2.28.2012

A Little Announcement...



A friend sent me this photo of Anne Sexton after this bookish post I shared a few months ago. There's something about it that I find quite arresting. Her surroundings, typewriter sitting at her elbow waiting for words and books slanting against one another, waiting to be rifled through. Her outfit, sleeves rolled up on her button down, with comfortable slacks and black flats. Her position, chair tipped back with her feet on the desk. She props her hand in the air and her lips part - she's about to say something good, something worth writing down.

This is the life of a writer at its best.

At times I find myself fantasizing about this life, and I have to stop and remember that writing is hard. It's bleeding and weeping and prying your hands from perfection in order to grasp hold of the truth. It's nothing like leaning back and propping up your feet; or at least not very often, and certainly not when there's a camera in the room to document it. Sexton knew this all too well.

But just now, today, I feel very much ready to take it on, this life of writing - the bleeding and the crying, and then, in scarce and blessed moments, with the afternoon light gleaming through the window, the happy relief of having said something good, something worth writing down.

So here is my little announcement : Ally and Darrell of Prodigal Magazine asked me to be a staff writer for their newly refurbished online mag. My first article will be published later this week or next, but you'll see my words over there a couple of times each month. I'm excited, scared, thankful. 

But most of all, I'm ready.

19 comments:

Yessenia Carrera said...

That is so exciting!

Congratulations

Melissa Tydell said...

Your words are so true... congrats!  "Excited, scared, thankful"... those are some familiar feelings :)

Jim Woods said...

That's awesome Congrats Bethany!!!!!!!! 

TGL said...

Awww, so so so happy for you, friend. You are going to do so well, and I can't wait to see this article!

Denise Droscha said...

We're so proud of you!! Big things are in store for you, my dear! Big things indeed!

Missy said...

YIPEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Jpung said...

Congratulations.....

Sarah said...

That is so exciting...I'm thrilled for you!  I always love reading what you have to say...even though I know the words might not always come easy.   You always seem to write from the heart, which that honesty is what draws me to your posts.

Heather said...

Congratulations! Wonderful news!

Aunt Mary said...

Your Moma is so proud.  This I know.  Congratulations, well deserved.  Aunt Mary

Darrell Vesterfelt said...

we are excited to have you on board brittany!

Kat Ammann said...

Sweeeet

Emily Miller said...

Congratulations! But... does this mean I'm losing you at Judson?!

Bethany Suckrow said...

Nope! I'm still going to be at JU full time, I'll just be midnight-hustling it as a contributer for Prodigal like I do with my blog and my Etsy shop. Thanks for asking, Emily! 

Chris Ciolli said...

Congratulations! Looking forward to reading more of your writing!

Andrea Beltran said...

Woo hoo! Congratulations!!! And I LOVE this photo!

Katherine Willis Pershey said...

I love this photograph, and how perfectly you describe *why* I love this photograph.

Congratulations on your new writing gig! 

Heather Flowers-Forhan said...

congratulations

Darrell Vesterfelt said...

We are exited to have you BETHANY -- so embarrassed :(

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