Maybe it’s the holiday sweaters, the gift exchanges, or the five liters of hot cocoa that I drank today, but I’m feeling sentimental. I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for this amazing year.
This is the first year that I’ve posted my writing online, and I never in a million years thought that I would receive the kind of response that I have. The fact that people all over the world have read my work will never cease to amaze me. I was told by Medium recently that over 100k people have read my work (#notsohumblebrag). Isn’t that insane?
Through Medium, I’ve had opportunities I never in a million years thought I would ever get. I got to interview at writing jobs. I got to see my work published. I even started my own publication (ahem, shameless plug). Best of all, I joined an online community unlike any other I’d seen before. Medium is, to be frank, some tight-ass shit (in a good way).
This has been a great year. And with you all by my side, I know that next year we can kick it up a notch.
In the following year, brace yourselves for:
- More writing, because duh
- A new and improved ellieguzman.com (and yes, return of the newsletter!!)
- Mayyyyyybe…. a…… boo…. a boo…. aboo….. A BOOK?!?!?!
In honor of this season and the end of the year, here are my top three pieces in case you’ve missed them (which were really hard to pick since I’m in love with myself) and my personal top three as a reader:
8 Sexual Positions for Underachievers
Girl on top? Excuse me, I signed up for sex, not CrossFit. My legs look and feel like two Twinkies that melted together…
This piece, 8 Sexual Positions for Underachievers, is the one that started it all. It had been swimming around in my brain for a long time and I’m glad I finally had the stones to write it down. It honestly changed everything for me as a writer.
How Being A Nonfamous Child Actress Messed Me Up
It’s common to hear about child stars that became famous before they were ten years old and end up spreadeagled in…
Again, this puppy had been floating around in my brain since I was old enough to say “I don’t want to be an actress anymore!” It was extremely cathartic to write and something I’d been wanting to say for a long, long time.
Almost Salsa Hookers: A Short Story
I’m not 100% sure how I got into this situation. All I know is that I’m way too dead inside for any of this. I am not a…
A lot of my pieces this year had something satirical to say about the state of the world. I enjoyed those, but this one is one of my favorites because it’s just a snippet of my weird life.
Now, for my top three as a reader:
How to Rebuild a Broken Brain
Jordan Riley’s memory of the day he died is surprisingly good
This is something you read that stays with you forever and makes you grateful for every little thing in your life. Reading about Jordan’s life after a traumatic brain injury is gripping and Mike Riggs did a wonderful job putting this piece together.
This piece from Conor Dougherty about his mother’s dementia and her previous life as a doctor is beautifully written. The picture of the deposition alone is amazing.
This gave me life. When I grow up I want to totally eviscerate somebody in the masterful way that Sara Benincasa did. I was dead before I read this.
Well, that’s all for now, and I will see you crazy kids soon!!!!