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Monday, September 15, 2008

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Clap if You Believe

I know many of you bought the August issue of Good Housekeeping and even subscribed to the magazine when my story came out. YAY YOU! You are my favorites. Unlike someone who told me he was waiting for it to come in at the library. A person who aspires to be paid for writing. How he think that works, I'm not sure.

Note to friends or fans of writers: God knows, we love and use the public library, too. But not as much as we love to eat. Even if you must rely on a library copy, please never tell us. We keel over dead, like Tinkerbell, when you do that.

Unlike that feckless someone, some of you might have honestly missed it, or could not afford the two and a half dollars at the time. You are still my favorites. How could I, of all people, let procrastination and/or empty pockets come between us? Two and a half dollars has often been two dollars and fifty cents more than I have. So I'm happy to tell you that I just found out that my article, Mommy Wears Prada, is online in its entirety. Here you go.



Blogger Chris said...

Great story! What a dream opportunity for you - I felt as if I was shadowing your entire experience. You selected beautiful clothes BTW - to enhance (not define) your beautiful soul. Thank you Kyran! I'll buy the magazine Missy...

2:16 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

Wow! Amazing article. I felt I was right there with you. I agree, an insanely expensive wardrobe will make you feel like a million bucks, paying the mortgage and light bill has to come first and lets face it, for most of us, there is not enough left over to even rent those clothes.
Cool that you got to do this, even just for a little while.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Marit said...

awesome artikel (article?)... I guess I mean good writing!

3:41 PM  
Blogger Geoff Meeker said...

Yes, I did buy the magazine. And now that the article is online (and the magazine no longer on the stands) I can forward the link to my friends without guilt.

It was a great read, Kyran. Congrats again!

6:18 PM  
Blogger ML said...

Kyran, that was beautiful and affirming and made me SO jealous!! I often console myself that I'm just as happy in my Target (say it francais) couture, but I'm that bathtub girl. I must learn to double-dare people - starting with myself. Thank you for the inspiration.

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am new to commenting, but not new to reading ... I didn't know about the article? (Am I admitting my ignorance by saying that?)

8:51 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

I'm sorry to say that poverty and ignorance don't exhaust the possibilities even among your staunchest fans. I remember seeing a copy in the Fayetteville airport and looking around to see if I'd be seen picking up a Good Housekeeping. The coast seemed clear so I reached for it. Immediately, three or four people came to the magazine rack. I did a quick and oh-so nonchalant flip through the pages, saw no name I recognized, couldn't stand the stress anymore, and put it down never having laid eyes on your story.

So add "male pride" to the list of reasons fans didn't buy the magazine. I'd feel worse about this if I didn't think that Patrick would have done the same damned thing.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Kyran said...


couldn't you have claimed you were only buying it for the Hints from Heloise?

I declare a general amnesty for everyone :-)


9:26 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

"couldn't you have claimed you were only buying it for the Hints from Heloise?"

Yeah, that would have helped. (-;


9:33 PM  
Blogger Neil said...

It was cool seeing it online, but it doesn't compare to holding the magazine, enjoying the terrific article, then placing the magazine on the coffee table afterwards, using the issue as a coaster for your Diet Coke. That is more in the spirit of the content of the piece. I'm never going to read your future book on Kindle.

6:50 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I bought it... and now I am obsessed with that x-large Prada bag... shall I thank you now for what I hope is under the Christmas tree?

7:14 AM  
Blogger Pink said...

I too like the prada bag. do you remember what it was called so i can haunt the window in NYC? Pink

1:52 PM  
Blogger Kyran said...

It's the Galleria GM. And I still love it. Maybe mre now that it is scuffed up a little.

Kristen, you must have been a very good girl all year long :-)

4:12 PM  
Blogger Kyran said...

oops, pink and kristen, it's a Louis Vuitton bag, not Prada, though I really liked a black one at Prada.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Dena said...

So, I'm browsing mom blogs for inspiration and came upon you. I found the last post funny and literary (unlike the 47 others I have previewed over the last hour). When I get to your next entry about the Good Housekeeping article I literally said outloud, "NO WAY!" I can't believe I found the blog of the author of my favorite article. I'm a mag slut--I buy them all! I find pictures and articles and quotes that I like then I put them in a big binder and bring it to a monthly dinner I have with my six best girl friends--all of us moms like you that desperately count the days to our night out! The girls love to pour over the stuff I've found and some even take the notebook home. For your article I bought 12 copies of the WHOLE MAGAZINE. I read the article aloud and told the girls to pass the extra mag onto their favorite mommy fashionista. Talking about your article dominated our dinner and made it soooo fun! We all chatted about how jealous we are that not one of us thought of your idea first!! Plus, I had just bought the red Burburry trench at the Nordstrom sale and had been wondering if I really should have splurged. So when you wrote about ducking out in the rain to the grocery store in the middle of the night with no make-up I decided, "priceless." My friends agreeed. What my girls decided was that your article hit the nail on the head when it comes to high end labels. We all lust for the prestige, but in the end--at the girl scout leaders training or even the neighborhood cocktail party, the coat, the shoes, the purse, don't make the girl. It's your smile and your patience and your lack of judgements that make you stylish and chic. Thanks for reminding us of that--even if all of six of us came to dinner with Louis bags! Glad I found more of your writing!

4:41 PM  
Blogger Pink said...

K -- it was the black one at Prada I lusted after in your flckr list. Not that the LV isn't nice (it's very droolworthy) but I love black.

5:37 PM  
Blogger heffernhyphen said...

Once upon a time I had a smokin' hot boyfriend who sang me sweet love songs by flickering candlelight. sigh . . .

He cut a kids' CD and my students loved it, so I made copies for a few of my teacher friends. I just knew he'd be proud that I was sharing the love.

Maybe now I understand why he's an ex . . . .

Where were you and your wisdom when I needed you?

7:53 PM  
Blogger Kate The Great said...

Quality writing as always, Kyran. As always. Reading your writing makes me wonder when I will ever get to that point of quality. The only answer I can find is to keep writing.

1:56 PM  
Blogger Kyran said...

Neil, I cannot tell you how much it thrills me to think of my face with a coke ring around it. I was at a dinner party recently where someone brought the magazine out, and left it open on the coffee table. I said, "let's put her away, shall we?" If someone had just put their wine glass down over it, that would have been perfect!

Dena, I love that story! Twelve copies, really?

Kate, I never "get there" either. But yes, I believe also that is the only answer. Keep on.

Thanks, everyone!

6:41 AM  
Blogger stina said...

I'm a little intimidated at leaving a comment - i'm really in complete awe of your writing. I have enjoyed your blog for quite some time now, but the first time commenting. You are amazing and I love everything you write about. The Good Housekeeping article was awesome, but my all time favorite was the blog you wrote about what you and Patrick went through after you found out you were pregnant with child number 3. I look to you for entertainment, inspiration and advice, but mostly just to know that someone else out there feels like I do. Thank you.

2:03 PM  
Blogger katie said...

Since I procrastinated and did not send my comments earlier - I loved the article!!!! And, I think I'm responsible for several purchased copies in St. John's. The best thing though was bringing the magazine to my family reunion and finding out that three of the cousins had been babysitters for you and Emily. They were thrilled about the article and wanted to be congratulate and be remembered to you (Donna, Michelle and either Wynn Ann or Catherine). They remember you, Emily and your mom and dad with great affection.
Can't wait for the next one.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Lola Goetz said...

That was awesome. What a fantastic article idea. I, too, wish I'd thought of it. :)

Do you still wear the pencil skirt? I need to think about having some (less expensive) classics in my wardrobe. I do try to buy what quality I can afford, because it certainly does last longer than the stuff I get at Target (although it has its place, too).

3:27 PM  
Blogger Jennifer/The Word Cellar said...

I was one of the procrastinators who just missed getting the August issue. I'd tried three different stores to no avail. I'm so glad it's available to read online, even though I missed out on the real deal. Thanks! I'm off to read it now...

12:09 AM  
Blogger Kyran said...

Lola, yes, the pencil skirt is one of the items I think was worth every penny. I wear it four days out of seven probably. I've owned a LOT of little black skirts, and I'd trade them all for the Prada.

6:33 AM  

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