to find Patti Singleton these days.

Writer Journal; Memoir, Children’s Book and Pinterest


Memoir: Focus on the first book in the series. I drew the mind map a few days ago under the spell of fevered inspiration. Let it simmer, then worked on the title (the center circle) and chapter headings (the next branch of circles) last night. Realized how much humor Paul & I threw at our desperate situation. The book is not a serious non-fiction how-to. Not gallows humor either, well, not much.

Yesterday was our wedding anniversary, so I wrote an essay around the way we found each other. I kept catching myself smiling and just went with it. I had fun with the essay and submitted it just after midnight. Felt so good, I joined a writer’s critique group; I can keep track of my submissions there and get/give serious critiques. Well, not that serious, but from working writers.

Children’s Story: Created a book launch mind map for the various things that need to be in place BEFORE I get to the publishing stage. At the beginning of August I will start working on making it a Kickstarter project, so stay tuned for that. Have not heard back from illustrator since I sent her the story…no stress, I know she is busy.

All The Rest: Most of the writing I’m submitting is in the form of essays and poetry, but virtually all of it is memoir based;  about grief, loss and hope.

I have joined a few more social networking sites. I now have a lot of photos up at and am using “Phall” as my photography name. I hope to run into some experts willing to share some photog tips, because I know what I want with certain shots, but  adjusting colors is the tricky part. You’ll find Washington Coast beach photos and some Hawaii photos.

That’s it for me for now.

Please leave a comment: thoughts, questions, suggestions, what color your shoes are…anything.


Author: Patti Singleton

Pursuits of happiness include gardening, walking the desert, reading, writing, photography, traveling and genealogy.

7 thoughts on “Writer Journal; Memoir, Children’s Book and Pinterest

  1. I’m barefoot! Sounds like you are buried in websites. Love that you’re writing this story. Am reading a book right now entitled “the Truth About Butterflies”. It’s the memore of a woma who’s daughter died of kidney failure when she was 28. It’s very good. I can’t wait to see what you do with your story. Love you j

  2. Kickstarter sounds like a great idea for your children’s book!

    • I hope so. I do know that it takes a lot of work. When I start the project, I will have to back off my manic writing craze and just focus on the one book project. I watched one author’s video interview, and she said it took 100% of her writing and free time to accomplish the preparation of the KS project. I’m ready!

  3. sounds wonderful

  4. Patti ~ This sounds wonderful – you’re keeping so busy with your writing and seem to have found some wonderful online support communities. My shoes? Umm…barefootin’. 😛
    *big southern hugs*

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