I’m a homeschooling mom, wife, writer, former pastor, book fanatic, coffee snob, and New England native. I began blogging about politics, society, religion, writing, and whatever else struck my fancy back in 2011. Since that time I’ve migrated this blog from Blogger to WordPress and have created and abandoned four other blogs and a publishing house.
About My Writing
In 2017 I published Luther’s Catechism: A Modern Reflection through the publishing house I created then abandoned. From the back cover: “Martin Luther explained the essentials of the faith to his European contemporaries almost five hundred years ago. Karen Goltz has brought those explanations into the twenty-first century, with language and examples that illuminate the importance of the Catechism to everyday life.” You can read an excerpt of the book here.
Recently I finished editing the novel I’ve been working on since 2012, and am now seeking representation. I don’t want to give too much away, but here’s the pitch I’m using:
Even when her mother died in childbirth leaving her to care for ten younger siblings, Hope never questioned the strict patriarchy of her upbringing. Only after her family disintegrates on the altar of faith is she ready to escape. But how can she be independent when she’s only learned obedience?
About This Blog
For our eleventh wedding anniversary, my husband and I went to dinner and a show at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, MA, where folk musician Roy Bookbinder was playing. Neither of us had every heard of him, but Tom likes folk music and I was willing to give it a try. The music itself was good, but what really struck me was Bookbinder’s storytelling. He interwove stories throughout his set, and actually spent more time talking than singing. All of his stories were just things that happened to him, the kinds of things that happen to anyone, and they only became important because he chose to pay attention to them. The events of his life were stories to tell. You can see what I’m talking about here.
In the past, I’ve focused my blog on religion and writing. My tagline was “Words Matter,” which applies to both themes. But now I want to tell stories. My blogs posts will be mostly in story form. Some of them will be in first person. Some will be in third. Most will be true. Some will be pure fiction. All will focus on paying attention and making the unimportant important.
I’ll still probably write about writing and religion. Both are a big part of my life, though I’ll write about other things, too. I welcome comments, but, recognizing that religion is a subject that can evoke a passionate response, I do ask that all comments be civil and on-topic. I don’t mind if your comment supports or expresses beliefs or opinions that are different than mine, but any comment I construe as being an ad hominem attack against me or another commenter will be deleted.
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