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I confess… I’ve been dabbling in fiction writing between naps and playtime.  It’s nice to have found something just for me; it’s a good way to exercise my adult brain instead of my mommy brain.  So our activity of the day – finishing up the chalkboard wall.  The big idea behind the chalkboard wall is that I can write out plot outlines.  Won’t that be fun?  Almost like installation word art.


I’ve never been a big fiction writer, but it’s so exciting to create characters and worlds.  My brother-in-law Nick has gotten into creating scenes with me, and we’ve been scribbling the plot points out on pieces of papers.  I think the chalkboard wall will make our brainstorming sessions even better.  For now, it’s just for fun.  But who knows.  Maybe we’ll hit on a great story together!


Lunch, lunch.  A yummy stir-fry:


In the mix:


Brown rice








I’ve always debated whether eggs should be scrambled before being added to the stir-fry or mixed it raw with the rice and then cooked – this time I mixed the eggs in, and man – it was tasty.





  • Sana September 7, 2012, 1:57 pm

    Baby Henry is totally going to take over that wall 🙂

  • Chelsea @ Dine & Dash Diaries September 7, 2012, 2:23 pm

    That wall is so cool—the arched doorway really makes it. I’m a journalist, but have never really gotten too into fiction writing. I think it’d be so hard to create entire worlds and characters, but I secretly want to give it a try… 🙂

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 7, 2012, 2:35 pm

    I love the idea of the chalkboard wall! I’d love to get more into writing in the near future – both fiction and non!

  • hayley September 7, 2012, 3:23 pm

    The scene plotting sounds like so much fun! x

  • Maggie September 7, 2012, 3:24 pm

    Have you seen the chalk markers? I’m not sure where you’d get them (Amazon? Target?), but apparently they are smoother and clean better than regular chalk. They might work pretty well on your new chalk wall!

  • Amber K September 7, 2012, 3:31 pm

    I’ve often thought about writing fiction as well. It can be fun! Although I have never actually finished a story. I get bored after dealing with the same story/characters for awhile, so I keep moving on. lol!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 7, 2012, 3:35 pm

    Haha I think I’d get zero work done if I had a chalkboard wall, I’d always be drawing on it!

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action September 7, 2012, 3:47 pm

    A wall as a chalkboard is really cool! And if you kept it the same until Henry was older would be pretty cool for him to play and decorate- pretty much my dream as a kid was to draw on the walls!

  • meagan September 7, 2012, 5:16 pm

    National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.org) is coming up in November! 50k words in 30 days. It’s a great experience.

    • Vikki September 8, 2012, 11:19 pm

      It is awesome! (Says the Columbia, SC ML)

  • Christy September 7, 2012, 6:47 pm

    Love the chalkboard wall. We have the paint in our house that and am still deciding on a wall. Just a word of caution…. I’ve read that you can’t use sidewalk chalk of chalk markers on the wall paint. Google it to be sure. You don’t want to ruin the wall after all that hard work! 🙂 Have fun. It looks awesome!!

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 7, 2012, 7:13 pm

    If I had a chalkboard wall, I’d be doodling all day. It would actually be a great place to jot down ideas for papers and the like. 🙂

  • Dynamics September 7, 2012, 9:44 pm

    Caitlin, you need to think about writing some sort of book for young children, 3-5 year olds. Your other books are amazing. It would be nice to start the kids young with a great book with some great pictures.

    My friend has “magnetic” paint on her walls sporadically throughout her house. you put it on and paint your normal wall color over it. It is fun. She has the kids drawings and notes all over the house.

  • Kelsie September 8, 2012, 1:47 am

    I like the chalkboard wall, but are you going to cut in the edges and clean it up a bit?

    • Caitlin September 8, 2012, 9:18 am

      Yes with molding!

      • Kelsie September 9, 2012, 2:32 am

        Then it’s wonderful! Henry will have fun with that in a couple years!

  • Sarah (The Simple Dietitian) September 8, 2012, 6:40 am

    I love the chalkboard wall!! That is too fun. 😀

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy September 8, 2012, 7:12 am

    We are painting a giant chalkboard wall in our house too. I am a writer – so it will definitely help 🙂

  • Anne September 8, 2012, 8:01 am

    That’s so cool you’re playing with fiction writing! Even when I was younger and loved loved loved to write, the mention of fiction automatically gave me writer’s block.

  • Leslie September 8, 2012, 10:19 am

    Be careful of the floors around the chalkboard area. When writing and cleaning it off chalk dust find its way to the carpets. Colored chalk dust stained my son’s carpets in the play room of his home. The red chair in the study is so nice. It has such sleek lines.

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut September 8, 2012, 4:49 pm

    What a cool idea! I need a chalkboard wall just to keep myself organized! I’m a very visual person so I do much better when I have my To-Do Lists written out big where I can always see it. I keep a calendar on my phone but never check it. I’m so old school!

  • Vikki September 8, 2012, 7:43 pm

    National Novel Writing Month is coming up….Just saying.

  • Corrie Anne September 8, 2012, 11:39 pm

    I love allllll chalkboard walls! So fun!

  • j-dogg September 9, 2012, 6:58 am

    I’m in interested to learn how you protect and strengthen your back, particularly in regards to being a momma and carrying a baby a lot of the time. Any tips or advice?

    • Caitlin September 9, 2012, 11:15 am

      I have NO idea. My back is ALWAYS killing me. If you learn anything helpful please let me know!

  • ddd September 9, 2012, 2:11 pm

    What’s that white thing on your stir fry?!

    • Caitlin September 9, 2012, 2:43 pm

      Earth Balance!

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