Blog Profile / La Vie Childfree


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Archived Since:August 28, 2011

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Think You Have No Time For That Writing Project? Think Again

What is the biggest challenge you think many of my new and aspiring writer clients say they face? Hint: They are often people who earn their living in another way, are raising families, and describe their lives as having a lot on their plate. You likely guessed it: They say their biggest challenge in reaching […]

Finding and Feeling One’s “Voice”

Opera Legend Jessye Norman has new memoir out, and I caught a lovely interview with her by PBS Newshour’s Jeffrey Brown.  In it, I was struck by how some of the things she said about finding the sound and feel of one’s voice relate to writers finding their written “voice.” Check it out.     […]

Telling It True About the Prison System

Part of what “live true” means in my LiveTrue Book collection includes works that can be described as “telling it true.”  I am reading a book right now titled, Super Friends by Whitney Holwadel, that does just that. It’s a moving story, and a hard look at our federal prison system. As Whit’s father writes in […]

Kid Me Not , and a Slice of my Own Story

Have you seen the recently released book, Kid Me Not: An Anthology by Childfree Women of the 60s Now in their 60s.  Is that a clever book idea or what. And the life accounts in it give readers a good look into a generation of women making the childfree choice at a time when it […]

The New Book, Famous – But No Children

In author J.O. Raber’s words, Famous – But No Children “is about people who have made an important difference because they were more oriented toward making that difference than toward living the conventional life of rearing children. This is not to say that people with children have never made a difference; however, the accomplishments of […]

Talking Families of Two and The Baby Matrix on The Exchange Show

I recently had the opportunity to be interviewed on The Exchange Show. Host Dan Riley interviews “noteworthy people about their lives, ideas, and current events.”  Dan and I talked about how my book Families of Two came to be, an array of childfree topics and issues, my book, The Baby Matrix, the many ways we all are […]

Writer Anne Lamott On Mother's Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, this insightful piece from 2012 by writer Anne Lamott is sure worth the read. She explains why Mother’s Day “celebrates a huge lie about the value of women”: “I did not raise my son, Sam, to celebrate Mother’s Day. I didn’t want him to feel some obligation to buy me pricey lunches or flowers, […]

Wisdom of Salman Rushdie on Writing Memoirs

Ever thought about writing a memoir? A client of mine who is in the midst of writing a memoir passed on this insightful interview excerpt with Salman Rushdie at Emory University in 2011. He explains why the best of memoirs employ the novelistic technique. Check it out: He answers these questions: - Just like in novels, […]

Writing eBooks for Professional Purposes

Along with fiction and nonfiction pleasure reading, eBooks can serve as a powerful educational and marketing tool for all types of businesses. What’s one big challenge for many budding authors of eBooks? They have to learn to be writers. To those who aren’t writers, doing an eBook can feel like a daunting task. But it […]

The Latest in Happiness Studies: Go to the Library!

With all the happiness studies out there (for example, recall the all the hubbub about who’s happier, parents or the childfree?), here’s a new one related to book lovers – more specifically library goers. Check this out. NPR Books News by Annalisa Quinn has an interesting blurb today titled, “Happiness Study Says Library Trips Are […]

Review of Stuffocation: How We’ve Had Enough of Stuff and Why You Need Experience More than Ever

By Kendall Hanson Some book titles just call out to your current situation. You can’t help but pick them up and read. Stuffocation by James Wallman is such a book. If you’ve recently cleaned out your closet, or jammed a hundred toys into a chest, or could no longer fit your car in the garage, […]

Review of Believe It, You Know an Atheist

By Adam Pober J. David Core sets out to write a book to fill a specific niche: a guide for the religious to understand the atheist in their lives. His book, Believe It, You Know an Atheist, does an admirable job with a difficult subject. Most current positive books on atheism aim to offer personal […]

Delving into Overpopulation Issues

As many of you may know, I am currently working on a book about overpopulation. Boy, am I learning a lot. Check out this graphic above on population growth in the United States. Fast growth, right? You got it. But the birth rates are low in our country, so there is nothing really to worry […]

The Different Faces of Editing

Editing means going through a document and catching and correcting errors, right? Wrong. Editor extraordinaire Renni Brown (she has been editing for 50 years) does a great breakdown of the three different kinds of editing:  Developmental Editing This is “big picture” editing. In nonfiction it means getting editorial feedback regarding “the impact of its content, its […]

Overpopulation: Check out this Excellent Documentary in the Making

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed for the upcoming documentary by Anchored Minds Productions: Sense & Sustainability. Written and directed by Michael and Amanda Connolly, this is going to be one great film about overpopulation. Here is the synopsis: In the words of Michael and Amanda: In the feature-length documentary Sense and Sustainability […]

Baby Steps: To Have Kids or Not Have Kids, That is the Question

Last year a lovely woman named Mara Altman contacted me and asked if I would be willing to talk with her about my book, The Baby Matrix. She is a freelance writer, and has published best-selling Kindle Singles. One  of them, Thanks for Coming, “follows her on an adventure to find her orgasm,” was translated […]

Looking for Nonfiction Book Reviewers!

I receive lots of requests to review author’s nonfiction books, and/or to be added to the LiveTrue Collection. I have a backlog and need reviewers! You get the by line and cash. Here are just three books I have in my queue: The first one is Believe It: You Know an Atheist. Here is a […]

Would the Solution to Overpopulation in Inferno by Dan Brown Really Work?

I recently made the acquaintance of population expert Kurt Dahl.  He has written an interesting essay about Dan Brown’s book, Inferno. While a novel, it deals with the very real issue of overpopulation. In the book Brown has an ”antagonist execute a specific solution to the overpopulation problem, but what Dahl wanted to know was if […]

Rockin the Life Unexpected by Jody Day

I’m working on my 2014 reading list! Since the release of my book Families of Two over a decade ago, I have talked with thousands of childfree people. I have also talked with many others who are in the midst of the parenthood decision, and those who are childless – those who want children but […]

Wondrous Ways the World Connects People

I am lucky- I love my work. In addition to writing nonfiction books, I help organizations and individuals achieve their professional communications goals. This takes the form of everything from editing eBooks, business plans, to writing...Show More Summary

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