Emptying the Altar of Motherhood

In July of this year, I was thrilled when The Lily expressed interest in a piece I had submitted. The bad news? They wanted to take my 4500 word nuanced essay and transform it into a 1300 word op-ed. Of course, I said yes. To be published in The Lily was a dream, and I was coming to understand that journalistic writing was much shorter than the book form I was used to (4500 words felt like nothing compared to the books I had been writing for the last eight years that totaled 70-80,000 words apiece). But I liked my longer piece infinitely better. So many of the issues people had with the piece might have been assuaged if they’d had the opportunity to read the totality of my thoughts.

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