Writing Memoir is Like Hard Boiling a Cracked Egg

Writing memoir is like hard boiling a cracked egg.  Contents burble out into the scalding water forming opaque hints of the story concealed within. The raw sticky interior simmering, congealing, forming itself into perfection. The difference being, when we try to set the timer for completing the project the winds of life blow out the …

#BookReview – Jonathan Livingston Seagull – There’s a Part Four now!

Jonathan continues to inspire young minds and old 48 years after first publication. Jonathan Livingston Seagull made a huge impression on me as an adolescent in the late 70s. My attention focused on memoir now, I recalled Jonathan and his struggle for enlightenment and freedom. I couldn't find my childhood favorite in my stash so …

Quotes of Wisdom 28 Death as a Teacher *Vicarious Trauma & Memoir*

"It is truly a great cosmic paradox that one of the best teachers in all of life turns out to be death. No person or situation could ever teach you as much as death has to teach you." Michael A. Singer The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself. I am writing about life, death, and the profound changes in my life as each death has occurred. I am writing about how my career as a social worker and my personal life are intimately woven. They've dramatically affected each other. 

Quotes of Wisdom 26 – upcoming Writer’s Workshop Weekend – Memoir & Poetry & Meditation & Yoga – phew!!

"Sharing the stories of your difficult times can also guide others in navigating their own journeys." Writing for Bliss ~Diana Raab, Ph.D. And so, off I go to immerse myself in writing for a weekend! For bliss, as Diana says, for my family whose stories are epic, and for my spirit who soars when I write. Introduction to my career memoir.

Quotes of Wisdom 22 Finding Your Unique Creative Voice – Writers Conference Notes & A Writing Prompt Story – Velma’s Man!

The process of finding and defining our own unique voice seems elusive, and perhaps, difficult to describe in concrete terms such as, "do A then B then C then ta-da you've found your voice." A 279 word story "Velma's Man" from the writing prompt "You'll Never Believe What Happened at the Company Picnic Yesterday." Notes from Sierra Writers Vision & Voices 2018 Conference.

Book Review – How Dare We! Write edited by Sherry Quan Lee

Today I finished reading How Dare We! Write edited by Sherry Quan Lee. Here's my brief review.  I very much appreciated each essayist's very personal (and well written) sharing of experiences in childhood and adulthood related to finding their writing voice. Each was a painful journey, with racism and no place for a voice of …

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