Help! An Editor Stole My Story!!!

What do you do if an editor steals your story idea? It’s every writer’s nightmare. You hack away and come up with a fantastic idea. You ship it off to an editor of a big-time magazine and bite your nails. You feel it in your blood—this one’s a winner! This one’s going to put you on the map! Then you don’t hear back from the editor about your pitch. You wait the requisite one month before you nudge him. He doesn’t respond. You nudge again. Then, disaster strikes. You see the article in print, but not by you. Your big-time editor assigned it to somebody else. Not only that, but… Read More

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Grasshoppers, Ants and the Kennebec River

  If whitewater is dangerous, why has it saved my life twice already? The first time was when my brother died. If you’ve never lost a loved one, you may not understand me when I say it wasn’t like losing someone, but like moving to a strange, new place where nothing works or makes sense. It looks like the place you used to live, and all the people, buildings, and routines are the same, but it’s completely different, and you can’t get back to that place you were before. I remember feeling like the world had literally shattered. Like all the strategies I’d developed for dealing with my life and… Read More

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