Monday, June 23, 2014


When Granny was 82, she showed me the cavernous space where her breast had been removed.
"Wanna see the ugly?”
"No," I said, flinching.
She lifted her nightshirt anyway. A black jagged line sliced across the concave, saggy skin where half her womanhood had been erased. No nipple, nothing.
I sucked air through my teeth.
"Oh, Granny, that hurts. Are they going to take the stitches out, or…"
"They already did."

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Webinar: How to Write a Memoir That Will Attract the Attention of Agents and Editors

On June 16, Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers ( presented a webinar on writing memoirs that attract the attention of agents and editors. Below are some of their thoughts:

Writing for yourself vs. writing for others.

Brooke: The reader should be able to take something away from your project: universal truths. Readers want to be mirrored. Julia Scheeres, the author of Jesus Land, said emphatically, “You write for yourself.”

I absolutely have changed my tune [about thinking you write for others]. It’s both; you write for both.

Linda: I was too far on the “write for yourself” side. Now we’re both in the middle. You have to write for others if you want to get published.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

What I Learned in College

I just found a journal entry from March 20, 1996, the day before I finished my last undergraduate class at the University of California, Irvine. I was 22-years-old. I completed my last final on March 21st thinking, "Now what?" I had no clue what I was going to do with my life. (I still don't at 41.) The only plan I had was to go to the student center and buy an alumni sweatshirt, which I did. Then I had a beer and went back to work as a food server with an English degree.