A few of you have asked why I write for free. For some of you, writing might seem like a chore. Kind of like the way I feel about groceries or answering the phone. For me, it is more comparable to taking a bath or nursing a Jack and Coke. Writing is relaxing. It calms me. I am particularly fond of having no deadline, no editor and no pressure. Writing is a way to release those thoughts in my brain that keep me up at night or distract me from more pressing matters like life. Writing allows me to connect to you. You, who always send back words of encouragement, funny anecdotes and a promise that we are not alone. I take a lot from the process. I take a lot from you. You see, I don't do this for free.
I am not foolish, however. If the Huff Post came knocking I would take their money. I just don't need it to be that way. I need to write. I just won't write for free.
Grace and Kate's mom. (Shanell)