What I’m Into, February

The seriously way good AWESOME news is that I have been invited to be a regular contributor for the online magazine A Deeper Story. (more on this below)

The woah, how are these things happening at the same time CRAZY news is that having survived a month of single parenting and homesteading by myself, I have just now learned that I am in for another month of it.


Another three weeks of keeping up the homestead with the kids while Nick works in the Bahamas.

Hard left turns, my coach, Elora, says.

I’m not ashamed and I’m not making excuses. But my promised ebook, The Homemade Underwear Handbook, is still pretty much in sketch form. And the video I said I would make for Story Sessions didn’t even made the sketch phase.


But I did make my three guest posts. At Christian Feminism Today (on Bragging Rights), Leanne Penny and Cara Strickland. Woo!

And I am still headed to my first writer’s conference, the Faith and Culture Writer’s Conference, NEXT WEEK, in Portland. So excited for this.

And I am taking a class called Finding Your Arc with Elora and the writing community of Story Sessions. This class is geared toward coaching. I may be hanging out my shingle as a story coach before the year is up.

And…this link up is not a baby anymore. (Woah, so not a baby anymore.)

Now the good stuff!!!

What I’m into, books:

The Rules of Inheritance by Claire Bidwell Smith

Helene Cixous, in my most beloved instructive text on writing, makes this crazy audacious claim that writing requires a death. Sometimes I think that is best understood as a metaphor. But also it is fact. Claire Bidwell Smith’s memoir was born of two dead parents. It is wild and messy, full of ache and yearning, intermittently gorgeous, also not even vaguely Christian and God is nowhere.

(Now…to write THIS BOOK with God in it? Now that would be something. Right? Or not. I don’t know. Probably none of the Christian bookstores would carry it anyway.)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This is fiction. I hardly ever read fiction. But everybody told me to read this book. And, although it is rare, it does happen occasionally, everybody was right. It’s a beautiful book. It will mess with your heart and lift your soul. And is a quicker read than some blogs. Do it.

What I’m reading next…King Kong Theory, Girl at the End of the World (blogger friend Elizabeth Esther’s book, coming out this month!) and Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings.

What I’m into, blogs:

A Deeper Story. This is a rich, rich magazine that I’ve been familiar with for a long time. But there are so many writers there…many more than I knew. When they asked me to be a contributor I went on a crazy soul-binge there and I was blown away. Wow, wow, wow. What a crowd of great writers writing their hard thing all the time. So of course, I went back and told them they had made a terrible mistake by asking ME to join them. (AHHH!!!) Whatever. I’m still in. My first post won’t be up until March, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start reading and following right now.

Erika Morrison. This is one of the Deeper Story writers. If you like my creativity stuff, especially my inspiration-meets-faith stuff, you will LOVE her and her blog, The Life Artist. As I binged on her writing, I’ll tell you the truth, I looked up and said, “God, are you serious? Did you really just give me a soul sister in Connecticut? Because up to this point in my life, Connecticut has only been good for one thing and that is Driving Through As Quickly As Possible.” (I lived in Boston and had family in NYC.) Who knew? Now I’m going to have to go to CT on purpose.

And, finally, Tina Francis Mutungu. I love her words. So much. But what I feel addicted to, like craving-level addicted to, is her images. So piercingly beautiful. I.cannot.get.enough. Fortunately, they’re all over the place. Here. Here. Here. Here

What I’m into purchasing (special feature)

You know how you’d really like to purchase things, especially gifts, that are ACTUALLY earth friendly and ACTUALLY made by an artisan instead of a multinational corporation, and ACTUALLY have spiritual integrity, but it’s often hard to tell which is which? And you don’t have time to do the research? Well, you’re welcome.

Here is Rose Hill Herb, Co!

This is a real person, (Hi, Cornelia!) right here in Boise, who meets all the integrity standards and makes super quality products. She mostly does craft fairs, but you can also order by message on her site. Do it! I really like her stuff so I’m going to see if I can swing a giveaway or two right here on the blog. Would you like that?

And finally, in my neighborhood…

My most popular post was…How to Build a Writer’s Platform: An Old Fashioned Recipe. (promoted by Sarah Bessey, xo, Sarah Bessey.)

My personal favorite post (and the most commented on) was…Long, Slow Road to an Open Heart

My FB writer’s page has 250 likes, which is cool. (thank you!) And I’m here on Twitter, as always. And here’s a blurry picture of my 4yo teaching my baby-who-is-not-a-baby-anymore how to paint.

That’s it for me. What are you into?

(Click the button to join Leigh Kramer’s link-up and read the rest of the entries!)

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  1. Shana Norris says:

    Esther, congrats on becoming a Deeper Story contributor. That’s awesome that they approached you without you even knowing all that much about them!! I’m curious to check the site out. Good luck!!

  2. Jamie says:

    I can’t help but marvel at all the tremendous things you are doing. I mean, wow! Look at you go. Sending virtual hugs until you let me know packages are okay again. ;) Love to you and those three precious teammates of yours. They are growing fast! ((((hugs))))

    • Esther Emery says:

      Hugs to you! Stella made an amazing piece of work with one of those stickers you just sent us. I asked her if I could send it back to you, but she said no. I guess we’re working on scarcity/abundance. Ha! xo

      • Jamie says:

        That is precious. My kids didn’t take long to catch on to the scarcity view. When the glass is half full they ask me to refill it to the top. Must. have. own. possessions. “That’s mine!” is frequently shouted around here. (Often it’s me, I must admit sheepishly.) So yeah, we’re working on that, too. I’m glad Stella is enjoying making art. :)

  3. smoothstones says:

    The Deeper Story. Wow. I’m so happy for and proud of you. It will be a perfect match, I think.

  4. Leigh Kramer says:

    We’re so happy you’re a part of Deeper Story, Esther! You absolutely belong there. When I was asked to join, I said yes immediately and then yelled “no take backs!” I think we all marvel over our good luck and then panic when it’s deadline time. You’ll fit right in!

  5. Leanne Penny says:

    Congrats on your Deeper Story news and thank you so much for your gorgeous post on my site and as always brave voice on the internet machine. It’s lovely knowing you and being granted a window into your yurt :)

    • Esther Emery says:

      Leanne, thank you so much for the opportunity! It’s good to be connected with you and inspired by your always professionalism and grace and vulnerability.

  6. thelifeartist says:

    I opened Bloglovin’ first thing this morning and clicked your link before all the others because I wanted to know what YOU would be into…. Turns out we’re INTO EACH OTHER! Ahhh. Day = MADE. Thank you, E. Can’t wait to rendezvous this summer; REALLY can’t wait. Xx.

  7. Congrats on Deeper Story! Really love your words – thank you.

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