Keeping Memories

A Long Time AgoMe on Grandparent’s farm 1940

I’ve noticed something peculiar about approaching 80 years of age. More and more I dredge up memories and spend time in the past. I remember when my mother-in-law told me, as she aged she lived in her memories. I thought that strange that she would want to shut out her life. But as I get to where I have to rest more and let my mind wander, I’m doing the same thing.

Signing Books at B & N

Here I am back in the day with Radine Trees Nehring,and Dusty Richards.

As a writer this is worrisome. I need to continue to visit with Tyra and Josh and Zach in Tyra’s Gambler, my work in progress, and not drift away to other times in my life. It’s important to me that I be able to continue to pursue what I love, which weighs in just after who I love. But more and more I find myself talking about the past with friends or revisiting it when I take a break.

Holton KS

Signing copies of Angel’s Gold in Holton, Kansas

Perhaps this is a signal that it’s time for me to write that memoir I’ve kept packed away in boxes. Over the years teaching workshops I’ve always encouraged others to write their life stories, if only to preserve them for family members. And to write them in a way that allows those interested to enjoy the reading.

with Don OWFI

With Hubby Don at OWFI in 1999

So maybe I’ll do that soon. Just as soon as I finish this next western historical romance and the next Twist of Poe mystery, The Pit and the Penance. Oh, and there’re those other characters knocking on my mental door, waiting in line for their turn.

Oh, well, maybe I’ll get to that memoir in a few years.

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About veldabrotherton

I'm primarily a writer, but I also speak and teach workshops and co-chair a large critique group. My brand is SexyDarkGritty and that applies to my western historical romances, mysteries, women's fiction and horror novels. After almost 30 years in this business, I still have something to learn and attend conferences to network with other writers, publishers, editors and agents.
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4 Responses to Keeping Memories

  1. Sounds great, Thanks for the look-see in your past. Tell Dusty, I said hello when you see him.
    James M. Copeland

  2. Staci Troilo says:

    Nothing wrong with revisiting memories. And how nice of you to share them with us, even one photo or story at a time.

  3. Those memories are the meat for the writer’s table. How lucky we are to have the memories but also those other characters who cry out for their stories to be told. Sure beats talking of our ailments!

  4. I appreciate the comments from readers who take the time not only to read my posts but to write something about them.

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