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July 2015

Writing about the personal

I went to a recital given by my piano teacher and her students a few nights ago (I didn’t play…too many months off after having a baby) and got to chat with another adult student. She mentioned that her husband writes poetry and we got to chatting about writing; she asked me what I wrote, and I told her personal essays. She wanted to read what I’ve written, and this is the first time I’ve had someone I know (outside of my writing group and a couple friends) ask to read my work. She wanted to know what I wrote about, and I told her “intimate personal matters.” Writing personal essays that are honest (and sometimes painful) is a strange conundrum: I want my work to be published, yet I never think about who might read it when I’m writing or submitting to journals. It’s actually easy to forget I’m writing about real people. This past spring, I withdrew an essay from a journal after it had been accepted because I realized it would be devastating for the family member I’d written about to read. It revealed family secrets that this family member is unaware of and will likely never…

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Hello!

Hello everyone! Welcome to my new blog! I’m still sort of figuring this stuff out; trying to design one’s own website is not for the faint of heart. But I hope to have it all up and running by the end of the summer, and by then, I’ll start inviting people to read. Thank you for coming here, and I hope to have more soon!  

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