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Finishing Your Memoir This Summer One Scene at a Time

Finishing Your Memoir This Summer One Scene at a Time

Everyone is writing a book, but only a few will finish their books, and only a select

A Marketer’s Response to Space and Time in Memoir

A Marketer’s Response to Space and Time in Memoir

I got a great response from marketing expert Carol White after I sent my last newsletter. Here’s what

Grounding Your Memoir in Space and Time

Grounding Your Memoir in Space and Time

I’ve read thousands of manuscripts and worked with hundreds of writers over (more…)

12 Guilty Pleasures for Memoirists

12 Guilty Pleasures for Memoirists

 Writing memoir is hard work. You spend hours gazing into your past, mining memories for emotions and details, and coming to insights that

10 Ways to Prime the Creative Pump

10 Ways to Prime the Creative Pump

You haven’t heard from me in awhile. I’ve been in hibernation. Ever have one of those periods? I’ve been finishing a book and–let’s face it–grieving the loss of my mother and my dad, too, who died a few years earlier. I’ve been trying to figure […]

Dreams Do Come True

Dreams Do Come True

I don’t know if you read the recent New York Times editorial about the Irish civil servant, Donal Ryan, who wrote two novels, submitted them to agents and (more…)

The Love and Hate of Memoir

The Love and Hate of Memoir

You love them. You hate them . . .   You yearn to record their greatness. You seethe to burn them good. The heady month of hearts and flowers seems a fine time to consider what all this emotion can do to the success of […]

Writing Sensuous Details

Writing Sensuous Details

It’s winter in Santa Fe now, and the colors are chalk brown and muted green huddled amidst the white of mounded snow. In my fireplace I burn Pinion pine, and it makes this northern New Mexico town smell like a perfumed temple on winter days. […]

I am in the presence of great art

I am in the presence of great art

I said those words today as I walked into the painting gallery of Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, one of the greatest collections of art in Europe, and then I wept, privately, of course, but such moments do that to me, so grateful for the opportunity to stand before paintings that make my heart sing, so grateful for art and great practitioners.
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October 3: German Day of Unity

October 3: German Day of Unity

 I have never been so happy as I was yesterday to see a decidedly Western shopping street replete with all the standard flagship stores. It’s just not the sort of place I seek out, and yet yesterday I purposefully took the tram and then the […]