Memoir

A Post-Election Letter to Hillary

A Post-Election Letter to Hillary

I posted on Facebook that I was down about the election, that I didn’t have the heart to market my book. Several people suggested I send a copy to Hillary. So I did.

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Hillary Clinton, My Literary Muse

Hillary Clinton, My Literary Muse

Hillary Clinton helped me finish my memoir. Not the candidate herself, of course, but the example of her life. I’m sorry I didn’t make that clear earlier on in this election cycle.  I was being, well, politic. No longer. Fear of Being Tarnished It’ll come as a surprise to exactly no one who knows me that I’m a […]

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Genre Bending: Round Books In Square Slots

Genre Bending: Round Books In Square Slots

Is my book a memoir? A tell-all? Is it about travel or women or publishing or writing…or all of the above? Amazon wants to know.

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My Mother, Hillary, and Bernie

My Mother, Hillary, and Bernie

Parts of my mother’s history might suggest she’d be a Bernie fan, but she’d be Hillary all the way. Here’s why she would say #ImWithHer

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Born 2 Freelance

Born 2 Freelance

I thought I had slunk, ashamed and abject, out of my job as a newspaper editor. A caricature by the paper’s cartoonist suggests otherwise.

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WriPaMyMeNo, Day 30: An Interview with the Author

WriPaMyMeNo, Day 30: An Interview with the Author

.In this final post of my November memoir challenge, I sum up what I’ve accomplished and what I still hope to accomplish, using many subheads and bullets and lots of boldface text.

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WriPaMeNo, Day 29: It’s a Dog’s Life (Too)

WriPaMeNo, Day 29: It’s a Dog’s Life (Too)

Welcome to day 29 of the Write Part of My Memoir in November challenge, poor puppy edition.  Earlier today, I found myself filled with terror, followed by great pain. Stay with me here. The ordeal was over far more quickly than the telling will be. A dog of many beds It all started when I […]

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WriPaMyMeNo, Day 28: Revenge, Revisited

WriPaMyMeNo, Day 28: Revenge, Revisited

Revenge can work well in a memoir if deployed sparingly and strategically. Here are a few ideas of how.

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WriPaMemNo, Day 26: Are You Ready to Write a Memoir?

WriPaMemNo, Day 26: Are You Ready to Write a Memoir?

Are you ready to write a memoir? Here’s a selection of questions from a pop quiz in Mary Karr’s Art of the Memoir that might help.

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WriPaMemNo Day 25: To Curse or Not to Curse?

WriPaMemNo Day 25: To Curse or Not to Curse?

The persona of my memoir is no prude, but she doesn’t use curse words — although I do. Here’s why I make the distinction.

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 24: Finding A Soundtrack

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 24: Finding A Soundtrack

I wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then: That’s the memoirist’s dilemma — and also my official soundtrack.

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Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 23: Re-Reading the Past

Write Part of My Memoir in November, Day 23: Re-Reading the Past

Would one of the books that I found inspirational in high school — one that changed my life — hold up to scrutiny by the older me?

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