Terrible Mother was originally started in 2005 by the writer, who had been told by some acquaintances that she was a terrible mother for going to graduate school and getting divorced instead of "focusing on her children." She has written for other sites, and has shuttered and re-opened her blog many times, depending on her work and life demands. Mostly, she finds she has re-started her blog during times that are challenging and that she can best deal with through writing. Terrible Mother has an MFA in Creative Writing from a university in the Pacific Northwest. She's a professor at a community college in the Pacific Northwest and spends her time writing and hanging out with her kids, who are 17, 16 and 14.