A to Z Theme 2016
For my 2016 A to Z theme I used a meme that I ran across on the blog of Bridget Straub who first saw it on the blog of Paula Acton. This meme is a natural for me to use on my memoir blog. It's an A to Z concept and it's about me. No research and nothing complicated. I'm given twenty six questions or topics to discuss that are about me.In April I kept my posts short and uncomplicated. In the midst of it all you might learn a few things about me that you didn't previously know.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Tomorrow we'll be heading out on a month long journey here at Wrote By Rote. Yesterday you got a musical preview of things to come during the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. Today I'm just kind of taking it easy while I invite my readers to follow me on a journey to some of the places that have significance in my life.
The month of April is booked for my A to Z journey. I'll be posting every day in April except Sundays other than April 1st. That's 26 days of 26 blog posts, one for each letter of the alphabet. Come with me to see where I'll take you each day. Maybe you can guess where I go, maybe not--it's a big continent.
In May it will be business as usual on this blog. I'll be back to Saturday only posting and whenever I can I'll be opening my blog to guests. If you have something memoir related that you'd like to write about, please let me know and we'll see where we can fit you in. If you have an upcoming book or publication you'd like to promote, a memoir related event you'd like to talk about, something about memoir writing that you'd like to share, or even just a story you'd like to tell then let me know about it and we can schedule a guest spot.
I look forward to hearing from you. And I hope you'll join me in April.
Friday, March 30, 2012
L. Diane Wolfe from Spunk on a Stick is hosting the Sad Songs Blogfest which is exactly what the title says it is. I've already entered A Faraway View and A Few Words since I'm such a sucker for any music blogfest.
Then as I was preparing my final A to Z posts for Wrote By Rote, I started thinking Sad Songs again. Wrote By Rote is my memoir blog which normally only publishes on Saturdays. My theme for the A to Z Challenge will be concerning the places that have special meaning to me in my life. Since there are so many Sad Songs about places, they began coming to mind as I was thinking about my A to Z posts.
Here are my Sad Memoir Songs:
In My Life -- This Beatles song could serve as an appropriate song for any memoir blog.
By the Time I Get to Phoenix -- Glen Campbell had a hit with this great song by Jimmy Webb. It's all about places and lost love. Makes you want to just sob and wail.
Hickory Grove -- There's a Hickory Grove in Tennessee. I don't know if that's the place that Dan Fogelberg is talking about in this song, but it brings a lot of wistful memories back to me when I listen to it.
Massachusetts -- The BeeGees sang this sad song before their disco days.
Amarillo By Morning -- The life of a rodeo cowboy ain't all that glamorous according to this song by George Strait. That mournful lonesome fiddle really gets to me.
Kentucky Rain -- This is the hit version by Elvis. A song about traveling looking for lost love. A road memoir.
Hope you enjoyed these picks and I hope you'll join me on my A to Z travels. There won't be any music, but lot's of stories.
For more Sad Songs go to Spunk on a Stick for the list. Thanks Diane for hosting.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Teresa, I can hardly wait for your return visit! This is an exciting story for many of us in many ways. Congratulations on the upcoming publication and I wish you the greatest success with it. Readers, now it's your turn--what would you like to ask Teresa?
Teresa's Blog can be found at:
Author website is:
teresarhyne.com (to be activated soon if not already)
- At Face Value (thereaderwrites.wordpress.com)
- How to Write a Book Publishing Proposal (ruralstops.blogspot.com)
- Some Comments on my Story from Future Readers! - Look! (theroadtomyselfmemoir.wordpress.com)
- Sourcebooks posts huge ebook revenue increase 2011 (teleread.com)
Saturday, March 17, 2012
It's a cloudy day in L.A. The forecast is rain starting Friday night and lasting into Sunday morning. I don't mind. Here in Los Angeles rain is always welcomed. Overcast skies stir memories for me, though sunny skies certainly invoke thoughts of good days as well.
If I look at a cloudy day photo my typical reaction is that I'm looking at something cold, yet I know that a cloudy day is just as apt to be stifling hot as much as it might be bitter cold. Perhaps it's the memories of snowy winter days or days of chilling rains. Gray skies somehow seem dismal to many of us, but I have a fondness for cool cloudy days.
A cool cloudy day invites me to stay inside and do indoor things. My mind starts conjuring projects like cleaning closets or organizing books and CDs. I dream of the day in bed just catching up on reading or darkening the living room and watching movies--perhaps all three Lord of the Rings DVDs viewed consecutively or something like that. A day of nothing but relaxation sounds like a dream come true. A cloudy rainy day invites just that. The reality is that I probably won't do this.
When I was young and didn't have any real life supporting responsibilities to weigh me down, I could savor my cloudy days. I would spend time organizing my stamp collection, building models, or just playing. Somehow these activities felt immensely productive and meaningful and I suppose in a sense they were at the time. There might even be cloudy days when I would clean out my closet or dresser drawers. That especially felt like an accomplishment.
There were always books. I read voraciously rain or shine, but cloudy cold days were especially conducive to escaping in the written word. We didn't have videos or DVDs then; I watched movies on television. When the weather didn't invite me outdoors I might watch something on television if there was something worth watching. It seemed like I was never at a loss to find something to entertain my time.
Adulthood brought work responsibilities which sometimes meant going out into the cold gray of day whether I felt like it our not. Leisure took a different form for me and came in smaller doses. If I had an obligation I might have to face the rain and accept the cold. That's life and I don't have a problem with that, but can I ever recapture that feeling that tomorrow will take care of itself and for now nothing else really matters?
These days even though the days might be cloudy, it's difficult to keep my head in the clouds.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Burma Shave was an old-fashioned men's shaving cream product that resorted to an old school style of advertising--the roadside sign. The product sign itself would be preceded by a series of small signs that would present a catchy poem or saying that sometimes was about the product, but also about topics like highway safety.
Here is an example of a series of Burma Shave signs:
|Made a hit|
Tired eyes from
Too many tweets
Might cause this guy
To fall asleep