Screw It, I’m Eating Tater Tots- Episode 29

If you’re new to my blog, welcome! Here is an explanation of the tater tot post.


So many of you encouraged me to join Goodreads. I’m already in love with it.

I’ve created a profile, so please follow me so that I may follow you back. That way, I’ll be able to know which books you like, dislike, and so on! At least I think that’s how it works.

This is the type of social media I can get behind. ๐Ÿ™‚

Photo by Thought Catalog on

My book

Kristen and I finished the book on Friday.

Now what?

I recorded a podcast a few weeks ago but didn’t publish because it was too raw. It was more of a therapeutic self-discussion to encourage myself to keep swimming in the face of the impending self-publishing process.

I’ve done a little more research, and it appears I have two options: do it all by myself, piece by piece or, as I’m discovering, hire an indie publishing house to do it for me. There is a publishing company that I’m holding out for as an alternative. It’s very expensive, but I’m not sure if it’s the best choice. I wish I had a mentor or a self-publishing guru who could advise me.

Will you please keep me and my book in your thoughts through the month of September?


I needed a change.

According to my teenager, it’s a “wolf cut.”

It’s a “modern shag,” according to what I asked for.

For those of us old enough to remember, it’s also known as “the Rachel.”

The length is still the same, but because my hair is so thick, it was growing out rather than down. Especially with the August humidity. I’m having fun playing around with it, and I’m also having fun looking ten years younger. Who knew a haircut could do that?

Everyone but me, apparently.

What I’ve Been Reading

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron– I just finished this after taking a month to work through this. For those of you who suggested this book after reading about my soul homework and thinking it sounded very similar? Thank you. I’m eternally grateful.

Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Dummies by Rhena Branch and Rob Wilson

The Fuck It Diet: Eating Should Be Easy by Caroline Dooner

What I’ve been watching

What I’ve been listening to

What I’ve Been Clicking On

Jane Fonda: Life’s third act | TED Talk

The Impossible Real Family Now – True Story of Marรญa Belรณn Family

7 Unexpected Signs You Have High-Functioning PTSD

Having A Bad Day? Here’s 48 Wild Hamsters | Bored Panda

Long Duk Dong: Last of the Hollywood Stereotypes? : NPR

What are cicadas and why is everyone bugging out about them?

The Rise and Fall of Katharine Hepburn’s Fake Accent – The Atlantic

The Rachel Haircut: Everyone Is Getting the Modern Rachel Haircut | Glamour

What I’ve Been Quoting

Happy September, my friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

28 thoughts on “Screw It, I’m Eating Tater Tots- Episode 29”

  1. Also, good luck with the self publishing. I’m thinking of going that route with reprinting my great grandmother’s cookbooks she published in the late 1890s and early 1900s. When you make a decision, let me know which option you chose.

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    1. Oh, what a wonderful idea!
      I will definitely keep you updated.
      I plan on documenting the entire process so that other bloggers can be inspired to write books as well.
      Everyone, in my opinion, has a story to tell, and it shouldn’t be up to literary agents and publishers to share those stories. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I joined goodreads a few years ago but I am just awful at actually remembering to mark any of the books on there that I am reading (unless they are on my kindle and then it automatically does that for me!).

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    1. I love sharing those links. My friend Deb shared that Jane Fonda Ted talk in her blog post a few weeks ago.

      Funny story, my mom and dad live 15 minutes north of where we live, and they never got cicadas in their trees. I find that so intriguing. What factors cause the cicadas to draw their boundaries?

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  3. I almost had to stop reading at I HAVE SUCH THICK HAIR . . . kidding. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Your haircut is so, so cute. I didn’t know a modern Rachel was in. Look at me- clueless as ever. Some things never change.

    I love Indigo Girls. I cannot hear them without being transplanted back to college, which is mostly an insanely cool vibe that is full of thoughts of WHY ARE THOSE DAYS OVER?

    Everything is copy – WHAT? How did I NOT know about this? Don’t answer that. I really, really want to see it. Looks amazing.

    I checked out the hamster site – that’s the kind of day I’m having, hamsters only, please hold the rest of life’s irritation. I have so many questions. Do hamsters live in the wild? Did this person just take amazing photos of this one lucky, well-fed hamster? And then return it to his cage in captivity?

    That E.B. White quote is money. I mean it’s not hamsters, but it’s still very good.

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    1. LMAO…you’re probably like bitch. Some days, I look like I have a mullet. It’s quite fun, actually. I’m reliving my teenage years.

      I love them too! I didn’t go away to college, so the haircut and music make me feel like I’m going through my own midlife/college experience. ๐Ÿ™‚

      It was so good. I love her movies.

      When Ella first started homeschooling, she had to do a report on hamsters and give a presentation at our library. When one of the kids asked if there were hamsters in the wild, she said she wasn’t sure. It was the ONE thing she didn’t research. So we all looked it up with her during the presentation. It was a sweet moment, actually. Long story short, yes, wild hamsters are a thing.

      It’s not hamsters. but it’s still very good. I might share that quote in next month’s tater tot post.


  4. Congratulations on finishing the book!! I’m so proud of you and I can’t wait to see a published version on my bookshelf! Might I suggest TikTok for publishing advice? I know I’ve seen things along the way. I love your hair, it’s amazing what a fresh cut can do for our mental health, especially when it’s a super cute one ๐Ÿฅฐ

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    1. Thank you so much, my friend! It’s funny you mention that. I did find one literary agent on TikTok. I am a huge fan of TikTok, as you’re well aware. I’m even working on a post about everything I’ve learned so far as a result of it.

      This hair cut has given me LIFE. I’ve been struggling a little lately, so the haircut was a welcome change. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. YAY! You finished the book. WOOT WOOT! I’ll be putting out some positive mojo in your name.

    I love your shag/Rachael. SO darn cute. Also, I’d push down a toddler for thick hair.

    The impossible was heart-wrenching. In other *Suz holds onto random facts* I remember seeing Nate Burkus (the decorator) on Oprah back in 2004; he was THERE with his then-boyfriend/lover/husband and he lost his boyfriend in this tragedy. For some reason I always think of him when I’m reminded of this horrific event.

    I need to see the Norah movie/documentary.


    Love the quotes and I’m going to check out a few more links.

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    1. Thank you so much, my friend!

      It’s been so much fun to play with. I would watch you push that toddler, by the way. ๐Ÿ™‚ NOTHING TO SEE HERE.

      YES! He was all I could think about while watching it! So sad.

      Hamsters. Tell me I don’t need another damn pet.

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  6. I just followed you and sent you a friend request on Goodreads.

    I have a friend who has self-published a couple of books. I have no idea what her process was like, but I can always put you in touch with her if you’d like.

    You look so different with long hair! Very cute.

    Going to check out your links now.


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    1. I just added you as a friend! I don’t yet have the app on my phone, I’m still slowly getting used to it.
      Any advice is greatly appreciated. I know what needs to be done, but there is a lot of information. It’s like standing in front of six roads, unsure of which to take.

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  7. Since I’m a joiner and also a potential author I have a couple of suggestions for you re publishing. First is I know your work may or may not be a memoir but if you look at their site you’ll see they use the term memoir kind of loosely.

    On that site I found a talk which led to purchase of a book by one of the authors who received assistance from Linda Joy Myers who is I believe one of the admins or directors or managers or whatever of this org. Another one is Brooke Warner and I believe both of these ladies are the forces/powers behind is a link from this site and is the publisher of the book I’m talking about.

    Good luck!

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    1. Thank you so much for your recommendations! I’ve already checked out your link to She Writes Press and will be putting it on my list for January. Because my manuscript is under 40,000 words, it appears that it will only qualify for their e-book process, but I’m intrigued by this. I’m so glad I’m sharing my book writing process on my blog; otherwise, I’d never have discovered of all these incredible resources. I can’t thank you enough for directing me to them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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