Who I Am
What I Do
The task of writing an autobiography for a website is a daunting one, especially if you are a normal Mid-Western woman. We don’t toot our own horns easily. If this were a resume I would do a bullet list and bore you to death with the ordinariness of it. But this bio deals with what I love to do and what I am good at. It is the reason for this website. Writing.
Of course writing always begins with reading. As I grew up, as I read, I would swoon over a sentence or a paragraph. And the oddest thing would happen. Occasionally I would think to myself, only to myself, I could do that. I wrote privately.
My job, in addition to being a wife and mother, was to manage our rental real estate. Not much writing there. But I was a dandy with a battery-operated screwdriver and cell phone to call in the Pros when I got in over my head.
With the purchase of my first personal computer, I realized that the Internet offered opportunity for writers. A friend opened the first door, asking me to write an article for his golf magazine. Off it went, via email. It was in print in a few weeks and I was hooked.
I began writing and selling creative non-fiction and commentary pieces to newspapers and magazines. Topics as profound as 9-11-2001 and the shame of priests’ abuse compelled me to write. Shallow themes - the supersizing of grocery stores and the bizarre urban theft of wheelchairs – provided fodder for my pen.
Personal events occurred. My grandson Ben was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age three. I would write about that for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). More non-profits would knock on my door.
Small businesses invited me to draft letters, newsletters and news releases. I edited a book written by a physician and the centennial history of a country club.
And then there came fiction and writers’ critique groups and submissions to story competitions and some prizes.
Two friends and I met regularly to diminish the isolation that writing requires.
We decided we needed to enter the modern world of writing, to create a website for writers. This site www.writers-resources-cafe.com was born, developed by another writer-web-designer-friend. The adage, “It’s not what you know but who you know,” has been my fortunate motto.
Now comes the publication of my short story collection, Babies’ Breath and other Stories (and How They Were Born). Babies’ Breath was an award-winning story in an international crime fiction competition and that’s a horn I’ll gladly toot.
So that’s who I am and what I have done so far. So far – such an intriguing phrase.***************************
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Follow any of these links to my Writers Resources Cafe articles, essays and short stories. Come back frequently to read the lastest offerings. Enjoy!
First my work as a freelance writer is examined at these links:
Ready for Reality?
Whose Point Of View? Yours or Your Publishers?
Freelance Writers Revise, Revise, Revise
A Published Rant Against Super-sizing
A Commissioned Article About JDRF
Using a Personal Experience to Get Published
The essay form can be used to observe, explain and defend. Here are several essays, some professionally detached, some emotionally charged.
How We Begin
Cynicism in Suburbia
Duffers Love Golf, Too
In Sickness and In Health
Anne Lamott Hates Me
My Trip To (And From) The Acupuncturist
A Woman of a Certain Age (Shhh!)
Golf is a Noun
One Post-Holiday Perspective
Information Seeps In...
Write like Linus
Charity Begins at Home
Are You Smart OR Are You Nice?
The Melting Pot
The Serenity Prayer
Dinosaur or Cougar
Warning to Snow Birds
What not to say
Breaking up is hard to do.
So you want to make a website?
I Hate My Husband's weather Radio
Wolves in Shepherd's Clothing
Elevator Phobia from Word Prompt
Hearing Loss Story from Word Prompt
Mother Then and Now
Mother Knows Best>/a>
Walking Backwards in your Mind
Between The Covers
Forty Hour Fourth of July
Darren Clarke wins The Open Championship.
A Book Shelf Half Full is Not Enough
Stroke of Insight
Cynicism Trumps Optimism
Kathy's Review of Aging Well by George Vaillant M.D.
Between the Covers Book Club
Big Family Vacation
Life as I Know it is Over!
The 2011 British Open
Mother Knows Best?
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