Letter: “LTC will always be my alma mater.”

Dear Laura,

I know that LTC won’t continue to function after a few months, and I just wanted to take some time out to extend my gratitude.

LTC will always be my alma mater. Ever since I can remember, I had always been a very shy writer. Entering the 2014 Junior Author’s Poetry Contest was literally my first step into the online literary world, and I was overwhelmed to be placed third.

After the contest, I wrote my first poem for jaBlog! titled “Precious.” To my surprise, it was selected for the May 2015 issue. I don’t know if you remember this, but you had called it a “very powerful and well-written poem.” Those were the very first words of encouragement that I ever received for my poetry, ever, from anyone, and I will never, ever forget them.

Eventually, I started writing regularly for the blog. It was amazing and enthralling, a monthly prompt that kept me on track and helped me with writing. Sometimes, you’d send me the editor’s comments, and to be very honest, reading her words made me dangerously proud and happy.

LTC was my first baby step, my first glance, my careful knock on the doors of the writing world. My first stamp of confidence.

I went through the archives, it’s funny but I am pretty sure I can tell the names of all the poems that have been published on jaBlog! since March 2015. It’s true! I love reading them, I love learning about new forms of poetry.

Looking back, I see myself as a dishevelled, unkempt writer lacking courage to tell the world of her dreams. The most important lesson I will be taking away from this community is probably: to never be afraid. No matter how old or how young you are, no matter what race, country, or gender you belong to, your dreams matter.

I am really sorry that you have to close LTC. I wish you didn’t have to, but I understand that you do .

Although I’ve never met you, or talked to you except across emails, you’ve been my only mentor. And I hope that even after LTC dissolves, I may have the privilege of writing to you (sometimes) and maybe let you know if I have any new ventures in the literary world.

It’s 3 a.m into the night, but some people are worth the time.

Sincerely,
Meghna Chatterjee.
India

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Dear Meghna. Even after we wind up LTC and jaBlog! in June, my email will remain the same. And, I believe that I will be able to keep the website up and running for another year for reading. I won’t be able to publish any more or host contests, etc. But I think I can keep it up as a reference site. ~ Laura

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Laura Michelle Thomas

About Laura Michelle Thomas

Laura Michelle Thomas is a novelist, freelance writer, writing mentor, and the owner of Laura Thomas Communications. She is the creator and administrator of the Junior Authors Contests and Junior Authors Conferences. Laura is publisher and senior editor of jaBlog! and is dedicated to fostering the development of young writers worldwide.

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