April 2, 2016

wpid wp 1440654366071 300x211 - Treats!

Today I got in a heated (sort of) discussion with my husband about how I never post.

I don’t have time, I said.

He said, You don’t? Why not?

Then I gave him a dirty look and motioned to the duplo-cheese-pretzel-socks-papers-peanutbutter-lego-bread-diaper(cleanonesguysdon’tbegross) floor, the children screaming at each other, my running shoes neglected in the corner, my three-day-old clothes stinking on my body, my laptop where all my books are supposed to be getting written but also all those shows I still needed to watch and finally, a big old pile of Easter candy that needed to get eaten.

Five minutes, he said. Five minutes a day.

I said, why? Why? It doesn’t matter.

And he said, It does matter. It does.

I don’t know if that’s true but I’m going to try.

And now my five minutes are about up, dear everyone (no one) who is reading this. Five minutes! So here is what I want to share.

First, I love my girl Heather Dixon. I love her so much and her discussion of The Secret Life of Men (please please read it) made my day.

Second, I also love my girl Ally Condie and her new book (which made me cry) got my kids into Fireballs and Lemonheads (bless her).

And finally, I really love my girl and niece Holly who gave a beautiful talk at her sister Kristi’s funeral. Still so heartbroken and will be for a long long time.

Till Monday and another 5 minutes.

P.S. I can’t remember my login to post under my own name. Is that a problem?

P.P.S. Anyone who comments on this I’ll try to send a book.


You Might Also Like


  • Reply DK April 2, 2016 at 9:36pm


  • Reply Emily W April 3, 2016 at 11:57pm

    Do the 5 minutes. You deserve to do that for yourself.

  • Reply Shar April 11, 2016 at 12:25am

    I’m glad Cam thinks it’s important for you to do this. That’s big! But I also know how hard it is to actually find the time amidst being a mom. I love reading anything you write so it makes me happy when you can find the time. 🙂
    Im so sorry about your niece.

  • Reply Donna August 28, 2016 at 1:24am

    I need someone to tell me to write. I need someone to say, I know you are busy, I know your job has taken over your life…..but you are a writer, First and foremost you write. You may be a mom, a wife, but you will always be a writer. You have words begging for a proper birth…can I join your group of 8 minute writers? I can do 8 minutes…can I join? Could I be more needy? Just hoping I sound so pathetic you insist I write with your group…..

    • Reply Ann Dee Ellis August 28, 2016 at 6:46am

      Of course you can and should join! This is why I started this, so we would all start writing again. So we would connect with each other and help each other along. So yes! Please please!

  • Reply Brenda Bensch November 9, 2016 at 5:34pm

    Your “5 min.” efforts keep fueling mine — though in all honesty I set 8 minutes, then I reset the 8 minutes, then I reset the reset — but I usually quit in the middle of the third one. But that means that my “short pieces” are done in about 20 minutes. So thank you, Ann Dee, for keeping me going. If you have a suggested topic where I seem to come up empty (which only happens very rarely), I just want you to know that I dissected one of your LONG rants and stole phrases, words, occasionally a title or most of a sentence. I listed them all in a page I set up as 3 columns. So, even if you don’t put one out there, or you do, and I can seem to get anything on that particular subject, your words are waiting in a VERY long list for me to peruse, and USE ! ! ! Thank you for your wise and witty and funny and fun and sad, and mournful moments. We ALL have them — and your husband is right: we SHOULD write them down ! ! !
    What Tuesday were you inviting people to come read?
    Oh, well. I don’t know where you live, anyway.

  • Leave a Reply or Smash Some Keys