Childfree articles in the press usually get a lot of below-the-line debate. Lilit Marcus, writing for The Guardian about some of the factors behind her decision to remain childfree, definitely stirred the pot last week. Some didn’t bother disguising their vitriol, but I’ve discovered that there’s a new passive-aggressive approach on the block. Show More Summary
Many people want to write a book, but either do not have the time or writing skills to go about it themselves. This may describe you. How do you do it? Hire a ghostwriter. It may sound easy because there are many to choose from these days.… Read more The post Finding the Right Ghostwriter appeared first on Laura Carroll.
Kate Banister and her husband Ian spent two or three years weighing up whether to have kids. “We both had our ups and downs, but now were equally on the same page about it which is very fortunate,” the 37-year-old business owner said. Getting their two dogs Ruby and Saffy helped the Banisters make up their minds. Show More Summary
Need proof that many parents regret having children? Fifteen ‘rents dish As you get older your mind will make up more and more reasons why it makes sense to have a kid. Don’t be fooled, it’s just evolution tricking you into reproducing — no...Show More Summary
This month I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the first Not Mom Summit. Over 100 women without children by choice, chance and circumstance gathered for keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and socializing. Of the many wonderful...Show More Summary
Want to jump start your creative energies? Be inspired to start that creative project you have been putting off? Dedicate yourself to not just your creativity, but living a creative life? Read Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest book, Big Magic. Elizabeth...Show More Summary
A first-ever conference is happening this Friday and Saturday: The Not Mom Summit. Spearheaded by Karen Malone Wright who runs the site The Not Mom, it is the first time women without children by choice, chance or circumstance will gather...Show More Summary
I recently enjoyed The Huffington Post‘s books and culture writer Claire Fallon’s post, “11 Simple Reasons the Print Book Doomsayers are Wrong.” According to The New York Times, she writes, “print book sales are holding steady in 2015 — and ebook sales have hit a wall.… Read more The post On the Love of the Print Book appeared first on Laura Carroll.
True or false: “Two-thirds of us would obey under certain circumstances even when we thought doing so was causing harm to others.” True. According to leadership expert Ira Chaleff, well-documented evidence around for more than fiftyShow More Summary
As someone who has been tracking and writing about the childfree choice for some years now, I was delighted to hear Kim Cattrall speaking out about it recently on BBC radio. This is not the first time we have heard from her about her choice to have no children.… Read more The post Mother or Mothering: On Kim Cattrall’s Childfree Perspective appeared first on Laura Carroll.
Kim Min-kyung, a 37-year-old mother of two children… [supports] the concept of kid-free zones. “No-kid zones should be called more like a no-irresponsible parents zone,” Kim said, lashing out at ill-mannered parents turning a blind eye to their children’s misbehavior. Show More Summary
Derek Haines, who runs the blog Just Publishing, has an interesting piece on the future of ebooks. After a brief look at the history of ebooks, he lists four interesting predictions about ebooks in the future. Check it out. Subscription...Show More Summary
Staying on the theme of one’s later years – During the last year of journalist and author Francine Russo‘s diabetic mother’s life, her aging father and younger sister took care of her. Francine’s sister never asked her to do anything, and she didn’t volunteer.… Read more The post Author Francine Russo on Siblings Caring for Aging parents appeared first on Laura Carroll.
“Do you have children?” It’s a question I’ve gotten repeatedly in my travels, as cultures everywhere celebrate children and women’s ability to produce them. I don’t, nor do I plan to for reasons both personal and environmental. But not...Show More Summary
In this Huffington Post piece, “Who Will Care for Us – the Aging, Childless and Single Population?” aging advocate Carol Marak writes, “Since adult children are the lifeblood of elder care, and I don’t have a child, it’s a concern for...Show More Summary
It takes many very important systems to make cities run. But of all of them, what system does anthropologist Robin Nagle say is the most important labor force in service to cities? Those who pick up our trash. In her book, Picking Up:...Show More Summary
Last weekend on August 1st marked the third year of celebrating International Childfree Day and awarding the Childfree Man and Woman of the Year. How did it start? While running my blog, La Vie Childfree (which now lives here), learning...Show More Summary
I recently had the pleasure of asking essayist Meghan Daum about the art of essay writing. Meghan is the author of four books, most recently the original essay collection, The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion. She is also...Show More Summary
You have finished your draft manuscript, worked with an editor on developmental and line edits, and hired a proofreader who has done one round of proof. You’re feeling great about your book, and thinking you’re done, right? If you’re...Show More Summary
What do fiction and nonfiction have in common that make both work? Eric Nelson, an editor turned agent, has some good wisdom. In a word: It’s all about choice. For fiction, Nelson says when it comes to what makes for plot, it’s all about...Show More Summary