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Sunday, July 08, 2007

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Four minutes, 14 seconds,
forty ums and ahs.

I've hemmed and hawed over linking to this short interview I gave for CBC Newfoundland and Labrador's Weekend Arts Magazine in a "local girl makes good" story that aired on Saturday. I am trying not to appear too goofily excited over the Good Housekeeping deal. The issue hit the stands over the weekend, and I did not snatch Us magazine out of anyone's hands in the checkout aisle and slap them upside the head with it, snapping, "Oh for God's sake, grow up!" as I tossed GH into their basket.

Opened to page one hundred and seventy-five.

Because that would not be cool. Not that I know much from cool, as you can tell from the aforementioned audio clip. I have no idea why I used the word "optioned" in reference to the sale of my other work, but I'm pretty sure it's not the correct word. And, shockingly, it turns out GH does not post the back pages of the magazine on their website. Although the question made it sound entirely plausible at the time (CORRECTION: Well, what do you know? They certainly do.) But I'm trying to modulate, at least in public.

In private, I have given myself permission to celebrate. Because it was just a few short months ago, after yet another rejection, that I was crying all over my friend's kitchen counter how no one would ever give a damn, and I was doomed to live out my days as the lady poet who reads at tea parties. And I will probably be back to blubber all over the formica again at some point before very much longer. With every pitch, query, and submission, goes a little piece of my soul, to circle the glass towers of Manhattan, glance off and get swept up with the sidewalk trash. I am drinking in this small moment (a gift—I didn't pitch this one) as a tonic. Fortification for the next round.

And so, at home and with friends, I am elated and thrilled, and with Patrick, insufferable. I am calling him my Stedman for the rest of the summer.

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8 Comments:

Blogger lia from luebeck, germany said...

I've listened to the interview and you carried your head high, with the right portions of grace and funkiness. May your Stedman bear the weight of your popularity with as much aplomb as the O-Stedman.

7:13 AM  
Blogger Geoff Meeker said...

*smiling and just so damn happy for you.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Kyran said...

thanks, lia & geoff, that's very sweet of you both :)

10:09 AM  
Blogger Kirsten Michelle said...

i'm so happy for you!
i've been going back and reading some of your earlier posts...i love that so many more people will be flocking here to read your work!
i'll take every opportunity i can while standing in checkout aisles this month to keep GH open to your page ;-)
take it easy on patrick and continue to resist all "slap up side the head" urges...lol!!!
k

10:57 AM  
Blogger Shelley said...

I let out a little squeek when I saw the new GH on the stand. Grabbed one, thought about it and grabbed a second one to share with a friend! Congrats!!! You are amazing and you so deserve this!

8:57 PM  
Blogger onward and upward! said...

How inspiring for all the writers out there. Congratulations, it is well deserved!

10:26 AM  
Blogger Carmen said...

I'm not sure how I found your blog a few months ago, but I can tell you you deserve any accolades that come your way. You are an excellent writer. Some of your expressions/phrases are so good, that my friend and I find ourselves pointing them out to each other!
Here's to more success in the future for you!
Carmen

2:00 PM  
Blogger Kyran said...

thanks everyone. your enthusiasm matters more than you know. I just got word that another piece has been accepted elsewhere. Could be the tide has turned. :)

8:09 PM  

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