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Just got a call from Ben, my friend who edits Static/Epiphany (the literary 'zine I contribute to). Weeks ago, I'd shared with him one of my journal entries as a sample of another kind of writing I do. He was taken with the idea, and soon proposed that the next issue be comprised of journal entries from contributing writers, written by our own hands. As of this morning, the concept has shifted again— to me. Instead of being all journal entries, the theme for the next issue will be the entry I sent to Ben. It'll be circulated among the writers, and they'll be asked to write on anything that rises from their reading of it. My entry will close the issue.

Feeling at once honored and exposed. These authors will be working from a snapshot of my life, extracting thoughts, emotions, themes, or whatever strikes them. My heart is in there, bright and dark. And the longer I sit, the more that realization sinks in and the more afraid I become. Yet curiosity compels me as well. What will strangers make of a glimpse into my strange life?


"Spoken For"

I love that song. It drives me to my knees and reminds me that I'm Someone's, you know? Makes me feel prized, humbled, and loved all at once.
Would you mind pasting or directing us to the entry that will be passed around and discussed? Sounds like a neat lit. mag. Does it have a website?
Enjoying your LJ,

Re: "Spoken For"

No website yet, though it's in dicussion. And unfortunately, the entry they'll be using isn't public on LJ (ironic that it will be public in my "real" life instead). If either of these things changes, I'll update.

I haven't listened to contemporary Christian music as much recently, but sometimes it's just what I need.
Answer: An intensely self-critical and thoughtful person who is more honest about the struggle with God and self than the average person on the street has the courage to be.
Wow, thanks. As soon as I posted that last part, I realized I give strangers glimpses into my strange life every day on LiveJournal– I've just never asked them to respond artistically.
This souns very interesting! That's awesome that they would choose to use a journal entry of yours to feature in their mag for you're quite a good writer!

You're so lucky! I wish I could fins an e-mag that I could write for.

What is the link to this e=mag? It would be interesting to check it out and read.
Blah! Please forgive my many typos in the above comment! Sometimes I swear I need proper typing lessons!
No link yet, though Ben and I discussed a web presence this morning (if anything ever comes of it, I'll keep you updated). For now, it's still print only and tiny circulation. Thanks so much for the kind words regarding my writing.
Very cool. Congratulations -- You're a great writer, and I'm happy for you.

Baring one's heart is always hard, but usually ends up with beautiful results.