Little Reminders

Liza Monroy Writings

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I haven’t written much in the last ten weeks because I’ve been very busy teaching (not to mention being a mamma). Sometimes I wondered if and when I’d be able to write again, which led to questioning my very identity as a writer. Then a funny thing happened: in one week, two older pieces became new again, appearing in new forms: my first column for “Modern Love” in the New York Times was turned into a podcast, read by Malin Ackerman, and my short essay “Like No Otter,” about love and weirdness for O Magazine, came out again in Oprah’s new anthology O’s Little Book of Calm & Comfort, in the company of Pema Chodron, Edwidge Danticat, Mary Gaitskill, Elizabeth Gilbert, and other literary and spiritual heroines. On the back is a quote (from Oprah): “Your deepest struggle can, if you’re willing and open, produce your greatest strength.” My struggle at the moment is in creating the time to write, and these two rebirths happening at once, exactly when I needed a reminder, are like a message saying yes, this is what you do, this is your vocation, keep doing this. What reminders have you received when you needed them most?

You can listen to the Modern Love podcast here or here and check out O’s Little Book of Calm & Comfort here. Enjoy!