People’s stories are why we know about our history. It’s not the history books, encyclopedias, and the internet that give us our information from the past, it’s from hearing what the people have to say. Sometimes they write the stories themselves, like in literature, poetry, and even hundred-year old notes found in the attic floorboards. If it’s not a first-hand account, our history can be found in the form of a feature story, and I am doing one right now!
Yesterday, I went to a local rescue and chatted with the selfless women who run it. I’ve always loved gabbing with people and inherited the conversation gene which runs smoothly through the veins on both my mother’s side and my father’s. Hearing people’s passion for what they do, and learning about how local heroes live and help our community are what I love to write about best.
A couple days (not kidding) pre-COVID freak-out in March of 2020, a local paper decided to print one of my stories. It was created after I met with a local police officer, Detective Beaulieu in Easthampton, Massachusetts, and we talked about his relationship with his partner, a dog named Gino. After some major work on it, I sent it to the big newspaper and they published it! It never made it to an online version because news of the pandemic took over, rightfully so.
The pride I have in this piece comes from the work I put into it, and the fact that the Springfield Republican didn’t change one word. I know I can do it, and it’s time to try again.
So, I will write this story with my usual form and process and send it to all the local papers and publications with two major hopes: First, I want the community and surrounding ones to know about this local rescue. Second, I want to continue doing this, so if a paper publishes it, I am officially out there as a North Carolina writer.
The good news is, if nobody wants it, which could be for multiple reasons, I can publish it on this blog. With the proper sharing, people will still be able to know about and possibly help this local rescue. Between my feature writing, my blog, and my memoir, writing is all I do. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to get to work.
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