Meeting Readers: The Joys of a Book Tour

Hands down, meeting readers on tour has been the highlight of the entire memoir publishing and launching business. But first, the launch party in Jacksonville, Florida! Hosted by my trusty Southern Friends, Judy Davis and Carolyn Stoner at Deerwood Country Club, the...

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Mennonite Daughter Visits Linda Marie with a Giveaway

Lucky me! L. Marie invited me to visit her blog “home” today. I met Linda Marie via Jill Weatherholt’s blog. That’s how the blog-o-sphere works: old friends connecting to new ones! An MFA graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, L. Marie excels at writing Middle...

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Memoir Marketing: My Story in Pictures, Part I

Marketing my memoir marks a significant milestone to all that has gone before: Beginning a blog, learning to know other authors, writing reviews for their books. Then, with my own book Writing drafts Revising Developmental Editing Copyediting Layout and Design...

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The Story of a Plain Girl, Available Soon!

Entré: Hearty Meal spiced with nostalgia Flavored with herbs, bitter and sweet       Available for take-out: September 14, 2019 Amazon and other retailers   Events: Book Launch, Saturday, September 14 in Jacksonville, Florida, hosted by Judy Davis...

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An Explosive Diary Entry

  Aunt Ruthie figures large in my memoir, Mennonite Daughter: The Story of a Plain Girl. Though she stands as my most significant mentor for life, one of my chapters about her is entitled "Ruthie the Cheater." After her death in 2017, I discovered her diaries...

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Kathy Pooler: Steel Magnolia

Kathy Pooler has been a blog friend and writing buddy since we met at a writer’s retreat in 2015. Now we are both publishing memoirs this year: her second, my first. I call her a Steel Magnolia because she has indomitable fortitude, yet she travels the world as a...

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Marriage on the Rocks 2019

    House on the Rock “There is nothing more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.” ― Homer, The Odyssey   The House Ways and Means Committee For 52 years...

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Book Birthday, A 5-year Pregnancy Ending!

My 5-Year Pregnancy is ending!   Announcing an Imminent Book Birth, Mennonite Daughter: The Story of a Plain Girl   Book Birth Date: Launch party, September 14, 2019, Jacksonville, Florida   Book Blurb What if the Mennonite life young Marian Longenecker...

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Originally posted by Kathleen Pooler on Monday, July 15: It gives me great pleasure to welcome my good friend and writing colleague Marian Beaman back to Memoir Writer’s Journey with a guest post on how blogging about her family led to writing her memoir. If you follow Marian’s blog, you already know what a treasure trove of…

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How Blogging About My Family Led to My Memoir by Marian Beaman — Memoir Writer’s Journey

Originally posted by Kathleen Pooler on Monday, July 15: It gives me great pleasure to welcome my good friend and writing colleague Marian Beaman back to Memoir Writer’s Journey with a guest post on how blogging about her family led to writing her memoir. If you...

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Secrets of a Spool of Blue Thread

  Among the relics of my sewing days, I found just one blue spool of thread. Otherwise, I have the basics for mending: black, white, and beige. Once an avid sewer, never a full-fledged seamstress, I made dresses, little boy suits, pinch-pleated drapes – even my...

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A Plate, a Brick: Tokens of Remembrance

A Plate, a Parade, and a Song Four years ago these words introduced an "ode" to my grandkids. Now, the children (all teenagers, one a pre-teen) may feel embarrassed about posing with a plate of cupcakes and being praised for grade school accomplishments, like picking...

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A Marvelous Metal Father’s Day Card

“Whoa, what have we got here?” Daddy Cliff asked as he made a ceremony of pulling a heavy rectangle out of the paper bag. “It’s your Father’s Day card!” Joel exclaimed, looking at his dad’s face, smiling from ear to ear....

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Aunt Ruthie’s HOT! Diary

Is it hot where you live? Cool? Just right?   In May our part of the world experienced hotter than normal temps. We are used to high 90s in northeast Florida, but usually not this early. May 27           100 degrees May 28           99 degrees May 29           98...

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7 Tips: Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing: Taking in the natural world through one’s senses       How to: Forest-Bathe Savor sights, sounds, follow your nose as you head into the forest or park. Listen to the tap-tap-tap of a beak on wood or the two-tone note of a birdcall. Walk...

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