Book Review on Writing Memoir

“There are thousands of books on the subject of writing, and many of those are about memoir. In my mind, only a few stand shoulders above the rest. Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir by Beth Kephart is one of these and a fine addition to any aspiring memoirist’s reference library.” I’ve writtenContinue reading “Book Review on Writing Memoir”

Boredom Abounds, But Is That Bad?

  I’ve often marveled at my husband’s ability to find pleasure in the mundane. He finds projects around the house and property that need attention and applies himself to them without complaint. He is currently scraping, sanding, and repainting individual pickets on our veranda. On the other hand, I vocally suffer from what Dostoevsky referredContinue reading “Boredom Abounds, But Is That Bad?”

Present Tense, Two Memoirs

I am a serial reader, so more often than not I have at least two books on my bedside table (or on my Kindle). This past week I finished reading two debut memoirs, Torre DeRoche‘s Love With A Chance of Drowning and Liz Stephens‘ The Days Are Gods. These are vastly different, these two memoirs,Continue reading “Present Tense, Two Memoirs”

Gilbert, McPhee, Lamott, and the Shitty First Draft

“If you lack confidence in setting one word after another and sense that you are stuck in a place from which you will never be set free, if you feel sure that you will never make it and were not cut out to do this, if your prose seems stillborn and you completely lack confidence,Continue reading “Gilbert, McPhee, Lamott, and the Shitty First Draft”

Film Reel Rolling Backward

A celluloid life is easier Splice and mend cut out the mistakes Erase the grief   The year I spent fucking my way across Europe Sam & Dave spilled out over pirate airwaves off the Isle of Man   Possibly that could be discarded Culls for the cutting room floor.   I was Mustang SallyContinue reading “Film Reel Rolling Backward”

No Turning Back

Scintilla #7– What have been the event horizons of your life – the moments from which there is no turning back? There are times in our life when we stand at an intersection and more often than not it requires hindsight to know we were even there. Yogi Bera once said, “When you come to theContinue reading “No Turning Back”

Thoughts On Memoir and Angles of Repose

Finding the angle of repose, that easy place where story flows is no easy task. First, pour your heart out on the page until a pile forms— sufficient text for a memoir, say. (Example: if the memoir has 360 pages, write M=360) Using a life span and brutal honesty, measure the amount of truth versusContinue reading “Thoughts On Memoir and Angles of Repose”

WNFIN, Dredging Up the Past, and Baking Literary Cakes

  “Writing or making anything—a poem, a bird feeder, a chocolate cake—has self-respect in it. You’re working. You’re trying. You’re not lying down on the ground, having given up.” ~ Sharon Olds   I have never done NaNo before, the national novel writing challenge that encourages people to write a novel in a month. I’dContinue reading “WNFIN, Dredging Up the Past, and Baking Literary Cakes”

Essay is Live at Blue Lyra Review

“The words a father speaks to his children in the privacy of the home are not overheard at the time, but, as in whispering galleries, they will be clearly heard at the end and by posterity.” -Jean Paul Richter, writer (1763-1825)   I am happy to announce that my short nonfiction essay, Death Comes Calling,Continue reading “Essay is Live at Blue Lyra Review”