Maintenance of Way


MEMOIR UPDATE: Returning to a dormant manuscript

The memoir, Maintenance of Way, has sat on a digital shelf for quite some time. We’re approaching two months since I finished a full draft, a remarkable amount of time. Why? Because I spent more than two years every. single. day working on it. To walk away from it took effort, even some fortitude, to accept how letting it go, to not look at it or try to rewrite it, was actually the best strategy. As the calendar nears its next...

That time my family owned a grocery store (and no one remembers); family history, ancestry, genealogy
Why Cincinnati? A look at the Queen City's role in the story; Cincinnati, Queen City, Genealogy, Family History,
When writer's block keeps you from starting

When writer’s block keeps you from starting

Tell me if this sounds familiar to you: You’ve read a few books in the same genre as your work-in-progress, you feel inspired, you’re inspired to begin a new draft of your book. You begin writing a few paragraphs. But no, not quite right. Not the right tone, not the right imagery, better to start again. You write more. Dah! It still feels wrong. Again and again and again this process repeats itself, and suddenly you find yourself locked in...