Monday, March 29, 2010

Call for Submissions at Mama Says Zine


For the next print issue of the Mama Says zine, our topic will be "This I Believe", based on the book and essays heard on NPR.
We ask you to please keep your essay under 600 words.
Submit your essay by April 20th.
Send your essay to

Tell a specific story of a belief that you have around motherhood and parenting. Think of how your beliefs have been formed through your own experience, family, friends, trial and error, light bulb moments, and middle of the night awakenings. How has parenting shaped your philosophies in life, changed your perspective, and who have you become due to being born a parent? Write this essay in first-person narrative as if you're speaking the story to a group of other mamas—-help us understand ourselves by hearing your story.

For more information on This I Believe, visit their website:

We also are seeking ART for upcoming issues. Especially cute baby photos that will copy well in Black and White, Cartoons, kid art, photos of you nursing, or anything artful you'd like to submit.

The next issue after this one will be the It's Complicated: Anonymous Issue. Write about your experiences as an autonomous being or lack thereof, how parenting shifted your libido, how you make it work in your relationship or not, what is really hard to handle, what gets you through a really hard day. Since your name will NOT be published, feel free to write things that you've always wanted to say but were too bashful to share! Make up a funny pseudonym too. Due by July 14.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Books Added to My Library (March '10)

The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova
This came recommended. Amazing story about the search for Vlad the Impaler, aka Dracula, taking us back and forth through time, across Europe. Very engrossing tale. Dark, close, encompassing. Although, towards the end, the author seems to get a little lost in historical detail, which totally turned me off.

I hear this is to become a movie, slated sometime this year. Kind of expected that with all the vampires floating around showbiz.

The Help, Kathryn Stockett
I raved and raved to everyone and anyone who would listen about this book. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. This one also came recommended. So, thank you for that! (you know who you are) I expect this one to become a movie as well in the near future.
It was so real, it was unbelievable. Set during the Civil Rights Movement in Jackson, Mississippi, it follows three young women, relating their tales of race relations from very different perspectives. This one stuck with me for weeks after I read it.

Eye Rhymes, Sylvia Plath's Art of the Visual
I came across this book by accident, really, and found it for $5. Quite a bit of luck, considering it goes for around $50. I've only flipped through it, but what I've seen is really interesting. It just goes to show, there is more to a person than meets the eye. For those who have read anything Plath, you know that there has been much focus on her poetry (particularly the Ariel period) and her suicide/death, but little else. Only recently (within the past 10 years, probably) has there been material popping up on her dealing with the other sides of her life-and death.

Mominatrix's Guide to Sex
Book by fellow Imperfect Parent, Kristen Chase.

These I still have to read:
Still Alice

Reading Lolita in Tehran

A Reliable Wife

Sarah's Key

Monday, March 15, 2010

Mama Says Zine Piece

I have a small piece in the Spring 2010 issue of Mama Says Zine.
The theme is centered around "A Day in the Life" of a Mother.

January 5, 2010, A Day in the Life