The revolving, evolving writer … that’s me these last couple of months…and one of the reasons I can’t seem to keep up with my blog posts. I don’t know how other bloggers do it. I’ve read I should be blogging at least one post a week, and if possible, more. We writers need blog posts like entertainers need the gossip rags to keep us in readers’ minds. But if I spend all my time blogging, then when do I write my books, my magazine articles for Memoirabilia, my book reviews yadda yadda yadda. Common sense and priorities have to prevail. So here’s what has been revolving around this evolving writer.
First off, I finished writing my third and final memoir, “THE LADIES of LORETTO“. Don’t you just love the cover? I do. It was conceived of, and designed by Andrew Rudd, who has done the covers and layout on both my previous books, “No Tears for my Father” and “Learning to Love Myself”. Pure genius that man. And if any writers are reading this and looking for affordable, expert and quick book layout, cover design or digital conversion for Kindle, ePub, Smashwords etc. email me for Andrew’s contact information.
As for “THE LADIES of LORETTO”, this book took a lot less time to write and was actually a lot more fun. It’s also half the size of my previous books. What’s it about? It’s a light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek, pie-in-my-face recollection of my 4-5 years as a student in a Catholic High School, Loretto College School on Brunswick Avenue in Toronto. The old school has now been converted to a gorgeous condominium complex, and if everything works out, my slightly irreverent, often funny book will be launched on the new/old school premises at the end of May 2015. What god was looking over me when I finished this book in time for Loretto to celebrate its Centennial? It also happens to be the 50th anniversary of my grade 13 graduation from that school. I couldn’t have planned this better if I tried! I’m so thrilled that the organizers of the Centennial somehow got whiff of my book and contacted me about it. At the same time, I’m slightly freaked out: what if some of my old teachers are still alive, read it and are insulted. Or if some of the students recognize themselves though I’ve changed their names? But then, as my hubby said when he cracked up reading a section of the book where I talk about girls and their periods and Kotex pads (yes, it’s all in there along with holy silent retreats, flying nuns, and “The Twist”…this was the 60’s) “What are they going to do to you? Give you a detention?”
So that’s what’s been taking up my time, along with my magazine for memoir writers, MEMOIRABILIA. With that endeavour, I’ve stepped into new shoes and donned a new hat, and I’m loving it. It’s a joy receiving submissions from other writers, reading them, and including a selection in each issue of the magazine. This is the kind of support, I believe, writers need. Not everyone can afford to self-publish their books, poems or short stories, and so many have wonderful stories to share and do it well. So I’m happy to give them a chance to be read. Each issue also contains an interview with a new memoir writer, along with published memoir reviews, and lots of great articles from other editors and myself on how to write memoir. If you like to write, or want to submit, visit the MEMOIRABILIA website at http://www.memoirabilia.ca and check it out. There’s a submission form right on the site. YOu can also subscribe to articles there. Or you can purchase both printed and digital copies of the magazine at http://www.memoirabilia.info
And one of the most exciting things I’ve done this past month is host, in conjunction with my local branch of the Hamilton Public Library, a “Memoir Writers’ Expo”. We invited 3 writers, Barbara Studham, Thanh Campbell, and Rita Roberts to speak about their memoirs and how they came to write them. It was a wonderful evening and we’re planning another in late September, along with, possibly, an all-out Book Fair! Now, does all that explain why I have no time to blog?! I think so. Ever evolving, ever revolving. That’s me!
Till next time, happy reading and writing!