Category Archives: lifewriting

Selling memoir: Isn’t your family alone worth it?

Recently I disappointed a couple people by telling them their stories would not sell to the public.  Many (probably most) people do not realize what a harsh world publishing for commercial sales is. Everyone has interesting stories, but most of … Continue reading

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Dia de los Muertos, NaNoWriMo, and your family history

Today I went to our history museum to see the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. I love this celebration, kind of like the Japanese Obon time but more colorful and fun. Both these celebrations honor family … Continue reading

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What to do with old diaries (and letters)

When my dad opened an old trunk, he found two diaries his mother had kept from the years 1935 and 1936. At first glance they seemed to be all about the weather, not surprising for a farming man’s wife when … Continue reading

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