Name: Kate Inglis
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Online Home: sweet | salty
Kids: Evan (5) and Ben (3) and Ben's twin Liam, but I don't always mention him when people ask "how many" because it makes some stare at their shoes. You'll see him sometimes on the blog and I don't want you to gulp uncomfortably. It's okay. He's a light, mostly. (interstellar gypsy boy, forever 6 weeks or 600 years old depending on who you ask.)
There are parent blogs you turn to for fun crafts and homemaking ideas and then there are those who write openly about life, love and heartache without the need for tutorials or inspirational messages at the end of their posts — enter Kate Inglis.
Although Kate is one of the most inspirational writers in the parenting world, it's not because of the usual reasons. She doesn't spend her days sharing stories about how to make a chore chart or how to clean craft paint off the ceiling. Instead, she tells life like it is and is honest about how the world feels around her. You become lured in by the truth in her words and the moments she captures in her photographs.
sweet | salty is a corner of the internet where you find someone you identify with as a person, as a parent and as an individual who knows life doesn't always go as planned. We introduce to you, Kate Inglis.sweet | salty coming to mind and I remember it sticking. I had no idea then how appropriate it would turn out to be. I might be psychic. The Dread Crew: Pirates of the Backwoods, came out last fall. It's an adventure for 8-14 year olds but adults like it too. It's set in Nova Scotia and it's about pirates but they're not ocean-going pirates. They're forest pirates and they're kind of disgusting. But it's also meant to bewitch Americans and Frenchmen and Torontonians and make them experience a strange lust for woodsmoke and danger and squashed leech compote. I'm working on the second book now for a fall 2011 release. Expressive Photography: The Shutter Sisters Guide to Shooting from the Heart. It's lovely. I'm so grateful to be among that circle of women. If writing is my mistress, my camera is my golden retriever. It gets me outside and breathing fresh air. Keeps me from getting fiction scurvy.
I have no principles around writing other than to not enter cleavage contests. I'd lose anyway. I try to engage in minor deception at least three times per week. It keeps me grounded.
Right now, anything other than the ten-mile stare of being almost finished the first draft of my second novel. Working to a deadline is new for me. I'm happy, but I'm a cross-eyed hunchback. Right now, I'd pay ten million dollars to spend an afternoon canning zucchini and scrubbing the bilge of the boat.
Bon at Crib Chronicles is a brilliant writer and thinker and friend. Ryan at Pacing the Panic Room, Sweet Juniper, and BHJ for wildly different reasons. I'm the last person in the known universe to have found Joanna Goddard at Cup of Jo. She's got great taste. I still love The Sartorialist not so much for the fashion, but for all those faces just standing there and staring at the camera from Stockholm and Amsterdam and Paris. I wonder if any of them really know how beautiful they are. Well. Some figure they do. Shutter Sisters for photographic inspiration except I'm one of several founding contributors so that's basically saying that I inspire myself. Which is odd.
The same piece of advice I've gotten lately about writing: that one of the best gifts you can give yourself is permission to suck sometimes. We grow up too entitled - we expect life to unfold in a way that validates our world view. Pregnancy, birth, kids, marriage... we make it all mean more than it should in terms of our performance. We're just this throbbing mess of ego in everything we do. We demand to feel gratified at all times or else it's all angst and knuckle-biting and it's inhumane. It's a humbling and a healthy thing to be open to messing up.
When you embrace your own occasional suck, it's easier to shake off panic and demoralization. You just roll up your sleeves and do what comes next. It's very freeing. It's the only mantra that will ever result in an improved second draft of anything.
Read more about Kate, her family and life's adventures over at sweet | salty.
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Image: Kate Inglis