“Your life and mine, we are made whole with composted mayhem.”
I wrote those words five years ago when my life was fermenting. One thing went wrong, then another, then another. Somehow I caught horrible luck and horrible sadness at the same time.
And I don’t think this is unusual. Sometimes our lives just go off-kilter, and we cannot recognize what is before us as our own.
Composted mayhem is what happens when all the rotten days and weeks start to mingle with each other until there is a whole pile of messes. The pile sits and waits and holds its breath—and then something happens and the green starts peeking through!
It is a long, slow, painful miracle. And that is what this blog is all about.
Sarah Ellis is a writer, vocalist, avid reader, sometimes-exerciser, and environmentalist hailing from Brattleboro, a town in southeastern Vermont, and now living in the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2015 with degrees in anthropology and Italian, both of which she hasn’t used since . . . but she has absolutely no regrets. (STUDY ANTHROPOLOGY, I DARE YOU. YOU WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!!)
Sarah has worked in small arts-based companies, educational settings, and city government, and she is now works as a freelance copy editor, proofreader, and publicity associate with Green Writers Press, a sustainable press in Brattleboro. She loves waking up in the morning, making a maple latte, and finding grammatical errors in manuscripts about vampires or environmental catastrophes.
Sarah also likes to sit in cafés on Saturday mornings and work on her many half-baked novels—or hound her friends into going on bike rides on a rail trail near her house. In addition to reading and writing contemporary fiction, Sarah enjoys watching good television, hiking in the region, and overcoming her fear of climbing cliff faces with heavy backpacks.
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