Learning journalism from a professional is so much different than college classes, and I was honored to be the protege of Mridu Khullar Relph. In her ecourse, she showed me the creative side of journalism. I changed my journalism major because that type of writing felt dry to me. But in a matter of weeks, I found myself enjoying not only the story idea generating, but the querying process. And because she forced me to face my fear of rejection and just put myself out there, I got my first paid assignment.
I am so thankful to the editor of xojane.com and her kindness as she lead me through the process for the first time. I am also overwhelmed by the experience: writing, editing, rewriting, the paperwork involved in getting paid, seeing my work posted, and the readers' responses (all 300+ of them!).
Speaking of responses, here is mine to some of the comments on my article How to Totally NOT get the Sex you want.
-My husband isn't gay, nor is there some abusive streak in him. He simply doesn't need sex as often as I do. And my actions in the situations I wrote about did make him feel disrespected, which multiplied the problem. But once we spoke honestly, that disrespect stopped.
-I don't like the mustache either. It was a phase. I have convinced him to remove it. :)
- My religion had a much bigger play in the situation, but I DID know my audience so I didn't write as much of that into the article for xojane.com.
- I said my husband and I don't believe in divorce no matter what for US. I know he would never abuse me, and if he did I would be gone. NOT divorced, just gone, removing myself and my children from the situation.
-When I said that when we do make love its epic, I meant it. When a healthy man has had sex in a while and his wife is treating him with respect, its a turn on. That means that when he engages, eager for pleasure and me, it is a wonderful experience. I believe that is how GOD designed it. :)
Thanks again for everyone that encouraged and cheered me on, and those that were a part of this experience with me, good and bad. It had given me confidence to continue to write and follow my dream.
Now if I can just sell a novel or two. :)