow (Tuesday, November 13), I’m going to host a weekly chat on my Facebook page. Nothing deep, just a way for us to get to know each other better and have a little fun. Every Tuesday night at 8:00 pm CST, I’ll be on Facebook to talk with you all for about an hour. I’ll have questions prepared for us to discuss, but I’m open to your questions or topics as well. What would you like to talk about tomorrow night?

I hope you’ll join us. It’s going to be fun!

Announcement #2: In one month (Monday, December 17), I’m releasing a new ebook about the many surprises I found when I became a stay-at-home mom. Based on posts I’ve published here on the blog, it will be a funny and hopefully encouraging read for moms of all kinds. Whether you stay home, work from home, work full-time outside the home or something in between, you’ll find something you identify with (and, probably, can laugh at) in this book.

But the big news about the ebook is that it will be FREE to my subscribers! So if you’re here for the first time or maybe you just visit occasionally, today is the day you should hit that subscribe button up there. Let’s just make it official, eh? You click subscribe and poof! I’ll send you my ebook next month (plus, hello? every other post I publish at this place!).

Well, certainly that is enough excitement for one day. But I’d love to hear your thoughts on all of this! Or, really, your thoughts on anything. What’s on your mind today?

That gorgeous print up above is for sale at my friend Dawn’s website. If my name is on on your Christmas list, please go check it out!

Comments

  1. I’m so excited for you! You’re going to rock this book! <3

  2. I’m so excited for you and proud of you for putting this out there. You are going to write this proposal and you’re going to do a kick-awesome job of it, Mary. I just know it.

    And maybe…I might need to make an announcement of my own. This whole post resonated right down to being terrified. I wonder if that’s what’s been holding me back? I want to move forward, I want to work on this project and remember the passion that started it all.

    • Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect says:

      Thank you so much, Leigh!! Yes, make your own announcement! Do it! Of course, that’s easy for me to say because I scheduled this one days ago and kept myself from shoving it back into my drafts folder until it posted and was too late to take back. ;)

  3. Can I just say, “You go girl!” That pretty much sums it up in a cheesy pop culture kind of way.

  4. chelleybutton says:

    Just so you know, tomorrow is not Nov. 20 but Nov. 13. Does the chat still start tomorrow, or next Tuesday?

    Also, thank you for reminding me: I recommitted last week to spend time with God, and I meant to ask everyone to help me with that (I will probably also write a blog post about it, because my blog is back!). So please pray for me that I’ll keep quiet times and ask me when we’re chatting at night if I’ve done them. And I will in turn spend some of that time praying for you and also try to remember to ask you about your book and encourage you about it. We can do this! :) (Right?)

    • Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect says:

      Oh goodness, thank you for noticing that! I was looking straight at the calendar, so I’m not sure how I goofed up the date! Anyway – YAY for your blog being back!!!!!

  5. I subscribe on my Google Reader through the RSS feed. Does that count? :)

    • Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect says:

      Honestly, Kristin, I haven’t decided on all the details for this thing yet. I’m really hoping to build my email subscription list with this project. However, I love ALL my subscribers, so it should be free to everyone who subscribes, no matter how. I’ll share more info as soon as I can!! Thank you! :)

  6. Way to go! I’m here cheering you on.

  7. Fighting back tears as I read this post, because I, too, have been feeling the need to write, but haven’t made myself do it yet. I think I know what that thing is for me, and it’s just so hard to put myself out there. I guess I need to make time to write, even if it’s just for me to work through that thing. Praying for you as you set off on the book journey. I know it will be great!

    • Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect says:

      Thank you, KC. It IS hard to peel away our armor and stand exposed to the world – or, you know, WRITE – isn’t it? I hear you and I am with you. Praying YOU find the courage to write your thing, too!

  8. SO EXCITED FOR YOU AND PROUD OF YOU!!! Yes, I’m yelling. Big hugs from me. Wish I could hug you in person. CANNOT wait to see what God does.

    And, while you were telling me about that thing, I felt God hitting me on the head again. He keeps doing that. I’ll keep you accountable if you keep me accountable. :)

    • Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect says:

      Hehe – thanks for the yelling and virtual hugging. :) And yes, ma’am, I want to hear more about what God’s pinging you for!!

  9. Write that thing….yes, love it. Scary always. But in the famous words of Ben Affleck – it’s not brave if you’re not scared :) #YouAndMeBothSister

  10. I would LOVE to read a book by you, Mary, on any topic! Praying you through and looking forward to that e-book landing in my inbox. xo

  11. Go Mary! I think it’s awesome that you are being brave and putting your goal out there. I know you can do it. The tears thing is so funny to me because i am like the un-crier. Thank goodness God made us all different!

  12. Hi Mary, just stopping by to tell you that I appreciate your courage to share the thing that scares you. First, you mustered up the courage to get your commitment to write a book out here… (way to keep that urge to put the post in draft in check). Next, for planning to write, write, write a book! Yahoo! We need more examples of people being brave enough to share their dreams. :) Thank you for being brave! I’m sure wonderful things will come of it all the way around.

  13. Very excited for you, Mary. I know it will be awesome! If you ever need someone to take a peek, I’m here!

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