I’m in my 57th year on a rock hurtling around a star, and that question gets easier to answer the older I get. And tougher. Sometimes, I have to answer it by telling you who I’m not rather than who I am.
I’m no one’s wife because I’ve not married. I’m no one’s life partner because I don’t have one. I’m no one’s daughter because my parents are deceased. I’m no one’s employee because I don’t have a job. And I’m no one’s patsy because I have a voice — it’s strong and I like to use it.
I am, however, a mother, sister, client services manager (freelancer), chief of staff (cat owner), adventure-seeking, trying-to-get-back-there Australian (temporarily stuck resident of Vietnam). I’ve been on the receiving end of narcissist abuse and it almost destroyed me, which explains my single status.
I’m trying, and failing, to wean myself off Facebook. I don’t get what all the fuss is about Instagram and I don’t see the point of TikTok. I felt the same way about SnapChat and Periscope and Boomerang. I do like Pinterest, though, and often get sucked down into that rabbit hole. Twitter is like an old boyfriend I check in on every so often, just to see what he’s been up to. LinkedIn is where I go if I want to beat myself up about missed opportunities and the career I never I had.
What do I write about?
For fun, I write essays and memoirs and attempt poetry. Sometimes, I write fiction. Sometimes I teach these things, or parts of these things. And for profit, I write and edit for businesses and corporations and multi-nationals. I have a novel I’ve been working on for twenty years. I hope I finish it some day, but it’s not looking promising.
In my personal writing, you’ll see my thinking — thought processes laid bare like a Botticelli painting. You’ll see me trying to nut through a problem or make sense of an issue or unravel a mystery. Sometimes I don’t end up where I anticipated I would. But the words have a mind of their own and they speak their own truth to my power.
What about this writing on Medium thing?
I have been on Medium, off and on, since 2016. I am rarely curated, which probably says more about Medium than it does about me. But here are posts that did make the grade:
I Finally See Him for Who He Really Is
It was 10 months before I realized the man I was dating wasn’t who he appeared to be.
10 Things I Learned From Being Single For 10 Years
I’ve been single for more than 10 years. It isn’t at all bad, but I’ve had to come to terms with a few things to be at…
So I tend to not write for Medium per se — mostly, I repost my writing from my own website here. Like these:
An Open Letter to Civil Servants Everywhere (But Especially in America)
I first published this open letter to civil servants on 29 January, 2017. It’s timely to republish it because it’s more…
Life, interrupted. Riding out the coronavirus lockdown in Hanoi, Vietnam — Diane Lee
Our lives have been interrupted by a shit show on a global scale. I’m still in Vietnam, riding out the coronavirus…
I have a follow me/follow you policy because it’s fair. I like to round up claps so your number is even because it’s a neatness thing. I will comment on your pieces, sometimes. And highlight, sometimes. And share sometimes.
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My Medium publications
Like many writers here, I do edit a couple of Medium publications. Both are new. Both need followers. And if you’d like to write for either, please email me.
For all you brave, dissatisfied souls who started life afresh in another country, and all that that entails.
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