Janine Kovac
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  • Oakland, CA
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My Book Wasn't my "Baby"; It Was My Potluck Salad

I published a book last week. It's called Brain Changer: A Mother's Guide to Cognitive Science. When I say I published it, I mean that I did everything. I formatted the text and created a cover out of a free-use photograph and an open…See More
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A blog post by Janine Kovac was featured

My Book Wasn't my "Baby"; It Was My Potluck Salad

I published a book last week. It's called Brain Changer: A Mother's Guide to Cognitive Science. When I say I published it, I mean that I did everything. I formatted the text and created a cover out of a free-use photograph and an open…See More
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"Awesome post and congratulations on bringing your book to the world! I'll feature this on our homepage and share in an upcoming newsletter."
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Nancy Chadwick-Burke commented on the blog post 'My Book Wasn't my "Baby"; It Was My Potluck Salad'
"Thanks for sharing your experiences - a good story!"
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My Book Wasn't my "Baby"; It Was My Potluck Salad

I published a book last week. It's called Brain Changer: A Mother's Guide to Cognitive Science. When I say I published it, I mean that I did everything. I formatted the text and created a cover out of a free-use photograph and an open…See More
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Who I am:
I am a founding member and program event coordinator for the 501(c)3 writing group Write on Mamas and web maven for Litquake, San Francisco’s annual literary festival.

My most recent book Brain Changer: A Mother's Guide to Cognitive Science, chronicles my experience as a mother of twins born three months and a half before they were due. An avid writing workshop participant I am a four-time alumna of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers as well as an alumna of Lit Camp and the Mineral School. Since 2015, I have directed the San Francisco production of Listen To Your Mother, a nationwide storytelling series in celebration of motherhood.

In 2016 I was honored to receive the Elizabeth George Foundation Fellowship from Hedgebrook in addition to the gift of a Hedgebrook residency.

I live in Oakland with my husband and three children. My heroes are Gloria Steinem, Pope Francis, and Dmitri Shostakovich.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
@janinekovac
janinekovac.com
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Brain Changer: A Mother's Guide to Cognitive Science
Mamas Write: 29 Tales of Truth, Wit, and Grit
Tiny Feet, Giant Steps
Multiples Illuminated
A Band of Wives: Nothing But the Truth, forthcoming October 2012
Media outlets that I currently write for:
http://www.christinecarter.com/community/blog/2012/10/guest-post-st...

http://writeonmamas.com
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Blog Posts
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Write On, Mamas!, Litquake, Squaw Valley Community of Writers
My professional associations:
web maven for Litquake
I found out about She Writes from:
Brooke Warner

Janine Kovac's Blog

Pledge for a Frantic Activist

Posted on January 28, 2017 at 1:00pm 0 Comments



So I called some senators. I knitted a hat. I’ve marched, signed petitions, and typed a jillion angry emojiis on Facebook. I can’t keep up with the news, real or fake. It all feels like Whack-a-Mole politics. Idioms that used to be metaphoric are now literal: my head is spinning. I…

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My Book Wasn't my "Baby"; It Was My Potluck Salad

Posted on December 15, 2016 at 12:07pm 4 Comments

I published a book last weekIt's called Brain Changer: A Mother's Guide to Cognitive…

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What Editing Taught Me About My Own Writing

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 12:00am 13 Comments

I thought that overseeing my writing group’s anthology as a self-published book would interfere with my own writing. Instead it made me a stronger writer. 

 

Two years ago I proposed to my group the Write On Mamas that we self-publish an anthology of our essays. To sweeten the deal, I…

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Reflections on the Blog-off

Posted on November 13, 2012 at 10:00am 0 Comments

This is it. The Write On, Mamas Indiegogo campaign ends tonight at midnight. Which means that this is the last day of the Blog-off. I’ve blogged for each of the 35 days of the campaign and reposted on five different sites: the family blog, …

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At 9:18am on April 23, 2014, Meg Bortin said…

Hi Janine. Nice to meet you, too! As it happens, I will be in Oakland this summer visiting my brother. Any tips on good bookstores to visit? All best, Meg

At 5:06am on November 25, 2013, Marilyn Bousquin said…

Hi, Janine. I somehow missed my friend requests on SheWrites. So sorry it's taken me so long to respond! Great to be in contact with you here. All best, Marilyn

At 5:16pm on June 12, 2013, Claire Hennessy said…

Thanks Janine. I am really looking forward to DigiLit :)

At 10:44pm on November 4, 2012, B. Lynn Goodwin said…

That's a great way to put it. I like to rearrange words and letters. Sometimes I like to add content. =)

At 10:25pm on October 31, 2012, B. Lynn Goodwin said…

Of course. Now it all clicks into place. I know Rachel writes YA. Do you?

At 5:00pm on October 31, 2012, B. Lynn Goodwin said…

Do we know each other from CWC, AWA West or somewhere else? (So sorry about my memory.)

Lynn

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At 2:40pm on September 30, 2012, Meg Waite Clayton said…
At 3:21pm on September 28, 2012, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Janine, We're delighted to have you join us in the novelist group – please accept my belated welcome (I’ve been finishing a novel on deadline, and traveling to boot). If you haven’t done so already, you might introduce yourself by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion. We do a live chat the first Wednesdays of each month at 1 EST, with instructions on how to participate in the "Our Water Cooler" box near the top of the group page. And we save the wall for discussion, but welcome links to helpful blog posts on the “Links to Helpful Blog Posts for Writers” discussion thread and to published books in the “Our Published Novels” one. I hope you’ll enjoy the group.

 

Meg Waite Clayton

Novelist Group Moderator

 

At 12:59pm on August 11, 2012, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Janine, Just waving hello. If you’re looking for places to connect here, we’d love to have you join us in the Novelists (Struggling or Not) group.

Hope you enjoy it here, and best of luck with your writing.

Warmly,
Meg Waite Clayton
Moderator, Novelist Group
Bestselling author of four novels, including The Wednesday Sisters (a writing group novel), and the forthcoming The Wednesday Daughters (all Random House/Ballantine)

At 4:18pm on August 6, 2012, Jill Starishevsky said…

Welcome to SheWrites.  Feel free to reach out if you need anything.

 

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