Of all the personal essays I’ve written, the one that’s nearest and dearest to my heart has just been published. It’s about the origin of my going-on-25-years history with Virginia Woolf. More than just a fascination with an author or adoption of a muse or mentor, it was the start of what has become the most fulfilling time of my life, and it led to my own writing.
“Pilgrimage” is just released at Bloom, a literary site devoted to authors whose first major work was published when they were age 40 or older. Woolf isn’t one of those authors, but I am. The particular call that I responded to was for essays about a book or author that served as inspiration, so it’s fitting all the way around
Two other essays about other aspects of my Woolfian explorations were previously published:
“Elvis Standing By,” the story of our Rodmell connection–other than Virginia Woolf–was published in Eclectica Magazine in the April/May 2011 issue.
“Cornish Pasty,” the St. Ives chapter, appeared in in Phoebe Journal, Fall 2012.