Back in 2000, I think I was folding laundry when Oprah came on. She was interviewing author Jennifer Lauck. Her book Blackbird had just come out. A tale of a harrowing childhood.
Hmmm....sounds interesting but waaaay too dark.
I'd spent most of my twenties healing from my own childhood; why would I want to hear about someone else's awful life?
I am definitely not reading that one.
Oprah went on and on about the book.
I have no memory of actually buying Blackbird, but five months after reading it I was participating in an amazing writing workshop taught by Ms. Lauck.Less than a year later, my first piece was accepted for publication.
Then came others.
Then came another workshop.
Then came the blog.
With Jennifer's direction and encouragment I've completed the third draft of a memoir and I'm presently working on revisions.
What made me take the leap? What made me go?
My Gramma once told me, "You can't get it wrong. It's just a matter of what kind of door you want to open."
Jennifer is offering workshops on the East Coast.
What kind of door are you wanting to open?
* The following is one of my favorite quotes. It reminds me of Jennifer. It also reminds me of all the women I've met as a result of knowing her.
I have met brave women
who are exploring
the outer edge of human possibility,
with no history to guide them,
and with a courage
to make themselves vulnerable
that I find moving beyond words.