Topic: Humor mixed with memoirs

Hi everyone, I hope I have set up my group correctly. Guess I'll find out. My brain doesn't like to be tested much anymore but I am intrigued with the new site and I am determined  to get more involved.

How do you feel about mixing humor with memoirs?  That is what I am doing with my INCREDULOUS JOURNEY. I hope it works. My husband Ken has cancer and I want to share the walk through cancer with others....but not without some good times in our life, which in fact we continue to enjoy.

Welcome

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Hi Kyla - I found your new group while wading through all the unfamiliar terrain on the new tnbw site and clicked on "Learn More," only to find by doing so I am now a member of the group. At least I think that's what happened. smile Well, stuff happens for a reason and I've enjoyed reading you in the past and hope to read you more in the future. I am honored to be here !

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Hi pammy.  Thanks so much.  I am totally muddled trying to learn all the new things on the new site! and I am more than pleased to have you as a member. I didn't even know I had set it up right.  I feel like I back in grade one.  As soon as I get my bearings I will get to reading your work.  Thanks again.

Irene Hamilton aka kyla

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Wow! Pammy this is awesome!   I just snuck back in to see if anyone responded, and there you are! Please send me another message telling me what you would like me to read and I will get right on it.

Today I am bundling up and heading outdoors every two hours to shovel a path for my Molly. Poor little doggie, she hates the cold even more than I do but I can't stand to see her struggle. I don't know if I can post pictures on this forum thing but if I can, I will do so.  Northern Canada is not the best place to hang out in this weather!

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HI Pammy. Maybe if I keep working on this forum thing I'll get better! Yes, you are now in my group.  Good news.

I am going to read one of your stories shortly.

You mentioned that you time restraints make it difficult for you to take on novels.  Well with my  INCREDULOUS JOURNEY you can go right ahead and read the first chapter...as each of the first few chapters pretty much stand alone. I like to write novellas because there are far fewer chapters and it is not so mind boggling for the reviewers.  For me to take on a novel with more than 20 chapters is a huge commitment.  Shorter is better (for me that is)
Off I go to read and review for Pammy Raff.

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Hi Irene - Just getting around to reading the forums and spotted this message from you. Also just started reading your novella and, needless to say, I'm hooked and will be reading more. Thanks for tipping me off to a good read. - Pammy

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Hello, all-- I don't know if you'd call this a memoir, or even if it's very funny, but I thought I'd try mixing the two.  What I got was this greeting card for you.  Hope it makes you smile.

Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings
Last New Year’s, I made the same resolution I make every year: to finish the quilts I inherited from my mother in 1976.
In February, I invented the most delicious chocolate cupcakes ever.
March is the balmiest, most tourist-friendly month around here.  We had snow.
It rained in April.  I stepped out of the car, and the wind blew my umbrella inside out.   
I retired in May, again.  This time, I think it’s for good.  I started writing to kill the time.
In June, I discovered that I don’t enjoy gardening any more.
July came, and I didn’t watch the fireworks on the lake.  You’ve seen one, you’ve seen ‘em all.
In August, I made a new house rule: no one under the age of eighteen is allowed to come over. 
In September, I had a moment of nostalgia over the days when I taught school, but I took a nap and it went away.
October came and went, and I never got around to making the chicken costume I designed, complete with orange leggings and foam rubber feet.  I didn’t feel like wearing my Killer Klown costume from last year, so I decided to wear my Minnie Mouse’s grandmother costume from the year before.  Wouldn’t you know it—I caught a cold.  Another resolution for 1915: make the chicken costume.
In November, it was back to Oklahoma for a visit.  I bought another teapot.
And here we are in December.  I turned twenty-one.  Exactly fifty years ago.  I celebrated all week long.  On my true birthday, I went out to dinner and drank two (yes, that’s right—two) glasses of wine.  I slept until noon the next day, and I only got up twice during the night.
Two days later, the Quail Country Quilters had their holiday luncheon.  Of course, they didn’t know I’d had a birthday, so I had to tell them, but they were pretty nice about it.  The food was quite good, too.  I got a microwaveable plastic mug in the gift exchange.  At the quilters’ guild!  A package of needles would have been better.
Every year, it amazes me how few people really know how to give a gift.  When we hear “It’s the thought that counts,” that means you’re supposed to put some thought into it.
And on Sunday, I hosted the Breakfast Club in a wine-tasting party.  It was delicious.  One of the guests remarked he wished he could fall asleep anywhere, just like me.  In the spirit of the season, I refrained from hitting him.  Now I know what my father meant when he used to say he was “just resting.”
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  JP

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Just wanted to touch base with you. I've been having problems accessing my e-mails from you. I'm fine and dandy and wishing you, Ken, and Molly the wonder dog a very merry Christmas. Love to all, Nathan

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Look forward to reading some of the things from this group and testing out putting some of my things out there too.  I agree the new site is tricky, but getting used to it. Wish us luck in the new year!

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Irene,
It looks as though the messages here are very old. Was it Kylie who wondered about mixing humor with memoir? Anyhow, I just finished teaching/facilitating a memoir writing class for cancer survivors. Life still has to be lived, even with a cancer diagnosis and as often as humor can be a part of life, the better the chance of a good day.