Grandpa Stuart’s Cougar Tales as told by Grandma Williams (my mom,) and me During the years my mom was growing up, not only did Grandpa Stuart, her daddy, work for Pepsi Cola, have two bands, (The Sagebrush Rambler’s and Tommy Stuart’s Lucky Five,) and his own radio program, he also had the only sawmill in Twin Falls, Idaho for many years. He bought the sawmill with the money he had saved from working for Pepsi when my mom was about 13 or 14. He’d go up with some other men, log, and bring the timber back down to Twin to … Continue reading Cougar Tales Part Two
Writing Life Stories: Last Session This class began as a series of sessions lasting four weeks. Students voted to continue the classes longer than originally planned. It’s been a wonderful couple of months coaching writers in the Life Stories class. A new session begins this next Tuesday. As promised, this last session dealt with predators and editors, who owns the rights to your work, and different methods of formatting your life stories. Everyone said they learned a lot and I hope they did. I’ll miss each and every one of the participants. One aspect I’d like the class to remember … Continue reading Writing Life Stories: Last Session
Writing Life Stories Session VIII Spring’s hit us here in the Pacific Northwest and we’re all feeling it. Between work, house cleaning, yard work, and hiking, schedules are busy. Remember this coming Tuesday deals with the final product you want to create with your stories. Last Tuesday’s class dealt more with the writing process, avoiding adverbs, and more about how to show and not tell. Each week the class grows more adept at storytelling and more productive as writers. We also discussed writing about questions our descendants would want our answers on like what is the hardest thing you’ve learned … Continue reading Writing Life Stories Session VIII
Writing Life Stories: Session VII We started off this session by diving into memory triggers and then we did it again halfway through the session. We came up with a hoard of ideas. We covered more about the different methods we can use to show and not tell: ways to use dialogue, and even ways to make the villains in our lives understandable and even sympathetic to our readers. I believe it is important, when telling our life stories, to delve a little deeper into the psyche, what we now perceive as the psyche, of the villains within our pasts. … Continue reading Writing Life Stories: Session VII
This week was fun and enlightening. We spoke of shadow people. (See the post here.) And we also were entertained by a someone well able to handle the limelight, Jean Cameron. Jean is our resident Storyteller, a woman gifted in the art of storytelling in front of an audience. She delighted us with her grandfather’s tale of elves and lollypop mines. For her to share this tale on St. Paddy’s Day was perfect. She made me think of my own grandpa, Candygarden and the game of Candyland. It’s spring. Let’s make sure to plant some sweet magic of our own. … Continue reading Life Stories Session Two
Do you think you are interesting or boring? Why? We are talking about life histories here, your life’s stories. There are people who, when they think about writing their life histories, conclude no one would be interested in reading anything they’d have to say. This is a common fallacy. It must be common because I’ve heard it uttered many times; and I’m just one person. Let’s explore some reasons why people feel this way and what can be done about it. Fallacy: Current family members have heard these stories so often that they are disinterested in hearing them again and … Continue reading Are you worried your life is too boring to write about?
It’s Wednesday afternoon. The class for Writing Life Stories took place yesterday. Welcome again to everyone who made it! Besides introductions, we covered: Writers are performing artists, Why write, Approval, Beginning memory triggers, and touched on Writing flavors. These aspects of writing I plan to write more about here, on the Blog, so I hope readers stay tuned for those. One of the special things that we learned during introductions is that one woman taking the class belongs to a group of performing artists known locally as The Story People of Clallam County. This thrilled me, because I’ve attended three … Continue reading Class in Session
3/5/15 Hello all writers, especially those of you residing in Sequim! Classes for WRITING YOUR LIFE STORY begin Tuesday March 10th at 1p.m. (and every Tuesday thereafter during March) at Shipley Center. That’s right, four classes that run for 2 hours each. That’s enough time to cover a lot of subject matter. I’ll be blogging about things we’ll cover in those classes, so check back here on a weekly basis. Please send me any questions you have. I’d love to hear from you. I’m thrilled to be able to offer these classes and look forward to meeting some of you … Continue reading Writing Life Stories