Holla, y’all. I hit “send.”

There has been some serious radio silence from my corner of the world lately.

I’m probably the only one who noticed or cared, but I haven’t posted anything since November. And that was a re-run.

Sorry, but I’ve been in Book Mode (which doesn’t sound nearly as fierce and athletic as Beast Mode, but it’s the best I’ve got.)


Most of you know I’ve been working on a book (it’ll be a selection of my columns and blog posts, due out Fall 2016 from Skyhorse Publishing) since what seems The Beginning of Time. My manuscript deadline was yesterday, which means I’ve spent the last month or so chained to the desk (where unfortunately there has also been easy access to online shopping).

But after relentless editing and rearranging and hand-wringing (and more editing) for what seems like half my life, I finally, with great trepidation and jubilation, hit “send.”

Did you feel the Earth move yesterday morning? Because I DID.


Lucy made me tea and typed me a message on my last late-night before “send.” Awww. She doesn’t even know what truths about her are yet to be revealed… 

I don’t have a clue what to expect from the editing/shameless self-promotion process yet to come; my gut feeling is I’m going to much prefer the writing-anoymously-in-my-pajama-pants part of the process.

But this hurdle crossed just felt like something big I should tell you — especially since you’re the ones who’ve been kind enough to read my drivel all these years. I appreciate it more than you know.

So now I’m taking the day off. I may just watch Sense and Sensibility and eat bon bons and wallow around in these pajama pants before the big-girl pants have to go on. This day feels like a long time coming.

Holla. And hallelujah.


7 thoughts on “Holla, y’all. I hit “send.”

  1. Cannot wait to buy my copy. Right there with you my friend! February 1 is the due date for my delivery and, I’m sure you’d agree, childbirth was a breeze compared to birthing a book! A 365-day devotional for parents and children would NOT be my suggestion for a debut solo project … but God has continuously reminded me I am not writing this alone. Love you.

  2. Thank you so much, Tara! Reserve my copy of your baby, as well! That sounds like a CRAZY AMBITIOUS project, my friend – one of constant soul-searching and Scripture-poring, but I know it must be incredibly rewarding spiritually to go through that kind of a process. But man, it sounds HARD. (Mine was like jumping rope compared to that Olympic feat!) May you have lots of quiet, strengthening, and encouragement as you press on to the finish line! Love you too.

  3. Congrats!!! And have I ever told you how many times I’ve watched sense and sensibility?? Let’s just saw I own the vcr tape.

    Sent from my iPhone


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