Tamara Out Loud

blogging Archive

Friday

18

May 2012

101

COMMENTS

Getting Lucky: How I Got an Agent (plus a giant giveaway!)

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Two things you should know: I wasn’t going to tell this story, and if I could give you all a plate of my hot chocolate chip cookies, I really would. A few weeks ago, I shared  my exciting news that I’d gotten a literary agent, and you were generous with your happiness for me. I wanted to thank each person who left me a congratulatory comment, but the comments section yells at me with warning messages when I try to leave a duplicate reply, and I don’t know 70-something ways to say, “Thank you so much. Your support means everything […]

Friday

11

May 2012

54

COMMENTS

You Can’t Say That On TOL

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I think because TOL is a place to say what you often can’t elsewhere, a lot of the guest post submissions I get are either very vulnerable or very boundary-pushing. Posts like these can be wonderful because vulnerability allows for community and connection, and pushing boundaries can create more space to think and grow. You can see that I do a lot of this in my own writing, but what you may not see is that I take a lot of care to walk an often thin and tremulous line between saying everything that I think and saying everything that […]

Monday

30

April 2012

10

COMMENTS

The Simple Work of Your Hands

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“You see your blog as a ministry, don’t you?” he asked, assuming. I’d been blogging for about a year, but I’d never considered it that way til that moment. “Ministry” sounded a bit too grandiose for something so mundane as a blog. I just used an online space to tell my stories. I didn’t preach the Gospel; I didn’t heal the sick; I didn’t tend to widows and orphans. I just noticed and I thought and I felt and I wrote. And people came to that space to take in a little of life as I saw it, to laugh […]

Monday

20

February 2012

68

COMMENTS

Is It Hot In Here Or Is It Just You?

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Here’s the thing about opportunities– you sometimes have to be a little forward with them. Not grab-the-cute-guy’s-butt forward, but definitely is-it-hot-in-here-or-is-it-just-you forward. So that’s what I did a few weeks ago– saw an opportunity just sitting there, went up to it, and asked for it– and Killer Tribes founder/host Bryan Allain invited me to speak at my first conference. Which is 7/8 exciting and 1/3 terrifying. (Fear not– I won’t be speaking about math.) So, on March 31 in Nashville, I’ll be the least-famous person with the fewest credentials speaking at the inaugural Killer Tribes Conference! I’ll run a little breakout session […]

Friday

27

January 2012

60

COMMENTS

Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Pregnant

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Every so often I share on Twitter or Facebook the ridiculous/hilarious/wildly inappropriate search terms people use that land them at TOL, and sometimes I even take a stab at answering the inquiries. But I’ve got a lot to do right now, so today I thought I’d just let the search terms talk among themselves: what’s tamara up to? harvard porn for women sexy men folding laundry. if i say it out loud in faith will she marry me? nerds are cool and make good husbands. i want to start running for exercise, will that be a sin? check out tamara’s ass. (zumba littlemore […]

Tuesday

27

December 2011

4

COMMENTS

My Interview at The Isle of Man!

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Today I have the pleasure of being interviewed by Kevin Haggerty at The Isle of Man! Kevin won the interview during my 12 Gifts of Christmas giveaway, but let’s be honest: If you call your place “The Isle of Man” and list me as the only chick in your guy-laden blogroll, I’m gonna be the first one to show up and see what you’ve got goin’ on. Kevin’s questions were fun and thoughtful, and he got me to tell you all about my next big tattoo, my advice on growing a blog, and my most aggravating personal traits. It’s gonna […]

Thursday

21

July 2011

6

COMMENTS

Oh Brother: Sex as a Stumbling Block

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As a Christian person with a decidedly adult sense of humor, I’ve thought a lot about what it means not to be a stumbling block. As a Christian person with a decidedly adult sense of humor and a moderately well read blog, I’ve thought about it even more. And thanks to Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben, I know that with moderate power comes moderate responsibility. But what I’ve had a hard time coming to is what exactly my responsibility is when it comes to sex as a stumbling block. (continued here) *** I’m happy to be guest posting for my friend […]

Friday

3

June 2011

72

COMMENTS

It’s All You: My 100th-ish Post

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Today marks my 100th-ish post.* As such, I decided the absolute most boringly indulgent thing I could do to celebrate it would be to write 100 things about myself (I’m not kidding– that’s really a “thing”). But with a blog already dedicated to my own thoughts, that’s just way too much of me, even for me. So today it’s all you. You’re the reason I get to tell my stories. Without you, I’m just a crazy person talking to herself and nodding in earnest agreement. And even though with you here I’m still crazy, your presence means I get to […]

Wednesday

18

May 2011

82

COMMENTS

Quality Programming (Between the Sheets)

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One of the greatest things about the blogging community is the way other writers can inspire you (if you know what I mean). Thanks to my friends, it’s never too hard to have a good time. (Why yes, that’s what she said.) So naturally, when I realized how amusing it could be to use the old fortune cookie addendum “between the sheets” to enhance the names of t.v. shows, I just had to invite you to join in the fun. Ahem. Shows that are getting it on (aka current shows): Glee Between the Sheets Grey’s Anatomy Between the Sheets How […]

Thursday

21

April 2011

61

COMMENTS

Pole Dancing, Revisited: Wherein Things Get Awkward

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When you write about pole dancing on your Jesus-y blog, you kind of imagine it’ll be a one time affair. And yet, here we are again: Pole dancing for Jesus. (But not. So very not. In fact, not at all. — Hang on, I’ll explain; I’m just a little skeeved out right now.) Ever since I wrote about my coincidentally simultaneous adventures in vacation bible school and pole dancing, search engines have graciously handed me numerous seekers, eclipsed in number only by those looking for boobs. I can’t be sure, but I like to think they’re not totally disappointed:  As […]