No Pocahontas

Week 48: #52 Ancestors – Next to Last By Eilene Lyon Note: This post is more about the research process than storytelling. Yes, there really is a John Smith in my family tree. And, no, he isn’t that John Smith, of Jamestown and Pocahontas fame. Fortunately, I’ve been able to trace my mother’s paternal line... Continue Reading →

Enrich Your Writing

By Eilene Lyon Somewhere is a mountain built of nothing but books on how to be a better writer. I’ve got a boulder from that mountain sitting on my shelf. Still, it’s nice to have a few exercises that make me feel, when I’ve done them, that they really did improve my work. Added spice... Continue Reading →

Famous Family

Week 33: #52 Ancestors - Family Legend By Eilene Lyon There’s a spark in all of us that yearns to be remembered after we’re gone. Those with children are assured of being remembered for a generation or three, perhaps. After that, some sort of legacy or notoriety is probably required. For those of us without... Continue Reading →

“The Picturesque West”

By Eilene Lyon I stopped into the Friends of the Library book shop earlier this week. Check out this book I was so delighted to find – for the grand price of $4.00! As many of you are aware, I am working on a non-fiction book set during the California gold rush. This stout hardcover... Continue Reading →

In Balance

By Eilene Lyon The Putterer and I each have a few household chores that the other never touches. I've taken over cleaning the disgusting shower drain once a month. Who knew that those horizontal, hidden-in-tile drains could get so nasty? There's a design flaw there somewhere. He is king of the coffeemaker, wielder of vinegar... Continue Reading →

Milestones

By Eilene Lyon It seems I’ve reached a couple WordPress milestones this week: my 100th blog post, and 1000 Likes. Let’s see…if my math is correct, that means I’ve averaged 10 Likes per post. To be sure, some (okay, one) got NO Likes at all, and others have over 20. Should I be worried that... Continue Reading →

Death Day

By Eilene Lyon “It’s not that I’m afraid to die. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” – Woody Allen “Ugh. Death. What a depressing topic!” you must be thinking. I really do apologize for bringing up this indelicate subject on your lovely weekend. But this is a blog about learning from... Continue Reading →

Family History Blogging Tips

By Eilene Lyon Some family history writers use their blog as a place to keep in-depth birth-to-death reports on their ancestors, primarily for their own use and for close relatives. This is not for them. If, on the other hand, you are a family historian seeking a wider audience for your blog posts, here are... Continue Reading →

Hasta…

By Eilene Lyon My dear Readers, The world beyond my computer beckons, and duty calls, so I must somewhat curtail my output for a couple months. First up is a vacation (Yea!) and then I will be out trampling the cacti in the Chaco region for a bit. Thanks to WordPress scheduler, I have some... Continue Reading →

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