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February 29, 2012


Megin I love this smart provocative post. For a while I did some freelance writing for a weekly arts & culture magazine pitched to a demographic very different from my own. My pieces had to be quite short, I had to pack in a lot of information all in a particular voice and on tight deadlines. Very tough but I too enjoyed the challenge and was so pleased to observe myself improving. It helps as you put it, to think of the experience as an exercise in anthropology. Eventually though the work seemed futile and I stopped.
You have a rich vein to mine there Megin in your final paragraph. I would love read more by you on this subject. Thank you.

An outstanding post -- and very instructive. DL

"Readers may be surprised to learn that the creative department was not populated by busty, bright-eyed vixens chattering at their desks and indulging in the occasional spirited pillow-fight."
Why do you have to ruin it for us?

An excellent week of posts....

whoops...a week of excellent posts...

Thanks, everyone! Stacey, you've now made me very curious as to what publication you were writing for ("a very different demographic"...hmmm...)! I felt I had more to say, too, I had to dash this off in about an hour between activities, but the thoughts have been in my mind for years. So satisfying to have it online, instantly, though! Thank you for the encouragement, I will think about taking time to make it a longer piece...

Did you know that one of the greatest poets in history was a Lesbian ( which means she was born on the Greek island of " Lesbia" ) she had a group of lady friends and that ts where the term originated . . . I think her name was Shpro but I will look it up as it was a long time ago . . Albert.

Albert, I think you mean Sappho, from the island of Lesbos. But hey, you were close enough that I knew what you meant. :)
I've heard that some elements of her style, such as rhythm, are gaining influence in current women's poetry.

Great blog post, too.

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