Memory Triggers: 6/23/15

From Instructor: • Drought experiences • Competitive people vs teamwork • Liars • Dares • Bullies • Heroes From Classmates: • Sister • School bus incidents • Getting in trouble for not telling parents • Competitive people, including children • Children interfering with the raising of other siblings • Doctors • Forest fires • Tricycles • First pet Continue reading Memory Triggers: 6/23/15

Memory Triggers: June 16, 2015

June 16, 2015: Triggers Instructor • Player pianos • Dowry • Black sheep • Blind justice Classmates • Marriage ended • Dumped in strange city • Los Angeles • New England • Petunia • Favorite pet • Camping • Opera • Favorite place for happiness • Relatives • Music lessons • Ford • Detroit • Model T • Georgia Continue reading Memory Triggers: June 16, 2015

Memory Triggers Week Two

Please click here to see my home page for Memory Triggers. From Coach: • Skin So Soft • Lavender • Springy frogs • Dogwood blossoms From classmates: • Watermelons • Constant moving • Needed Roots • Existing vs. living • The Bed La Pete Club (What??? Say, I merely type these up. Sounds like some sort of interesting contest going on. 🙂 ) • The Merry 5 (We all want to read more about these things! Hoping you –whoever you are– share!) • Karl & the stroller • Roy Rogers (Trigger, Bullet, and of course, Dale Evans. Happy Trails!) • … Continue reading Memory Triggers Week Two

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

Writing Life Stories Session II

Writing Life Stories Session II May 12, 2015 class–This past week we warmed up on colorful writing techniques such as writing in the active voice and using verbs that pop in order to help us stay away from those pesky adverbs. We also covered ways that we can write our life stories that allow us to take the reader with us on our journey to our conclusions instead of writing as if we were preaching to them or simply telling them the facts about an experience. In writer-lingo, that’s showing and not telling our stories. I used an example taken … Continue reading Writing Life Stories Session II

Writing 101: Aftermath

Writing 101: Aftermath I have not had a chance to meet you all yet and I am truly going to miss that . . . I haven’t had a chance to figure out how to find new bloggers like myself on WordPress . . . I only see people I already follow or Fresh pressed people, where I thought anyone who freshly posted something would show up at, but I guess not. I’m afraid of loosing my opportunity to meet you all. I sure hope to meet you all somehow. I went ahead and tagged this post Writing 101 with … Continue reading Writing 101: Aftermath

Nominated for The Liebster Award

The Liebster Award Wow. Okay, this is a fun one. Two–no three people nominated me for this today, well, yesterday, because it’s one o’clock in the morning here. I’d like to thank you all for extending me this honor: Deb, at Once Upon a Hot Flash, and Ish at Musings of a writer wanna be and Lloyd Ann Caston at Prayyior’s God Talk. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. These women have inspiring, humorous, and informative things to share with us on their blogs. We are so lucky they write! Here are Deb’s 10 questions for me: 1. Why do … Continue reading Nominated for The Liebster Award

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

Life Stories Session III

This is the week of better understanding, the week the light bulb switches to on for many within this writing class. Once again, our resident Storyteller, Jean Cameron,  played our hearts with another poignant tale from her life. Thank you so much Jean for illustrating the art of storytelling and allowing us into your life. The seeds planted by past classes as memory triggers took hold within the fertile soil of our minds and worked their magic. Roots begin to grow and spread, little by little, tunneling their way downwards into deep recesses and across expanses of our personal histories. … Continue reading Life Stories Session III

Class in Session

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