Your Questions Answered

I can’t believe it’s July. The middle of July nonetheless. Where has the summer gone? If these long, warm days have slipped through your fingers as quickly as they have sifted through mine, I bet you’ve got a bit of a bittersweet feeling lapping at the corners of your heart. I do. I love summer, and I can’t believe it’s over half gone. Sigh.

Anyway, I’ve been receiving some emails and comments from people wondering where I’ve gone and why I’m not blogging. Well, the sun is shining and the hours are quick… Need I say more? And yet, I do have some time on my hands today and I’m going to use it to answer a couple questions that have been tossed my way recently. The truth is, I miss this community and the routine of my “regular” life. (Doesn’t summer feel like one big, busy, messy vacation from the real world?) Crazy, eh? The grass is always greener on the other side. Everything will be calendars and to-do lists soon enough. Until then, a few of your questions answered.

Why don’t you ever post pictures of your kids or even share their names with us?

I get asked this question a lot, and I should have answered it long ago. The answer might surprise you…

It’s not that I’m afraid of some cyber-sicko stealing one of my kids in the night (though I will say that if anyone ever tries that I’ll probably have to kill them with my bare hands — and I’m a closet pacifist). Rather, I’m tight-lipped about my children because in the beginning, I had to be. You see, the launch of my writing career coincided almost exactly with the adoption of our infant son from Ethiopia. While we were in the process of an international adoption, we were instructed by our agency to maintain as low an online profile as possible and to never divulge information about our adoption on the Internet. We had to be particularly careful after we received our referral — our son was not yet our child and as such we had no right to post any information about him at all. In the eight months of our adoption process, I learned to sidestep specifics and refer to our son as simply “The Baby.” Our eldest quickly became “The Big Boy.” And I guess I just kept it up. It would feel weird now to suddenly start posting pictures and calling my boys by their names online. So I don’t.

A secondary reason for maintaining my children’s privacy online is because we live in a small town… And though I love my small town, I don’t need everyone knowing everything about my kids and our family life. It’s simply not fair to my boys. (Or to me, for that matter.)

Why don’t you blog more regularly? I love reading your posts…

Thanks! I typically love writing them.

There are a lot of reasons I don’t blog very regularly. The obvious one is: I’m busy. I have three boys, I write one book a year, and I’m intimately involved in a growing non-profit. Time is at a premium to say the least. And though I do enjoy blogging, there are other things that do a better job of feeding my creativity and passion for writing — like reading, running, cooking, and gardening. So if I have extra time (and that doesn’t happen often), you’ll likely find me with my nose buried in a book and dirt under my fingernails.

I also have a hard time writing about nothing. Some people can write witty, entertaining posts about doing the laundry. Not me. If I don’t have anything meaningful to say, I can hardly bring myself to blog. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t done it — and those boring, insipid blogs are a travesty to me. Thus, less posts. But hopefully, that also means the posts I do write have a meaningful nugget tucked in there somewhere. Again, hopefully. I’m not promising anything.

If you want to interact with me more regularly, Facebook is the place to do it. I have a Facebook author page and I make a point of stopping by (nearly) every day. I post about my works in progress, my family, the books I’m reading (and loving), or whatever else comes to mind. Sometimes I even host giveaways and post pictures of my house, yard, garden, and kids (though you can bet the kid pictures will be in profile or shot from behind)! Don’t believe me? Here’s a teaser: My husband and son flying kites with Mt. Baker in the background — a sample from our recent trip to our second home in British Columbia.

That’s it for today! I’ll be back soon with some more questions answered, including: Why don’t you write Christian books anymore? and Do you ever plan to write another Julia book? In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you’re up to! Please take a minute to say hi! Or ask a question of your own…

As ever, thanks for reading. 🙂

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