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Hello, and welcome!  Some may be surprised that I’ve begun a blog: I’ve previously been anti-blog, because I wasn’t sure that I really had anything to say.  But this is typical of the way my writing has evolved through the years.  After I left college at the age of 19 to try to write on my own, I wasn’t sure that I had anything important enough to say.  So I kept quiet.

I wrote and wrote during this time, filling notebooks and experimenting with character, voice, and style.  But I kept most of my writing hidden, unsure if I was good enough. I told myself I was gaining life experience as I worked in dead-end job after dead-end job: coffee jobs, movie jobs, bookstore jobs, MoMA design store jobs, more and more coffee and bookstore jobs.

Every now and again, I’d take a writing class.  Teacher after teacher loved my work and encouraged me to keep going. I finally decided that I didn’t want to keep working in jobs that made me miserable.  With the support of my soon-to-be husband, I went back to school at Harvard’s Extension School part-time, taking two writing classes.

I kicked ass in those classes, and both teachers wrote me recommendations for Emerson College, where I enrolled full-time.  And I fell in love with writing all over again, but the big difference was that this time I believed in myself.  I knew that I had people in my head whose stories only I could tell.

Please take a leap forward with me: I’ve been out of school for 10 years.  I’m now a freelance editor with an academic publisher, wife, mom to two, and we’ve set up house in Brooklyn.  I’ve led writing groups and I’ve joined writing groups.  I’ve published a short story.  I’ve let life get in the way of my writing a lot, and I’ve had lots of starts and stops.

So where does this blog figure in?  I’m now actively working on a novel, and I’m ready to talk about it–the highs, the lows, and everything in between.  I’ve realized that the world of publishing has changed a lot since I first became aware of it, and is still changing.  I’m going to use this blog as my sounding board, and as many of you know, I now have a LOT to say.

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10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Amelia on August 15, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    omg omg omg i’m so excited for you! yay! can you tell i’m NOT a writer? HA! xoxoxo

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  2. Posted by Rachel on August 15, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    YAY,,,,,,,I love it…

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  3. Posted by Bil on August 15, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I’m looking forward to where this blog brings us, and you! XOX

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  4. Posted by AM on August 20, 2011 at 8:48 am

    YAY!! Ohh, I’m so glad you’ve decided to do this! There isn’t anyone else in the world who can tell the stories you have inside you, and the story I’m most looking forward to reading through this blog is the one about the author/wife/mom-to-two/editor who calls Brooklyn her home!

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    • YAY! You made it here–I’m so, so happy! I hope you won’t mind when I run posts by you on a regular basis because you are so important to my writing. xoxo

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