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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.

Noel and I on the night of Loy Krathong in 2006, three months after meeting in Bangkok. Two oceans and 12,000 kilometres from where we were born--Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada--we fell in love. We eventually left Thailand and our fairytale to live in the real world, where we argue over whose turn it is to get up with the teething baby. But that's another memoir.

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.