Thursday, September 4, 2008
The Writer Pokes Her Head Out of Her Study
My apologies for dropping the ball on this blog for a bit. My Good Life Magazine feature on sexual violence is due at the end of this month, so I have been pretty heads down and will be for the next several weeks. The researching and interviewing form one key component, and writing the other. The writing process, which I am about to undertake, is both exhilarating and challenging (as my fellow writers know!). I will be spending a lot of time with my laptop and the stories of so many people who have been hurt, wounded and mistreated, and who have been strong enough to overcome it. Whenever my friends and colleagues learn what I am writing about, they wince and grimace. They sympathize with me for having to focus on such a terrible issue. And yet, I feel privileged to write about it, and to share the stories of the real heroes - the survivors who not only made it through, but who speak out publicly, without shame, in order to help others. As you can see, pieces like this are really meaningful to me, and again I'm thankful to Ken Martin at The Good Life for giving me the opportunity to write them.