The September Song

September is a time for warm sunshine between rain storms; fire smoke, football (Go Hawks!) and hunting. It’s a rough and tumble time of year , early fall. It’s a time of  year for mulled cider, and starting homemade items to give as presents come Christmas because all those presents take longer to make than you think and before you know it there will be others over wanting to work on their gifts at your place and when that happens, you’ll have to have theirs already finished and hid. It’s a time wild birds get drunk on Madrona berries and … Continue reading The September Song

Writing Life Stories Session II: Demonstrate Your Understanding by Showing

June 16, 2015; second revision–As I mentioned in this post, We are Characters within Our Tales, I spent time this session speaking about the storyteller as a character. Some other subjects covered included vulnerability, understanding, embarrassing moments, and writing from an age perspective. When we allow ourselves to become vulnerable within our life stories, by showing and not telling, our readers gain a better understanding of our experiences. How important is this? To me, it is extremely important. I don’t want my readers, be they children, grandchildren, great grandchildren or someone in the general public to get the idea I’m … Continue reading Writing Life Stories Session II: Demonstrate Your Understanding by Showing

Blogging 101: Day 1

Blogging 101 Day 1 I’m here at blogging 101 (and photo 101) because I’ve taken writing 101 and want to improve my blog, my writing, my exposure, and to meet and learn from fellow bloggers. I’m discovering a whole world of wonderful people and enjoy reading about their experiences and expertise. Because I am a writing coach, writing is a topic of interest. However, my interests are varied. I’m also an artist, herbalist, adventurer in heart if no longer body, wife, mom, grandma, friend, and last but first of all I’m a basic Christian. My subject matter varies accordingly. Throughout … Continue reading Blogging 101: Day 1

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 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: Day 13

Day Thirteen: Serially Found:MILLERSYLVANIA PART IV On day four, you wrote a post about losing something. Today’s Prompt: write about finding something. Today’s twist: if you wrote day four’s post as the first in a series, use this one as the second installment — loosely defined. How many readers have witnessed a murder? How many have found someone who’s dead? How many have gone to court as a witness in a murder trial? In past posts, I’ve mentioned the stray sod. You do remember there is such a thing, right? Millersylvania Part I There is a place in southwest Washington … Continue reading Writing 101: Day 13

Life Stories class: Cat and Mouse

Note from Coach Cobb: The following is a raw unedited first draft by one of the very talented people participating in my Writing Life Stories class at Shipley Center. I’ve made it a point to tell the class that here and now is NOT the time to edit their writing or each other’s. It is a time to share, a time to learn what people would like to hear more about, a time to discover places in our writing that readers might find confusing, and a time for readers to tell us what they liked best. Lydia, I thank you … Continue reading Life Stories class: Cat and Mouse