Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tiny House Listings: Privacy and Etiquette for Tiny House Tours


I recently wrote a blog post for Tiny House Listings that has been getting quite a bit of attention. I think it is important to understand privacy and etiquette while speaking with people in the tiny house commuinty.

“We’re in town for today only. Can we come see your house?” I glanced at my watch. It was already 3pm and Matt and I weren’t at home. In fact, we had several more errands to run and weren’t expecting to be home until well after dark. “I’m sorry, no.” I said.
They were gracious but I could hear the disappointment in their voices.
Even if we could, or would, our house wasn’t exactly showplace-ready. We live in our home just like anyone. There were dirty socks on the floor and the bed wasn’t made.
This is my home.
So how can you see a tiny home if you’re interested in learning more before taking the leap yourself? Here are some dos and don’ts that I recommend when approaching a tiny home owner to ask about a visit.
Read more at Tiny House Listings

Friday, January 30, 2015

Where Creative Non-Fiction and My Life Meet: The NotMom

I have struggled since the summer of 2014 to write this piece. It was so personal yet I thought something that other women could related to. I thought it was important to share it, but I had a hard time letting the story go.

The absolute repulsion when the beer hit my tongue startled me. I willingly sacrificed years of my life learning to enjoy all types of beer, including the bitter taste of hops. I didn’t realize that this one, single sip of beer was the first sign that something was very wrong.
Years ago, I heard that women don’t enjoy the taste of hops because of our biology. In the earliest days of human history, women developed the ability to detect poison in a food source before feeding it to children. Bitter meant toxic food. Although I’ve never found a citable source, it always made sense to me.
But, I am stubborn and it took a few more weeks of choking down IPAs and feeling like I was going to puke before I figured out what was wrong.
I felt paralyzed as I started at the definitively positive pregnancy test in my shaking hands. It had to be wrong. It just had to be.
Read more at The NotMom. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Writing Goals for 2015

When I quit my full time job back in 2012 I had no safety net. I had no idea if I could do this freelance thing and be successful. I feel very fortunate in my career and am continuously happy and satisfied.

Each year I give myself a challenge rather than make a resolution. My theme for 2015 is adventure. I want to travel and experience more new things this year. But what does that mean for my career?

I decided I needed a few clearer goals this year. Here are my writing objectives for 2015: 
  1. Publish two personal stories that I feel could help others. I went through some stuff in the summer of 2014. I was concerned about sharing my stories because the events were very personal. But after taking Cindy Reed's Storytelling for Bloggers course in the fall, and reading other participants very personal stories, I changed my mind. They need a lot of editing and I will always have some fear about sharing something so personal, but I am working up the courage. 
  2. Apply for blogging awards. I always feel strange submitting my own stories for contests or awards, but I think it is an important part of my personal development. I don't know what stories or what competitions yet but I'll come up with something over the next year.I just need to change my mindset about it.
  3. Be of service to others. I write for a variety of websites from marketing companies to local business owners. I want to be sure that I approach each client with a service mindset. If I can't change the world, I certainly help someone market their products of services by writing engaging web content that draws customers to their website. If I can change the world, I'll try my hardest to do that too.
  4. Focus on some of my personal projects. Partly due to my crazy summer and partly due to some personal writer's block issues I haven't been concentrating on my own projects as much. I need to commit to writing for my tiny house blog once a month. I have another book project that has been sitting, neglected, since the summertime. I need to schedule my own work into my editorial calendar so I make sure I don't lose my focus.
What are your personal projects or career goals for 2015? 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Featured in Our State Magazine


Our tiny house, and subsequently our lives, are featured in the December issue of Our State Magazine, on newsstands now.

Read more about it at my tiny house blog.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Ghost Writing for a Business Blog

I just wanted to park this information here on my writing blog. Much of my work is ghost writing for businesses and this article gives a lot of great advice about how to do that well.

Many business owners understand the importance of a web presence but don't have the time or interest in writing content themselves. I have been ghost writing business blog content since 2012 and have continuously proven my value with my clients. You can see my references on my LinkedIn profile including:
"Laura is a timely and dedicated writer for Haley Marketing Group. I have been working with Laura for two years, and have been very impressed with her professionalism and quality of content as a freelancer. Her content is detailed and easy to read for a web-based audience. As a supplement to our client's marketing, Laura's content has helped drive traffic to multiple websites. Her blog posts for one specific client helped supplement a marketing plan that drove over 700k visitors in 2012 and over 1M visitors in 2013. Laura is a strong writer I would recommend to any company looking for quality web-based content."
Contact me to learn more about my services. 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Storytelling for Bloggers

So a friend of mine here in Asheville was offering her first online class and asked if I would sign up. I like this friend a lot so I said sure.

I am so glad that I did.

Cindy Reed of The Reedster Speaks is offering an online course on storytelling for bloggers. We are only 5 weeks into the program and already I am so happy with everything I have learned.

We started the class by writing a non-fiction blog post based on a prompt. I wrote something that I thought was entirely horrible. I hated every last word on that page but the assignment was due and I had to turn it in.

Over the last few weeks this hideous story has transformed into something magical.

I can't wait until it is finished so I can share it with the world. The class isn't even over and I really wanted to let everyone know about it so they could sign up for the next time she offers it. Go to her website to learn more! 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Speaking Engagement: Raleigh Home Show

On September 6th and 7th Matt and I will be speaking at the Raleigh Home Show.

We will be speaking about what it is like to live in a tiny house and when we're not speaking we'll be at a table to talk with people and sell my book 120 Ideas for Tiny Living.

Also in attendance will be Teal and Gerry of Wishbone Tiny Homes. They will be bringing their model home on wheels for tours! 

If you're in Raleigh, we'd love to see you.





I am available for speaking engagements and have spoken at a number of events around the country including the 2014 Tiny House Conference and Earth Day Events at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Please contact me to learn more!