Hello, Kind People

Today was my first day back at work (just meetings), but I think it’s safe to say that I probably won’t be posting much over the next couple of weeks. Alex has started football practice, I’m making my peace with waking up to an alarm, and there’s a to-do list rattling around in my head like nobody’s business.

Also – and this is just fair warning – my new book is due to the publisher on January 15th.

Say that with me slowly: JAN-U-ARY FIF-TEENTH. Four months from now. However comma it looks like it may release next summer, so that’s kind of fun, huh?

Last night I decided I was going to write a post about how Melanie and I do the podcast, complete with all the techy information (I’ve gotten several emails lately from folks who want to know how to put a podcast together). Anyway, I don’t think of the podcast as being complicated at all, but when I started typing it out, I realized that I do not in fact have a gift for technical writing. Because do you know what’s not really part of the technical writing skillset? BEING CHATTY.

Anyway, I’m going to try to finish that epistle sometime over the next week, and I’ll post it as soon as it’s all done. It is probably the only thing I will ever write that contains the phrase “export from Garage Band as an mp3 file.” It’s good to shake things up every once in awhile, I reckon.

Finally. Even though I may not be here very much, I will still be on the Instagram and the other regular social media outlets. In fact, today on Instagram I reposted a poem that Glennon at Momastery posted earlier this morning, and every time I read it, I cry.

I would have the best time with this poem if I were still an English teacher. Oh my goodness. And here’s what’s weird: if you had asked me last year what I would miss the most about being a classroom teacher, I would have said teaching writing – but I really haven’t missed that much at all. I’ve sort of relished not having to grade research papers, honestly. The literature, though? I miss it so much. Maybe that’s why this poem felt a little bit like a hug.

Here are some topics we will need to cover when I emerge from my back-to-school fog: 1) the night my laptop died 2) my cynicism-related epiphany 3) the awesome painted pallets my friend Delinda and her daughter are making (the college-themed ones are so perfect for football season) 4) Christopher Guest’s new movie and 5) the Mississippi State Bulldogs (specifically, Dak Prescott).

Hope y’all are having a great week so far – and hopefully I’ll be back soon. Thanks for being understanding and patient and everything good.


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  1. Your internet peeps will miss you.
    Hoping you have a very blessed school year!
    Can’t wait for the new book!!!

  2. Thank you for the poem! So true and I feel like singing to Jesus today—-even though the politicians are lying and the world is shooting. I will sing.

  3. Technical Writing isn’t often a course offered to English majors, is it? I mean I think I could have possibly taken it, but chose the awesomeness of Shakespeare’s Histories and Comedies instead. I mean, how can writing a how-to compare in any way to the St Crispin’s Day Speech in Henry V? I mean, it was bad enough having to take such an analytical class as Linguistics!

    The good news is that it is FIVE months until January 15th. Of course, you can count it as four if you want to leave out Thanksgiving through Christmas. I just realize though that JANUARY 15th means RIGHT AFTER BOWL SEASON. Bless you, Sophie. Bless you.

  4. I will need your cynicism-related epiphany post. I’m the world’s worst about cynicism. Or best, I guess, depending on how you look at it. Either way, I’m sure I will love it. Also looking forward to next summer and the new book too! Just keep singing, just keep singing (what Dory would say if she read the poem). Love and hugs.

  5. Speaking of football season, I now begin my every-other-year quest to get my State and Ole Miss friends to visit the Loveliest Village on the Plains. I may actually have Allison B on board this year. What about you, Soph? You live in B’ham. Easy trip down 280. Your people historically travel very poorly, at least to Auburn. Let’s change that, starting with you!

  6. Kimberly M. says:

    I rarely comment but those painted pallets are precious! I am following them on Instagram now, but not sure how I can send them a message? If you have an email or a facebook page for them please share it. I am dying for an UAB themed one!!

  7. Rachael b says:

    I’ve got about a week left before I have to “pay the piper”. Bittersweet, always.

  8. I’m so excited about book 3. I just wish it would be out before September 4th so I could take it on vacation! :)

  9. Deby Harber says:

    Thank you so much for sharing that poem. It speaks to my worrywart self.

  10. Miss Megs says:

    Looking forward to the podcast info. So enjoying yours!