Regular visitors to my blog know that I am an inveterate reader. I learned to read young, and never looked back. But what you may not know about me is that my childhood ambition was to be a writer. One of my first independent acts as a child was to submit a joke idea to Mork and Mindy (I told you I was a geek). By independent, I mean that I went to the library and researched how to send a story idea in to a television network, I wrote it out by hand, sent it off, and never heard from them again, without ever telling my parents about it. No, I’m not going to tell you the joke. I was like 10. It wasn’t funny. I see that now.

I kept a journal all through high school and college (and on and off again for all of my adult life). I wrote a ton of poetry, short stories and plays. The highlight of my writing career was in my freshman year of college, when a one-act play that I wrote was performed at my high school. But after a string of rejection letters from all manner of literary journals, short story rags, and poetry magazine, I gave up that dream in my early 20s.

Fast forward to late June of this year (and that’s a lot of fast forwarding), when I got an email from an editor at the San Diego Reader. They wanted to publish posts from my blog in their weekly paper during the month of August. And they were willing to pay me to do it. For those of you surfing in from the Reader, here’s a link to the post that’s printed in this week’s edition.

For the next week or so, I deliberated the idea, and peppered the editor with questions. She graciously answered them all, and so I decided, what the hell. I was sort of convinced it was a scam, because I’m cynical like that, but I went for it anyway. I kept thinking it was a scam up until the first check arrived, and then I decided that it must be the real thing. So without further ado, here’s the link. I’ve finally achieved my childhood dream, although that dream had no way to imagine the medium of its success.


August 4, 2005. meta.


  1. PLD replied:

    Found you via San Diego reader actually – the one about reading to your children. I clearly remember The BFG and it being one of the first books, even more than Dr. Seuss’ that jumpstarted my imagination.

    Do you read The Phantom Tollbooth to your kids?

  2. chip replied:

    wow, what great news, congrats!!!

  3. panther girl replied:

    How cool!!!! I remember commenting on that post!!!

  4. metrodad replied:

    Excellent! Congratulations. Hopefully, this means we’ll be seeing more of your writing? I can’t wait!

  5. comfort addict replied:

    Congratulations. When I was reading this post, I thought that I was reading about myself. Then, when I read your post at the SD Reader, I thought I was reading about myself again. I guess that we’re in the same psychic family

    After college, I did do some freelance work for and finished in second place in a contest at the Detroit Free Press in my twenties. Other than that, my only published article was an interview of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra trombone section for the International Trombone Association journal (not exactly The Atlantic Monthly!).

    I keep hoping that I can seriously write sometime before working in IT sucks out my brains. For now, however, I’ll have to content myself with blog posts. Sigh.

  6. Joe Snitty replied:

    Congratulations, that’s awesome!

  7. Alexandra replied:

    Congratulations!! You certainly deserve it! I just hope your writing (content & style) does not change now that you are consciously writing to a wider audience (and being paid for it)…

  8. Elizabeth replied:

    Congrats! That’s awesome. And it’s a nice post.

    It’s amazing how strong the pull to be published is in so many of us. I have a book review coming out in the fall, and I was just over the moon when I got the email asking me to do it.

  9. Dawn replied:

    That is really cool!! Congratulations!

  10. Jessica replied:

    Congratulations! That’s awesome.

  11. Alexandra replied:

    I know how you feel. I recently wrote an entry for an encyclopedia and I didn’t care that they didn’t pay me much; the thrill of having my name printed in a book was payment enough 😉

    Although I confess I have mixed feelings about my own work… I can’t bring myself to re-read the entry I wrote ever since it was published. It’s almost as if I expect to find some glaring mistake in it now that it’s been frozen in printed form… Oh well…

  12. Desperate to be a Housewife replied:

    That is fantastic! Congratulations!

  13. Sheila replied:

    Congratulations! Just imagine…someone actually came to you instead of you having to look for them!

  14. Kathryn replied:

    Congratulations on being a published author! What a thrill for you. Perhaps this is just the beginning…

  15. betty replied:

    Congratulations! That is exciting news!

    I just finished reading a fascinating biography on Louisa May Alcott, and your post echoed a lot of her same dreams to become a writer one day too!

  16. Mark Daniels replied:

    Congratulations! That’s really exciting! It’s cool to know that some newspaper editors are paying attention to the good writing being done by bloggers.

  17. RainbowMomma replied:

    How incredibly awesome! Congratulations! You should be so proud!

    The only place my publications are seen are in scientific journals. I’d love, more than anything, for my “real” stuff to be published.


  18. landismom replied:

    thanks! Well, since I’ve already sent in three of the four posts I’m obligated to do, I doubt that my style will change much.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback URI

%d bloggers like this: