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  • So, what story will you tell? How much will you reveal? Will it be all fiction? Or, can you craft a story that's both personal but not too revealing? I've thought of this as I begin with Cowbird. Toni Marie Jannelli made me think some more about it.

    I have a blog. I'm on Facebook. I tweet. My photos go on Flickr. I even joined a women's online writing group to try something new. Cowbird really appealed to me because it's more story telling, less narrative of one's life. I'm good at life narrative, but I need to practice the storytelling. I like to tell stories, but again I come to those questions I asked in the first line. I've been thinking about just writing what I want, not caring what anyone thinks. But, I do care. I want to tell stories that the reader will enjoy. Will everyone be my reader? No. I'm not that self-centered. I just want to cultivate a small following who enjoys my pieces.

    Since retiring, I have written a short historical novel and started a short story. I've uncovered the tales of two women's groups in our church that contain some fascinating bits that I want to parse into more stories without going on and on with mundane dailiness of their meetings and projects. I have to figure out, and I'm going to try to do it here, how to tell the big story of their lives.

    For now, I'm reading what others write. I'm posting a few stories. I'm getting the lay of the land. I'm moving around the premises and looking in a few windows.
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