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Friday, April 10, 2009

My new friends

As many of you know, I'm a writer. What you may not know is - officially - I'm a journalist. I graduated with a BA degree in journalism from a college in Upstate New York.

Not too long ago, my former college advisor/professor contacted me to ascertain my interest in speaking to her Feature Writing class regarding my career and writing process as well as any advice I have for the students. I readily agreed to the conference call, which was today.

To say I was nervous is a major understatement. You would think that I had been called to speak on stage in front of hundreds of people when, in fact, it was a class of about 18.

The class was fun and interactive, and the students were genuinely interested in what I said. I'm not going to go into a long recap of the Q&A session, but I am going to tell you that it was probably the biggest highlight of my week. Not only do I feel like I helped a group of students, but they helped me too. They helped me to remember why I do what I do and to positively think about the writing road I've traveled. I hope that I helped and inspired them in the same way.

Writers and journalist are a special group of people (like I've found bloggers to be), but it's the support of each other that keeps this creative sub-world flourishing. And that's one of the things that continues to fuel my love of what I do.

Before we ended the call today one of the students said, 'I hope you blog about us.' I think the person was joking, but as any good blogger knows: You can't let an experience this great pass by without sharing it with someone. I, as a blogger, just had to share it with the few hundred or so people who will click by this week.

(K.L.: You may not know this, but I would probably do just about anything you asked of me because you are one of the greatest and kindest people I've ever met. You encouraged and helped me more than you'll ever know. I'll always remember and be thankful for that. Thank you for including me in your class today.)
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