Memory Triggers Week One

 Please click here to see my home page for Memory Triggers From instructor: • Abandonment • Memorable camp-out/hunting trip • Issues at school (one in particular: the teacher you hates, the time you were sent to the principal’s office, classmates  bullying or teasing.) How many rode a horse to school or had to walk real far? School locker room or PE memory • Family reunions when you were a kid • Farming in the early morning From classmates: • Rabbit with pink eyes • Kindergarten • Baby brother • Age 3: falling asleep on the steps • Bedrooms were upstairs … Continue reading Memory Triggers Week One

We are Characters within Our Tales

I’m feeling a little mischievous. I arrived home from teaching my Life Stories class, took the dog for a “break,” ate lunch, and sat down here to scope out what assignments come next and what other bloggers might have said and done in my absence. Here on WordPress, a lot can happen in a short amount of time and this afternoon was no exception. Maybe it was the sandwich I ate or the breeze that’s cooling things down but I’m feeling feisty. Yet, if I’m honest,  I suspect my attitude comes from giving the Life Stories class. Today I spoke … Continue reading We are Characters within Our Tales

Writing Life Stories: Session1. June 9 2015

Writing Life Stories: Session1. June 9 2015 Greetings to everyone who signed up for the latest four-week Writing Life Stories class! Oh, it’s been a warm week and it was nice to have the door of the classroom open. We had an interesting first day getting to know each other a little bit and there are certainly some feisty and experienced writers in this group! We spoke today about the dangers of fractured memories and about the risk there is of taking something we heard as the literal truth—out of context for what it originally meant. I presented two, no, … Continue reading Writing Life Stories: Session1. June 9 2015

Cougar Tales Part Two

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

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

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

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