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MORE EDIT: I haven't logged into dA in four days because I was in Charlotte, so I just blew up all my journal stacks.
Please throw things at me that you think are important in case I missed them.
EDIT: What the what, a DD?! I clicked on my inbox without looking at the number of messages I had, but that should have been a tip-off. This is so incredibly unexpected.
Thank you, ^neurotype
for the feature and `LiliWrites
for suggesting my work. In case you haven't seen it, 'tis here
A few words about this piece: I wrote it more than three years ago, after my freshman year of college. It was at that point that my fading faith -- what little of it I understood or held onto -- crystallized into a sort of anger and frustration that I didn't know what to do with. So I wrote. And I wrote some more. And a lot of it was god-awful (pun mostly not intended
), and I still don't think this piece is the end-all, be-all of it. Because when you grow up in one thing and don't question it and you're shown something else -- not necessarily even something contradictory, but something that widens your field of view -- it changes you. It must change you. And I'll probably be grappling with that for the rest of my life, in one way or another.
I'd like to thank everyone who's stopped by to read and fav it, and especially the people who have commented -- I haven't gotten one rude one yet (although I'm sure that'll happen sooner or later, because this is the internet
), and I really appreciate the dialogue you guys are having with me, and I'm thankful for the stories you're sharing. Art is dangerous because it's provocative and starts a conversation, and it always makes me feel justified in creating when I can do that for other people.
Before I talk about me, let me talk about `LiliWrites
! She's turning 26 and would like you to write her a poem or a piece of prose set in some past historical era. In return, you might win some fabulous prizes, so click on over.
I am trucking along with adult life. It's weird to be updating you all about things on my end and not have some sort of goal in mind -- midterms, finals, thesis, graduation. What do grown-ups talk about?
My boyfriend and I didn't do anything for Halloween because he's working campaign hours and I was exhausted (more on that in a minute). We did get candy though, just in case we got trick-or-treaters...but we live in an apartment building, so we got zero trick-or-treaters and now just have a shitload of candy.
I've been writing in fits and starts -- I think I might have told some of you that I'm doing yet another revamp of the one story from my thesis that I haven't posted here. I'm feeling good about this draft, though -- it's coming out so much better than all the previous ones, and I think I might finally be understanding what my thesis advisor used to tell me about how my writing needs to be grounded in the real/sensual. Anyway, I've barely made a dent in it so you probably won't see it for a while, but I'm plugging away during downtime at work.
Speaking of which, my brain is super melty from this past week. I've forgotten that in monthly publishing, there's always one week where you want to pull your hair out because it's so busy, and this week was that week. My boss was out for two days, too, so I had to do some things that he normally would have taken care of. On the one hand, it's nice to know that he's willing to give me more responsibility/doesn't think I'm a complete idiot, but on the other hand, I was about to lose my mind.
Luckily we're about done with this issue...and then we get started on the January 2014 one.
I'm also going to my first work conference next week! It's a science teacher professional development thing and it's happening in Charlotte, NC. I've never been there so if any of you have any suggestions about fun things to do, please let me know. My boyfriend is tagging along, too, so we'll have a car with us if that affects any of your advice.
And I almost forgot to mention -- some of you might remember "Circuits," which is the only story from my thesis that I actually consider finished. I'm super excited because it's going to be published in the 2014 edition of The Labletter
. I was fretting because that story is super fucking long, it was my first time having to write a pitch for a story, and this journal is more of a big deal than any other I've seriously submitted to, so I when I found out they were publishing me I did a really embarrassing jig. And I get paid for the second time ever, whoo!
How are the rest of you?
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