Tamara Out Loud

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Monday

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March 2013

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Mixtape Mondays: Breakup

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I had the pleasure of hosting Allison Weiss and her band this weekend when they stopped in my city on their March Radness tour. They put on a great show and are great people, as evidenced by the fact that I gave Allison my last Mega Stuf Oreo. You don’t do that for just anyone, let me tell you. Allison played my favorite songs of hers at the show, and she talked a little bit about breakups before one of them– “Making it Up.” And I thought about how, maybe more than any other topic, breakups are such a common [...]

Monday

4

March 2013

25

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Mixtape Mondays: Speak

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Last week was a huge landmark for What a Woman is Worth: After almost a year and a half of hard work and avoidance, of tears and triumph, I sent in the manuscript to the publisher. I ended up writing more of my own life story than I ever imagined I would, which made it far more difficult than I anticipated, but now that it’s done, I find enormous relief in having spoken. There is something powerful about voice, about speaking, about opening up yourself in a way that you might really be heard. So today’s theme is “speak,” and [...]

Monday

25

February 2013

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Mixtape Mondays: 100

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This week I will finish the manuscript for What a Woman is Worth, and although it’s been a 16-month process, it has felt like my whole life. This week will also mark 100 days since an enormous, unexpected life change. And as I see my own story come out of me and into pages that I thought were just my project, I see that it is my whole life. It’s been 33 years in the writing and who knows how much longer and where the story will go. So I’m just inking out honesty best I can and letting go [...]

Monday

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February 2013

20

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Mixtape Mondays: House & Home

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I have always been fascinated by old houses. I grew up in a beautiful Victorian house in New England, and I was forever on the search for secret passageways– I just felt sure the house had some great adventures hidden within. I never found a passage, but I did manage to lift the old heating grate out of my second-story bedroom floor and drop a bucket down on a string into the kitchen in the middle of my parents’ party. I’m pretty sure they humored me by filling the bucket with whatever my requested item was, but the real glory [...]

Monday

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February 2013

11

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Mixtape Mondays: Ghosts

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I’ve been hard at work the past week writing my section introductions for What a Woman is Worth, and by that I mean, “having emotional breakdowns and hardly writing at all.” I am faced once again with ghosts of my past, and I will exorcise them– turn them from passive memory into active story, and I will be well– but the getting there is damned hard. So this week’s theme is “ghosts.” For those interested in joining the blog link-up, take inspiration from these songwriters’ different uses of the ghost metaphor– a thing, person, or memory that haunts you; an [...]

Monday

4

February 2013

25

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Mixtape Mondays: Covered

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Last week I began Mixtape Mondays with the simple idea of sharing some good music here because music and writing are my hand-in-hand loves, and I know the same is true for a lot of the people who read this blog. But because I’m doing it thematically and because a big part of my job as an editor is helping people direct their thoughts toward better writing, I quickly realized the potential the series has to be a writing prompt. So I’m including a link-up at the bottom of the post for anyone who’d like to participate– just come back and [...]

Monday

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January 2013

21

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Mixtape Mondays: Winter

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Once upon a time I liked to share the best blogs I was reading; once upon a time I actually had time to read blogs. Nowadays I am working a lot, blogging a little, and reading blogs next to never. But I always listen to music. A lot of music. A lot of good music. And I still like to share the best. So I’m going to try out a weekly thing, alliteratively titled (as we do), “Mixtape Mondays” and centered on a theme according to my particular whim. It’ll be just like the kid who used to crush on [...]

Wednesday

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December 2011

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Running

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TOL’s 12 Gifts of Christmas! Gifts 5 and 6 are up for grabs today! To throw your name in the hat, leave a comment on this post. (To leave a comment without playing, just add, “No gifts, please!”) I’ll announce the recipients tomorrow evening. Regular Gift: I review/edit/advise on a post/document/manuscript sample of yours (800 words or fewer) or offer a general critique of your blog. White Elephant Gift: I send you a tacky Florida postcard. (What’s this all about?           Gifts 1 & 2            Gifts 3 & 4) _________________________________________________________ Head is clouded, Heart heavy. Choice [...]

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 [...]

Saturday

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November 2011

14

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What Being a Music School Drop-out Taught Me About Writing

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Long before I ever had thoughts of putting my voice to paper, I had dreams of putting it on stage. I had a lyric soprano, acceptance into a competitive vocal program, and the enthusiastic support of my coaches and family. I was going to be a singer. And then I dropped out of music school. I realized it wasn’t where I was supposed to be. But I’m grateful, not only that leaving led me to where I belong, but that it taught me how to stay here. (continued) *** When my friend Jeff Goins reached out to me and began [...]