This blog is focuses on the power of story. That includes the wisdom that comes from paying attention to our family stories. It also includes ways that people put experience into story and how those stories get shaped and used.
Fiction is story that mirrors life. The complexity of human experience can only be expressed as story. That has been true since the start of time or when the first storyteller began the first story, which might be the same.
Parts of this blog include raw material for my memoir, ideas for my fiction and additional musings.
Most of us know that wearing wings doesn’t mean we can fly.
Here’s the rest of the sobering news—most of us fail. No matter how hard we work, most of the time things don’t turn out the way we hoped. However . . .
Just because we fail most of the time doesn’t mean we fail ALL of the time.
It helps to remember that kids fly with their feet on the ground, running around letting their imagination be their wings.
So this holiday season—-Here’s to possibilities! And holding onto dreams . . . AND letting the...
We took the grandchildren to Yellowstone Park last July. They were excited and loved it. I thought it had become over-commercialized but didn’t complain. No reason to ruin their first impression.
One exception: I did like the Mammoth Hot Springs area. I’d never been there before and I thought the cabins were delightful. Gophers played on the lawn. We could sit on the porch and enjoy the scenery. Each morning we walked all around the springs. Saw elk who were also trying to enjoy the morning before things got crazy-busy.
Just read Leslie Marmon Silko’s book Storyteller for the second time.
It is a delightful collection of short stories, photographs, and poetry influenced by the traditional stories of Silko’s Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico.
It’s worth two reads because it illustrates how storytelling shapes people, families and whole cultures. The shaping is subtle and sometimes odd. Silko includes a couple of stories that stick in her memory mostly because they don’t make sense, never mind that her auntie or her grandmother told them...
Earlier this summer, I attended a week of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.
Laird Hunt, author of Neverhome and Kind One, was teaching a class on writing historical fiction which has always been my emphasis. I was looking for something new. Naropa writing programs tend to encourage experimental writing and I was giving myself permission to step outside my comfort zone. That started with sitting meditation for an hour each morning–not something I normally do, but Naropa is serious...
When my husband and I moved to “the last dog-patch in Boulder,” we started inviting our friends over for Sunday Soup Kitchen.
Our neighborhood is one of Boulder’s oldest and is mostly small older houses that were being used for students. Not any more. The neighborhood is close to downtown which means it’s quickly transitioning from student housing to people who want to be able to walk to everything in Boulder which is why my husband and I bought our house–a cottage that is small but very well located. However...
My idea of flash fiction is a story under 300 words. Here goes:
Marta is cleaning her kitchen when she discovers a spider. She hates spiders, especially big ones. This one is BIG-BIG. It has spun a web across the back half of a lower cupboard where she keeps the pans she seldom uses–tube pan, mini-cupcake pan, etc. etc. Seeing the spider startles her enough she nearly spills her bucket of water. She’s engaged in a serious cleaning project. Besides the water, she has rags and more than one cleaning solution. Her...
Always good news! I won a Colorado Author’s League Grant. It will pay my tuition to attend one week of the Naropa Summer Writing Program. Naropa’s program is famous for poetry and experimental fiction. It is known as the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. It was started by Kerouac and Allan Ginsberg.
I will be studying how history is/can be used in fiction–my sort of thing but with an updated/experimental twist.
The best part is that I can walk to this program. It’s literally a block and a half from my back...
My daughter-in-law posted this list on Facebook and challenged me to fill out what I’d done. Turned out to be a post that drew more comments than most. I’m not sure why. I thought it was a little silly, especially the part about kissing a lemur, until I realized I’d done quite a few things, except kiss a lemur.
Maybe we need to take a silly inventory once in awhile just because–because . . .
Couple of things I’d add——Ride in a hot-air balloon, check. Walk across Scotland, check. Been to a Philip Glass...
Another try at short-short story that’s under 300 words. This one is under 200 words. Is that enough to get the idea?
Routine of a Long-Married Couple
A married couple has dinner in a French Bistro the day after Christmas with a cousin neither has seen in years. They have just finished dessert when the waiter appears with a complimentary after-dinner drink. The drink is wonderful–like nothing they’ve ever tasted.
Later, they both agree that the after-dinner drink is the only thing that saved a bad evening. At the time, the...
I hate writing blurbs for my own books.
“If I could write the book in 100 words, I would,” are word every author has said at one time or another. Trust me, I know!
Problem is getting worse, not better. Think Twitter, flash-fiction, sound bites . . . 100 words is beginning to seem l-o-n-g!!!
END OF RANT
Here’s the blurb for my next book. It will likely change, but I would love to hear your comments. Does it catch your interest? Do you understand what the book is about?
Besides giving us a starting place,...