This blog would not be possible without the support of many people.
First, I’d like to thank my husband, the man who looked at our recently unpopulated nursery and imagined the writing studio he built for me, for his willingness to create space in our crowded family life for my writing.
I thank my son for his faith in me: “Mom, when you finish Wipe It Somewhere Else people will want to read it. It’s funny!”
I thank my daughter for her direct gaze and ready smile, which ground me so easily in the moment: the moment where all writing is born.
I thank my extended family and scattered friends for appreciating every “newsletter” I ever sent over the years, and always asking for more. Here it is: the Glorified Newsletter, just for you!
I thank my neighbors and fellow playgroup moms, for meals made, advice about homework given, childcare in health emergencies offered, tantrums averted, perspective shared, for wandering the meandering path of motherhood with me, for friendship.
I thank the writers and teachers in my writing groups for their support, encouragement, inspiration, ideas, sincerity, and dedication to their own craft. Stephanie, Marty, Temescal Writers, Lafayette Library Writers, SCBWI, 12 x 12 and Amherst Writers and Artists: thank you for always appreciating what is good in my work, and thereby calling it out to be better.
My thanks to the Bay Area Writing Project for redirecting me to my writing life, so many years ago, and for the irreplaceable work you do to give teachers a voice, a direction, a community, and a future.
Finally, I’d like to thank you, my readers. To get the story told gives me great satisfaction. To have it received by you, gentle readers: an unexpected gift. Thank you.