Welcome to the class All! We embark on a new season of writing and discovery. What is thrilling about autobiography is the discovery process for it is not a matter of setting down what we already know but finding the meaning in what we know…or rather, finding what may be the “new” facts of our lives with which to construct meaning.
Some of us start writing for someone else. A grandchild. A therapist. A teacher. Soon, we discover that another more intimate side of us emerges that is curious about the unfolding life of this character called “me”. Once we become comfortable with the “I” who is narrating the story (or indeed, we may shift to a he/she or even “you” point of view) we realize we can tell our life story from a variety of directions, accents, points of view, personas, and states of mind. We often discover the use of fictional tools in telling our stories and these tools may in include dialog, time manipulation, multiple narrators, odd perspectives, literary style imitations and formats adapted from other media.
I look forward to the writing that lies in wait for us. Kendall
Assignment #2 for Memories, Stories & Reflections: CCAE Tuesdays: Traveling in your own life story: Until our next meeting consider using the following journal format for writing either an ongoing journal of your current life, your life history, or selected moments from your life. I suggest providing lots of visual vitality to the process : consider designing your journal pages with a river or road running through them into which you do the actual writing. On either side of the road or river, doodle in visual elements (phone numbers, names of restaurants, the smell of gas being pumped, the odd look or Motel 6 after a weary day, the front door that got left open after your sister said good-bye). Keeping your journal in this way may make the process more alive for you especially if you’re being made aware of the sensory aspects of memories that may be lacking those elements. Keep at it for these weeks and see what you might discover! Let me know how it goes and send me a sample from your journal that I’ll post. Happy trails.
We are in the honeymoon phase of winter and welcoming the frequency with a mix of awe and temperance. Two weeks later, the honeymoon may end, we will be looking at the very post post-ice age phenomenon of all snow all the time. Our systems will adjust–our DNA will reshape so that we grow hair for warmth and height for pulling icicles off one another’s roof. Until that time comes, we write about the first sprouts of hair and the sudden inching out of once treasured shoes.
What have you noticed about you and the winter, your diet and mood, your dreams and frustrations, your stories and memories? What’s kicking in for you that you might not been aware of were it not for the lens of winter and the prospect of snow-and-more-snow? Are you thinking of moving to California…where there is no water?