Tamara Out Loud

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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

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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 [...]

Friday

27

April 2012

31

COMMENTS

Ask Mr. Tamara Out Loud!

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If you’ve been here a while, you know a lot about me, from my choices in footwear to my spiritual beliefs to my broad range of neuroses. And this is fine with me because this is what I do: I put a lot of myself out there because it’s the best way I know to tell stories. But I do not impose this on anyone else. Not every story is mine to tell, and I am fiercely protective of the people I love. And, unfortunately, this means you haven’t gotten to know the man behind the woman behind the blog. [...]

Monday

20

February 2012

68

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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

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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 [...]

Friday

6

January 2012

57

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A Little Less Blog, A Little More Book

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I hope by now you’ve heard about the book of essays I’m editing through Civitas Press, What a Woman is Worth. (If not, then I am not quite as obnoxious as I fear nor nearly as effective as I hope, and I’d love for you to get caught up here.) I had a fantastic response to my call for submissions, and now I begin the work of reading through the stories so many gracious women have entrusted to me. It will be unlike any editing job I’ve had before. The scale will be much larger; the subject matter, much deeper; [...]

Tuesday

27

December 2011

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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 [...]

Wednesday

7

December 2011

98

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TOL’s 12 Gifts of Christmas!

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A little about you: You read my thoughts (literally, you guys). You leave me encouraging and hilarious comments. You laugh with me. You cry with me. You click Facebook “likes” and Twitter retweet buttons for me. You defend me to my critics. You introduce me to your friends. You’re awesome. A little about me: I write a blog that people other than (and including) my mom like to read. Until recently, I used my English degree and nerdy affinities to work as a book editor, ghost writer, and copy editor. I’m working right now with Civitas Press to compile and [...]

Monday

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October 2011

39

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Do You Want to Write for Me (2)?

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When I had a routine case of time mismanagement in July and asked for people to bail me out by sending guest posts, I had no idea it would become a “thing” around here.  But I got so many incredible submissions that what I hoped would be a one-time rescue turned into a four-month safety net. Not only that, but it also gave some well-gifted folks a little extra exposure. So I figured we’d do it again. Are you up for it? You can be a blogger, a writer, or just a cool person with stuff to say. You can be [...]