Courtney Barron’s publishing debut in Quail Bell Magazine’s “Why I do what I do” series

Courtney’s first published work is very fittingly “Blood, Ink, and Soul” in Quail Bell Magazine, a lovely essay on why she writes. I love it and I’m so proud of her. Courtney and I have been friends since we were five and six respectively, and she is one of the most creative people I know. One of the reasons I’m writing a novel is because she wrote her novel a few years before I started my MFA and encouraged me so much that I just had to believe her. Keep an eye out for her in the future– she’s in the editing phase right now and it’s a very cool dark fantasy tale set in Romania. She’s also a gorgeous and unique visual artist and just started an internship as a substance abuse counselor. This girl doesn’t mess around.

Once upon a time, Courtney visited me in Ireland and we took an awesome picture in a pub bathroom

Once upon a time, Courtney visited me in Ireland and we took an awesome picture in a pub bathroom

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Quail Bell Magazine wants to know what you do and why you do it. Here’s my deal.

I wrote this outside all at once after thinking about it almost non-stop for 3 days. So artists, writers, magic-makers, think about it: why do you do what you do? And what is it that you do? Get back to Quail Bell with a creative essay by 3/30. We all want to know. Email yours to submissions@quailbellmagazine.com

“Invocation invites manifestation” http://www.quailbellmagazine.com/3/post/2014/03/why-i-do-what-i-do-jessica-reidy.html

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I’ll be honest with you– it was an intense realization. There’s a lot more ego and angst than I like to admit mixed-up in my creative drive. There’s also an unruly amount of joy, wonder, and hallucinogenic imagination, so it evens out. All of it’s just fine.