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Blogging, writing, having fun...join me!

Facing Forty Upside Down 

Facing fears and aging gracefully (most of the time!).  Learning at midlife things I was too chicken to learn as a kid.  Like this:Adventures in parenting and teaching children with special needs.  And finding peace in a crazy life.  Excerpted in Good Housekeeping Magazine and a Top 25 Funny Mom on Circle of Moms. Come join the fun!

I just finished writing my first book!  SOME NERVE: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave will be published by Riverhead Books/Penguin Fall 2013

Complete list of where my writing has appeared and links to radio interviews here


Veteran publicist from The NY Times, W.W. Norton, Taunton Press, Basic Books.

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Oh!  I'm also a yoga teacher.  Ommmmmm. 


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Who I am:
I'm the author of the forthcoming book SOME NERVE: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave (Riverhead Fall 2013) a nonfiction book about how ordinary people face everyday fears, as well as the blogger behind Facing Forty Upside Down about trying new things in midlife. Thrilled to be a Good Housekeeping "Blogger We Love" and a Circle of Moms Top 25 Funny Mom. When I'm not scaring myself silly I'm busy with my 2 kids and yoga students and figuring out what to make for dinner.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
SOME NERVE: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave (Riverhead Fall 2013). My writing has been featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine, The Huffington Post, Audrey Magazine, iVillage and other websites.
My writing is:
Nonfiction, Memoir, Blog Posts
Services I offer to other writers:
Veteran publicist (New York Times, W.W. Norton, Basic Books), I'm currently available to write press releases and website copy as a freelancer.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Attended Bread Loaf Writers Conference 2011
My professional associations:
AWP, Asian American Writers Workshop, Asian American Journalists Association
I found out about She Writes from:
Laura Rossi

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At 9:28pm on February 17, 2011, Meagan Frank said…
Welcome Patty!  Looking at your blog made me hungry:). I love the premise of your blog...good for you that you are trying new things, and with a sense of humor.  I look forward to getting to know you.

Meagan Frank
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At 8:24pm on February 17, 2011, Kelli Swearingen said…
Welcome to Mother Writer,Patty! If you haven't already, feel free to introduce yourself, browse our threads, or start one of your own. And again, welcome to Mother Writer.
kelli rodin
At 8:11am on February 17, 2011, BookPRGirl said…

Hi Patty! It's Laura. Welcome!


At 11:18pm on February 15, 2011, Julia Barry said…
Hi Patty,

So glad you are here, and welcome to She Writes!

You can check out the Getting Started section to help you find your way around, or a great way to jump in is to get involved with our Groups.

Feel free to let me know if you have any questions!

Warm best,
Julia Barry
Social Community Manager @ She Writes


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