Wednesday, March 30, 2011
A Few Thoughts
The present issue of Looking Back, a memoir type magazine published by DRG ( a house that also publishes Good Old Days)has an article I wrote about cutting hedge posts. The byline has my husband’s name since the magazine wanted first person stories and the story was his experience. I let him have the byline, but I cashed the check!
The hedge, otherwise known as the Osage Orange is native to middle America where the Osage and other natives used the sturdy wood for making bows. The wood is hard and lasts well, and that is why it was used later for fence posts. The tree grows with small trunks or multi- trunks so when planted close together the trees form fences themselves for confining cattle and livestock.
When first cut the wood has an orange cast but darkens as it ages. For example, the first two shawl pins in this fan are made of hedge from DH’s family farm. When they were first made they had a lovely orangey glow, but now at two years old, they have darkened and can hardly be deciphered from the oak and cherry woods.
I recently signed a contract for a romance for the May True Confessions after a call out. I was pleased to see Dorchester back on track and functioning again. Now the last couple of days the word is out that the publishing company is being put up for sale. In today’s publishing market, I think that is a doubtful proposition. Now I am wondering if my story will be printed, if I will paid. If anyone sees the May issue of True Confessions on the stand with a story including a lovable mailman, please let me know!
While I have no experience with this market, I see that there is an ongoing call out for essays from women about changes in their lives. If interested in writing a personal essay about the changes you have faced in your life stages, go to www.changesinlife.com for more details and submission guidelines.