Year of the Baby

Baby-TypewriterIn March, Picador published a volume of essays titled “Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids.” Because my favorite author, Pam Houston, was among those sixteen, I waited for the book with breath bated. Until very recently, I’d been among that selfish, shallow, and self-absorbed crew, after all: childless by choice. Child-free, say those who think the word childless implies a lack of something they don’t believe they needed in the first place. I get these people. But I’m no longer one of them.

I was eight months pregnant when the book dropped, eager to read it from cover to cover, and… I haven’t managed to open it (or almost any book at all, if you don’t count Are You My Mother? or Goodnight Moon) since the day my daughter was born. That was almost three months ago. While I have managed to post a couple of times to my personal blog, The Girl Behind the Red Door, my writing life has otherwise dwindled to quick-and-dirty scribbles in a moleskin beside my bed. Bleary-eyed and distracted, these scribblings are barely legible the next day, but they are what I have now. I cling to them. After all, having a baby didn’t actually make me any less selfish, shallow, or self-absorbed than I was before. It’s just that my daughter’s life-or-death needs–which, thankfully, include playing and intellectual stimulation to build her little mind–require me to put on a more selfless face and show up, even when I would rather have my nose deep in a book, or my hands rattling across a keyboard.

Originally, I’d hoped to keep up the pace here at Postmasters. How hard could it be? pre-motherhood me thought to herself, as she sipped a cup of hot tea (still hot!) and casually flipped the pages of the current New Yorker, debating whether to take a leisurely shower and give herself a pedicure instead. Turns out, very. Especially when both co-hosts decide to have babies just five months apart.

That’s right, here at The Postmasters Podcast, 2015 is the Year of the Baby. Which is why you may have noticed us go to radio silence this month. Our intent is to continue with the podcast, but we’ll be dropping down to quarterly episodes in the immediate future. Our priority will continue to be bringing you, dear listeners and readers, fun, helpful, inspiring interviews with authors of every genre and at every level of personal success. (And don’t be surprised if one of our next interviews concerns strategies for maintaining a fruitful writing life as a parent, because lord, I could use the help!)

We wish you a wonderful summer! You’ll hear from us soon.

Audrey Camp & Lacy Mayberry

18. Gifts for Writers: Ask Audrey & Lacy

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We’ve got our list–for Santa and our listeners–of great Christmas gift ideas for writers! If you’re shopping for a writing friend, or if you’re a writer who needs to inspire those who love you in this season of gift-giving, you don’t want to miss this episode {26:40}.

 

#1 A DIY Writing Retreat

Time, space, and money. It’s hard for anyone to get her hands on all three at once. Gift your favorite writer a couple of nights away! Find an affordable hotel (we also suggest exploring AirBnB for options) and book a weekend someplace easy enough for the writer to reach without too much travel time or personal expense, but far enough away for him or her to feel as though she has retreated from real life and can truly create!

#2 Out of Print Clothing

These folks put cool, bookish images on t-shirts, tote bags, etc. Darling options for both men and women. Don’t forget to check out the Poe-ka-dots Collection! Visit outofprintclothing.com today to take advantage of their Cyber Monday deals.

#3 Book Store Gift Cards

Far from being the worst, most impersonal gifts in the world, gift cards from book stores are usually a big hit with the writing crowd. Really, what you’re saying when you give a book store gift card to a writer is:

“I understand that this is your thing and that you have very nuanced tastes that I can’t even begin to predict. So, please, have at it! Go wild with whatever you want to buy!”

And please don’t use Amazon. Shopping for books at Amazon is like under-cutting every would-be author’s future in publishing. The best option is to patronize your local, independent bookseller, but we know online shopping is extremely convenient. We recommend that you look to BookDepository.com (They ship for free worldwide!) or ABEBooks. Continue reading

The Nightstand Library Book Giveaway!

November is shaping up to be a great month. Not only will we kick off National Novel Writing Month with a fun new episode, but The Postmasters Podcast is doing another BOOK GIVEAWAY!

Our Nightstand Libraries! Lacy's at left; Audrey's at right.

Our Nightstand Libraries! Lacy’s at left; Audrey’s at right.

The Masters Review, a friend of the podcast, has generously supplied us with two copies of their brand new issue. Each year The Masters Review publishes a ten-story collection showcasing the best in graduate-level creative writing. The 2013 edition features an introduction and stories selected by author AM Homes, one of which is “How to Like Girls”, an essay by our August interviewee, Courtney Gillette. (You can hear Courtney read the intro to her essay in Episode 2 of The Postmasters Podcast.) The goal of The Masters Review is to expose progressive, diverse, and well-crafted writing to agents, editors, and readers. A noble effort, and we want to help!

How To Enter

Win a copy of The Masters Review 2013 by sharing a photo of your nightstand library–on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter–sometime between now and October 31, and make sure you hashtag it #NightstandLibrary #PostmastersPodcast. It doesn’t matter where you share it; we’ll find your photo as long as it’s been appropriately hashtagged! And on November 1, we will randomly select two winners from the gallery of shared photos.

(Think hashtagging is silly? You’re not alone.  Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake prove it. But it does make giving away free books a lot easier!)

Can’t wait to see what you’re all reading… Share your photos with us today!

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The 100-Like Book Giveaway!

Bookish brothers and sisters, delight! We’ve got TWO wonderful books to give away!

The Postmasters Podcast recently hit 100 Likes on Facebook. To celebrate we’ll be randomly selecting 2 WINNERS from among our Facebook fans on Tuesday, 17 September. Each winner will receive a book in the mail. There’s still time to enter this giveaway. Like us today!

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard & North of the Sun, South of the Moon: New Voices from Norway by The Oslo International Writers' Group

Free books!

Thank you, Friends & Followers, for your support and encouragement! We love this project, and we hope you do, too.