Tamara Out Loud

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Thursday

8

May 2014

41

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Friday

18

May 2012

101

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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 […]

Wednesday

2

May 2012

77

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Monday

30

April 2012

10

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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 […]

Thursday

22

March 2012

10

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Mama for a Moment

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When I gave out a few gifts here at Christmas time, I had no idea one of them would demand so much from me. Shawn Smucker won a guest post, and as we began talking on Twitter, I learned that fostering children was a topic close to his family’s heart, and so I admitted, quietly as you can on a giant social network, that I had once been a foster mom. It isn’t something I talk about often or in detail because, years after we stopped fostering, the emotional tangle of it all is still so often too much. And […]

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 […]

Wednesday

15

February 2012

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When Words Become Flesh

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I write monthly for A Deeper Story, where the group of us is blessed to tell stories of Christ and culture, given space both to wrestle hard and to weave soft. We tell the small stories so we might better know the Grand Story, and we sit in a virtual circle beside that space’s dear readers, shoulder to shoulder but for computer screens and miles, a community built on words and the Word. But we remember that the Word became flesh. And this Word-become-flesh brought light to our dark world, not in virtual community but in dwelling among us. And […]

Monday

13

February 2012

28

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The Latest on “What a Woman is Worth”

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Exciting things are happening in my little corner of the book publishing world! Whether this is the first you’ve heard of What a Woman is Worth or you’ve already committed your community group to buying an entire case when it comes out this summer (aw hey, thanks!), I think you’ll be interested in these updates and hope you’ll share them. Thanks, friends! Second Call for Submissions After getting an incredible initial turn-out, I’ve made a second call for submissions for What a Woman is Worth in order to fill the book with a broader range of angles and perspectives. Please […]

Friday

3

February 2012

24

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Permit a Woman to Speak

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There was much to-do on the Internet yesterday over a famous pastor and his ideas about the “feel” of Christianity. And the whole thing– yet another in a tiresome succession of divisive, hurtful arguments among the people who are meant to radiate Christ– was just too much for me. So I said only, “Grateful that Christianity is defined by Christ and not by famous pastors.” That sucker got re-tweeted and “liked” like nobody’s business. And everyone, with their own particular leanings, might well have imagined a different famous pastor as they raised amen with the click of a mouse. No matter […]