So not only did you teach me about writing memoir, you also taught me about reading and thinking about how others write memoir. Thank you so much!

p.s. my mom now refers to me as the family "chronicler" - getting down all the family stories. How I love that title!! :)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Is everything OK? Haven't seen a blog post lately.

It always makes me happy when someone emails and says, "Is everything Ok? I haven't seen a new post on your blog lately."
It doesn't make me happy that my life is so busy I am not keeping up with this blog. I am trying to be as punctual as my blogger friend, DJan, who writes faithfully every single Sunday morning. But lately the days are running past and into each other and I can't keep my head above water.

As usual, I over-scheduled myself for spring this year. I was excited to get back to teaching, but I forgot that this is also tax time and I must get all that done. I also forgot that often I must take a long nap in the afternoon to refresh me for five or six more hours of work.

The job of program coordinator for NC Writers' Network West is supposed to be twenty hours a month, part time, but I am positive that I spend more hours than that answering emails, sending email announcements, supporting our members in their own endeavors and staying in touch with our county reps. I love it all and just wish my body was as strong as my mind.

Also I am working very hard to get a book ready for publication. My friend, Estelle Rice, writer and poet, is my collaborator for a book about our pets and other creatures. It is going to be a fun read and we will include pictures, but it seems that every time I think we have it ready, something comes up and there is more work to do. Estelle said today, "Isn't this fun?" I said, "No, I am sick of this book."

I hear that all authors feel that way by the time the book is done. "There are no good writers, only good re-writers." So we go over and over and find errors or see a better way to write a sentence or change the organization of the stories and poems. The book has been edited by other people twice and by us three or four times.

To my readers who have missed my blog posts, I hope you don't leave me or forget me. I hope to get back on schedule very soon. Meanwhile, if you live near my town, and if you want to learn to write better or start writing, contact Lisa Long at Tri-County-Community College and sign up for my class there beginning March 5, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.. Every Monday for four weeks we will meet and learn and have fun doing it. Visit to see my writing schedule and how to register.

Some of my writing students from a class at TCCC in 2015

Lexie is curled in a little ball beside me and it is late. Tomorrow is another busy day and I am blessed to have plans and opportunities awaiting me.


DJan said...

I volunteer my time for up to three hours a week, and even that sometimes wears me out. I'm always glad to see your smiling "face" in my news feed, whenever you show up. I won't be leaving you. :-)

Glenda Council Beall said...

Thanks, DJan. You are a faithful reader and you leave comments. I do appreciate you.