A Most Excellent Adventure

The last few days have been a whirlwind of excitement for me with regards to writing. I have dreamt of growing my career as a writer and teacher for the last ten years. Children and illness paused that growth, but I never let go of the dream.

My family recently took a seven state, seven day vacation. My husband prefers to do the driving, which left me free to absorb the visual wonder of this country as we passed through. It is probably good that I drove little. We travelled south. Car rides alone have a meditative effect on me. I lose my sense of time as my place shifts, moving back and forth between the now and the before.  I craft stories in my head. This ride prompted the sifting of many unturned memories, welcome after the less-favorable memories to which I have recently devoted my writing energy.

The day before we embarked on our journey, I received two pieces of excellent news. The first is that one of my short stories was accepted for publication by Art Saves Lives International. The second was a request for an interview which I accepted and gave the same day. I will share more about that when I have more to tell. For now, know that the topic was “passing.” Also, it was my first radio experience, and only my second time in an interview. Suffice it to say, it was nerve-wracking.

So, there came good news and a journey. My return was greeted with more wonderful news. My new series of classes was confirmed by Unity of Bloomington. They have a wonderful space for writing and teaching. My last session was a beautiful success. It was difficult to end with such an incredible group of trauma writers, but that closing is eased by the opening of a new session.

In addition, I am enjoying the publication of one of my poems on the website of Shareen Mansfield. I coach Shareen and edit her site, On the Verge. It has been immensely rewarding to see her regrow her writing wings, and an honor to be part of her process. She is a tried journalist who is stretching her voice. Reading through her work, you will find she can be funny, ribald, tender and intelligent in any combination. Because I am privy to her not-yet-published pieces, I can confidently tell you Shareen has immense depth as a writer. She is worth following, as her journey is that of a developing artist. And it is a pleasure to share my work through her venue. Here is a link to “Fruit,” a poem further exploring my 2002 visit to Lebanon. I love that Shareen shares my connection to both place and family. It feels right that her site is hosting this piece.

Thank you for your part in my growth. The reader/writer community I engage with through this site is my creative backbone. Whether I have connected with you through my webserial, Twitter, FaceBook or one of my various publication venues, I am thrilled to have met you. Thank you for sharing the journey. Please link to something you are proud of in the comments. I feel the need to celebrate. I would love to celebrate you.

Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

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  1. Wow, congratulations on all your achievements! Having your story accepted must have been quite a thrill. 🙂

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  2. How do you make a fainting emoticon. I love your writing, especially when you say such great things!

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