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A friend asked me yesterday, “How do you remember things for your memoirs?” “I’ve been obsessive about journaling since I was quite young,” I said. “If I had to write my memoirs without those journals, I don’t think I could do it.” I waved my large 1973 journal at him and showed my tiny but mostly legible handwriting. He said, “One time I started dictating whatever I could remember from my childhood. I didn’t stop for two hours!” So there are many methods. I’ve been reading a few pages a day from 1973, and when I reflect on it, more … Continue reading →
I’m about to start writing my memoir about the time I was a LSD research subject. It was 1964, just days after I graduated from Stanford, and it changed my life tremendously. I learned about the research project from Bill Harman, who taught a course I took that spring on the human potential. I wonder if he invented that term. Anyway, he was also involved in the research project. He provided us with research papers on the beneficial effects of the psychedelic, and I mailed those to my mother. She gave me the $350 (in 1964 dollars!) it would cost, … Continue reading →
I’ve got my first two memoirs ready to publish and while I was at it, I created second editions of my cozy mystery series, The Curious Librarian. Now I’m waiting for the proof copies of the paperback versions of Dead in the Stacks, Bad Weather Bad Man, and The Dog Barked MURDER to arrive in the mail so I can be sure they are all good. The memoirs are ready to go. Exciting times!
3/28/2018 — When I wrote my cozy mystery trilogy, I knew that both sex and violence in cozies were minimized… that was the standard. I had no trouble leaving violence out, but a few moderately erotic bits that weren’t exactly for kids did sneak in. So when I had to update the books anyway, mainly due to moving to New Mexico and changing our business from an Inc to an LLC, I went ahead a cleaned them up a little. I doubt anyone will notice when the new editions come out soon!
3/22/18 — Of course memory doesn’t always reflect reality, but as I start organizing old journals and letters for my third book, I’m surprised at how unhappy I was a year after I was so blissed out. Didn’t quite remember that, but I suppose it will strengthen the plot!