Okay

Had my first non-blog pitch accepted by the Chronicle today.  When I first moved here in 2004 they were advertising to hire feature writers and turned me down when I applied.  Now their religion section is completely freelanced.  Okay. The story will be from the same reporting that I’m using for my first Goucher piece.  This is going to be a little tricky, and unless I continue to double up on reporting I may have to start turning down professional assignments.  Okay. Advertisements

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I am a journalist and I have lots of work

A month or so after I finished my masters degree in journalism and moved to Houston, Azizah magazine’s editor accepted a pitch for my second professional article ever.  I was thrilled.  After that I wrote one or two more, and then things dried up.  I got a job as an at-home medical transcriptionist (a skill that I’m glad I acquired 20 years ago, as it pays pretty well and is usually available), which paid my bills and my daughter’s rent, and then proceeded to apply for job after job with no success. In 2008 I opened an educational center/bookstore and for three years did something I never imagined I would, the demise of which I won’t analyze here.  As soon as I closed the bookstore I pitched an article to Azizah and it was accepted.  I made a pitch to Toastmaster magazine.  It was accepted.  I made a pitch to Islamic Horizons magazine and it was accepted.  In less than a year I’ve been assigned four articles by Toastmaster, three by Islamic Horizons and two for Azizah (with possibly a third in the wings).  These are feature articles, most of them 1800-2000 words, and one was a cover story. My point: I am a success.  I’m not writing for nationally prestigious magazines, but editors have consistently shown confidence in me and my skills, and that counts for more than anything.  One day God willing my byline will appear above 5000-word […]

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The dark caves of Houston

My first post-residency entry will be about my first assignment.  There’s so much to say about my time at Goucher – what I did there (and didn’t do), whom I met, how the faculty was, and more.  It will all come eventually, once I get my thoughts and work organized.  But the first entry will be about my first assignment. […]

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