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2/15/2021 12:58:00 PM
Dodgeville native turns written collections into first published book
The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly changed the way people live their lives. People have lost their jobs, students have missed out on significant milestones, the list goes on.
A local Dodgeville resident saw an opportunity in the pandemic, and utilized her time to cross off an item on her bucket list: become a published author.
Rachel Wahlin, 23, has published "Snippets: A Ramble of Raw Thoughts."
Wahlin said it was funny how the timing worked out, as she was in her last semester of undergraduate school at UW-Milwaukee when the quarantine began. She graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a degree in Mass Communications.
However things changed quite quickly, as three jobs she had at that time fell out from underneath her within a matter of two days.
"I didn't know what else to do, and I felt like I didn't have a purpose then," Wahlin said.
Wahlin had always dreamed about becoming a published author, and is the founder of her Triple Tea Thoughts blog. She had been working with a mentor who had been encouraging her to tap into her creative side.
"My mentor asked me 'what's holding you back from doing it now," Wahlin said.
Financial aspects aside, Wahlin realized nothing truly was holding her back. "I realized when I graduate college, I'm going to have a lot more time," Wahlin said. "I'm a writer. I love writing, and I realized the time to start is now."
So then, she got to work in bringing her dream to fruition. She began her research in publishing a book, and then figuring out what exactly she was going to write.
Journaling has been a way for Wahlin to express her thoughts on certain parts of her life and found that it might be worth it to look at her past entries.
"I would actually flip through old notebooks and journals that I had, from the past couple years," Wahlin said. "I would just take note of what I had, and just write it down."
Wahlin also expressed her feelings of living through the pandemic, and what changes she had to go through.
"Going through quarantine, I was going through all these mixed emotions and adjusting with losing a lot of money due to not working after graduating college," Wahlin said....
(See the rest of the story in the February 11, 2021 Chronicle issue)



Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2021
Article comment by: Ben Strand

Hello!

I grew up in Dodgeville - and have recently published a book that touches upon the local history.

A Black Hawk War Guide: Landmarks, Battlefields, Museums and Firsthand Accounts
by Ben Strand (Author), Kealan Hamilton-Youngbird (Foreword)

The Black Hawk War was the final conflict east of the Mississippi River between American Indian communities and the United States regular troops and militia. Exploring the museums, wayside markers and parks relating to that struggle is not just a journey of historic significance through beautiful natural scenery. It is also an amazing convergence of legendary personalities, from Abraham Lincoln to Jefferson Davis. Follow the fallout of the war from the Quad Cities on the Illinois/Iowa border, through the “Trembling Lands” along the Kettle Morraine and into the Driftless Area of southern Wisconsin. Pairing local insight with big-picture perspective, Ben Strand charts an overlooked quadrant of America’s frontier heritage.
Ben Strand hails from the Uplands of southwestern Wisconsin. He received his education while serving as a busboy at the Thym’s Supper Club in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, and the Old Mexico Grill in Santa Fe, New Mexico. With degrees from the University of Wisconsin and an MFA from Goddard College in Vermont. He lives in Milton, Wi near the Driftless region of Wisconsin.




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