Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Title Change

Writing memoir is a personal process. It requires soul searching, brutal honesty, and occasionally opening a vein to bleed angst and emotions all over the keyboard. Then, in quieter times, the opportunity to consider how all those words can be reformed to be of value to a reader. It's nice to be in the stage where I have the content on the page and now am finessing word choices, vignette themes, and overall topics.

The title: "The Will to Love" was important to have because I was motivated to show the power of choosing the "Will Love" concept but now it doesn't define the scope of the story. A subtitle shouldn't be necessary so I'm toying with new titles.... I plan to get some excerpts posted this month. Then there's all the behind the scenes business stuff to attend to about...

My Sittin' Mommy and her Sweetheart.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Writer Cave

Marie Osmond's Might as Well Laugh About It Now was very entertaining, well written, and delightfully personable. I read it straight through and was finally ready to begin the daunting task of editing my memoir.

My sister offered me the use of her downtown condo because her family was elsewhere. I spread the whole book out on her table, sorted the chapters into stacks, read and reread the edits and comments all over the pages. I began working with the center section, the bulk of the text, where the stories are presented in chronological vignettes. By the second night I had half of them polished, and was content to return to my normal routine.

While this is a labor of love, I'm really looking forward to the day when I can laugh about it being done!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Farrah Fawcett

I really liked  My Journey with Farrah by Alana Stewart. I admit, I didn't know anything about Alana Stewart prior to reading this book. Her journal entries feel real and are often a bit chatty and scattered for the subject matter, which gives them an honest flavor. Now Alana is president of The Farrah Fawcett Cancer Foundation and has a new mission regarding alternative cancer therapies, and a fight in process with the FDA and reformed health care. It is notable in the second half of the book that Farrah would improve in Germany and deteriorate when back home in LA.

I'm very glad this book was not an angst ridden tome of medicinal procedures as the angelic Farrah deteriorated on every page. Instead, the book is A Story of Life, Love, and Friendship between two women as one was fighting for her life, and the other learning to live her life. Reading between the lines of Alana's journal entries, there's a deeper picture of a wonderful thirty year relationship that bore the test of - until death do us part - and beyond.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Mary Tyler Moore

I'm reading up "Growing Up Again - Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes" by Ms. Moore. I'm expecting this will be a good example for me as I begin working on the suggested edits on my own memoir.

I've researched a lot of memoirs and have enjoyed a few but could not state an similarity to style or story, until I found this one at the library. Growing Up A-Gain is exactly what it is like to write a memoir.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Under Construction

I'm migrating information from my previous website into this to work with blogspot and try out new gadgets.

I'll still be blogging at Terri Patrick's Blog