Depending on the heading, I tend to delete email from people I don't know. I am so glad I read Jenny Tai's email. Turns out, Jenny is the Features Editor for the New York University (NYU) student newspaper, The Washington News, and she was doing a review of The First Line magazine. She had enjoyed my story, "Weekend Escapes," in the Summer 2010 issue and wondered if I would give her a quote. Me? Me!
Yes, I know that when something of mine is published, whether online or in print, other people are reading it. That's the point. But sometimes it takes something tangible, like a nice note from a reader or a request for a quote for an article to bring that surreal concept home to me. When I write my stories, they feel so small and private. When I send them out into the world, they become something bigger, more universal than just "my story." I imagine it's what it's like when you send your child off to school or out into the world - you hope you've made them good, made them strong enough to stand on their own. You hope they leave a good impression on all they meet. You hope you've done your best, and you hope you've done enough.
(Unfortunately, I didn't make it into the final piece, but I was thrilled to be asked in the first place. If you're interested, you can read the article here.)