Parenting: Leave it to the trolls

Parenting: Leave it to the trolls

  The first image that may come to mind when someone mentions trolls is probably a small plastic figurine with a shock of bright hair, large eyes, and a bejeweled belly button. These Danish troll dolls were the US' biggest toy fad in the 1960s and then again in the 1990s (you may remember them fondly from your childhood). Trolls are now in our movie theaters—DreamWorks recently released a colorful Trolls movie—or perhaps you are more familiar with trolls as mystical healers from the movie, Frozen. When my children see any moss-covered rock, they point and yell, "Trolls!" because trolls turn into rocks when the sun comes out. (You can add that to your list of random troll facts and impress your kids.) Whatever your familiarity with trolls may be, you probably haven't given them much thought to these cute but often inconsequential characters. However, with a bit of strategy, imagination, and storytelling, trolls can do so much more for you as a parent than...
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Happy Birthday! We’ve come a long way, baby

Happy Birthday! We’ve come a long way, baby

  It has been a full 12 months since the publication of Knocked Up Abroad and I am celebrating by making it FREE to download on Amazon January 26-29, 2017. I want more readers, more reviews, and more people to discover the amazingness that is held within this book. It's been a crazy year—two books published, one successful crowdfunding campaign, book launch parties around the world, and countless articles, podcasts, and other efforts to promote the series. The first year is always the hardest with growing pains, learning curves, and teething. If I had to plot my knowledge of self-publishing against a growth chart, it would look something like this:   Notice how I added stress to the second x-axis? That's because learning something new is stressful and painful. I stepped way outside of my comfort zone and I am still feeling the effects of living on the fringe of comfort. Lessons learned I have learned a lot about self-publishing, crowdfunding, and collaborating with women (and two dads, can't forget...
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Knocked Up Abroad Black Friday Deals

Knocked Up Abroad Black Friday Deals

As you all know, I've been quite busy launching the book so readers can enjoy these stories before the December holidays and so readers could purchase the books as gifts for their friends and family. What better gift than one of experience and multicultural perspectives without the cost of a plane ticket or updating your passport (although, I highly recommend doing both of those things)? Share the love! Both books in the Knocked Up Abroad series are available on Amazon which is running a killer book deal—$10 off all book purchases over $25. Use the promo code HOLIDAYBOOK and see their website for details. Click on the book icons to head over to Amazon. Note: Purchasing the books using these links results in a small commission which enables me to continue to publish these stories. "But Lisa, books are great and all but what if I want to display how awesome I am out in the real world? I can't carry your books with me everywhere I...
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The Missing Chapter

The Missing Chapter

It was always my intention to include my voice in the anthologies I publish. However, my voice is missing from Knocked Up Abroad Again. Tapping into raw emotion wasn't a possibility this time around as I was under an incredible amount of stress, juggling too many logistics, and tackling too many other activities crowdfunding and publishing the book. I leveraged every creative nerve in my body during the Kickstarter campaign to help make the book a reality and the publication schedule marched on without my chapter. My creativity suffers under stress. In order to write from an inspired place, I wait for the voices in my head (we all have at least one 'inner voice') to wake up, and as long as I am preoccupied with other things, those voices are quiet. I need an empty house, an empty head, and steady breath to bring forth my words. Much to my disappointment, that magical recipe didn't come together between the months...
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Mother Tongue: An Ambitious Memoir About Multilingualism

Mother Tongue: An Ambitious Memoir About Multilingualism

I pre-ordered this book because Christine Gilbert was offering some awesome rewards for her fans before the book hit the shelves. Despite living in Sweden, it arrived only 20 days after its release and I devoured it while absorbing the intense Swedish summer sun on my front deck. Christine Gilbert is somewhat of my publishing and adventure-driven nomadic mentor. She regularly packs up her family and sets off to a different country (she's traveled to over 35 countries) as she and her husband have digital careers. She has self-published numerous books and traditionally published her memoir with Avery, Mother Tongue: My Family's Globe-Trotting Quest To Dream In Mandarin, Laugh In Arabic, And Sing In Spanish. Her online courses are super clear recipes for how to start and sustain a digital career that allows you to live anywhere in the world. She's been successful and definitely knows what she's talking about so if you're interested in furthering a creative digital career, Christine is someone to...
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Why do I do what I do? (Publish anthologies)

Why do I do what I do? (Publish anthologies)

I've been asked numerous times, "Why do you do what you do?" and the question they are really asking is, "Why do you publish anthologies for free?" This video has the deeper answer to my usual three-second answer, "Personal and professional fulfillment." I sat down and really thought about the why. Of course, the high-level answer is, "Personal and professional fulfillment" but there's more to it than that. We all need to push ourselves to grow, make connections with other people, variety in our daily lives, and create and contribute to something that is bigger than ourselves. Contribute today to support this amazing community of mothers around the world. ...
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Book Review: The Expat Partner’s Survival Guide

Book Review: The Expat Partner’s Survival Guide

  The Expat Partner's Survival Guideby Clara Wiggins is nothing short of volume full of incredible resources, personal accounts, and tips from an expert expat and 70 contributors. Clara is a fourth generation expat and has lived in twelve countries on five continents. Her worldliness shows in her approach to this guide and anyone who is considering a life overseas should read this book first before making the leap. As I was reading it, I wish I had this guide before we moved to Sweden. It was one of those, "Man, why couldn't I have read this before we moved instead of after?" thoughts. It remains at the top of my recommended resources for anyone considering a move abroad or relocation. Clara's narrative style is like that of a good friend guiding you through one of the most difficult life-decisions you've ever made over a nice cup of coffee (or tea since she is British). She is calm, humorous, and keeps things in perspective. The world "trailing spouse"...
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Lessons Learned After Editing an Anthology

Lessons Learned After Editing an Anthology

Despite never having managed a professional sports team, I imagine that writing an anthology is somewhat similar. There is a bit of cheering from the sidelines, calling periodic team meetings, and encouraging your contributors to provide you their best work possible. First, let's get the terminology down: A collection of stories versus an anthology. Some people use these terms interchangeably, however, in the publishing world,  a "collection of stories" is described as a book of short stories written by one person and an "anthology" as a book of short stories written by several people. Knocked Up Abroad is an anthology featuring 23 different writers in 24 different countries. On my long list of goals, getting knocked up and giving birth in 24 different countries is not something I would ever attempt so a collection of stories, it is not, according to a publisher. Communicate clearly and regularly with your contributors Be super clear with roles and responsibilities in the beginning of the project....
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Leave a Review!

Leave a Review!

This is an example of an amazing 5-star review a reader wrote on the book's Amazon page. Wonderful reviews like this not only make me smile (that should be enough motivation, right?) but they also help other readers discover the book. If you've read the book and feel inspired to share your thoughts and opinions about the book, please head back to Amazon to leave a review. It doesn't have to be nearly as thorough as this one but any honest feedback is warmly welcomed. To leave a review for the Kindle version click here. To leave a review for the paperback version click here. To leave a review on Goodreads, click here. To buy the book to read and then review, click here: Many thanks! Lisa ...
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Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing

Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing

  After answering the question, "Why did you choose to self-publish?" numerous times, I thought writing down my thoughts would be easier than explaining this decision verbally. I discussed it a little with Hubert O'Hearn during our podcast interview and I wanted to expand on the topic a bit.  After months of extensive research and contemplation, I decided to pursue self-publishing for three main reasons, which I will outline below: 1) there is a plethora of self-publishing tools to make the process relatively straightforward,  2) I had the time, interest, and capacity to become my own publisher, and 3) I wanted to maintain absolute editorial control, including the timeline. Without these primary reasons, perhaps I might have pursued a traditional publisher.  Here's why: 1) Self-publishing tools are available and relatively user-friendly One may think this is a blessing, but really, it is a curse. While there may be numerous tools available, it still requires a lot of time to decide which publishing route is most appropriate for your...
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