My name is Patti Hall, nice to meet you! Please introduce yourself in the “comment” section of any post on this site. Except for an occasional glitch, I reply to every comment and visit every blog.
Like most everyone else around this blog world, I’m a writer. I write to engage, entertain, and encourage. I write to embrace and enjoy this thing we call life.
My interests are all over the place and I try to add innovative, interesting and helpful posts on the following topics: writing, publishing, non-fiction (memoir), fiction, poetry, photography, grieving, care-giving (of ill, injured or dying loved ones), social media, positive world news, and a bit of light journal-like news about me and my family. My other loves, gardening and genealogy, usually manage to sneak in here too.
Part of who I am today is defined by the recent losses in my life. I lost (still looking for him) my perfect fit, by way of leukemia, in 2009, my feline pal since 1997, in 2010, my fun and loving sis in 2012, one of my precious grands (age 3) in April 2013, and a special aunt in Oct 2013. One of the reasons I’m writing, is to find my way through this heavy load of grief, to the other side that is joy. In doing so I try to enlighten myself and others along our path through grief.
Today I’m a 55-year veteran of this life. I ran away from home, in the winter of 2010, to a little fishing/tourist/beach town on the Washington Coast. This is where I am still living…content for now.
And here you’ve found me at “The Write Place to build a community.” I brought along my friends and family and we welcome you and yours to come along with us on this journey. It’s sometimes sad here, mixed with my own brand of humor, and always a place of truth, stories and beauty (I play at photography).
Of course, I do swish the truth around a little in my poetry and children’s adventure stories.
I take everyone with me as I get my writing act together and start publishing. I’m currently working on a 3-part memoir series and a serialized short from the middle book. On the site, I include my commentary on worldly news, a bit of my daily grind, and writerly tips as I find them. Sometimes I join one of the photography or writing prompts or challenges.
Update 4 Feb 2014: I’ve been in Alaska (since 2 Jan) caring for my folks while mom recovers from hip replacement surgery. My ticket home is dated May 15, but I’m in a mad long distance romance with a man in Washington and expect to return home long before May. Writing memoir and “Postcards” is on hold for a bit. Please stay tuned.
Update 6 April 2014: My new !boyfriend! picked me up at the Seattle airport on March 10th and we spent a wonderful 2 weeks together at his home in the beautiful mountainous rain forest of Packwood. Even love couldn’t postpone my need to see my children and my little grands, and my beach cave, Maggie. I’m home for doctor and dentist appointments, but hope to reunite with my guy soon. Please note the new tab for the A-Z April Challenge below.
Update 3 May 2014: Added to sidebars; my Facebook page link and mission statement for this blog.
I’m in Packwood with Kevin for a week, then off to visit my children and the little grands for Mother’s Day weekend. I’m helping Kevin put in a patio (15 X 30) food garden. He fenced it off to keep the elk and deer out until he can fence the whole front yard, then we’ll move our operation up there. I’ll be going back to beach cave for a week or so, then back to Packwood for a few weeks. We ran across a plant sale while doing errands today. We got some nice Raspberry plants and chives for his place and I found several flowers for my secret garden.
Update 24 June 2014:
It looks like solitude wins. Kevin and I remain close friends, but I’ve retreated to my beach cave. We both learned a lot and will always be happy about our short time as a couple. I’ll be spending August and September with my family in Alaska again. This time I’ll help mom prepare for her month-long art show of her paintings (SO excited for her!). Together, we will close down her garden for the season and I’ll help dad with an end-of-summer garage sale. Mom and I hope to drive to Homer to visit #1 sister and her husband (Kevin’s brother).
TABS at the top of each page and on sidebar.
HOME is now this static page, a starting place. If you get lost, come back HOME :>)
BLOG is where each new blog is posted, and where you will find all posts in chronological order.
MEMOIR is where I have all the links of any blog that I’ve posted about the memoir.
A-Z April Challenge contains my welcome to the challenge, as well as a link to each post, listed alphabetically, of course!
So, welcome, and I hope you stay awhile and return often.