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Writing – What’s up?

Here’s the scoop.

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Recently several people have inquired about my writing. Are you working on another book? Are you writing at all? Any present projects?

“Yes, yes, and yes. I’m busier than ever with several WIP’s, (writing language for – Works In Progress), editing, and doing magazine interviews.”

Just out, is the spring edition of the Downriver Dprofile magazine. It’s available in most businesses in the downriver area. I’ve ricocheted around town doing interviews and writing articles for this outstanding advertising publication. My submissions include a feature for Mans Lumber, Gentle Dental, and two profiles for Applewood Nursing Center. I hope you get the chance to read them and the many other articles that focus on Downriver’s finest businesses and their employees. I have several publications in the upcoming summer issue of Dprofile and one in the Profile Grosse Ile edition regarding  Islandfest information.

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The flip cover, spring edition

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Dprofile has a double cover

 

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I have submitted my metamorphosis picture book to several publishers once again. Still waiting on news of acceptance or rejection. It takes many weeks and sometimes months, and sometimes they don’t respond if they are not interested. But, hey, I’m a patient person and truly believe the best is yet to come. Another WIP is a picture book I’ve titled My Lucky Day. The Irish in me had to come out sometime. I can’t wait to share that with you.

I’ve been putting together a sequel to This Sign Was Mine, Message Received! by Patti Rae Fletcher. It will continue on the subject of divine timing, life’s journey, spiritual signs, and their interpretations. They keep coming and as long as they do, I will continue to share them with you. I sense strongly that this is at least one of the reasons I am here on this earth at this time.

Over the winter I mentored several people in writing and also did some copy editing on two manuscripts requested by other writers.

Last May I joined a writing group called the Shiawassee Area Writers (SAW), and since have become the Vice President. This involves spending time in mentoring and lots of editing as well. I love it all. The group of over twenty plus and growing is enthusiastic to learn and to better their writing skills. They are kind, fun, and dedicated. They have thrown their shoulders back and accepted some heavy criticism and have worked hard not to become discouraged. They will see the results of these challenges soon.

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Our Big News! SAW is scheduled to publish an anthology in the fall, the theme is Winter/Christmas. This book will include stories from some of the groups published authors, including myself and a few debut writers that will proudly announce their first publications. I couldn’t be more impressed with their revisions, rewrites, and stubbornness to make their entries the best they can be.

Being one of the editors, I can say with all honesty, there is a fabulous array of short stories, memoirs, poetry, and some fiction all coming together for you to enjoy over this coming winter. I will, with pride, let you know when this special book becomes available for purchase.

On this day, and every day, I wish you light, love, and peace within.

As always, I’m grateful for you reading and sharing my blog posts.

 

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New Book Just Released About The Downriver Region

Life just doesn’t get much better than being snuggled on the sofa with a new book, a crackling fire, and your feet tucked beneath a fuzzy blanket.  The book I am reading …  Images & Ancestors (Adventures in Local History)  Written by, Wallace Hayden. (Aka Wally, a local history librarian at Bacon Memorial Library in Wyandotte, MI.) Pictures and purchasing information below.

As I immersed myself into the pages, photos and the history of Downriver’s past, some of the events I was unaware of, but others took me to more familiar places, long forgotten, and wrapped me in such delightful warm memories. Areas like, Bishop Park’s Boblo Boat docks. It was like yesterday, I remember the screeches of excitement, the unforgettable smell of the engines and the vibrations. Then, there’s the Fort George drive-in theater I had forgotten about completely. What fun fabulous times I had there with family and friends.   I remember when President Clinton visited the Bacon Library in 1996. I didn’t know that Rosa Parks was there  for that event or that President Theodore Roosevelt passed through the Oak Street train station many years before. There’s even an interesting tid bit about Abraham Lincoln passing our shores on the Detroit River, near Fighting Island in 1848. At this point I set the book down and closed my eyes, trying to envision the era. I’ve been on the same river in the same place, and I’ve crossed those tracks thousands of times and never have I thought about who came before me. This realization of  local history and ancestry took my breath away. It’s absolutely astonishing.

This book felt like that kindred spirit so many people talk about… I had a strong sense of belonging, a unity to the area in which I was raised and proudly still live and now know so much more about.

I couldn’t stop reading. I wanted to know what was coming next and I didn’t want it to end. I’ve gained an immense appreciation of our local history or as Wally so brilliantly said on the introductory page . . .

“As we walk down the street in the ghostly footsteps of those who have gone before. The endeavors of previous generations have not completely vanished. They are folded over the present, superimposed like a map with overlaying transparencies. When we become aware of these added dimensions we are richer for it.”

There’s no doubt, I am now richer than I was yesterday. Thank you for the heartwarming journey through the historical photographs and your words. Your many hours of research and knowledge will be a treasure to anyone that reads this book.

Whenever I finish a book that I thoroughly enjoyed, it seems I always wonder about its author.  After reading this book, one question I don’t have to ask is: Why do you love local history? Ah . . . I feel like I’ve been bonked on the head with a brick. I get it!

Wally agreed to answer a few other questions.

MS-When did you first become interested in history?

Wally-I remember being fascinated with my first history class in 4th grade and even writing my own made-up history of the world at that time. I think I see history as a narrative, a story of the people and so it is as interesting as any novel or thriller.

MS-Are you originally from Wyandotte or the downriver area?

WallyI was born and grew up in Ann Arbor, but have lived in Wyandotte since 1981 when I started working at the library.

MS-How many years have you worked for the library?

Wally-32 years at the library. I have been a local history librarian the whole time. 

MS-What do you enjoy most about writing, and what other published books have you written?

Wally-I enjoy the research, writing, and the feedback from each article. I learn new things with each. Also, over fifty people have contributed to those articles. The best part about writing is when the article reaches a critical mass and comes alive and mostly thereafter writes itself. That does not always happen.

I have two other books. Postcards from the Past (old Wyandotte postcards) and The History of the Public Library in Wyandotte, Michigan.

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Cover Photo

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Content Page-A plethora of history

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What can you tell about this picture?

The above picture was taken in 1941 where Nanna’s Kitchen is located presently. Playing at the Wyandotte Theater are two comedies Tight Shoes (starring John Howard) and Caught in the Draft (starring Bob Hope and Dorthy Lamour).

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Bob-lo Boat and the Kresge Co-What great flashbacks!

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It’s so nice to rediscover ones warm epic memories long forgotten. This book does an excellent job of reigniting them once again. I hope everyone enjoys traveling back in time as much as I did.

I have several family and friends that moved out-of- state, but grew up here. Looks like I may be buying a few more copies.

If you would like a copy for yourself or as a gift:

Images & Ancestors will be available at the Bacon Memorial District Library at $15.00 a copy.

If you would like your copy autographed, Wally will be signing copies at the library on Saturday, December 14, from 3 to 4 pm.

My Congratulations Wally! Great Book! Fantastic Work! I loved it!

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