my great nordic breakdown

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Illustration by Lindsay Campbell

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.

3 thoughts on “my great nordic breakdown

  1. Emilie says:

    Heres’s a good comment to read – your piece made me melt. Well done and thank you for sharing your past pain and healing with strangers. Keep writing!

  2. sue robins says:

    Ah, Emilie -I wanted to say thank you so much for your kind comment and encouragement. As a writer, I’m all for forgetting about those damn trolls and centering on people like you…the kindness of strangers is a very special thing…

  3. Health Sciences Council says:

    I went and read the comments – wow – so much sadness and vitriol out there. On the up side, the general consensus from likes and not likes was that the troll were just run-of-the-mill trolls 🙂 While you! You are a courageous and spirited woman – thanks for the lesson.

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