Introducing Michelle Combs, blogger at RubberShoesInHell.com, writer for Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, and others. Michelle’s hilarious and honest approach to the perils of midlife and menopause make her a welcome voice in a sometimes depressing conversation. She talked with us about how she keeps her sense of humor/a> in a time of absurdity.
How is talking openly about the absurdity of midlife a kind of release? Like many women, Michelle embraced midlife as a time to be more open and genuine about who she really is. She makes a convincing argument for why knowing we’re all going to die can be oddly freeing.
Tribes don’t always gather in person; online communities can be every bit as powerful and important. Michelle has a robust online tribe at her blog, and she tells us about the experience of “hosting” that conversation on Rubber Shoes.
Menopause is a challenging time, and our culture’s “suck it up, buttercup” approach isn’t particularly helpful. We asked Michelle how she manages to honor what women are experiencing while keeping the humor intact.
What’s next for Michelle? For a woman who doesn’t have plans, she’s got a lot of… plans. Hear how she’s gotten where she is, where she’s going from here, and why you’ll have to pry her current attempts at fiction out of her cold, dead hands. Also, writing books is hard.