On exactly how I managed to finagle my way into a women’s magazine…
It all started with an email from a fellow South African mommy blogger (who will also be in the same magazine- just not sure if we’ll be in the same issue) forwarding a message from a journalist at the magazine asking if I knew of women who are “survivors” and if so, to contact her.
I subsequently sent the magazine my SIL’s details and told them a little about my nephew N and his short arms (after I checked with my SIL to make sure she wouldn’t mind). SIL said she was game and had a long conversation with a journalist who then sent a list of questions for SIL to answer for the article.
Then I got another email saying she needed a few more women for her article, so I then sent her the name of another blogging friend who no longer blogs (who has survived A LOT) and my sister C’s details (she’s survived alcoholism, rehab and a divorce). Sister C said I could submit her details if I told the journalist about myself as well. My argument was that I have not yet actually survived anything yet… and sister C said I must tell her about raising Damien alone and I dutifully did so. As it turned out sister C was unfortunately a little young for their target market, and a while later the journalist emailed me saying she was still short an interviewee and would I like to take part? I (ever so modestly of course) jumped at the chance!
She sent me a long list of VERY thought provoking questions and I think I may have gone a little overboard answering them (she’s gonna have to edit like mad), but what it basically boiled down to was how I have so far survived raising Damien alone and dealing with his being an ADDer. She also asked me if I had advice for other single moms raising ADDers, which really made me think.
Then when I mailed her mine and SIL’s answers and started making arrangements for the photo-shoot, I could have kicked myself because I suddenly thought of so many women I know who would be more worthy of being included in a magazine article about survivors than I am!
So that’s what happened, the magazine gave me a web address but unless I’m super thick I can’t find anything on the page to do with them! www.memagazine.co.za… Maybe you can!
Sorry I’ve been so scarce by the way…
There Is Never An Excuse
One in three is not a statistic - one in three is a crying shame.