I'm middle aged divorced woman with two daughters who owns and lives on a small farm in semi-rural Connecticut. I'm still searching for a sense of feeling like I belong in this world. There are times of absolute miracles and times when I'm so afraid of everything I can barely move. It would be nice to find a place, literally and figuratively, where I feel safe. Aside from the scary stuff, I spent 5 years in Australia and received my MA from the University of Sydney. Undergrad in print journalism at Univ. of Southern California. Was an editor at Seventeen magazine. I own a small farm and tend to a flock of chickens, an orchard, and assorted weeds. My dream is to work teaching big people (as in chronological age, not stature) who want to be in class. Somewhere out west. I've had a few things published here and there over the last two years since I started putting pen to paper, seriously.
I write because there's too much swimming around in my head to work at keeping it jammed up in there. Because interpreting the world how I see it and experience it is cathartic. And like my mother told me, It's like being gay. You just are, you don't have a choice. It's part of who you are. My intense thoughts and comfort with a life of extremes, being a homebody and also a traveler. I'm curious about everything and it makes me feel less alone getting my observations and emotions down on paper.
David Foster Wallace, Denis Johnson, Charles Bukowski, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Flannery O'Connor, Billy Collins, Joan Didion, Joyce Carol Oates, Philip Roth, Franz Kafka, Anton Chekhov, John Cheever, Jim Shepard, Salman Rushdie, Dante, Tobias Wolff, TC Boyle, Marisa Silver, Hemingway, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Sylvia Plath, Tennessee Williams, Pablo Neruda, Virginia Woolf, John Steinbeck, Rick Moody, Joseph Conrad. Favorite books are The Executioner's Song, Dog of the South, Dharma Bums, One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Orchid Thief, Purple America, Confederacy of Dunces, Midnight's Children, Sourland, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, Sula, On the Road, The Metamorphosis, There Once Was Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby, An American Tragedy, Expensive People, Dante's inferno, When the Killing's Done, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, The Moviegoer, The Awakening.
kim--thanks for your generous comment on Grocery Girl. Love the writers you mention, wizards all--i am all, like, pshaw----and more importantly, a fan of your work. so happy you are here, posting your writing. more, please----ciao, bella
Kimberlee--Thanks for faving The I Hate to F**k Book. As you can imagine, it is the most-read piece I've ever written. Welcome to Fictionaut.
welcome to this place, kimberlee
it is good to have you here.