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10 days before giving birth to the munchkin.  Photo by Colin A. Danville

10 days before giving birth to the munchkin.
Photo by Colin A. Danville

My biggest task during prewriting for the memoir is to uncensor myself. To tell the secrets I can tell, and to make peace with the ones that I cannot. I have to keep reminding myself that this is my story, and I have the right to tell it in my own words. This writing is my daily labor. Breathing, releasing, allowing. Choosing to nurture a special courage to craft in a space of honesty. Today, while adding more detail to the storyboard, this message about omissions came to me.

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I am writing a memoir about the journeys of being and becoming a mother. I am sharing some parts of the discovery process in Notes on a Memoir. Every week, I also write about something learned or shared as a mother in Wednesday’s Bloom: Textual Portraits of a New Mommy. Explore other works connected to my mothering in the Motherhood collection.

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