Yesterday afternoon, while my husband and I were doing chores around the house, my mother in law called and left a message for “the famous Heidi Fishman.” It took me a minute to figure out what she was referring to, and then I realized the local paper had published the article about memoir writing that they had interviewed me for a couple of months ago.
I quickly went to check out the article as I hadn’t yet opened the Sunday paper. I immediately went to Section E – Life and Leisure and flipped through the pages. Nothing there. “Hmmm. That’s strange,” I thought. Kay said she saw the article and my husband had already found it on-line. Where else would the paper put it? Section B – Local and Regional? Nope. Lots of graduation news but nothing about memoir writing. Where else would the paper put it? (We have a very small local paper). I went to the front page to look at the index and to my surprise the article was on the front page. Wow – THE FRONT PAGE! This was unexpected. Now, I’ll admit that the article was “below the fold” and my name didn’t appear until page 4. But there I was. And there was even a picture of the back of my head – directly across the page from Edward Snowden!
So now the pressure is on. It isn’t just my friends that know about my attempt to be a writer. Anyone who read the local paper might have seen the back of my head in that picture and scanned down to see the three paragraphs about me. What am I doing here blogging? I better get back to the book.