My current roles in life include; writer, daughter, sister, mom, grani, aunt, niece and friend. I strive to do the best that I can in each of these roles, while I keep my focus on writing and publishing. I live near the beach in Washington State and enjoy my solitude. I spend my time walking the beach, writing, reading, taking photos, gardening, traveling and digging into family history.
I was born (3 of 7) in Oklahoma City, while dad was in the Air Force; we left OKC when I was two. We spent the next few years in the Anchorage, Alaska area. My family moved to O’Malley Road in 1964, a rural area just outside of Anchorage. I packed up all my teenage angst and left home when I was 16 to wander around Alaska and California.
My first marriage was a wild ride that took me to Texas, Florida, Oregon, Washington and Oklahoma. After that craziness wore itself out, I married again and lived in several areas of Western and Eastern Washington State, including a couple of the San Juan Islands. I ended up settling in Centralia, WA with my 2 young children, surrounded by my aunt, uncle and cousins (but without my last husband).
My next partnership lasted 14 years, but it too ended in divorce. I raised 2 incredible children in Lewis County, WA and they paid me back with a bunch of precocious, lively little grands. My Grani role is the one that keeps me young. The little grands are the best audience for my pure silly side. They give me room to enjoy the miracles of nature, fairies, gnomes and the mysterious elementals.
In 2005 I moved in with an old friend, who became my new best friend and love. The relationship was everything that we both needed and wanted. We sat our burdens aside and found out just how easy it was to be happy and in a loving relationship. We agreed that we had never laughed and smiled as much in our lives. Then he got sick. Our journey through his illness and death are explained further in the articles found in the “MEMOIR” tab at the top of my site.
I am now a widow (2009), lost my sister (2012), in April 2013 I lost a precious grandson, and my aunt died in Oct. 2013. I’m writing through grief, hoping to reach the other side.
Patti Hall’s current writing includes poetry, blogging, fiction (essays, stories, children’s books), and non-fiction (memoir and journals).
Writing Background 1989-2010: Patti wrote online articles and a weekly column for the now defunct “She’s Got” network. Her site, Rising Writers, for aspiring young writers was voted Top 101 Writers Web Sites in Writer’s Digest for 2000. Patti was contributing editor to an online home school newsletter, and her poetry and essays have won several awards and honors. While attending The Evergreen State College Patti presented her women’s anthology, “Finding Our Voices” at an out of state college symposium. She was editor of the Centralia College newspaper and, as assistant Public Relations Manager for the college, wrote articles for the local newspaper. Patti taught a writing class for parents and children at a homeschooling conference. She has composed newsletters for communities and businesses, and has always been the go-to writer for her friends, family & community.
Online Writing Credentials
writing as Patricia Moon
She’s Got Network: She’s Got It Together: Family Channel
Weekly Homeschooling Column, “Three R’s and a Family, Naturally”
Copies available upon request from author (site off line Jun2000).
The New Homemaker http://www.thenewhomemaker.com
Freelance articles/photos; family, home and health issues; all avail by search on site.
Writing Corner www.writingcorner.com no longer has Rising Writer page.
Editor: Rising Writers, Voted Top 101 Writers Web Site in Writer’s Digest for 2000
Articles, tips, advise and helpful links for young writers.
Nov 1999-May 2000, Volunteer
Seedling E-Zine, one article still available from link below
Contributing Editor, Unschooling articles http://homeschoolblogger.com/christianunschooling/414730/