As I was updating my writing page today I couldn’t help but think of all the editors who’ve given me (and my procrastinating ways) a chance. First there’s Doug Claussen, editor at the I-70 Scout. He took me on when I was an inexperienced, just-out-of-high school girl. I wrote dozens and dozens and dozens of articles for him that summer after high school and he gave me my first taste of what it was like to be a real writer. I had my own desk and everything! Working at the I-70 Scout for that summer is the only full time writing job I’ve had so far.
Then there’s Pat Ptolemy, former editor at the Ag Journal. When my daughter was just a baby I answered her newspaper ad looking for writers. Over time ended I ended up writing an Ag Salutes feature spot nearly every week for a year or so (until my procrastinating got to be too much for even me to put up with!).
The Fence Post has been part of my writing portfolio since I was in college and did a few freelance articles for them. I am so grateful for my current editor there, Amelia Dietz. She not only gave me the opportunity to write Road to Ranching in the Rocky Mountain Fence Post, but also got my column in to the Nebraska edition and has been so understanding when I have computer and mothering troubles! I am so grateful for her (and hope I can give her early columns for Christmas!)
Another current editor, Rod Haxton at the Scott County Record is giving me a great opportunity to write very part time for him! It’s not often that you can move to a new town, walk into a business and get a job freelancing! I am excited to learn from Rod’s extensive newspaper experience.
I can’t write without a place to send my writing and am so grateful for those who’ve taken a chance on me (there are more than these editors!) I hope I have many more writing opportunities in the future!