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What a beautiful generous piece about your process Rae. Congratulations. I resonate with lots of this.

I genuinely love everything you publish - I found you through a Substack feature and couldn’t believe my luck to be honest! See you Thurs! ✨

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This is magically well timed for me. I’ve just published my first long essay that I spent many months working on, to... crickets :). I find this account of your experience very encouraging. Thank you!

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Sep 12, 2023Liked by Rachel Katz

Rae! Hi 👋🏼 I’m seriously so grateful to have discovered your polished, elegant, and insightful writing! I see a lot of myself in you (I hope that’s not creepy). And I just wanna let you know that you inspire me, Rae. Thanks for everything, and what a lovely capstone to year one!

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Sep 12, 2023Liked by Rachel Katz

What we're looking forward to: More of what you feel driven to provide. I'm probably not your expected audience, but I've really connected with some of your stuff. Some of it, I've felt has helped me connect and understand my wife better. Some of it, I didn't feel related to my life, and that was okay too. I love the way you write and capture your feelings and thoughts, and it's clear that I'm not alone.

Wherever your creativity leads you, we'll be there!

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Congratulations on all your incredible work here, Rae - I'm a huge fan and looking forward to seeing what's to come as you usher in the second year! Thanks for sharing your insights too - I'm still grappling with what and how I share here, and learning from others further along in that process is so valuable.

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I am brand new to your work (I came here via that notorious troublemaker Dobrenko) and this is the perfect introduction. Thank you and cheering you onwards.

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Congratulations and thank you for all that you do here. I’m up for what you choose to provide. You are not a vending machine, you are you: Rae a human who has a wide life experience and writes. Ultimately that is what we’re here for.

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Sep 12, 2023Liked by Rachel Katz

What a year one! Can't wait for year two!!

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Happy anniversary and thanks for the mention!

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Happy one year! What a gift to share your process and what you’ve learned along the way. I so appreciate where you have set clear boundaries for yourself because that is permission giving to others trying to do the same. I love this community you are building and am grateful to be a part of it. Thanks for the mention 🥰 It feels really good to know that my comments matter. I spent so much of my internet life thinking that I shouldn’t comment on things because who has time to care what I have to say. I don’t feel that anymore because I know how much comments mean to me as a writer, but it’s always good to hear it from someone else ☺️

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One might also conjecture that work on the three-year essay required a certain mastery of the craft and persistence which allowed the off-the-cuff posts to flow breezily and land so well? Great milestone post Rae, thanks for sharing <3

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Sep 12, 2023Liked by Rachel Katz

Congratulations on 1 year Rae! Thank you for sharing your journey, I found it to be very inspiring!

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This is an awesome article! Thanks for sharing your initial skepticism and what happened after that. It reads like an entertaining story that we can all relate to and is made that much better because it's your actual Substack story. Yay!

My favorite line is 'Color me shocked.' I think we need that on a T-shirt!

As Josh already mentioned in the comments we are here for all of it, however you are creatively moved we know it will be good.

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Happy 1 year anniversary! 🥳

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My big question is: "How does one get featured by Substack?"

My second questions is: "How'd you get it twice?"

These are great insights that I totally agree with and see in my own writing. I'm not here for the major bumps, I'm here for the slow and steady, but it still makes me curious as to whether I'm overlooking something.

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Well done! Keep up the good work.

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