by Amanda Schlindwein
Any creative venture is uniquely special to its creator. There’s a conception, a gestation period of preparation and practice, and then a birth. To hand your story over to a reader, or to hit send on that online submission, can feel a bit like handing your newborn baby to a stranger. Your palms sweat, your breath catches, your heart beats wildly in your chest, and you hope that they will be careful with you. You wait for the smile or the grimace.
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