Beyond Your Blog published my essay on Monday, about nerves and editors and expectations and owning our stories.
In 2016 I got an email from Daniel Jones, editor of the Modern Love column in the New York Times in which he explained the podcast that was launching, based on the column.
I love podcasts and was excited to listen but there have been over 600 Modern Love essays published and there was no way mine would make the list. I’m a small blogger with a few lucky clips in well-known places, no formal writing education, no connections, no writing community. I live in Djibouti where I’m the only blogger I know.
A year later, I got another email.
The actress Mireille Enos, of The Catch and Big Love, had chosen to read my story, A Child of Two Worlds.
I jumped out of my chair and let out a ‘whoop!’
My daughter Lucy was in the room. She looked up, “What happened?”
“You are going to be on the Modern Love podcast!” I said.
She high-fived me and then said, “What’s that?”
Click here to read the rest of What Happens When Your Essay Becomes a Modern Love Podcast