• Book Review,  Memoir

    Self and Soul: On Creating a Meaningful Life by Lorraine Ash | A Review

    Are you living a life of quiet desperation? Questioning what it means to succeed? Wondering if your efforts matter? In this uplifting memoir, Lorraine Ash uses her own life experiences to explore inner landscapes where the seeds of divine healing and insight reside. These are the landscapes on which we create our own meaning and find the resiliency to thrive in a changing and challenging world. (Image and synopsis via Goodreads) My Thoughts: Lorraine Ash shares courageously the story of her greatest loss: the stillbirth of her daughter, Victoria. I cannot begin to know what a loss, such as losing a child before life is breathed into it, does to…

  • Family History,  Guest Post,  Memoir,  Memories,  Writing

    Exploring Ancestral Patterns in Memoir with Guest Lorraine Ash

    Today I am pleased to have as my guest, Lorraine Ash, author of Self and Soul: Creating a Meaningful Life. Lorraine is sharing her thoughts on the ancestral patterns we inherit and how they impact our lives. Lorraine, thank you for being here today. And thank you to WOW! Women on Writing for hosting Lorraine’s blog tour. Our lives start with all kinds of inheritances. From ancestors, we receive genetic qualities, proclivities, aptitudes, beliefs. Maturing means interacting with all our inheritances, whether that involves embracing, rejecting, or modifying them. Odds are, we decide to keep some and not others. That thought affirms the value of looking back in time to trace…

  • Book Review,  Guest Post,  Interviews,  Memoir,  Writing,  Writing Tips

    Upcoming Guest Posts, Interviews & Book Reviews

    On Tuesday, August 26th, I will post my review of Kathy Pooler‘s recently published Memoir, Ever Faithful to His Lead: My Journey Away from Emotional Abuse. Kathy has told her story with integrity and holds out hope as a gift to those suffering through abusive relationships. On Thursday, August 28th, my review of Lorraine Ash’s memoir Self and Soul: On Creating a Meaningful Life will be posted. Another story beautifully written from strength and courage with another gift of hope offered. Reminder: Two copies of Lorraine’s memoir will be given away. On Thursday, September 4th,Marie Abanga visits with me as I interview Marie about writing her memoir, My Unconventional Loves: My Hurts, My Adulteries, My Redemption and the struggles…

  • Memoir,  Quotations on Writing,  Writing,  Writing Tips,  Writing Tools

    Tips for Juggling Multiple Writing Projects

    I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel the need to switch off working on my memoir project. Currently, I am completing a second draft of my memoir. However, despite nearing the end, there are times when I feel like I’ve lost my focus or have grown tired of this project. Many writers and writing instructors assert that one should work on only one book or project at a time. Henry Miller asserted such wisdom around 1932-1933: 1. Work on one thing at a time until finished. [Boring!] … 10. Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing. [Also a bit boring!] But what about that guest post…