Aiming Low Family Writers


Schmutzie hails from Regina, Saskatchewan and is the founder, administrator, and blogger at, the Canadian Weblog Awards, and the Grace in Small Things social network, as well as being a contributing writer at BlogHer and Life As A Human. She is also a graphic designer, documentary photographer, and a shoe salesperson, because she’s found that elusive 25th hour in the day. Don’t ask her where she put it, though. She’s not sharing.


Alexandra is a writer who has found the secret to getting rich as a blogger that she’ll share with you for just $9.99. When not taking her checks to the bank, Alexandra blogs at Good Day Regular People about life as an overanalyzing mother of three boys trying to go unnoticed in her small town. The most important things you need to know about her are that the internet saves her daily and that she believes the most you can ask for in life is to arrive at the end of it all with your hair messed up, out of breath, and not throwing up. Alexandra is a contributing writer for TikiTikiblog and FunnynotSlutty.


Una LaMarche is a writer, editor, and amateur Melrose Place historian who lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, her Slanket, her developing fetus, and her hoard of vintage Sassy magazines. By the time she was five, Una had developed a truly spectacular unibrow, which was unfortunate given her name but which formed the basis for her self-deprecating sense of humor… and her Peter Gallagher obsession (did you know he released a country album in 2005?) As a child growing up in New York City, Una dreamed of becoming a bus driver. But then she went to Wesleyan (the college in Connecticut with the naked dorms), smoked pot while watching The Labyrinth, and decided to major in film. After a few years of working on the types of historical public television documentaries that cast Brian Dennehy as LBJ and feature slow-motion horseback riding, she defected and became a writer instead. Today Una is the managing editor of The New York Observer, writes for The Huffington Post, reviews bad movies for a weekly magazine in Las Vegas, and blogs as much as her reality TV-watching schedule allows on her personal site, The Sassy Curmudgeon, which she started in 2006 as a way to bring shame to her family. You can find her on Twitter under the handle @sassycurmudgeon. If she’s not there, she’s probably trolling the internet for celebrity blind items or bulk candy.


Erin Margolin is a bacon-loving Jew and SAHM to twin girls with a third bun in the oven. When she is not overwhelmed by domestic duties, you can find her canoodling with a book and a glass of Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay. If she’s not writing or dreaming about writing, she’s bound to be microwaving chicken nuggets, screaming at her kids or scooping dog poop. Erin hails from New Orleans, but her husband lured her to the land of Oz, Dorothy, & Toto, where she deals with daily withdrawal from pralines, poboys, and drive-through daquiris. Erin is obsessed with plucking her caterpillar eyebrows into submission. She also grapples with residual issues from having a **** dad and getting knocked up after an infertility diagnosis. She loves vampires, carbs, and her bottle of Prozac. You can find her on Twitter: @ErinMargolin & she blogs atErin Margolin

Beta Dad

Beta Dad is a forty-something stay-at-home-dad of twin girls born in June, 2009. He has spent most of his adult(ish) life making a living as a carpenter, with the occasional interruption for attempted rock-stardom, college, a stint as a high school English teacher, graduate school, and teaching college writing and literature classes. As an army brat, he grew up all over the U.S., as well as in the mountains of Bavaria and the streets (well, the diplomatic apartment complexes, anyway) of Cold War era Moscow. Somehow he landed in Southern California, which surprised no one more than himself. When he and his wife found out she was pregnant with twins, Beta Dad immediately began building an addition on their house that would double its measly 900 square feet of floorspace. He is currently finishing the last details of that project while the babies nap, as well as teaching the odd writing class at night or online, building a deck here and there, and posting compulsively at his own blog. He’s also a pledge at DadCentric, the ****inest frat in the dad-o-sphere, a contributor to the venerable group blog, Daddy Dialectic, and an occasional aphorist as @betadad on Twitter. Really? You want more? You could be his facebook friend, or “like” the Beta Dad facebook page, or both. Beta Dad feels weird writing about himself in third-person.


Woman, daughter, sister, friend, wife, mother and architect of a mostly benevolent plan of future world domination.There will be ice cream and Dr. Pepper for everyone. Faiqa can be found at her personal blog at Native Born or listened to on the Hey! That’s My Hummus! podcast. Short bursts of Faiqa can also be experienced on Twitter, as well.


Vikki is a bored social worker by day and a mom/writer/pop culture junkie by night. She writes about GLBT issues and parenting at her personal blog Up Popped A Fox and her writing has also appeared at Grace the Spot and Autostraddle. She has an inexplicable fascination with marshmallow Peeps and has used them to make two “films”. She is certain that her most recent endeavor, Bunniver’s Travels,will soon be ****ed up by a Hollywood bigwig and she’ll be able to quit her day job so that she never has to go into a hoarder’s house again. She lives in Minneapolis with her partner and two kids. In the real world, she never speaks of herself in the third person. You can find Vikki on Twitter as @uppoppedafox.


Peryl Manning is freelance writer who is somewhat surprised to find herself the mother of two almost freakishly active and dimpled little boys. While quite enjoying her unanticipated motherhood, she isn’t entirely sure she should be the one in charge; at thirty-something she still manages to somehow end up sitting in her own gum, and last week she found her credit card wrapped up in the fridge with the leftover pizza. She loves her boys, SpongeBob, mellow mom friends, and anything by Ayelet Waldman; she hates judgy moms, spiders, and anything with truffle oil. She juggles staying at home with her kids, writing a parenting blog for the Seattle Post Intelligencer, as well as contributing regularly to Momtastic Magazine,, and other parenting magazines and websites, with whatever grace she can manage. You can find her as @momadabsurdum on Twitter.