I’m horrible at small talk. It often begins with, “so what do you do?” I get it. It’s an easy glimpse into someone’s life, a starting point. Still, the job I spend forty hours a week doing is not the thing that makes me feel most like me. The other labels that will give you an easy glimpse at who I am and what I do include “divorced single parent” and “vegan” and “writer.” But there is obviously little nuance in these labels, or any others, and we are all bigger than all our labels stacked up together.
I’m writing all the time. I recently earned my MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and since then I’ve completed a novel and several short stories, all of which I’m currently seeking publication for. My work has appeared in Past Ten (https://www.past-ten.com/single-post/CatherineDiMercurio), and my novel, Amazing Disgrace, can be found at online booksellers such as Amazon.
This blog is not about being a divorced single parent vegan writer. It’s the chronicle of a journey many of us find ourselves on—the search for meaning in all the things that break our hearts and all the things that make them whole again.