Monthly Archives: May 2013

Stalling Out

Writing is like flying a plane.  Most of the time, it’s clear skies with just a few adjustments to stay on course. But then, without warning it can stall. I’m flying, but I’m in a steady descent, going nowhere fast.  … Continue reading

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Writing with Ghosts of the Past

The other day, in the parking lot of northwest Denver’s Sprouts Farmers Market, a bag of groceries in one hand and car keys in the other, I was unexpectedly hit with a blast of nostalgia for the original Elitch Gardens … Continue reading

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Happy Times vs. The Power of Shame, Part Two

I walked home in the middle of the night, through a “less than desirable neighborhood” before arriving home. I knocked and banged on the front door window, yelling to get in, but Dad would not stir from where he must … Continue reading

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Happy Times vs. The Power of Shame, Part One

Two of the central themes of my personal story are abandonment and abuse, where a sense of shame arose from situations or conditions particularly caused by my dad’s inadequacy to provide a wholesome and affirming family structure. Vast lapses of … Continue reading

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Message in a Bottle

What is my story about? What is the story’s essential message? How do I express story and meaning as briefly as possible? Composing a compelling synopsis or jacket blurb can be a real challenge, and it isn’t easy. To provide an … Continue reading

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To Share or Not to Share

A question with no question mark: To share or not to share. Isn’t this a central question a memoirist often contends with? It wasn’t a question I considered when I began writing my story several years ago, but I do now. … Continue reading

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May Day

Getting into the right of mind to tell a story can be challenging.  It was nearly 80 degrees in Denver two days ago. Yesterday, the high reached 33.  And it snowed all day long. Such were the views from my … Continue reading

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