Susanna J. Sturgis
Susanna J. Sturgis is the author of The Mud of the Place (Speed-of-C Productions, December 2008), a novel about small-town people getting unstuck with a little help from their friends. In 1999, when she got back into horses after 30 years away, she finally understood her life as a ongoing search for places where it was OK to dress in barn clothes and hang out with girls. Such places tend to be fermentatious, but she didn't realize that till she wrote this essay. She thanks the Feminist Women's Writing Workshops (defunct), Wintertide Coffeehouse (also defunct), and WisCon, the feminist science fiction convention (still thriving!), for giving her plenty of reasons to believe. For comments and encouragement on this particular essay, she is deeply grateful to Susan Robinson and Bonna Whitten-Stovall. Susanna is a year-round resident of the seasonally occupied territory of Martha's Vineyard, where she lives with a young Alaskan malamute, makes her living as a freelance editor, and dresses in barn clothes even when she's not at the barn. You can find her online at www.susannajsturgis.com or www.themudoftheplace.com.