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Blog Profile / La Vie Childfree


URL :http://lauracarroll.com/
Filed Under:Lifestyle Choices / Child-Free
Posts on Regator:248
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Archived Since:August 28, 2011

Blog Post Archive

My Interview at TheNotMom

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by the awesome women at TheNotMom. President and Executive Editor Karen Malone Wright started her website in 2011 that “embraces all women without children, including their diverse life stories about ‘how’ and ‘why.’ ” Here’s some of my story: Tell me about yourself, your blog, and your writing career. […]

Thinking Like a Literary Vendor

Writer and historian Elizabeth Abbott recently posted some good tips for going about nonfiction book projects. Two of them often happen together and the third, which speaks to proposal development, goes beyond that – Let me explain. Abbott’s two tips that go together are “begin with an idea” and “develop a thesis.”  Your book idea needs […]

Want to Write an eBook in 2014?

Thinking of writing your first eBook this year? These days, many people think that writing an eBook is much easier than a traditional book. Not so…  An eBook can be shorter than a traditional book, but not necessarily so.  Even if it is shorter, it has to be tighter.  Streamlining content to be as tight […]

What the Childfree Like Most and Least About the Christmas Holiday

On my blog, La Vie Childfree for awhile I did a monthly “Childfree On-the-Ground” question. At the beginning of the month, I asked a question, collected people’s responses over the course of the month, and then reported back on what people said at the end of the month.  Here is one “OTG” question I asked […]

What is on Your 2014 Nonfiction Reading List?

As you might imagine, I almost always have a good size stack of “to-read” nonfiction books. I’m a nonfiction hound, and also get a great ongoing stream of authors asking me to review their books and add them to the LiveTrue Collection. Here are just three making their way to the top of my stack […]

The Art of Childfree-Parent Conversation at Holiday Parties

We’re  into the holiday party time of year, and at these kinds of gatherings often people’s kids are a major topic of conversation. When you don’t have kids (yet or are childfree), trying to chime in with parent friends, acquaintances, colleagues and their spouses can feel awkward and challenging. Skillfully trying to change the conversation […]

Ho Ho Ho! Holiday Offers From Me to You

What a great year it has been! This year brought the integration of my La Vie Childfree blog, LiveTrue Book collection site, and my author site all into one — Here! It is the hub of where to find my books, the LiveTrue Bookstore, information on my services, writings and more. This year I’ve helped many […]

One of my Favorite Nonfiction Books of the Year: Quiet, by Susan Cain

Earlier this year I reviewed Susan Cain’s excellent book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. It remains one of the best nonfiction books I have read all year! Whether you are an introvert or extrovert, it is a must read. Here is the author giving a TED Talk – […]

Q&A With Kimya Dennis on her Childfree Research

I recently had the pleasure of doing a Q&A with sociologist and criminologist, Kimya N. Dennis, who is currently conducting an interesting study on childfree Black women:   What inspired you to do a study on childfree Black women? First, my sociological interests include the perpetuation of gender norms and the intersection of race and […]

Advancing the Research on the Childfree and Online Childfree Communities

Tracy Morison, Ph.D., a post-doctoral fellow in the Human and Social Development Research Program and Honorary Research Associate in the Psychology Department at Rhodes University in South Africa, recently passed on an interesting Master’s thesis to me. Julia Moore’s thesis for her Master’s in Communications at San Diego State University examined the childfree in an […]

Nonfiction Books To Be Thankful For

Reading Rifflebooks giving thanks for November nonfiction releases inspired me to think about nonfiction books I am thankful for… There are so many! Here are just two that immediately came to mind: Reconceiving Women: Separating Motherhood...Show More Summary

Writing Nonfiction: Tips on Conducting Research Interviews

Have an idea for a nonfiction book? Will it require interviewing a lot of certain types of people?  Interviewing people may not sound that difficult, but there is a real art to conducting them effectively. Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks … …has some excellent tips. Use a recording device. In developing my […]

This is a test

With the Supreme Court taking on same-sex marriage (or will they-we shall see), marriage traditionalists have been out there touting the old notion that the purpose of marriage is ultimately about procreation.  Old, indeed.  And just no longer true.  Even marriage traditionalists know this is no longer the case.  How did it happen?  I talk […]

Ruminations on the Book, Baby Bust

According to the recently released book, Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family by Stewart Friedman, it summarizes a cross-generational study of college students that  produced a “stark discovery: the rate of graduates who plan to have children has dropped by nearly half over the past 20 years.” In tracking […]

Attitudes & Perceptions of the Childfree Choice in Textbooks

In the last decade, there has been interesting research examining attitudes and perceptions of the childfree based on how they are portrayed in educational environments. Researchers Laurie Chancey and Susan Dumais at Louisiana State University did a content analysis on college textbooks and were the first to look at how sociology textbooks portray the “voluntary […]

What’s the Right Word Count for Nonfiction?

I am about to start Alan Weisman’s latest book, Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope For a Future on Earth? But I have to admit, the Index starting at almost the 500th page makes me wonder – Did this book need to be this long? As an editor, here is one of my favorite sayings about book […]

The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography

Iconic American actor Sidney Poitier has a recent autobiographical work titled, The Measure of A Man: A Spiritual Autobiography  that’s sure worth the read. Previously having written This Life in 1980, this more recent autobiography offers an introspective look into his life as a whole, as opposed to the sole focus on his Hollywood career that This Life […]

Brick & Mortar Stores: Staying Alive in the Growing Digital Age

With the recent boon in digital publishing, it’s a challenging time for brick and mortar stores. What’s it like in bookstores these days? In more and more bookstores, gone are the days when:  -Bookstore staff put a priority on building lasting customer-bookseller relationships. It used to be that there were bookstore employees with savvy book […]

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