By Judy Berman
In a police lineup, my neighbors would be hard-pressed to identify me. Fresh air and natural light are foreign to me.
That’s what the writing life feels like to me at times. I retreat to our small office, do some research for some of the posts on my blog and I search for photos to go with the story.
It’s not glamorous. But it’s hardly like J.K. Rowling, who took her baby in a pram to a coffee shop so they’d be in a warm place while she wrote her first Harry Potter book.
What’s appealing is that I get to create, to do what I love: write. Until 2011, my personal writing was confined to about a dozen journals. Then, I began blogging. I enjoy the feedback and writing to other bloggers.
Fellow blogger Marian Beaman http://plainandfancygirl.com/ invited me to take part in a Blog Tour. It’s a great way to introduce some writers and to learn what motivates them. Plus, I get to share my own writing experiences.
As a memoirist, Marian Beaman tends to weave the literary with the familiar from growing up as a Mennonite girl on farm country in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to her move south where she was a teacher in Jacksonville, Florida. Her writing includes “It’s Not Easy Being Green, WalMart and Me,” which recounts her neighborhood struggle to keep large live oaks and tall pines from biting the dust.
1. What am I working on now?
Right now, I’m doing some historical research for a future post. I’ve already visited the location, taken photos, and gathered some historical documents and photos. While I love writing humor, stories about history excite me because I always learn something new.
2. How does my work differ from others in the genre?
My blog is a Personal Blog. timethief of One Cool Site says that: “Each blogger has a unique personality; each has a unique writer’s voice.” http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2013/04/19/personal-blogs-tell-your-story/
In April, I wrote to her about her post on blogging tips. I wasn’t sure what drew readers to my blog. Timethief said I was “a skilled and engaging storyteller and the brand you are creating is based on that and your experience as a teacher and reporter.”
While I might not know what to expect when I open a vein to write, timethief says she does: “it’s a well told story.” I thank her for that compliment, support and advice.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I love to tell stories, something I learned at my Mom’s and Dad’s knees. Depending on the day, I might be writing about my family, my experiences as a reporter or as a teacher, or my interests in travel, reading, movies and music.
4. How does my writing process work?
I aim for the unusual, and for folks without filters. Then, I scribble shorthand notes on small yellow legal pads, trying to frame the story. What are the smells? The sounds? The ‘Oh, my gosh, I can’t believe’ moments? I want to place the reader where I was so that they can experience that time as well. If none of that exists, I weep gently into my computer … and create.
Mark Bialczak, a veteran journalist, lives in the Syracuse area. In early 2013, he was set free to write about whatever he wants. He has numerous blog awards for stories about his family, their beloved rescue dog, Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle, and for his music and movie reviews. In his film blog, he wrote of the connection to the song, “Bonjour, Bonjour,” in the movie “A Fault in Our Stars,” and the city he loves and writes about: Syracuse.
Kate Crimmins shares her experiences as a former human relations executive and as a non-furry parent to her kitties: Hazel, Morgan, Mollie and Jake. Her stories about the trials and tribulations of trying to get them to use a cat tower make me laugh. As do her efforts to get her husband to accompany her to the mall. Kate has numerous blog awards. Her humorous observations at the gym and elsewhere draw me in time and again and leave me chuckling.
OK, Mark and Kate. “Tag. You’re it.”
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Photo: Judy – A rare photo of me outside taking a break from my computer
Photo: Crime Scene Tape