Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.

— Winston Churchill



Hi! I’m Tricia.

Mother, writer & entrepreneur, my life is a mix of complex conflictions. I’m constantly searching for nuggets of clarity in a world of glorious mud and black coffee.

I write about

  • Today’s family matters and various personal insanities in an attempt to convince myself that parenting and relationships are simply ambiguous and self-defined.
  • My hot-button issues including domestic & sexual abuse, family violence, education and childhood bullying.

About me…

I’m a New Englander living in Metro Atlanta who’s trying desperately to ensure the long vowels creeping into my speech patterns are effectively hidden when I visit my home town.

An impassioned caretaker by nature, I love to be engulfed by family and friends, but I’m a rather extreme introvert who needs copious amounts of solo time or I crash-and-burn.

I despise the vacuum cleaner but have two German Shepherd Dogs.

I had always preferred puppies to children, but when I turned 28 I was overcome with a desperate desire and spent five years in a life-defining pursuit of motherhood. The most exquisite component of my life is our son, Aaron, born in 2004 through surrogacy.

I’m intensely private but I started a blog.

Complex conflictions…I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The why behind the blog…

In the middle of the night, I was searching for my mojo and trying to avoid a chocolate binge. I thought, “I really need to rediscover my writer’s voice. I’m not a dear-diary-kind-of-girl, but after spending the last several years writing for everyone else, I need to start writing for me. I need to kick start some creativity. Hey, I know! I’ll start a blog.” And Shout was born.

A creative lacking creativity is simply a bore. Rather than brain dump on blank pages of paper or stare at a computer screen, I started Shout. It promises to be much more fun than archiving start-and-stop ideas that I never print and of course never let anyone read. Shout will morph with time as any good project should, and quite positively it’ll offend some, perhaps inspire others, and if this is truly a courageously uncensored blending of mind and pen, please be forewarned that family and friends are sure to be mentioned.

Thanks for stopping by!

Special thanks…

Thank you to my family and friends who often want to lock me in a closet when I blog about them, but instead they continue to provide fodder and thought-provoking quests.

A very big shout out to my friends, the Graphic Goddess and the Tech Warrior for answering my caffeinated late-night emails and requests for help.

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