Magnify the Past to Find Your Story

Recently I started a writing course with WordPress, titled Shaping Your Story. Week one was finding your angle. It’s one thing to have a subject for your story, you also need an angle for telling it.

The first workshop included this tip from Amy Tan:

I try to see as much as possible — in microscopic detail. I have an exercise that helps me with this, using old family photographs. I’ll blow an image up as much as I can, and work through it pixel by pixel.
–Amy Tan, from an article in the Atlantic

old photos and magnifying lensInspired, I dug out my box of old photographs and a magnifying lens. Continue reading “Magnify the Past to Find Your Story”

A Mother’s Day Carol

Brady BunchCarol Brady was dead, to begin with. Actually, she was never alive to begin with, as she’s a fictional character. But beings how she is the epitome of a perfect mother, Carol Brady was dead as a doornail.

That doesn’t change the fact that on this Mother’s Day, Carol Brady visited C.J., late in the evening, when kids and Husband were out of the house because, let’s be honest, they knew that’s what she wanted.

CeeeJaaayyy,” Carol Brady said, in a tone most spooky and weird for a 70s sitcom mom.

“Yeah?” C.J. replied, sipping her blueberry margarita, which she made because she had some leftover blueberries she didn’t know what to do with, and she’s not sure how she feels about the margarita because, you know, blueberries.

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