Writing has been a constant in my life for as long as I can remember: journals, poems, short stories, letters to pen pals. I've always wanted to be a writer, and have always hesitated to actually call myself one. Even when I had a poem published in a little 'zine called Jone's Ave., I think I was barely twenty years old, I still didn't call myself a writer. Even when I got accepted into a selective creative writing class in university, I didn't call myself a writer. And soon after that, I renounced writing forever. It was too hard; I was frustrated with not being immediately successful. I took off to the Yukon, where I continued to not be a writer for ten years.

During those ten years I was, of course, still writing. I still journaled, still wrote letters. I even had a regular birding column in Dawson City's local paper, the Klondike Sun. I had a blog (you can visit it here and some of those entries were downright poetic. But I wasn't a writer. 

It's taken having kids and losing myself to motherhood for me to finally claim that title. I hold on to it fiercely now, because it is mine. Over the last year I've worked hard to make writing a priority in my life, because I've finally realized that while it does take discipline and a thick skin, it is absolutely easier for me to write than to not write. 

In this blog I muse about parenting and how it intersects with my writing life. I detail the ups and downs of writing and sending work out to be published. I hope you enjoy a peek into this poet mama's life. Don't forget to say hello in the comments!


  1. Hey Tara, I just want you to know that I adore your site and am keeping up after an accidental hiatus, but sometimes I have trouble commenting on blogspot sites, for whatever reason. Just know I'm reading and loving your words.

    1. I'm sorry to hear you've having trouble commenting! I've been thinking about installing Comment Luv or something similar. Thank you for your comment here and for your support!

  2. Tara, I loved these poems! do we have a budding Milton or Wordsworth in the family? Mick M Surrey UK

  3. Tara from a Rat's Ass ? this is Mare. Love your blog. I have a friend who is publishing an on line woman's magazine and I know she would love to hear from you.
    seniorstaff@sanctuary-magazine.com. Her name is Myrna Haskell