Tuesday, July 21, 2009
During my life in journalism, I worked at papers all over the country. My dear husband (who, before we met, had lived for 13 years in the same apartment) and I moved again and again and again, as I followed my dream and built my career.
Finally, at the Times Herald-Record, I found a job and a place and people that I loved. Finally, I was done with looking. Finally, I'd landed in the place where I'd stay for the rest of my working life.
Five years later, my job was eliminated and I was sent packing.
Not so long after I was kicked out, others were kicked out, too. Some of them, and others who left of their own accord, have started a weekly online paper, the Zest of Orange (the Times Herald-Record is in Orange County, NY). We have a lovely, fun, scintillating little weekly, with news, art, opinions and a fictional serial written by yours truly.
This was something the late Mike Levine and I cooked up at the Record, as a way to entice readers to open the paper between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It's a busy time, and readership falls off in many newspapers. Mike and I thought the serial idea would be fun, and we thought it just might work.
It did, and I wrote a handful of serials for the Record, and one for the Kent County Daily Times, while I was the editor there. That one won a Rhode Island Associated Press first-place award for creativity.
So, check it out. Go to the Zest home page, and look around. To find my serial, "The Travels of Zoe, the Wonder Dog," do a search for my name. And enjoy!