Despite the opinions recently expressed by others (see: my son and wife) that I’ve shared on my Facebook page, I *AM* funny, AND, I *know* a lot of funny people dammit!
Last summer I attended a blog conference (my first) called BlogU. When I first discovered the conference, I was weary of attending because it totally felt like it was made only for women, and *yes* while they did say men were welcome, I couldn’t help but feel like I wouldn’t fit in very well.
My Wife nagged convinced me that I should give it a shot and not be so nervous. I mean, what’s the worst that could happen, nobody wants to talk to me but I end up learning a bunch of cool stuff for my blog? So, I set my nerves aside and signed up. My fears could not have been any further from reality.
The second I nervously introduced myself on the conference Facebook page I was flooded with welcomes and excitement about having a guy in the group. I spent the next month talking with all the attendees online, joining in twitter parties, and reading/sharing blogs of so many talented writers.
I have to admit, I was also a little star-struck as many of the ladies who would be working as staff/teachers at the upcoming conference were some really popular bloggers and published authors; many I had been following and reading for years. One such author was the hilarious Jen Mann from the wildly popular blog People I Want to Punch in the Throat.
Being a fresh-faced rookie into the writing world I committed to staying unseen throughout the entire weekend, absorbing as much knowledge as I could, then slinking out on Sunday to head home. The ladies would have none of that.
Any ideas I had of staying unknown and hidden were dashed at the opening keynote panel when the same Jen Mann was speaking about putting yourself out there, and not being afraid to be heard. She was talking about she loves to hear fresh new voices, and how her anthologies have served to help writers get their name out there; get over the nerves of submitting, because showing anyone, let alone the world, something you’ve written can be terrifying. She stopped mid-speech and said the following:
“….wait, Isn’t there a guy here? I see over 200 bright, talented women, but I was told we were going to be joined by one brave soul….(everyone turned and looked right at me in the audience)…oh, there you are. You’re quite brave. I hope you submit something to me some day.”
That one moment changed my entire weekend. I went from fully encased in a shell of shyness, to open and engaging, and because of that I met so many awesome writers; many who have become close friends and confidants.
I tell this little story because Jen Mann is at it again. Today her third anthology in the “I Just Wanna…” series dropped, and it once again is giving an opportunity to some very talented writers to have their voices heard; many of them are my pals!
I was honored to be asked to read an advanced copy of the book, and let me tell you what; if you enjoyed I Just Want to Pee Alone (recently named to the New York Times Best Sellers list) or I Just Want to Be Alone, you are going to going to absolutely love I STILL Just Want to Pee Alone. This book had me laughing cover to cover, and not the normal kind of laughing. It was more along the lines of that awkward laugh you do when you think you’re alone, but when you realize you’re in public you look around to see who is looking at you.
And since I have already read this funny book, I thought it would only be fair to give away my copy to one of my awesome fans., because I just want to spread the laughter.
So if you’re interested in winning my copy of the new I STILL Want to Pee Alone email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (because I’m low-rent and can’t do giveaways on my blog just yet) with “Book Give Away” in the title. Tell me why you really want this book, tell me a funny story, tell me about how much your kids have sucked away your fun time so this book would make your life. I’ll put all the names in a hat (seriously, I’m low rent people) and have the Wife pick a winner. Maybe I’ll even feature your story on my blog (with your permission of course). Winner will be announced Friday 4/3/15.
Don’t worry though, if you’re not into the whole submitting for a prize thing, you can always head over to Amazon (click here to purchase) and pick up a copy for yourself.
This is a seriously funny book. Below is a list of all the authors in the book and their websites:
Bethany Kriger Thies of Bad Parenting Moments
Kim Bongiorno of Let Me Start By Saying
Alyson Herzig of The Shitastrophy
JD Bailey of Honest Mom
Kathryn Leehane of Foxy Wine Pocket
Suzanne Fleet of Toulouse and Tonic
Nicole Leigh Shaw of Nicole Leigh Shaw, Tyop Aretist
Meredith Spidel of The Mom of the Year
Rebecca Gallagher of Frugalista Blog
Rita Templeton of Fighting off Frumpy
Darcy Perdu of So Then Stories
Christine Burke of Keeper of The Fruit Loops
Amy Flory of Funny Is Family
Robyn Welling of Hollow Tree Ventures
Sarah del Rio of est. 1975
Amanda Mushro of Questionable Choices in Parenting
Jennifer Hicks of Real Life Parenting
Courtney Fitzgerald of Our Small Moments
Lola Lolita of Sammiches and Psych Meds
Victoria Fedden of Wide Lawns and Narrow Minds
Keesha Beckford of Mom’s New Stage
Stacia Ellermeier of Dried-on Milk
Meredith Bland of Pile of Babies
Harmony Hobbs of Modern Mommy Madness
Janel Mills of 649.133: Girls, the Care and Maintenance Of
Kim Forde of The Fordeville Diaries
Stacey Gill of One Funny Motha
Beth Caldwell of The Cult of Perfect Motherhood
Sarah Cottrell of Housewife Plus
Michelle Back of Mommy Back Talk
Tracy Sano of Tracy on the Rocks
Linda Roy of elleroy was here
Michelle Poston Combs of Rubber Shoes In Hell
Susan Lee Maccarelli of Pecked To Death By Chickens
Vicki Lesage of Life, Love, and Sarcasm in Paris
Kris Amels of Why, Mommy?
Mackenzie Cheeseman of Is there cheese in it?
Tracy DeBlois of Orange & Silver
Ashley Brown Allen of Big Top Family