As I mentioned last month, I submitted an article I wrote to The Tempest. I was motivated to write that particular piece after reading an article posted on the site. I didn’t know if my story was publishable, but I thought: “Heck, I’ll just email it to them and see what happens!” I didn’t hear back from them for a few days and figured that was the end of it.
But then, I received an email from their Community Editor. Not only did she really like my piece and was going to forward it to the appropriate Editor, she asked whether I wanted to be one of their regular Section Writers! This was totally unexpected.
For some time now, I’ve been wanting to get into the world of writing. Not having a Journalism or English degree, I wasn’t sure how or if it was even possible (I did once consider enrolling in this writing program though). But after grad school, I’ve started to gain more confidence in my writing. Then I started blogging again… and well, now here I am.
I am proud to say that I am a Section Writer at the The Tempest and my first article was published three days ago!
I did the unthinkable – I married for love
I never thought I would have a love marriage, but that was exactly what was in store for me. Read the article here.
I didn’t tell anybody that I had written this article… other than my husband of course, but that was because he was kinda the subject and I had to know that he was okay with me writing about our story. Honestly, I wasn’t sure how it would be received by others. My family is very private in general and this was basically me telling my entire life story to the world. Some might find it odd, but I’ve found it easier to share details of my life over the internet with people I’ve never met than it is to share them with people I’ve known my entire life. Well, I guess that explains why I blog.
But the response I have gotten from friends and family has been nothing short of overwhelming. It’s gotten so many shares on Facebook and such positive comments even from people I least expected.
As great as it is to have my writing published on a popular (and completely awesome) website, I’m humbled that my story has resonated with so many people. I feel like crying, honestly, thinking of it. It feels so good to finally be able to do something that I love, am relatively good at, and has the potential to inspire others.