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Connie Miller lives in Seattle and, like so many writers and artists there, makes her living producing documentation at a software company. She likes to believe her true work is writing essays and articles, a few of which she's managed to publish in Iowa Woman, Seattle Magazine, and elsewhere. Connie was fortunate enough to spend a month-long residency last November at the women writers' retreat, Cottages at Hedgebrook.

Essay

A Job That Pays

Issue No. 9 ~ October, 1997

The night the highway patrol officer picked Andy and me up on I-90 about halfway between Chicago and Madison, I was a 21-year old graduate student who had never worked for a living. I’d had …