Monday, February 14, 2022

Something Wonderful Happened This Weekend!


This wasn't what I had originally planned to post today, but this happened over the weekend and I wanted to joyfully share the news!

With the encouragement of my friend and fellow author, Monica Wilkinson, I made my first submission to Bella Grace back in late autumn. I can still remember the moment when I hit the send button on that email. Even though I've been blogging for years, something about this felt more personal. I was submitting my work to a well known publisher for consideration. . . . or rejection, which is a very different thing than hitting publish on a blog post. The people who enjoy my writing in this format simply come and stay. If no one likes it, I rarely hear about it. 

I wrote about my paternal grandmother, whom I've shared about before. My relationship with her was, shall we say, complicated? And it wasn't until my later adult years that it became of any significance in my life, or rather, before I realized the significance. I didn't share the hard parts in my submission, and instead chose to focus on the good. It's something I've been trying to apply in every area of my life as I move deeper into forgiveness for past hurts. Most of the people involved are gone now. My objective in this is for continued healing in me, I simply don't want to carry the burden of it into my future.

In that, it seems appropriate that my first published article would feature her as the subject. She was an avid reader and loved magazines, so I think she'd approve. 

The article includes a link to this blog, something I hadn't considered until this morning, which left me a little anxious. My format here is not "reader friendly", or so I've been told, at least not for phones. I had no idea that is how the vast majority of people take in online content? But then I realized, it's only one article, not that I'm diminishing the significance of being published at all! It's very exciting! But I don't think my mind needs to run too far ahead, for the moment. Maybe if more of my submissions are published then I'll begin to consider a site that focuses solely on my writing? We shall see.

For now, I'm just going to keep plugging away here as I always have. I'm attached to this little space in a deep place, and discarding it for something "more professional" feels a bit sterile and impersonal. It may eventually become necessary, but at that point I might just decide to live a double life! <3

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Kimberly! Wonderful!

I love Bella Grace and will look for your article! I also enjoy Monica's blog and seeing her work in Bella Grace, too.

Pam

Kimberly Lottman said...

Thank you so much, Pam!