Rodeo #2: Memoir

Rodeo #2: Memoir

By Irene Waters, Rodeo Leader Memoir is a passion, so I’m thrilled to once again host the memoir section of the Carrot Ranch Rodeo Contest. Hoping you’ll tighten your saddles and put on your spurs and join in. [READ MORE…] Last year we had Scars – this year?...
Rodeo #2: Memoir

Tips for the Memoir Rodeo Contest

This past year, Irene Waters has led us in thoughtful discussions of what memoir is as a genre. You can search her essays at Carrot Ranch under “Times Past.” Irene is one of several talented memoirists who also write flash fiction, and has published an...
Times Past: What is Memoir

Times Past: What is Memoir

By Irene Waters I started off this series for Charli saying that I had already written about what memoir is and at the time I chose not to repeat it. However, in summing up for the last post in this series, I thought it is probably worth revisiting what a memoir is....
Life is a Memoir: What is Fiction?

Life is a Memoir: What is Fiction?

By Irene Waters Truth is considered fundamental in writing memoir. The work of Smith and Watson show that memory is not an exact memory of the past event but the past combined with the present, differences in history and ideologies of the time so rather than memory...
Times Past: Cooking with Mum

Times Past: Cooking with Mum

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains, winds a highway known as “4” or Ebbetts Pass. From the river valleys carved into the box-canyons of the eastern slopes, this highway connects the California Gold Country with that of the Silver Comstock. A right road of...
Times Past: Cooking with Mum

Times Past: Cooking with Mum

By Irene Waters My almost ninety-year-old mother rings me every night. A habit that began many years ago both to ensure that she had someone to talk to every day and from a safety perspective. Too often the elderly fall and are not discovered for days. Every day she...
Times Past: Back in Time with Trees

Times Past: Back in Time with Trees

By Charli Mills, A Gen-Xer 2017, Virgin, Utah (Rural) Monkeys once flew over stunted juniper trees. I squint into the rosette of a setting sun and etch to memory the squared-lines of a mesa that had served as an Air Force Base in southern Utah. I never saw the monkeys...
Rough Writer Tour: Noosaville, Australia

Rough Writer Tour: Noosaville, Australia

Rough Writer and memoirist, Irene Waters, flashes Noosa skies and fiction based on trure stories. Learn how a memoirist came to write fiction of many genres. Irene supports Carrot Ranch in many ways, extending the community’s outreach to make literary art more...
Dialogue in Memoir

Dialogue in Memoir

By Irene Waters I sit and listen to news of blisteringly cold gales, snow falls, and marvel at photos of these dumps of snow on Facebook and Instagram. We are still in summer here with no evidence of autumn being around the corner and no doubt those in the northern...
Learning to Write

Learning to Write

Gen X: rural mountain town, California, US Graphite in My Arm A piece of graphite is lodged in my upper left arm. Even at age fifty, the broken pencil tip remains visible. When you open a package of new pencils, the cedar smells like a lumber yard. Whenever we drive...
The Work of Memoir

The Work of Memoir

By Irene Waters As you read this I will be sitting on the high seas, nearing the equator, out of range of the internet so I will start by apologising for what will seem my tardy response to any comments. Don’t worry I will get there and look forward to coming back to...
January 2018: Times Past

January 2018: Times Past

By Irene Waters Unlike Charli scooping snow from her porch as the Lady of the Lake weaves her winter charm and C. Jai, holed up escaping the cold, I hail from the Sunshine Coast of Queensland  and our weather is glorious. Warm to hot days with inviting surf and river...