November brings new blessings for my readers: it has been my goal to get my book into readers’ hands in whatever format suits you best. Today, “As a Result” is now available in ebook, as a Kindle Edition, for only $3.49! You can search for it on Amazon.
Here are some earlier thoughts on what the writing life has meant for me.
Writing is a passion; writing well is an art.
Writer’s block, thus far, has not been my issue. After fifteen years of composing stories, essays and poetry, it’s knowing when to stop a story, knowing where to end a paragraph or how a poem’s line-break should fall; these are just some of my ongoing challenges.
I’ve learned to reach out for help with this wordiness, and any number of other stumbling blocks. I might spend hours, days, weeks or months on one composition, and still not see the forest for the trees (an apt cliche’), what needs to be edited out or clarified.
Some writers I know seem to have the editing gene. They quickly recall rules of grammar quite naturally. I’m not sure Sister Mary Byron covered them all in English class, and even if she did, I wasn’t paying much attention. Sorry, Sister!
Since the mechanics are not my strong suit, I trust other writers’ eyes and ears. (Reading our work aloud is often key to finding mistakes or oversights.)
In the course of bringing my new memoir to life, in addition to the poetry classes offered by my favorite instructor, Susan Sailer (even her name has alliterative qualities) I attended two very valuable workshops offered by OLLI, our local Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and availed myself of Populore Publishing’s Rae Jean Sielen’s workshops on both Personal Stories and Self-Publishing.
Plus, after Rae Jean helped bring my good friend Mary Lucille DeBerry’s poetry books to life, Mary Lucille highly recommended Populore, and she challenged me to think long and hard about my motives and my goals for my writing; to strongly consider self-publishing. After such a high recommendation, I took the plunge (another apt cliche’) and availed myself (and my personal stories) to the expertise and fine editing needed. As a result (I sure use that phrase a lot these days) I have a memoir I’m proud to see in print. And I have a whole new set of skills.
In the days to come, I plan to write more about the process I’ve been privileged to be a part of over the course of this past year. Yes, a whole year from the first time I handed in my manuscript until I had a finished product. I told you I needed help. Lots of help.
In the not-too-distant future, I hope to revisit the rock high above a bluff in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, and contemplate my next big writing project. For now, I believe it will be poetry. I pray for wisdom, for what it should be.
Yes, as long as I live to tell the stories, in whatever form that takes, I plan to write more books. Of that, I’m quite sure.