Just for something completely different, here’s an essay that I had published in the Globe & Mail’s Facts and Arguments this morning – My Great Nordic Breakdown.
You know when you are at a meeting and they ask the ice-breaker question: tell us something nobody knows about you? Well, this is my answer to that question. After my first marriage broke up, I lived in Norway for five months with my two eldest kids when they were 7 & 4 years old. While I have a journal I kept during that time (buried deep in a box), I have never written about our odd adventure.
The writer background is this: an editor of another prestigious newspaper was interested in the story, but when I submitted it, she said: this isn’t a good fit. So after a couple of days of feeling hurt by this, I dusted myself off and submitted it to the Globe. Who accepted it. There’s a great amount of rejection in this line of work. But this is a good lesson in not giving up.
The Globe and Mail has been good to me. This is my third Facts and Argument essay that I’ve had published, and I had another one accepted that I had to withdraw because of a long story that I can’t tell you. So to all my writer friends out here: try the Globe! They don’t pay, but the byline is nice on your CV! And they are friendly to mama writers. An editor there once told me: if it makes me laugh or cry, I’ll publish it.
ps: Don’t read the online comments. Never read the online comments. I sadly forgot to take my own advice this morning. Ugh.