The Blond Duck Confesses

Posted on January 4th, 2011 in Stories


For years, I’ve been known as the Blond Duck–a whimsical writer in a permanent state of happiness and twirling with a feverent love for waffles, ribs, peanut butter and pie.


The Pond is a place of joy, where stuffed animals have adventures, a 4 lb. Chihuahua reins supreme and true love always wins.

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But what I never told you, any of you, was 2010 was one of the hardest years of my life.  Because this is the Pond, and there are no problems in the Pond.  But finally, I feel I should tell you, because there are going to be a lot of changes around here.


It all started on my 25th birthday when I found out I have a stomach condition.  Basically, all the pies, waffles and gobs of peanut butter were causing all sorts of unpleasant side effects.  Gross, but true. So, I had to start eating a little healthier, which did not make me a happy duckie.

And then, as it tends to, more problems cropped up.  There were a couple health scares, some drama and a whole lot of stress at work.  I spent the last year in a haze, dealing with emotional stress and physical reactions from that stress, which made it hard to eat my adored pie and ribs.  Unintentionally, I lost weight.  Weight I didn’t need to lose.


But then, there was a sign.

I quit my job as a reporter for a community newspaper group three days before Thanksgiving, for a myriad of reasons.  At first, I was waffling about in a state of panic and shock.  What would I do?  What could I do?  What did I want?  Did I want to teach?  Did I want to go back into journalism?  Did I want to get my MFA in creative writing?  Did I want to make my blog a full-time gig?  Did I want to pursue more self-publishing, or reach for something more?  I was a confused duckie, lost and scared.

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And then it came to me.

I can do anything.


Such a simple statement, but so freeing.  I don’t have to get a master’s.  I don’t have to teach.  I don’t have to do anything.  I’ve got the blessing and the lucky fortune to explore my dreams, to pursue what I’ve wanted for so long.


Thanks to him.

And so, for the first time ever, I’m going to be brave.  I’m going to full-on pursue my goal of getting my children’s books published, and not just on Lulu.  I want to get a part-time job teaching little kids, soaking in their joy, their creativity.  I want to freelance, writing for magazines and other blogs and whoever else wants me.  And  I want to write more stories for the Pond, print more books, do more fun things here on the blog.


So hold on, Invisible Friends.

There’s a whole lot of whimsy coming to the Pond.

Stay tuned, Invisible Friends!  Tomorrow we have our Christmas recap and Thursday, a delectable recipe!

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55 Responses to “The Blond Duck Confesses”

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet Says:

    Yay! You are awesome… I know you can do it.

  2. daisychain Says:

    You are amazing xox

  3. Faith (An Edible Mosaic) Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about the health problems and work stress of last year…hope you’re doing better now, Duckie! I’m happy to hear that you’re going to be pursuing your dreams…there is no better feeling! Best of luck to you, I know you’ll do great things, Duckie!

  4. Scraps Says:

    So sorry to hear about your health troubles–I can definitely empathize as to the havoc those sorts of things can wreak. But I’m also so glad to here you’re taking a chance and going for your dreams, sans stressful job issues!

  5. 5 Star Foodie Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I’m sorry to hear about your health problems and I hope you are feeling better. As far as following your dreams, you should totally go for it – you can do anything for sure! You are an amazing writer! And working with little ones is very rewarding – I’ve been doing a part-time job at my daughter’s school this year and i’m really loving it :)

  6. Ramona Says:

    Hope you are well now. Sorry that you’ve been sick.

    That’s fantastic that you are going to be able to go in quest of your dreams!

  7. Kristina P. Says:

    I appreciate the reality! And I’m sorry about the stomach issues. Boy, can I relate. They are miserable.

    And good luck. YOu CAN do anything!

  8. Heavenly Housewife Says:

    Gosh, I am so so sorry to hear about your medical condition. I hope that you’ve got it under control with any necessary actions/mediations. I know how much it sucks not getting to eat the food you want. I am like on a diet most of my life :( I have actually cried real tears when I have seen him eating food I wanted (I’m stupid like that).
    Anyway, I am the same with my blog. Sometimes I am really down for one reason or another, but i want my blog to be a happy place, so I never say anything. I am glad you opened up, and just to let you know we are all here for you.
    When one door closes, another one opens, and I really hope this is going to be an amazing chapter in your life. I’m rooting for you.
    *kisses* HH

  9. Julie Says:

    Hope you’re feeling better, first of all! That truly is a blessing to be free to pursue what makes you tick, I know you’ll make the very best of it :)

  10. Louise Says:

    Dear, dear, dear Miranda. I am so sorry to hear about your medical issues. Stress can play havoc with one’s body even when it doesn’t seem to appear on the surface. It sounds like your journey will be filled with anticipation and delight. Kudos to you for taking the bull by the horn. I know in my heart whatever your next endeavor you will shine. Dance dear girl and reach for the stars!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing…Stay well and Happy New Year!!!

    P.S. You could always think about visiting Pennsylvania. There sure are a host of Texans moving here to drill for natural gas…

  11. Mary Says:

    Change can be a very good thing. It can keep life interesting. While your changes have been major you sound like you have handled them beautifully. The new year has great surprises in store for you. I hope you enjoy them all. Blessings…Mary

  12. Krysten Says:

    Well you know that we’re all behind you. What an exciting time for you!

  13. Madison Says:

    I’m so excited you’re going to do more to get your work published! I can’t wait to see what this next year holds for you. :)

  14. Natasha Says:

    I’m so proud of you. I know you had mentioned quitting your job last month on my blog, but I’m so proud that you’re going to pursue your writing full time. Go for it. Some of my favorite books are children’s books, so I look forward to buying yours when it’s published. :D *hugs and kisses* Don’t let anything stress you out like that again!

  15. joeinvegas Says:

    That sounds like a fun direction – glad you can take it. As for money from the blog – doesn’t happen too often, but please stay here and do fun stuff. But the kids books and teaching also sound great, and might do well for $$.

  16. teresa Says:

    i’m sorry to hear that you had a tough year, but it sounds like you have some very exciting things to look forward to! that’s awesome!

  17. Kristin Says:

    How exciting! Go for it lady!

  18. Sue Says:

    Sounds like exciting upcoming events. Good luck :)

  19. blueviolet Says:

    What a burden you’ve been carrying this whole year! I’m so glad that you have the freedom to do whatever you want to do now! Be happy!!!!

  20. Jenn Says:

    I know that you have been going through some big changes this year and I am sorry that your stomach condition prevents you from eating pie and peanut butter :( That really sucks. I totally appreciate how scary it can be not knowing what’s going on and the added stress of an uncertain work-life can make it overwhelming. I think you can do whatever you want and if I could publish you tomorrow I would, because I love your stories, Duckie! You keep writing them and all your faithful readers will keep reading them! Sky’s the limit!

  21. (Florida) Girl with a New Life Says:

    CONGRATULATIONS. I am so thrilled for you and your new journey. And give that wonderful Hubs a big hug for me.

  22. Teri Says:

    Wow – what a crazy year for you. Up and down!! I am so excited for your new direction and can’t wait to watch you evolve!! :)

  23. Scrappy Girl Says:

    I look forward to reading about this journey you are going on. Your enthusiasm is contagious! Best wishes!

  24. Couture Carrie Says:

    Good for you, darling!
    How wonderful!
    Keep up the amazing work!


  25. TeresaR Says:

    Oh Ducky!! What a roller-coaster you’ve been on…I’m so sorry about your health and stress issues, but I am really delighted that because of your wonderful Ben and your own intrepid nature, you will pursue that which makes you the happiest! I wish for absolutely the best and success for you in all that you want to do, and I will be cheering you on!!

    Thanks so much for letting me know you have this up, by the way; I’ve been trying to accomplishing more off-line, so haven’t been reading blogs as much lately.

    Love and hugs!

  26. Marjie Says:

    Oh, Miranda, I’m so glad you were able to quit the job that’s caused you so much mental anguish! NOT being upset is so important to quality of life, and I know that sounds so cliched. But it’s true. Now, to get those stomach issues settled. Tell me what kind of recipes you need me to send you!

    Happy New Year, Dear Duckie!

  27. Erica Says:

    I’m sorry to hear 2010 was a toughie for you…but the results! So fantastic! I know you are going to love your new career & life! :) And a big high five to the man for being so supportive and awesome.

  28. Susie's Homemade Says:

    Good luck in all that you pursue:-)

  29. Barbara Says:

    Oh Miranda, I’m sorry I didn’t know all the problems you were facing. Your health is the most important of course, and I hope you are feeling better and being good about what you’re putting in your tummy!

    I think you can do anything…I have great confidence in you. And what a lovely husband you have who has encouraged you to find happiness!
    If there’s anything I can do to help and support, let me know.

  30. Reeni Says:

    I’m sorry you had a bad year and health problems! I sensed something was wrong but thought maybe I was just imagining it because life went on seemingly the same as ever here at the pond. Hope you’re feeling better! I am so excited for you and what the future has in store for you! Good stuff, I just know it.

  31. Mandi Says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your year. We had a tough one as well, and still working through it. But that is SO great that you are pursuing your dreams and doing what you want to do! Bravo! It takes a lot of courage to do something like that and I so admire you for it! Goodl luck girl!

  32. Barbara Bakes Says:

    Congratulations on your new found freedom. So much in life is just how you view it! Good luck!

  33. sweetlife Says:

    sorry to hear about your health…but I am soooo excited about your future…you can do it!! yeah for you!!

    big hugs to your hubby, always great to have wonderful support!!

  34. Channon Says:

    Hoorah! I really needed your inspiring post today, so thank you for sharing. 2011 is off to a very rough start, but I’ll blog about that sooner or later too. Your courage is inspiring and your talent will take you everywhere you want to go!

  35. Style, She Wrote Says:

    Just found your blog! You are so cute! Keep up the great work! xo style, she wrote

  36. maryleigh Says:

    I had a stressful year – but I think I gained what you lost! Best of Luck and Blessings on your new road to travel! Change is tough but liberating!

  37. heatherlyn Says:

    How wonderful that you can develop your real talents. It’s such a blessing! I can relate to losing weight unintentionally. I don’t eat when I feel anxious. I feel anxious whenever I’m doing ANYTHING just about. So, getting things done = not eating as much as I probably should. Plus I have a killer metabolism. But most foods make me sick to my stomach anyway. There is probably something wrong with me. I just hate going to doctors. Anyway, I can definitely empathize with you about enjoying food and yet having difficulties when it comes to eating it anyway.

    Still, I am happy that you can explore your talents. You have talents, that is for sure!

  38. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella Says:

    So sorry to hear about your health Duckie but on the flipside, how very exciting for you to be pursuing your dream. As someone that has done the same, I have to say that it’s really worth it :D

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  40. ellie Says:

    Sounds like 2011 is going to have all sorts of adventure for you. All the best.

  41. Juliana Says:

    Sorry to hear about your stomach problems…hope you feel better now :-) Have a Very Happy New Year!

  42. Lady Fi Says:

    You are indeed blessed that you can do all those things thanks to your hubby. Enjoy them – explore and have adventures! Oh, and eat some salads too…

    Here’s to a healthy and exciting year for you!

  43. Kimberly Says:

    What a great way to start off 2011! Congrats. Good luck with your new plans!

  44. Pietro Says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your health problems, I hope you feel well now. About food, I also am on a sort of diet, because many foods have for me unpleasant side effects.
    I wish you all the best for the New Year and your nice plans!

  45. Purses Pastries Etc... Says:

    You are such a dear! I am so glad you have this opportunity to pause and figure out exactly what you really, really want! You are so talented and your stories are always so uplifting and… happy. The world needs more happy stories and you can be one to write them — you already are!
    I pray that this New Year is one to bring you lots of joy, happiness and fulfillment! I greatly look forward to hearing (and reading!)all about it! All the best :)

  46. megan Says:

    You are so cute Duckie!!!
    I’m sorry it was a hard year and I hope it just keeps gets better and better this year. I know your gonna be a success. Remember me when, OK?

  47. Libby Says:

    I’m so proud of you! :) I can’t wait to see what lies ahead!

  48. Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner Says:

    Good girl!!! Go for it!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What’s For Dinner

  49. Cakelaw Says:

    Sorry to hear you have had some health dramas this year, but good for you for taking the opportunity to reassess what you want and go for it. I am doing nothing of the sort because I know my dear Mum (whom I love heaps) would be deeply unhappy about it, and as she had her own health dramas (which are still ongoing), I ain’t rocking the boat. The other thing is I am still not sure what I want to do when I grow up. However, you are truly inspirational – go girl!

  50. grace Says:

    thanks for sharing your struggles with us, miranda. i have to say, i admire your attitude. good luck to ya, even though i suspect you need no luck. :)

  51. Nutmeg Nanny Says:

    You and your stories are amazing :) I’m sorry to hear about your health problems and I hope you feel better soon.

  52. Grace Says:

    Good for you! I quit a magazine gig this week that was doing me absolutely no good. It feels great!

    Take care of yourself. Do what you love. I’m rooting for you!

    And just in case you decide to do that master’s, may I recommend Spalding University’s low-residency MFA program? I’m almost halfway through it, and I love, love, love this program. The staff is incredibly talented and accomplished (Silas House, master Young Adult storyteller is part of the fiction faculty), and I can’t believe how nurturing this program is.

    Gonna shut up now. Good luck in 2011!

  53. Michele C Says:

    Great news for you! It’s good to get brave and go in a new direction. So sorry about the health issues. I have a wheat free/dairy free crew in my house. Me – I CAN eat the pies but shouldn’t. The rest, it was a long haul figuring things out ten or so years ago, but once you know what you have to do and becuase local groceries are stocking items that used to only be found at health food stores, it’s pretty easy maintaining the diet — you just have to plan properly. Then, when you are well again and can explore a bit, you’ll find that the vegans and wheat-free folks have created great recipes without wheat to get you back into a pie mode.

  54. E Stelling Says:

    I came over to catch up, sorry I do not leave comments as often as I once did, I’m bad, I know it…sorry to hear about your tummy and health problems. I also have had issues and made changes, but for the good.

    It was also hard for me to stay at home, when I felt working meant I was productive, but now I am writing, publishing and so much more. Still cooking under Chef E at Food ~ Wine ~ Fun!, but writing is my heart.

    You are such a wonderful writer, I aspire to be as diligent as you…maybe go for my Master’s as well, since we both are blessed with hubby’s who support us in so many ways!

    Happy New Year Duckie!

  55. Grace Says:

    Let me know if I can answer any questions about Spalding. The 10-day residencies are intense, but I love the people there and am so, so very happy I found the place.

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