This isn’t the first, second, third or even fourth time I’ve peed my pants in public, but this is the first time I haven’t cared.
An essay version of my memoir How to Meet a Nice Man from Medicine Hat is running in tomorrow’s (Sunday March 4) New York Times Modern Love column. I peeked at the website today, when I saw BY NATALIE APPLETON (my name), I felt a dribble. The headline is A World Away, a Wish Answered, which I think is lovely.
It’s a less poetic but probably more clear and focused version of the original version I submitted. Nevertheless, this feels pretty cool, particularly on the heels of a lot of agent rejection. No book deals yet, but I think this shows how important it is to believe in yourself and your book when no one else does.