I want to write a book of parenting essays, geared towards women who, like me, started families relatively late. I envision these essays as being helpful, entertaining and at times poetic. In them, I will address expectations that I had as an older mother and the realities I am now discovering.
Breaking the book up into small portions, I will be writing a little bit each week to share and will also be writing other portions which will appear only in the finished book.
My initial goal is to write a post once a week which will appear under the subject line "Belated Mommy." Look for it on Fridays.
I will also share occasionally share thoughts on the writing process or about articles, research, and related thoughts. Those posts will also appear under the "Belated Mommy" subject line.
Since Amir, in response to a direct question from me, suggested it would be better to do my project on the blog where I have the most followers, I'll be doing this project on LiveJournal. Throughout, I'll be interested in your feedback, particularly from people in my target audience: parents and caregivers, and potential parents/caregivers aged 35 to 50.
Below is a rough outline, which I'll update as I go. I'll provide a link to this post at the end of each entry, for those who would like to read things in their approximate book order.
See you back here next Friday!
Outline in Progress
- Introduction to My Family
- Why I Waited
- Baby Boot Camp (Newborn Care)
- Reentering the Community
- Traveling with a Toddler
- Lifestyle Changes
- On Toddler Time
- Discoveries and Unexpected Joys
- Nosy Neighbors
- Myths About Mothering
- The Terrible Twos