Monday, August 29, 2016

Checking in

I've been AWOL from this blog for over a week.  It seems the past 10 days have flown by, and I even missed Friday Fave Five last week.  I always miss it when I don't join in with the FFF group, as it has become a great exercise in gratitude for me.  However early Friday morning I was happily driving up to the mountains for a few days to participate in a writer's seminar.

The seminar was hosted by Alissa Johnson (Writing Strides), a fabulous writing coach and lovely young woman.  I've participated in a couple of Alissa's webinars and, though we've spoken on the phone numerous times, this was my first opportunity to meet her in person.

Along with eight other women, we spent the day getting focused on our writing projects and sharing ideas.  Most of us were of the same generation, which made for immediate camaraderie.  While our projects are as different as each individual (from memoir to fiction to history to spiritual erotica), we shared so many common threads in the desire to express our creativity.  For the entire day, we were able to 'think out loud' without fear of judgement, and focus on how to get our projects started and keep them moving, and have some quiet moments to write.

I had the luxury of going up the day before and staying for two nights, which gave me lots of time to enjoy the beautiful mountains and the gorgeous cool weather.

Then, yesterday, I picked up a book that has been packed away along with so many of my books since we moved a couple of years ago.  It is Adriana Trigiani's Don't Sing at the Table; Life Lessons from My Grandmothers.  It's a quick read and I finished it this morning.  I've enjoyed several of Trigiani's novels, and this book, a memoir, was exceptional.  It's about her grandmothers, who both played a tremendous influence in her life and in her writing.  What I loved about the book is that one of her grandmothers was a seamstress.  The work ethic that she had in her sewing business influenced Ms. Trigiani's methods in writing.  Having been a seamstress and also loving to write, I really enjoyed the parallels that she drew between the two.

Don't Sing at the Table was a wonderful way to cap off the weekend.

So, I'm back and ready to take on a busy week, which will end with another little jaunt out of town for my nephew's wedding.

Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!



Patti Gardner said...

Sounds great, Karen! I would love to attend a writing conference one of these days. I've been writing in one form or another since I was in elementary school. I even wrote a 783-page Civil War-era novel in the late 1980's. (Never got it published.)

Writing and genealogy are 2 of my passions, and I am hoping to marry those loves with some sort of a family history narrative. A writing conference would be a great tool to help me with that.

That book sounds really interesting. One of my grandmothers was a seamstress too---she made all my clothes growing up. My other grandmother was the biggest role model of my life and the woman I most wanted to be like when I grew up. So a book about a grandmothers' influence appeals to me.

I missed Friday's Fave Five too. Bummer!

Have a lovely evening,

Mari said...

Welcome back! That book sound very interesting!

Mereknits said...

Good for you getting out to that seminar and enjoying new friends. I love Trigiani's books I will look that one up. Have a good week.

Summer said...

A wedding sounds great! Hope you enjoy it ♥