Thursday, January 24, 2008


I am having a good day. I got my copy of a magazine with nine pages of my writing in it. (I put links to the articles here and here) I get an indescribable rush from opening those pages, smelling the ink, and seeing my name typed in glossy print above my words.

In this case, because I was just so fascinated with and interested in the garden people, I was really ecstatic to write about the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden. What a top notch facility. In the future, I will be a volunteer there. Before that, I will take my family inside and show them everything I wrote about.

Days like this, when I get a fatty paycheck and a new magazine for my file box, I begin to suspect I really can make it as a writer. That this thing I do can become my primary income source and not just something I love to do in between tutoring shifts. It almost seems like cheating to get paid for my writing, because it's something I would just do anyway.

The story came about because I was really, really curious about the gardens. So I asked ten thousand questions. I've been doing that for 27 years! My mom gets excited to tell people my first words were, "What'sat?" A question I asked without stopping since I was only a few months old. Who knew you could make a career from asking questions and writing down the answers?

I feel really lucky and thankful today.


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Em said...

Congrats. It's a nasty societal guilt trip when you feel bad for getting paid to do something you enjoy, but keep on keepin' on.

PhillyKim said...

Katy I just love reading your work! These articles were so interesting... because YOU made them that way! Anyway, I was just thinking about you and decided to stop by the most enjoyable blog I know :o) Hope things are well with you and Corey- I'll get in touch better too!

PeaceLoveMath said...

You're so cool!! I'm super impressed and excited for you.