4 Editing Hacks I Learned from Stephen King

Let’s be honest. The editing process is not as fun as the initial storytelling process. Editing requires that you read your writing with fresh eyes, pull out your red pen machete, and start hacking away at superfluous details, tangents, and parts of speech. Why is editing so important? You want people to read, understand, and … Read more…

9 Thrilling Memoir Writing Tips I Learned from Stephen King

I don’t read many thrillers, but I have seen a few Stephen King movies. I remember how Misery made my ankles hurt and The Green Mile made me cry. Perhaps my favorite Stephen King story, however, is On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Although King provides advice for novel writers, so much of his … Read more…

Memoir Musings >The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust

The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust By Edith Hahn Beer with Susan Dworkin Synopsis Edith Hahn was born in Vienna in 1914 and lived through WWII. When she was a teenager, she was encouraged to attend university, but before she could finish her studies and become an attorney, she was … Read more…

Celebrate the Female Heroes in Your Life

March is Women’s History Month. Let’s change the world this month by honoring our “ordinary” women heroes—those women who have given us life, made our lives better, or taught us how to live in this world. Perhaps you’ll honor your mom, wife, grandmother, aunt, teacher, scout leader, pastor, coach, theater director, or neighbor. Think of … Read more…

8 Stories to Tell Your Grandchildren in March

When I start working with clients, they are often unsure of which stories to tell. I don’t care for long, dense books packed with story prompts. The suggestions can be overwhelming and can cause more burnout than success. However, I think a handful of this month’s “Days of the Year” topics might just inspire you … Read more…

7 Ways to Protect Your Online Identity

One component of your Legacy of Love is Facts and Information. In order to protect your online identity and your Treasured Possessions that have financial value, you need to know how to protect your facts that online thieves want to steal. 1: Know the key data items that thieves want to steal: your name, address, … Read more…

Memoir Musings >The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother

The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother By James McBride Synopsis James McBride shares his mother’s story as well as his own story in this touching, easy-to-read memoir. McBride’s mother, who was born a white Jew, marries a black man in 1942 and plants a Baptist church in the middle of … Read more…

Who Are You, Really?

Last year, my husband and I found ourselves battling an online predator. An Internet-masked thief obtained our personal information presumably through one of the many mass data breaches that have occurred over the past few years. I’ll spare you the details of his persistence, but thankfully, our bank is on the forefront of security, and … Read more…

The “Cute” One is Available!

The “Cute” One: Memoirs of a Grateful, Four-eyed Nerd with Quacky Feet  By Alfred J. Ewald Synopsis When his uncle gave him an erector set, Alfred Ewald thought becoming an engineer would make his life complete. Then one day, he met a beautiful, yellow bird with white open-toed shoes and realized that dreams do come true … Read more…

Seeking Courage in 2017?

“I guess I did have some amount of fear. I made my own billy club after all.” My dad was thirteen when he worked as a night watchman at a brewery with his father. Dad went to work after school to cover the first shift, slept in the breakroom, and woke early to cover the … Read more…