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Writing, Years Ago

Trashing My Brand: in rejection of the insane trend toward the monetization of everything

I can't remember why branding myself with a reader-friendly, easily pronounceable name seemed important. This past year, while living and learning among an intentional community of like-minded, kind-hearted people I discovered that there is one thing I must bring to the community, and thereby to the world, that fulfills my life's (and my writing's) purpose--Authenticity.… Continue reading Trashing My Brand: in rejection of the insane trend toward the monetization of everything

Tracy Lee Karner
Writing

On Blurring Genres and Other Divides

"Memoirs are just one form of word delivery. It’s all inquiry, expression, a search to connect. To honestly recognize our mortal selves in others." Marc Nieson (Schoolhouse) A few weeks ago I thought Steven Petite was spot-on in explaining that the distinction between genre and literary fiction is based on the kind of experience the reader… Continue reading On Blurring Genres and Other Divides

Writing

Hello world, I’m back; I’ve changed.

It's been 16 months --almost the duration of two full-term-pregnancies--since I left the blogosphere. It's been an Beyond the Looking Glass wild kind of adventure. Please forgive my mysterious non-disclosure about the details behind my disappearance. I'm keeping them quiet for 2 reasons: It's too freshly painful to recount sensibly and sensitively--memoir needs a lens of distance to achieve objectivity; And more… Continue reading Hello world, I’m back; I’ve changed.

Blush: a Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World by Shirley Hershey Showalter
Reading, Writing

Meet Shirley Hershey Showalter, author of Blush: a Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World

I am pleased and privileged to introduce you to one of my new favorite authors, Shirley Hershey Showalter. I encourage you to read her memoir Blush: a Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World, to gain insight into the Mennonite culture and the values it instills in its members-- generosity, kindness, empathy and a commitment to living well… Continue reading Meet Shirley Hershey Showalter, author of Blush: a Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World

Reading, Writing

Meet Richard Gilbert, author of Shepherd: a Memoir

 Not only is Richard Gilbert an accomplished writer (author of Shepherd: a memoir) and a writing instructor (at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio), he also publishes a blog which can help you learn to write better. Intermediate and advanced writers of creative non-fiction can learn to write more engaging, thoughtful, readable prose by subscribing to, Richard's instructive blog for writers… Continue reading Meet Richard Gilbert, author of Shepherd: a Memoir