My articles and essays have been in a variety of publications including: Feminine Collective, Wanderlust Journal, Minneapolis StarTribune, General Aviation News, Piper Flyer, Minnesota Parent, Womeninc. Magazine, Girlfriends Magazine and Grown and Flown. Four of my essays have been published in anthologies, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Christmas, Chicken Soup for the Mother of Preschooler's Soul and Minnesota Memories, Volume 6.
A Bit More About Me...
My path to being a writer has been long and winding. I always liked writing and could see myself as a person who would write stories, but my plans post-high school were to be a horse trainer so I got a vocational degree in Horse Care & Stable Operations and worked with horses. I then pursued an Ag Ed degree but got distracted by cowboys and quit school. Then I started flying airplanes and went back to college with plans to pursue aviation as a career. Along the way, I met a pilot named Owen - we got married a year later. At age 30, I finished college not with an aviation career on the horizon but with a BA in English with a Writing emphasis and a certificate to teach English to students in grades 8 -12.
I taught school for a couple of years. I flew competitive aerobatics for fun. I wrote for fun, too, then, after my first child was born, I decided I wanted to write more (and, honestly, being a full-time stay at home mom, I wanted some grown ups to hang out with) so I joined a writing group. With support from the group, I pitched a story to a publication. The editor said "yes" and, with that, I became a freelance writer and have been writing articles and stories for publication ever since.
The majority of my published writing focuses on general aviation, profiles of people, especially women artists, and travel. I've written for newsletters and have done some editing, as well, and currently serve as editor for The Story Quilt Project,
All along the way I've been writing memoir, most in the form of short essays, which I've shared at various readings and have had published as well.
Articles & Essays
My articles and essays have been in a variety of publications include: Minneapolis StarTribune, General Aviation News, Piper Flyer, Minnesota Parent, Minnesota Good Age, Womeninc. Magazine, Girlfriends Magazine and Grown and Flown. Three of my essays have been published in anthologies, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Christmas, Chicken Soup for the Mothers of Preschooler's Soul and Minnesota Memories, Volume 6.
Why the CG?
My name, I realize, is a bit of a puzzle with two middle initials. My parents named me Myrna Christine Gatheridge. When I got married to Owen I didn't want to give up my Gatheridge name but also wanted to work Mibus into my name somehow.
Hyphenating Gatheridge-Mibus seemed awkward so I chose the very long Myrna Christine Gatheridge Mibus which, I quickly realized, was also awkward and much too long to write out.
Long name story short, I decided to shorten things and sign my name using my two middle initials - C and G and now I sign my name Myrna CG Mibus.