I’ve assumed several online identities over the years: creator of the now-archived Parent Hacks blog; co-host of the Edit Your Life podcast; book author (PARENT HACKS, MINIMALIST PARENTING and more).
Now, I’m working on my most personal writing project yet. Parent of Adults is my Substack newsletter and real-time chronicle about how life changes after the kids grow up. Learn more here, or subscribe (free or paid) at ashadornfest.substack.com.
Now that I’ve been home a few days I can look back over the arc of our trip and pick out a few observations and aha! moments.
I just got home from Parent & Family Weekend at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Now that my post-visit blues have (mostly) faded, the experience has settled into something richer than just a fun visit with my daughter, Mirabai.
Lettuce rejoice about cooking (or not) for two.
What three weeks in a camper van did for our 29-year marriage.
I love to hear why and how writers and other creative people/artists do their work. They’re just regular people, after all. And creative work never happens in a vacuum; the stuff going on in the background is as much a part of the work as the actual words or paint splotches or whatever.
This is the animating spirit behind offering a periodic glimpse behind the curtain of my writing practice. Every so often I’ll devote an issue of Parent of Adults to tools, habits, musings, and other writing meta-topics, plus whatever writerly news I have to share.
In this first dispatch, I thought I’d share what the Parent of Adults launch has been like.