JoAnn Farb is the author of Compassionate Souls: Raising the Next Generation to Change the World and Get Off Gluten.
When John Bichelmeyer passed away in 2004, his daughter Mary Lucas started writing down the lessons she had learned from her father. Originally intended as a way to share her father’s advice with family and friends, interest was so great that Lucas sought out a publisher. She took some time to tell us a little bit about her journey to “accidental author.”
Normally, each Saturday we post a prompt to get you writing. Today, we’re taking a different tack and posting a prompt to get you thinking. Whether you are a veteran of National Novel Writing Month, or are just now learning about that crazy-intense group of writers, it’s a great time to start thinking about, and maybe even preparing for, the long month of November.
School Library Journal calls Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within part writing guide, part Zen philosophy, and part personal diary. It is composed of 65 short "chapters" with titles like "Obsessions," "Listening," and "Use Loneliness," each a meditation on how to tap into who you are and how to tell your stories.
Arlin Buyert is a local poet who was born and raised on an Iowa farm near Sioux Center where he graduated from high school. Arlin was formally educated at Macalester College and The University of Minnesota and worked as an admissions officer at Macalester before entering the Navy in 1966. Arlin was a Naval aviator, corporate executive, cattle rancher and is now retired and lives in Leawood, Kansas with his wife Kristen Kvam.