I am excited to have a new essay, Sewing Lessons in the Ripples issue of Minerva Rising, a beautiful journal committed to the power of women's voices that pays (!) for fiction, nonfiction prose and poetry. Many thanks to the editors for selecting this essay for their Ripples themed issue that sought submissions in response to the following:
When the unexpected happens, the effects go on and on like RIPPLES in the water. The uncertainty, doubt and fear can make us question what we thought we knew and who we are. Whether from the personal or the political, we want to read what RIPPLES have stirred in you.
My essay, Sewing Lessons, is about childbirth during times of uncertainty and fear for the future and how hand sewing an impractical layette for my unborn child with lessons learned from my maternal grandmother (also Dorothy) proved empowering, a form of tactile meditation with tangible results when all else felt anything but.
Minerva Rising is accepting submissions on the theme of "Roots, Wings and Everything in Between," through January 1, 2018.
"I didn’t become a mother by design. I have the inefficacy of olive oil as a spermicide to thank for starting me on the journey. My first husband had decided the cream for my diaphragm was toxic to more than sperm, and that olive oil ought to be an equally effective substitute. I was skeptical, but I didn’t argue. In the five years since we’d met as idealistic college students, I’d determined life was easier, or at least less quarrelsome, when I went along.
I am also very excited about my (first!) Pushcart nomination, for Tiny Dancer, speculative fiction published in the online journal Chrome Baby this past August. Tiny Dancer is also my first published science fiction(ish) short story.
Dorothy, author of Gray Is The New Black, blogs about the challenges and opportunities of being a woman and a writer of a certain age in a youth-centric universe.