- Working Moms
- Sending your kid off to college
- Women in business
- Women’s issues
- Aging (it’s not for sissies)
- Self-publishing and writing (“Wait, what?” I’ll get to that in a minute.)
Let’s just cut to the chase — I’m an award-winning speaker. Here’s me competing for the title of World Champion of Public Speaking in the 2012 Toastmasters International Speech Contest in Orlando, FL:
I was one of 80 contestants worldwide. To compete at this level I had previously won four levels of speaking competition nationwide. (That’s a lot of entertaining talking.)
So What Do You Talk About?
As a stand-up comic and writer/filmmaker I learned about parenting the hard way; I became one. After 36 years of childless living spoiled me into believing happy hour was just a normal part of one’s daily commute, I moved to Park City, Utah,to ski everyday, and within a year got pregnant. (Isn’t that what happens to any woman who moves to Utah?) Before I knew it I had two young sons and suddenly:
- Sleep won out over midnight comedy shows
- Juicy Juice replaced Gray Goose vodka (although they are good mixed)
- Prada bags gave way to diaper bags
- Showers couldn’t last longer than a “Bob the Builder” video
- Vacations took a back seat to music lessons
- Band instruments littered the house like empty beer bottles in a college dorm
And for the first 10 years of my sons’ lives I felt compelled to clean up my language (sort of).
In between carpools and doing crazy stuff like lobbying for sex education in schools (so our kids don’t grow up thinking the missionary position involves a bicycle and a doorbell) I’ve documented my parenting journey in this delightful collection of laugh-out-loud stories that my children are sure to contest once they’re old enough to understand the art of irony and exaggeration.
Here’s what people have to say about Stacy’s humor
“This laugh-out-loud funny parenting memoir from standup comedian Dymalski (Confessions of a Band Geek Mom) will keep readers entertained, whether they want children, have children, or want nothing to do with children. Dymalski’s witty remarks and sarcastic retorts prove to be the perfect way for her to chart the trials, tribulations, and joys of raising two boys after 36 years of childless freedom. Dymalski shares the ways in which her life changed with motherhood and describes how the brutal reality of parenting is very different from preconceived ideas about having children. Full of hilarious and memorable moments and including chapters titled “The Art of Using Scissors (Blood and Gore, Part 1),” “Working Off Fat Season,” “Mom Jeans,” and “Excuse Me, I Volunteered for What?” Dymalski’s book will engage readers cover to cover.”
Hard to put down: “Stacy is a stand up comedienne and the style of stand up comes through in the writing. There are some hilarious chapters…which will have you laughing out loud. Whilst the book is an engagingly funny account of bringing up two sons it is also at times startlingly perceptive about the pressures of parenthood today.”
–Edward, Amazon reader review
I laughed, I cried, I considered, and then I laughed some more: “I enjoyed every story and what’s more remarkable, Dymalski had me reviewing my own life experiences through her lens of wonder and humor.”
–Arthur, Amazon reader review
Relatable and Funny: “Years ago I used to read every Erma Bombeck book I could find because they were laugh-out-loud-funny, and I could relate to them. This book has the same effect on me, and it reminds me so much of those books. Anybody who has had kids (or even if they don’t) will really enjoy reading it. I can’t wait for this author to come out with another.”
–Amy, Amazon reader review
Even Dads Will Love This Book: “Let’s be honest, dads go through a lot of this stuff too, but Stacy happens to be a mom. In fact, some of the things she writes about are even funnier to dads because we have watched many of the same or similar things happen to our own wives (and sometimes our own wives don’t find the same humor in such situations as we do so it is fun to read Stacy’s humorous take). Every dad should read this book.”
–Dwayne, Amazon reader review
But at the End of the Day I’m Just Like YOU!
Here’s me in a typical day in the life of my crazy household. By the way, that’s my 16-year-old son, Quinn (stealing the show a few minutes into the video), who is well on his way to becoming a comic in his own right. (The nut doesn’t fall far from the tree):
Now What’s This About Being a Self-Publishing MIDWIFE?
After I successfully self-published Confessions of a Band Geek Mom, someone at the University of Utah heard me on the radio talking about my self-publishing experience. As a result the university hired me to teach self-publishing through the school’s Life Long Learning program. My class became so popular that I expanded it into a private one-day workshop called “How to Self-publish Your Book,” which I now teach to people all over the country.
This also led me to write The Memoir Midwife: Nine Steps to Self-Publishing Your Book. In it I introduce the steps everyone must go through in order to self-publish a book — entertainingly coaching you every step of the way.
In other words, I don’t write your book for you (i.e. give birth to it). Instead I tell you what to expect, and then stand on the sidelines and yell “Breathe, breathe!” when the going gets tough and you just want to bash someone’s face in due to the pain and frustration of trying to launch this thing out into the world. Hence, the moniker The Memoir Midwife.
For more information about my “How to Self-Publish Your Book” workshop, click here.
Let’s “Tawk” — Contact Me Today!
For my full biography please go to my page on www.AllAmericanSpeakers.com. Or visit the About Me page of my blog, From Nonsense to Mom’s Sense of Humor (how my life as a stand-up comic prepared me for motherhood).
For questions, pricing, or to book me as a speaker, or learn how you can schedule me to come teach my “How to Self-publish Your Book” workshop, please click here to contact me directly.