Joined Twitter-world two weeks ago after years of resistance. Surprise, it’s really fun! And hones your writing/thinking skills. How best to hook interest when I’m trying to build excitement in the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Lissa (because it features in a chapter of my Dr Epstein book)? And do it in even less than the famed 140 characters, because the link to a url takes space if you want to feature your blogsite. [Thank you Sue of PageturnerPR for the tip on shortening urls using Bitly]
So the writing/thinking is one thing. And then as a recipient of tweets I’ve learned I can follow lots of history-minded, even military-minded tweeters, to say ‘look at this’. Probably you know about this already?? In theory I did, but in actuality when @thehistoryguy, Dan Snow no less, tweets back a like or someone even retweets it — ooo it feels like somebody is listening. Yes, yes, a lot like Facebook, but faster. Not that I’ll stick with militaries for long, as that’s not my personal thing. When this chapter is done I’ll ease up, maybe start tweeting haiku and creative writing thoughts. And tweeting to the #amwriting people. And following fav authors. Publishers. Genres. And art. And I wonder if papiermache is there. And…
…of course, it’s a great time-user. But fast, fun and stimulating. Still learning. I will see if I can put a Twitter thingy on this site. Oh; seems to work the other way, YOU can share THIS via your Twitter, but if you’ve read this far, you are not on Twitter yet. You might be able to peek if you click here but might be you have to actually join ’em to see ’em. See, I told you I was still learning. So tweet-tweet, here’s a bird I made earlier, just for fun. Looks more like squawking than tweeting?
What was it about my great grandfather that compelled me to write the novel of his true life? And why fiction instead of fact? Editor Bridget Osborne of The Chiswick Calendar persuades me to reveal the man and my method.
Writing from Life — Fascinating ancestor? Fantastic life experience? How do you tell the story? Decision paths, sources and insights into weaving together fact, memories and imagination. That’s the talk I’m prepping for a little group this week. Actually I’m making it a sort of show-and-tell. Wednesday 1st June 2016, 1 pm, Cambrian Community Centre, Richmond TW10 6SN. Free. As a writer, interesting to go back and select six artifacts from my research on The Extraordinary Dr Epstein to illustrate my points. They are: family photograph, maps (NYC 1850), images of places (NYC City Hall 1850), images of historical context (Battle of Lissa), images of objects (a lancet and a corset), archive material (an obit information form 1913).
Hmmm, the combination of lancet and corset might conjure up a dramatic story or poem in some fertile imaginations. Analyse that! Anyone in the neighborhood is welcome to drop by; tea’s provided too.