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I am reading this Sunday at 5pm at the Wordstock Literary Festival! I’ll be reading with a group of women also published in VoiceCatcher, a literary publication that publishes for women writers in the Pacific Northwest. This is very exciting for me as I have never really done anything like this before (i.e. reading in front of a large group of people, other than my 6-10 person writing class). I guess the last time I did something similar was during Nerd Camp (i.e. CTY), in which I read a story about a psychotic bitter clown called Bingo Bongo in the auditorium in front of all the other students–I recall it being fairly well-received : )

So there’s a first (second?) time for everything, I guess–I’m sure that I’ll be really nervous, but I feel like it’s good to do this kind of stuff now, because it just means that each consecutive time I do it, it’ll just get easier and easier!

This past Sunday I went to the VoiceCatcher release party. I was really nervous about going (classic bad social anxiety kicking in), but it turned out to be absolutely lovely. There were two women from my writing class there and it was really great to see them. I talked for a while with one of the VoiceCatcher editors and told her how wonderful it is that organizations like VoiceCatcher exist–a supportive, encouraging and most importantly nurturing community for creative women artists. I think my exact words to her were “it’s so much better than a ‘my dick is bigger than your dick’ kind of vibe.”

Anyway… I feel like I’ve kind of come a long way in my writing career. I am actually really kind of proud of myself. It all goes back to me going to my weekly writing classes way back last March, a decision that I made very much for me and me alone, NOT to please another person or because somebody told me to.

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Exciting news

I have been PUBLISHED! Officially! For, like, the first time.

The story is called “Disposable” and you can read it online here, at Inkapture Magazine (a UK publication).

I should also use this post to mention other happy publishing-related news:

– I will have a piece, “Mrs. Bovary,” included in the 6th issue of VoiceCatcher, an anthology of women writers in the Pacific Northwest. The fact that it’s local is particularly exciting for me.

– I also had a piece called “Mt. Doom Elementary” published in the Americorps NW National Service Symposium book, which is a little collection of fiction, essays, poetry and art written by Americorps members. I’m quite frankly a little embarrassed by this story, even though my sister, her co-worker and many of my co-workers were big fans and complimented me on it. All I can say about it is that it was basically my idea of how to distill the experience of working in an elementary school, via the lens of Tolkein. I’m relieved that the piece doesn’t seem to be online anywhere on the website. Oh, well, live and learn; I’m sure Bolaño had pieces he wished would drop dead off the face of the planet as well.

I guess this means that I am living up to my New Year’s Resolution, which was to actively seek out ways to share my work more with others. Feels pretty interesting. I think this is a really good thing for me to do, as someone who suffered from anxiety about sharing my work with others for many years. God, I can’t believe how much my writing class over the past year now has helped me cope with that “fear” of judgement… it feels like a genuine miracle. And to think that it’s all been documented in this here little ol’ blog-o. What a funny, funny thing.

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