“I’ve always felt that my ‘style’—the careful projection onto paper of who I think I am—was my only marketable asset, the only possession that might set me apart from other writers.” ---William Zinsser

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Possibilities Abound

I'm getting ready for a week in Lakeside where I'll lead people through journaling and turning personal reflection into other writing.  Whenever I'm on the cusp of a new endeavor, I try to focus on what I know and what I want others to know about what I know.  It's not easy.  My thinking evolves and what I think is important changes every time I do a program or workshop.  And this time things are different--I don't get paid and I don't have to spend money to help people grow.  It feels like a gift to be able to connect with people without having to promote the event.  I can just be, and the people who need to be there will be there.

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A Winding Road - Writing

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My book, "Ohio's Lake Erie Wineries," an Arcadia production, explores the history of island and lakeshore wineries from the mid-1800s through today. I write travel, memoir, profiles, book reviews, local interest articles, and fiction. My writing is always of discovery--whether it's journaling, book reviewing, letter writing, or sharing an experience of life. I have written two novels and am working on a third novel and a memoir. I am passionate about sharing what life has to offer with others. "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron woke me up to a sense of possibility--life is too short not be enjoyed by living deeply and well. I created Igniting Possibilities, a conduit for creativity workshops and events, in the hope of guiding others to realize their full potential. The Word Lover's Retreats at Lakeside, Ohio's Chautauqua community, help writers find their voice and direction.