Archive for February, 2007

A writer mama platform-in-progress

cindy_002.gif I’d like to make an example out of one of the writer mamas who writes for my online zine, Writers on the Rise. (Sorry, Cindy! I know you’ll forgive me.)

If this isn’t an excellent example of a mom who is s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g herself, I don’t know what is.

Check Cindy out and watch all the good things that come to her in the upcoming months because of her willingness to stretch herself:

She writes an every other month interview for “Writers on the Rise.” Here’s her January interview with Brooke Warner of Seal Press.

She writes a weekly Neighborhood Roundup article for The Oregonian

She has launched a writer Web site:

She has launched a mother-daughter bookclub Web site:

AND she has launched a new mother-daughter bookclub blog:

One of Cindy’s queries appears as a sample in Writer Mama. You can see the article that resulted from the query here.

Who knows what she’ll do next to develop her platform or who she’ll land an assignment with next. I’m going to keep watching to find out.

Go Cindy! Thanks for the inspiration!


And Now A Word From My Publicist, Greg Hatfield

The official word from my publicist about the Amazon messages that folks are getting saying that Writer Mama is “delayed” is this:

“Well, we know that the books have arrived. They came in last week, so Amazon should be getting their order soon and this problem will go away.”


That’s what I love about these WDB folks. They are always there with something sensible to say to calm my easily flummoxed nerves.

I’m telling you gals, the books really ARE on their way EVERYWHERE.

Right now, as I’m typing this, boxes full of Writer Mama are being shipped all across this country and others. No worries.

Incredibly Proud of These Kids…

And my husband, of course. And all of the folks in the village it takes to mount a successful theater production (this time it’s Grease, the musical). And then…I happen to check the website and WOW! I love this clip of Kyle singing “Those Magic Changes.”

If you have time to be inspired, go to this page, scroll down to the bottom of the page and watch the video clip:

Do you think it was easy for Kyle to stand on the stage the perform this song the first time? Do you think he was able, on the first attempt, to sing the song and stay in character? Do you think the kids who are singing backup and dancing nailed this dance the first time?

Of course not. But just look at them now. This is a beautiful example of creative growth. And it only comes when you stretch yourself.

S-T-R-E-T-C-H is my keyword for the year. What’s yours?

I GOT IT! (Now When Will You Get Yours?)


Hiya everyone,

I got my first (and only so far) copy of Writer Mama on Friday and I’m pleased to say:

It’s beautiful!

And, I bet you are wondering when you will get yours. Me too. So I contacted my editor.

The response is SOON! So, no worries.

Amazon seems to still have the wrong publication date posted—it’s actually March 1st. They are showing the old date (February 19th) that changed a long time ago. Not sure why the new date never got posted, but it doesn’t really matter at this point. Except to say that I’m sorry for the confusion you may have experienced as a result of the misinformation.

So if you get a notice that says that your WM will not ship for awhile, truly, it won’t be long at all. The books are printed and in the warehouse and on their way to Amazon and bookstores near you!

You’ll be holding your beautiful copy in your hands, just like me, very soon. In the meantime, here she is! Ain’t she purty?

Sample Chapters & One Week to Writer Mama Release Date!

My forthcoming book!YAHOO! My first copy is on its way. I cannot wait.

Nothing like holding 14 months worth of work in your hands in one compact book!

I heard this from one of my editors, Michelle Ehrhard, today:

Hey Christina,

Advance copies of your book arrived today and they look beautiful!!!!! Everyone loves them. I can’t put mine down. It is such a fun size and so colorful. You are going to love it. I’m putting a copy for you in the mail today. You should have it next week!

You should be so proud of this finished product. Great work!


You hear a lot of stories about writers and editors having conflicting interests. This has NOT been my experience with Writer’s Digest whatsoever. They have been enthusiastic, supportive, and instrumental in the book’s development all the way.

So what are you waiting for? Pitch that book concept you’ve been thinking about!

(If you are not sure how, you can find out in section four of WM: “Poise.”)

To read sample chapters of Writer Mama go to:

I’d love to hear what you think, right here. Please comment!

AKA Mr. Katz’ Wife

In our hometown of Wilsonville, I am not widely known, except perhaps as “Mr. Katz’ wife.”

I spend most of my time behind-the-scenes being a mom and a writer. Running to the store for an occasional prop or helping to trouble-shoot during what we call “hell week” (the week before the show opens). This time hell week came right after my husband Jason’s trip out of the country for eight days to attend his brother’s wedding. 😉

The show is Grease and it’s delightful. The kids are great. They have a terrific music director at the school, Sue Schreiner, and that sure helps when you are staging a musical.

Have you ever put on a play or been in one either as an actor or behind-the-scenes? Putting on a play is an unbelievable amount of work and teachers do it, like all their “extra-curricular” jobs, on top of their day jobs as teachers. So let’s here it for teachers, moms!

I did a couple of plays with Jason, my husband, when we first met. I had no clue what I was doing but he’s a natural actor. Acting is a lot of work, producing is a lot of work, directing is an incredible amount of work…but look at what you get!

It’s so worth it. 🙂

You may have heard about the folks stuck on top of Mount Hood this past weekend. One of them was Kate Hanlon, my husband’s colleague at Wilsonville High. They both teach Sophomore English. We had some pretty bad news this past holiday season coming from Mount Hood and also with the Kim family tragedy in Southwest Oregon, so Monday was a pretty scary day. I am so grateful it’s over and that everyone is okay.

Here is a picture of Samantha at “Daddy’s school” taken at the final dress rehearsal last night. It’s one of those weeks where, if you want to see Daddy, you have to go over to school to do it. Samantha doesn’t mind. She loves to ask all the kids, “Are you one of Daddy’s students?”

She gets a huge kick out of it when they say, “Yes.”

Photo by Jerry Rousselle

Writing Career Consult Winners! Hip-Hip-Hooray!

Raffle is my new favorite word. I love doing raffles! And I’ll be doing another soon, so be sure to RSS subscribe to this blog by clicking on the “RSS” icon or the “About this blog” button in the upper right-hand corner.

Here are the winners of a one-hour phone consult with me from all the awesome, supportive folks who participated in the “on or before February 14th” Amazon spike:

1. Amy Mercer, Charleston, SC

2. Lauren Hopkins, Salt Lake City, UT

3. Jennifer Applin, Toledo, OH

Congratulations to our winners! And thank you so much everyone who participated. I got choked up all over again ripping up my little squares of paper and writing down your names. 🙂 And don’t feel badly if you didn’t win. There will be more cool things to win soon!!!

Thank you so much for sending in your Amazon receipts!!! Especially the gal who shared that she ordered Writer Mama with an order of deoderant to get free shipping. I got a pretty big kick out of that.

I’ve been thinking up a slogan based on the concept and it goes something like this…Running low on deoderant? Order Writer Mama on Amazon and get free shipping!

But then they sent her the wrong deoderant. Doink.

Another clever slogan bites the dust. 🙂

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