Dear Gen,

Thank you. That’s right, check me out, I am leading a revolution for the status quo, for same old, same old! Wait, that didn’t come out correct. No, that’s exactly what I am doing. I am fighting FOR the establishment, for keeping it the same. OK. I know I am a curmudgeon, but lines have to be drawn.

Now I am discombobulated. And I do not like it, not one bit. It’s not like I have any desire to be hip — I can’t tell a difference between an ironic & a non-ironic man-bun & I’ve made peace with it. But I am up on certain latest scientific lingo — did you know that dogs are now considered non-human persons? True.

But no matter how I turn “writer” around or sideways, there’s just no better term for me. I’ve tossed “creative” around, but it’s so general. Plus it’s more of an adjective than a noun. I keep wanting to ask “Creative what?” By looking at me, most people immediately assume emu farmer or friendly fox raising. Well, my emu farming days are long behind me. And as far as friendly foxes are concerned, I’m banned after “the Incident.” Plus, you know, once NASA & the Catholic Church gets involved, it just gets weird.

But I digress. Don’t know if you noticed, but I do that a lot. In any case, Gen, the establishment wins in this case. I am what I am. I write, therefore I am. Writer.

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.

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