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Five Star Blog Roundup 407: Three Great Posts and a Helen Fielding Quote

Five Star Blog Roundup 407: Three Great Posts and a Helen Fielding Quote

This week's Five Star Blog Roundup great posts are brought to you by postpartum depression, the business of writing, the complicated lives of intertwined families, and a Helen Fielding quote:

by sweet mandy kay [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0], via Flickr

by sweet mandy kay [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0], via Flickr

I've had a lot of books rejected in my time. My first novel, which didn't get published, was, with hindsight, crashingly dull.
— Helen Fielding —

Happy reading!


"The Other Mother" by Erin Nickels at If At First You Don't Succeed:

After the birth of my gorgeous son, my third and final child, antidepressants could not turn off the barrage of intrusive thoughts. The doctors altered and added to my prescription so frequently that I ended up in a high-pressure narcosis: A living science experiment with a constant migraine. I was drowning; sinking deeper every day into a lethargic abyss.

"A Hot Steaming Sack of Business Advice for Writers" by Chuck Wendig at Terrible Minds:

A lot of writers, I find, are eager to eject from their day jobs and leap into the writer career, naked and cackling. But the writing life — the career part — is a series of cliff mitigations. I am constantly aware of when the next cliff is coming — and it times out always with the end of my last contract. That’s when I drive over a cliff and die, so I have to pack in time and strategy to figure out how I’m going to make it over the next cliff — how I will leap that motherfucking chasm. That means writing this book but then also writing another or pitching another at opportune times to build a ramp or a bridge over the cliff.

You, too, have to worry about building that bridge or that ramp — and if you leave your day-job too soon, you will plummet into the void, not naked and cackling, but nude and screaming.

"Motherless" by Kim Foster at Kim Foster:

Our caseworker emails us. She is cancelling weekly visitations with our foster kids and their bio parents, Chrissy** and Jay.

Then, a second email comes in. The DA sent the paperwork to the court. The judge signs off. The caseworker calls Chrissy and tells her the hard news.

It’s official. Our foster children’s bio parents have no rights to the kids. That will not change. Our babies are officially freed for adoption.


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