Thursday, June 21, 2012 Summer Solstice
My project is so multi-faceted — and that really appeals to me because I like variety and I like to challenge myself. However, it does slow down the writing of the stories.
Section I of my memoir is about the DNA I’ve inherited—and how it has shaped my personality. The book begins with character profiles of the ancestors who came to Pacific Grove in 1890 and are buried here in El Carmelo Cemetery, and ends with my life after coming to Pacific Grove in 1990. Acquiring unused family cemetery plots from 1892 was an 8-year endeavor for me (post bond, Internet search for owners, City attorneys, etc.)
Today I drafted a letter to Darlene Billstrom, the Cemetery Assistant at Pacific Grove City Hall. Two orders of business to take care of. #1 – the transfer of one grave site to Craig and Rebecca Riddell, owners of Riddell & Riddell, a PG advertising agency. They want a site in El Carmelo Cemetery and, in exchange for a site, have worked hard putting up websites for three of my clients.
With these funds, I’m ordering three markers for the relatives in the cemetery: Rev. Sylvanus Gale Gale, from Gale, NY, his wife, Jane Elizabeth Gale, and their son, William Slocum Gale. Daughter Mabel Louis Gale Geary has a large pink granite marker. Paperwork to transfer the site: Quit Claim (notarized) and maps showing the location of their site (next to William Slocum Gale). #2 – Authorization for Melanie and her family to have access to the remaining sites when I go. Well, isn’t that inevitable? LOL.
Before that I did manage to write a couple of stories this morning about AHA! moments.
“Where’s the meat of the moment, write about that,” implored Fred Sutterberg, author of The Roads Taken and speaker at last night’s meeting of Central Coast Writers.
Indeed, where is the ‘meat’, the passion of our lives? Go with that.