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Let's Panic: The Book!

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How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant
who Will Ruin Your Body, Destroy Your Life, Liquefy Your Brain,
and Finally Turn You
into a Worthwhile
Human Being.

Written by Alice Bradley and Eden Kennedy

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I'm In...

Sleep Is
For The Weak

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The site that inspired the book!

At LET'S PANIC ABOUT BABIES, Eden Kennedy and I share our hard-won wisdom and tell you exactly what to think and feel and do, whether you're about to have a baby or already did and don't know what to do with it. → 


Practice of Writing registration closes January 7! 

Happy holidays! My word, I've been having too much fun to be online. I hope you have, as well.

The Practice of Writing course begins in a couple of weeks, and I need to send encouraging notes to the class and start offering personal makeout sessions to each student (that's a hidden benefit of the class). I know many of you have been focusing on the holiday season, however, so I'm giving you a little extra time to realize that you deserve something as well.

Before I close registration, here are some answers to your questions. (I'm also adding this FAQ to the course description page.) Let me know if you have more!

Q. So how exactly does this class work?

A. Every weekday, you'll receive a lesson in your inbox. This lesson will also be posted on a password-protected part of my site, where you can comment and chat with your fellow students. The lesson will contain instruction (and, I hope, inspiration!) as well as an assignment or prompt for the day.

After reading the day's lesson, you would (in an ideal world) complete the prompt/assignment by writing for fifteen minutes each day. This is the time limit I recommend for writers who are starting out. Keep it short, but write every day. That's how you create a habit.

Q. So what are the lessons about?

A. There are twenty-five separate lessons, so there's a lot of material covered. The main thrust of the class is overcoming procrastination and anxiety and creating a routine, but I also cover dealing with rejection, improving your craft, writing about sticky subjects, why "talent" is overrated…I could go on, but then I'd give away the entire course. There's a lot.

Q. Do you critique each day's writing?

A. I do not. I strongly believe that no one should be critiquing your first-draft, stream-of-consciousness work. In the last session of the course, I read people's daily work, but this ended up being counterproductive to the purpose of the class. I also found that many students chose to write longhand and not share their work, and they ended up being extremely happy with the course. This is why I'm recommending that all my students write longhand for their daily practice. (This isn't a requirement, of course--I realize that some people hate writing longhand.)

Although I can't read the daily prompts,  I will check in with students and see what they're up to. If you want me to read a piece that might be further along, or just want reassurance that you don't suck, I'm here to assist and guide as needed.

Q. Do I have to share my work with the class?

A. Nope. Your work is your own. Again, for your daily practice, I think it's best that you consider that private. There's no better way to allow yourself to take risks.

Q. What if I have questions?

A. I'll be available every evening to answer questions on the course site, as well as via email!

Q. I want to take the course but my schedule doesn't allow me to write every day. Can I still take the class?

A. While I hope you make it your goal to write for fifteen minutes a day, you can absolutely complete this course at your own pace. Once you sign up, you have the material in your inbox for as long as you need it. (I'll also provide a complete PDF of the class material at the end of the five weeks.)

Q. I'm not a blogger or fiction writer. Is this course for me?

A. This course is for you if you're feeling blocked creatively and want to deepen your writing practice. It doesn't really matter what writing you've done up until now.  It doesn't matter if you've never written before but are curious about trying, or if you've been writing for decades.

Q. Will you tell me how to make money blogging?

A. Nope--there is nothing in this course that has anything to do with making money as a blogger. Or as a writer, for that matter! Although of course I hope we all end up making money doing the things we love. This is my dream.





Practice of Writing: new session begins January 14th

The Practice of Writing was so successful last time, I'm doing it again. Please join me!

This is a five-week course that will help you jumpstart a daily writing habit, increase your confidence as a writer, and get a lot of work done. I'm putting together  a detailed FAQ for the course description page, but I wanted to get the registration information up ASAP, as I know many of you wanted to give the course as a Christmas gift.

Let me know if you have any questions, and I'll answer them here and on the FAQ. The fee for this session is $95 USD, and fair warning--it will likely increase for the next time.



p.s. once you've paid through PayPal, you are automatically registered in the course. I will send out confirmations, but do not fret! If you've paid, you're on the list.


Look for the helpers 

My mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpersso many caring people in this world.

Fred Rogers

Henry's home from school, here with his best friend. They're in his room playing with Legos and discussing girls they like (sorry, guys, but I can totally hear you). This is another day to them. As it should be. As it should have been for everyone.

My heart is sick for all the families whose family members are not coming home today. Words fail in times like these. All we can do is cry, and pray, and fight for change. I am trying to figure out what I'm going to tell Henry later, after his friend goes home. Here's some helpful advice, if you're wondering the same thing.

If you're feeling overwhelmed with grief or panic, there is help. The Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24-hour support to anyone who needs it. It's free and confidential. 1-800-985-5990. You are not alone.


The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Gun Control. Now.

If anyone else has any helpful resources to share in the comments, please do. (No pro-gun comments, please--you're just going to get deleted and probably blocked.)



Ho ho hurrrgh

On Saturday we did a thing we should not have done. We went to the Toys R Us in Times Square.

If you live in New York, if you've ever visited New York, or if you have even a smidgen of sense you are wondering what might be wrong with us. "Don't go to the Toys R Us in Times Square on a Saturday, especially on a Saturday a few weeks before Christmas" is right up there in the Most Obvious Advice Category, right after "Don't do a Google Image Search for 'syphilis.'"

The answer is, I have no answer for you. We took leave of our senses. We were in the neighborhood, we were already suffering, and Saturday being the first day of Hanukkah, we thought we'd get a little something for Henry because usually I get him something and I forgot. We thought "How bad could it be, really?" and we shared that thought with one another, and the response that came back to us was not "Worse than you can possibly imagine in your worst nightmares." It was not "Hieronymus Bosch-like levels of horrible."

Like this, only
waaaay more crowded.

Even Henry, who was pretty amped up about getting a Hanukkah gift, was like, "Mother? Father? We are leaving here and never returning." Unfortunately we had already entered, and were trapped in a sea of people. You can't paddle upstream, when it's people. You somehow find yourself on the up escalator, wondering if they really need to have the enormous animatronic T-Rex blasting and lurching like it's going to eat us and making the kids scream and you know what? I'm not writing about this anymore. It was horrible! The end!

The good news is we got out. And also we never have to go there ever again. But seriously, Toys R Us? You are not allowed to let your stores exceed maximum capacity. You are lucky no one was injured. Or maybe they were, and you stuffed them in your T-Rex? Either way, you are worse than terrible.

Let's forget all about Toys R Us. Let's watch Maymo, shall we? Hi Maymo!

Maymo always helps. And never hurts. Maymo is un-terrible.

What else? Well, my friends! WELL! I've got the second round of A Practice of Writing coming up, beginning January 14th. (Those of you paying attention will note that I changed the date from December 31st. Who starts a class on New Year's Eve? Honestly.) I will be opening registration this week. Get ready.

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