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    That is so exciting! I saw a writing challenge online - write 1,000 words a day for 100 days. Well I didn't do 100 days, but now almost a year later I am still doing it several days a week. I can't even imagine reading any of them out loud to any one! I don't even like my wife reading over my shoulder when I am writing! Years ago I did write an article for a "family history" magazine - and they bought it! And wanted more if I would write one...I never did. How cool to have some one of note like your work, and also give good feedback. Keep writing! Stepping out of our comfort zones can be extremely scary - but look how rewarding!

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    That's great. I took a creative writing class through our adult education program some time ago and have good memories of it. Being your average introvert I was cautious about reading aloud, but actually found that to be one of the better parts. Not just to read, but to hear in person other people reading their assignments. One of the fellows in my class had lost his hands at the wrist and wrote or typed with prothesis, before modern voice recognition software. His stories were the most interesting. I recall one of his stories started something like, "Young men, pretty girls and fast cars are inextricably related". I always thought that was a great line and way to start a story, and it was well told.

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    I used to write more than I do now. Have had a couple adoption-related articles published, but that was all a long, long time ago. Funny how situations change and one stops doing a certain activity for whatever reasons! I think I may have to revisit this writing stuff. Thanks, catherine. Wishing you continued enjoyment with all this!
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    Thanks, all! Nice to see how many other writers, whether amateur or published are here, and interesting to see how writer's groups have been a part of your lives.

    At one point, being a published writer was an aspiration of mine. I wrote an article/essay once based on my experience having my third child. I sent it off to Mothers Today Magazine. Never heard anything. But one day an old friend of my husband's called and started reading my article to me! Turns out his wife had a subscription to the magazine. They had published it, and didn't even tell me! So I called up the magazine and they sent me $100.

    My experience with that (other than the fact that this company would have stiffed me if it hadn't been for my friend) was how nice it is to have an editor work on your stuff. They made my words and paragraphs so much more readable.

    I still don't know how far down that path I'll go, but I was partially inspired when I asked my daughter what she saw as my greatest talents, and I was surprised when she said, "Well, obviously writing." I think I had her comment in the back of my head when I signed up for this class. We'll see how it goes.
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    The only thing I have written recently was an article that will be published in our regional Iris Society quarterly publication.

    These hobby groups are usually desperate for content. But, you have to know something about the subject.

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    Wow, catherine - how exciting for you to get that feedback and congratulations on challenging yourself to take the class and then to read your work.
    "Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal. But accumulate for yourselves treasure in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, your heart is also." Jesus

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    Catherine, that is so cool, and what a great feeling that must be to get that kind of feedback from your mentor!

    I have the galleys of the first story I wrote for the newspaper I worked for; it's covered with my editor's red ink! I was pretty crestfallen, but he was very encouraging with his words to me in person. Writing for a newspaper has its own little nuances. I had a great story. All the pieces were there; it just needed a lot of tweaks.

    Very excited for you! Hope you have more to tell as the course goes on.
    My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already!

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