Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Thanks, Marsha. You do a tremendous job of sharing information, giving readers a peek into writers' lives and providing a fun slice of what is behind their work.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
By Liz Adair
When my daughter Terry returned from Bolivia, she brought me back a gift from Sonia, the lady she had gone down to see. They were doing work for SWAN, a 501 C 3 Organization that administers microloans to poor women.
When Terry gave me Sonia’s gift, pictured left, I acted as if I knew what it was. “How nice!” I said. A while later, I finally figured it out. Sonia had sent me a spindle. It’s a device the peasant women use to spin wool by hand as they’re walking along or sitting in the marketplace.
If you’ll remember the story of Sleeping Beauty, the thing that caused her to fall asleep was pricking her finger on a spindle. You can see that this one has a wicked-looking point on the end. If I fall asleep and don’t wake up, find a handsome prince to kiss me.
But back to the story: Terry assured Sonia that I would be delighted with this gift, and I am. I haven’t done any spinning with a hand spindle, but I got pretty good with a treadle spinning wheel.
As you can see, my wheel is missing some parts. A couple of moves and grandkids in the area has taken its toll.
My friend Janet Walker taught me to spin. She did spinning for an artist who had been commissioned to do a tapestry for a municipal building, and she said to me, “By the time you’ve completed your first fleece, you’ll know how to spin.”
She was right, but do you know how long it takes to spin a whole fleece?
Actually, prepping the fleece is about as time consuming as spinning it. You have to pick out all the manure and hayseeds and carefully wash it. Then you have to card it into soft clouds before it’s ready to spin.
That’s the way it is with writing family history. Not the picking out the manure part--though that may be an apt metaphore. What I mean is the "By the time you get it written, you’ll know how" part. You might as well learn by doing, because at each stage, you’ll have something to show for your efforts.
My first attempts at spinning were uneven and slubby, but I kept them and knit them into a wool cap that I got lots of complements on. People thought I had bought the yarn at an upscale boutique.
Likewise, when you write your first reminiscence, you’ll end up with a memory on paper that will last longer than you, if taken care of. A hundred years from now, the person who reads it won’t care that it wasn’t polished. What he will care about is that it was written down.
And…by the time you’ve written your first book, you’ll be a good writer.
Friday, December 5, 2008
The last few weeks have been extremely exciting as I've worked with Liz to finish up her manuscript and cover and get the book to the printer. Books will be shipping our way early next week, which means we have books to purchase that will be delivered before Christmas--yeehaw!
Best of all, we're offering a pre-release special of $4 off (well, 3.95...) the cover price! That means they are only $14.00...and we would love to send one or two copies your way for the readers on your Christmas list.
Whether you plan to purchase a book or not, I invite you to visit http://www.cecilymarkland.com/ where the cover is posted on the main page, or this link will show you some of the endorsements we've already received: http://www.cecilymarkland.com/index.php?page_id=12&newsletter_id=450
Thursday, May 29, 2008
All of this is just part of what is happening as we are ramping up to introduce, Counting the Cost, Liz's powerful new novel based on her own family history. As the book is in its final edit and we are working on the design of the cover, it really feels like history in the making! It's a beautiful story and it's going to look beautiful as well! I believe Counting the Cost is Liz's best work yet, one that will not only bring a small piece of history to life and pay tribute to all that makes up our nation's Western heritage, but that also reaches deep into the hearts of strong, interesting characters and, in so doing, teaches each reader insightful lessons for life. Indeed, for each of us, doesn't life come down to the cost of our choices?
To receive updates about the progress of Counting the Cost, come back to this blog or sign up for updates by going to www.inglestonepublishing.com anytime after June 1.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Here's what it says on the back cover (written by my editor):
Does your family have a story that needs to be told?
Are you a writer wanting to add life and “care-a-bility” to your stories?
Do you want to learn how to tell your family history in an interesting and inspiring way?Learn from a pro how to do just that and more!
- Discover how to use familiar settings as the backdrop for believable scenes
- Find out how and why to tell true family stories from a fictional slant
- Learn how to mold your ancestors or family members into strong fictional characters
- Share your favorite memories and family lore
- Develop your storytelling ability
Liz's information about using family history in fiction is very interesting and valuable. I recommend it. It will help you "write what you know." - T. Deighton
Published by Inglestone PublishingPrinted in United States
The booklet sells for $4.95 and is hot off the press. Click here and you'll be taken to the Inglestone Publishing web site where you can purchase the book.
I'll be in Phoenix on May 31 at the Music and Arts Festival and would love it if you would stop by the booth so I can meet you. I'll have these booklets for sale, and a great brochure on blogging family history that I'm giving out free. Go to www.musicandartsfestival.com to find out more about the festival. Hope to see you there!