Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Woman in her Thirties is Published-ish!

A few weeks ago, a girl in my writing class directed me toward this website. She'd read my collection of essays about China and thought this would be a place to submit. And a woman in her thirties takes chances, right? A woman in her thirties puts herself out there? A woman in her thirties doesn't get intimid...

A woman in her thirties tells the truth: I was really, really scared. Rejection is... not something I particularly enjoy. It is the yuckiest part about the whole chasing-your-dreams thing.

Here's what happened: I sent one of my essays to Chantal, and not only did she like it, she also turned out to be a super nice, supportive, and a a fellow woman in her thirties. Jackpot!

Here's the link to the post: http://www.writerabroad.com/2010/06/guest-post-living-in-china.html

And if that's not enough, read my Mom's comment in the comments section. Now who's the writer?

7 comments:

  1. Wow. Carmie's comment made me teary. So proud of you for going way out of your comfort zone and submitting that essay!

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  2. Aww, your mom is awesome! So sweet.

    Upon re-reading my own comment, I realize that the bit about "how fluent she believes herself to be" makes it sound like I'm insinuating that you're less fluent than you think you are. For the record, I actually meant the opposite!

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  3. Rest assured that your Mandarin is better than mine. I took a year in college, but I've forgotten it all. L's mother took the same amount as I in college, but she and RC can speak at home. Her Mandarin has morphed into Mandarin as spoken by a Shanghai native. People have asked her if she is originally from Shanghai, which I think is pretty good. I commend you for being brave enough to "have a go" at Mandarin. How did L do when he was in BeiJing?

    Uncle H

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  4. L's pronunciation is much, much better than mine. He never called himself a pancake-- that's a start! In fact, his pronunciation is so good that he often wouldn't introduce himself in Chinese so people wouldn't think he was a native speaker. I never had that problem, for obvious reasons :) But I ended up learning more vocabulary. So between the two of us, we did pretty well!

    Thanks for all the support, AWIHT friends!

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  5. Loved the essay... and remember the story with Jack in the car fondly. Seems like just yesterday.

    You are a brilliant writer, L... keep your dreams close to your heart... they are so worth it.

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  6. L. Shanna said...
    "Thanks for all the support, AWIHT friends!"

    ?? What are AWIHT friends ??

    Uncle H

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  7. A Woman In Her Thirties! We are on an an acronym-basis here :)

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