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Well, kiddo, you’re not going to die happy if you don’t at least take a run at it. An early morning thought. I’d been avoiding writing a novel version of the short story “In the Land of Two-Legged Women,” which had been critiqued in an afternoon Master Class taught by Margaret Atwood at the 92nd St Y in New York. Atwood said she thought it could be a novel and movie. My god! Atwood said that? Time to get to work.
Many years later I woke up with the get-on-with-it kiddo thought. The story takes place in the city state of Ramprend and it is not a good place for women and girls. I DID NOT WANT TO GO INTO THAT WORLD AGAIN. I survived it for a short story but a novel length of time in Ramprend was downright terrifying. I feared what happened in Ramprend would not stay in Ramprend and I would become completely freaky. I could envision myself—
• not leaving home due to being too depressed to communicate with real people
• going ou…