Write about what you know. (Or, a story about poop.)

Writers look up to and learn from other writers.

One of my favorite writers is South Dakota author and poet, Linda M. Hasslestrom. She’s a rancher who writes. So she writes about cows, the prairie and grass.

Another writer I enjoy is Baxter Black. He’s a vet. So he writes about some of his experiences in practice. I was just cruising through the FAQ section of Baxter’s website and found this line:

What would be your advise to someone interested in writing?

Write about what you know.

Hum.

What do I know?

What do I know?

Well, I used to run around our farm chasing after and picking up and delivering my husband and moving vehicles and I still do that some, but not as much. So for a couple years here on this blog I wrote about Farmin’ Fridays, what we did on the farm every week.

And, before that we were remodeling our old farmhouse and so I wrote and posted about the farmhouse. When we finished the farmhouse, I stopped writing about that.

And, when we had babies, I sorta ran out of the opportunity to write as much about farming because I wasn’t in the thick of it day-to-day as much.

So.

Back to the beginning, Linda and Baxter are telling me to write about what I know.

Poop and breastfeeding.

Ya’ll that’s it. 

Day in and day out, I’m dealing with poop or/and milk.

The problem with writing about what you know is that there’s a distinct possibility know body is going to give two craps about it. (<—– See what I did there?)

For my own personal interest I counted some of the redundant poop/milk related tasks that I compete each day. I believe it was Monday.

I took sister to pee exactly 8 times in one day. (Only one accident! Woot, woot!)

I also breastfeed brother exactly 5 times in one day.

I also fed sister three meals and brother two solid meals and changed his diaper give or take 8 times, so if we’re really counting I fed myself 3 meals, him 8 and her 3 + snack, that’s 15 meal events and 20+ bathroom related events. And, there’s only two of them!

And, when I put it that way I’m not so surprised after all that I didn’t fold the laundry or peel the carrots between the hours of 7 AM and 8 PM.

BUT, earlier this summer…I did the same silly tracking thing and I was taking her about 12 or 13 times a day.

And, I was feeding him about 8 times a day.

And, back in the spring I was changing 20+ diapers a day, some for each darling behind that resides in this home & breastfeeding him basically round the clock. So this is a downhill-uphill battle of poop. I can see I am making some progress even in just two seasons.

As the baby books say: She is consolidating her pees and he’s merging his feedings. #momlife

I know you really just want to talk about the new shows that are coming out this fall, but I’m over here like: woo-hoo! my kids are peeing less frequently and nursing less frequently.

Write what you know? Are you sure? Okay….

 

2 Comments

  1. Laurel

    This is your authentic voice–loved this entry.

    Laurel

    Reply
    • Sierra Shea

      Thank you Laurel!

      Reply

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Hey there... I'm Sierra!

I love to blog, plan, organize, decorate, teach, research & be creative. I’m a farm wife & mama of three kiddos: almost 6, 4 and almost 2. We love to live and work in rural South Dakota. A few years ago we remodeled a house & we call our home The Peacock Ranch.

I am earning a Spiritual Direction Certificate from Sioux Falls Seminary & I put my masters in English/Mass Communications on hold at South Dakota State University so I can focus on being a mama in a pandemic! In the meantime, I’m enjoying reading more & writing here on the blog.