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one of my favourite writers gets in touch

This is a cup runneth over kind of night. As I’ve probably bored you by saying, the weather has been sublime, perfect, sunny but not too hot and the evenings brisk. A gift. The garden is shutting down in its gentle way, though there’s great beauty and a few cucumbers and much chard still to come. Made pesto yesterday to finish the basil. 

Anna, Tom, and Willow were wonderful guests. Next week Tom will resume teaching at the Toronto School of Art. He takes the train in from Stratford early Thursday mornings, teaches all day, comes over here late, sleeps in my spare room in the sleeping bag that’s always parked under the bed, and leaves early next morning for more classes. A visitor I rarely see. 

The other day I posted a query on one of my Binders groups. It was Mitt Romney, I think, who wanted to prove his feminist bona fides by saying he had “binders full of women” as possible candidates. The Binders groups were subsequently formed on FB to provide mutual support for women writers; I belong to the Binders groups for creative nonfiction, memoir, writing teachers, personal essay, and the Canadian binders. 

I wanted advice on placing an article called “The road to a book,” originally published in 3 parts on the CNFC blog and since rewritten, which details for newbie writers the long journey to getting Loose Woman into print. Several people replied, including one of my writing heroes, Abigail Thomas, a superb memoirist and very funny and honest writer who these days has been writing a lot of short essays for online magazines. I wrote back to thank her for her suggestion, and today she replied that she’d been looking for the essay and could not find it. 

Abigail Thomas was looking for an essay by me.

I wrote back, here’s my email address, I can send the piece to you although you have a million things to read and anyway, if anyone knows about the difficult road to a book, it’s you.

An hour later, there was Abigail in my email inbox. So I sent her a note and the essay. 

I am such an admirer of her work. To me, it’s as if I’d sent a letter to E. B. White and he replied instantly. The miracles of the internet.

Also today, there was a note after my last post: Beth, I discovered you through Theresa’s blog and love your writing voice – which I suspect is your own real voice … Wry humour and teasing were part of my upbringing so I recognize myself in your style. I’m enjoying your blog hugely. Thanks! 

Usually we writers send words out into a silent void. Please, readers, when you enjoy what a writer does, write to them and say so. How much it means! 

OMG! A few minutes later – Abigail and I are corresponding, and she has asked me to send her my book. Truly, my cup is spilling all over the floor. 

Your warm fuzzies of the day: here’s Willow. I’ve offered to keep her for them when they travel, and that’s quite the offer, considering that she likes to go outside at 5 a.m. 

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2 Responses to “one of my favourite writers gets in touch”

  1. Abigail Thomas wrote to you and wants your book! I'm a huge fan of hers as well and only recently finished reading her book 'What Comes Next and How to Like It', which I think coincidentally you might also have mentioned in your blog recently.
    And just to let you know, I do enjoy your blog immensely!
    Pearl

  2. beth says:

    Pearl, I've just ordered that book of Abigail's; I've read several of her other memoirs. Mailed Loose Woman to her this morning, and today we exchanged essays by email. What a thrill! Glad you are along for the ride. And brava again on your own fine book.

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