Effective immediately the HLDW* has been upgraded and will now be known as the HLDWW - Hippie Liberal Douche Writer Wife.
A couple of months ago the HLDWW decided that she wanted to begin a freelance writing career. One small stumbling block was that she has no experience in the field whatsoever. Undeterred, she did some research and decided that the quickest way to achieve her goal of amassing some 'clips' (samples of published works - the street cred of freelancers) would be to do an unpaid internship somewhere. So, in her HLDWW single-minded manner she contacted the Editor in Chief of one of the local alternative weeklies, The Sunday Paper (www.sundaypaper.com) and secured a meeting. She met with him and asked for a shot at an internship. Unfortunately, he didn't have any space for additional interns but, after looking at some of her grad work papers, he did say that he would be willing to mentor her. He asked her to pitch some story ideas in the Arts arena (they don't have anyone on staff doing that beat right now) and if he liked any of the ideas he would take a look at what she wrote and possibly use it.
A couple of weeks ago she pitched a story about an exhibit set to open at the Museum of Design Atlanta. He liked the idea and advised her to write a review and if they had room in an upcoming issue they might use some quotes. Faint encouragement to be sure - but the HLDWW wanted to prove herself - so we (Yes, WE - it was painful and is worth another blog entry on its own - let's just say Rhino and frou frou gallery openings don't mix) attended the Press & VIP only opening for the exhibit and she wrote a review of 400 odd words (again, a painful process worthy of a separate blog entry) and submitted it.
She thought that was the end of things but then - GOOD NEWS - The Editor read it and liked it so much that he wanted her to beef it up to the 600 word range so that they could include it in the February 21st edition.
I'm so proud of her - her first at bat and she knocks it out of the park. She kicks ass and the world should know. As soon as the review appears online I'll post a link.
It is good to be the supportive spouse Rhino.
*Hippie Liberal Douche Wife