Chance Meeting with a Sewing Machine

Another story is out. This one was done for my beat — and yes, it came together much faster than the previous one. I guess I’m learning something! Well, hopefully.

And yes, it’s a centerpiece in the paper, and I’m an old-fashioned person in a way, so that makes me especially proud of myself
And yes, it’s a centerpiece in the paper, and I’m an old-fashioned person in a way, so that makes me especially proud of myself

But really: basically, everything I had to with the story after sending the first draft to the editor was just to rewrite the opening scene (the initial one felt a bit out of place, I should admit). And that was it. I guess the story itself wasn’t as complicated as the previous one — it’s basically about a new business, a person who opened it and some market trends, — but still, I was really pleased when this e-mail titled “the story is terrific” popped up in my mailbox.

Working on this story reiterated for me why I like being a journalist so much. Because it’s essentially a never-ending self-education, that’s why. (Which, by the way, makes my current situation even more multi-level, since I’m basically studying how to study life.) I mean, before coming to Straight Grain studio I didn’t even know what tassels were — and that’s not because my English is that bad, as a matter of fact, I still don’t know how these things are called in Russian. But now I know, and I even can make one, and I learned a whole lot about sewing and draping and stuff, and probably now I’m even able to participate in a discussion about sewing for some time.

Which, of course, is unlikely to happen, but I hope my nonexistent readers gets the point anyway.

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