Ready! Set! NO!!!!: Family History Writing Challenge

 TWENTY-TWO HOURS UNTIL YOU CONFRONT THE BLANK PAGE! My countdown calendar fairly shouts at me.  My brain feels like a tangled, sticky mess of dates, lists, register reports, and story ideas.  I have dutifully completed the interactive tutorial with Scrivener, a wonderful writers-specific word processor, and entered an outline for my project, Reconstructing Ira Sayles.  The thought … Continue reading Ready! Set! NO!!!!: Family History Writing Challenge

Surname Saturday: Preparing for the Family History Writing Challenge

Your ancestor sits amid the details, seemingly solitary, independent, like a mushroom poking through tangled blades.  Upon further investigation, you discover others by his side: parents, aunts and uncles, children, cousins, neighbors, bosses, friends, enemies - a figurative forest of 'srooms. The simple family history narrative that the Family History Writing Challenge beckoned you to … Continue reading Surname Saturday: Preparing for the Family History Writing Challenge

I Accept! the Family History Writing Challenge

You are a family historian; a collector of family lore, data bytes, census records, photographs, and old papers that mean nothing to nobody but you.  At some point, the names become people, and then the people become folks you really want to meet, which is a problem when all that is left is their memory. … Continue reading I Accept! the Family History Writing Challenge