We try to get fiction to be like real life, only more interesting and cohesive. What we long for in real life--safety, tranquility, health, a love that sails smoothly forever--don't make for great fiction. Terrific fiction needs surprises, discord, eccentricity, and tragedy, even.
Sometimes, a blog post about real life is like reading a very cool story.
Here is one. Go read it. You'll love it! And I felt so warm in my heart for people I'll never meet.
Thanks Michelle. Whatever you write to publish, make it have this sort of life and humor in it, and an editor will snap it up but fast!