Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What I've Been Up To

I have been busy reading, writing and putting things together - finishing projects.

One project I finally finished is putting together my family history.

I have been working on this for what seems like all my life, but of course that is not true. It is still a work in progress. It is filled with facts - early marriage records, early military records, early occupations, old appraisals and wills, short biographies and family photos. But it also has recipes,  poems, stories about family superstitions, family names, wishin' it  was  the good ol' days and food customs and traditions. And it has pages of recollections from family members about times of a long time ago - even a few ghost stories. I am so glad I finally got this bound in book form!

I am also putting together a booklet on writing about things from A to Z! It is almost finished.

I checked out a few Newberry winner books. I couldn't get into a couple of them, so I dropped them back off at the library today. The other one I am reading is From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E.Frankweiler. After a slow, uninteresting first part of chapter one, it picked up and I started liking it.

And tomorrow - I start my online Writing for Children 6 week course that WVU Continuing Education is offering! I am anxious to start the class and I hope it helps me in my writing.

What have you been doing lately?

Posted by Janet F. Smart on Creative Writing in the Blackberry Patch.


  1. Awesome project! And the writing booklet sounds great too.

    1. Thanks, Barbara. I think it's important to write it all down before you forget and for future family members.

  2. The covered bridge in your header looks exactly like the one we have here in Columbus, Indiana...exactly.

    I write a blog which I have entitled “Accordingtothebook” and I’d like to invite you to follow it.

    1. Hi, this covered bridge is located at Cedar Lakes in Jackson County, WV.

  3. Thought it looked familiar! Thanks for sharing. Showed R and he loved it.
    Also I know what you are talking about putting together family history. What a work of love.
    I've been researching history on ancestry.com
    as our daughter gave us 6mos free. A huge undertaking. Time consuming and all that.
    Hope you are having a good day.
    I am preparing right now to put a photo of us on facebook from the summer conference. Took me long enough! Blessings, Barb

    1. I used to belong to ancestry, but it was so expensive, I quit. I still have my family tree on there. I love digging in the past. I hope you are going to be at the conference again this year.

  4. My parents are both gone now, but luckily someone in the family did ask all the right questions early so much of the family history was not lost. Best of luck on the A-Z project.
    Here is my new A-Z book on Facebook.
    I like it!

  5. This is wonderful Janet! I wish I could join ancestry.com. I am beginning to look at my Irish heritage. There is so much to learn about it.

    The course sounds like fun. I KNOW you'll have a fun time learning. :-)

  6. Your family history sounds like quite a project. Congratulations on finishing it! I loved The Mixed-Up Files as a kid, I've been considering re-reading it to see if I'd still like it as much. :)


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