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I am writing a memoir.  I want to start every sentence with I. I chased a mouse. I caught a mouse. I ate a mouse.

I, I, I.

How boring.  I know the story is about my life.  But there must be a better way to write it. I need help.

My senior staff member talks about Jeff Goins all the time. Goins said this. Goins said that. Who is this Jeff Goins anyhow?

Jeff Goins was the most popular writing blogger in the 2012 Top Ten Blogs for Writers Contest, so he must know something.  I searched on his blog, for memoir writing  and found an article he wrote, Memoir Writing Tips from Marion Roach Smith.  Jeff Goins interviewed  Marion Roach Smith, the author of  The Memoir Project” target=”_blank”>The Memoir Project.  He did a really great interview. 

I wonder if Marion Roach Smith  has a cat?

Marion said to write my memoir, one story at a time. I will write about the death of my sister Eeyore.

 I am not supposed to make it sound like I am reading you my date calendar.  On January 6th I caught a mouse. On January 7th I caught another mouse. On January 8th, I napped for six hours straight.

I am also supposed to write about a universal theme, like love or honor. I will write about learning responsibility when I started my company.

In my essay I am supposed to tell the truth. Okay, I will admit it. It was me who barfed on the kitchen floor, not the dog.

I will write a personal essay today. Or would you rather know if I caught a mouse?

Have you ever written a memoir? Have you ever caught a mouse? Please let me know in the comments.

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About Pooh Hodges

I have had a hard life. Born to a single mother in a back alley in Wisconsin. I never knew my father. My sister died young. I am writing my story. Look for it.

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  • Laura Mc Coy

    Dear Pooh,
    I suggest you bring Marion Roach Smith’s cat over and we will all go mouse hunting. Mom says we have varmints I can introduce you to my neighbors Jasper and Woody. Woody is a cat. Jasper is not a cat. Edelweiss.

    • Good Morning Edelweiss.
      I would love to hunt mice with Marion Roach Smith’s cat, if she has one. And it would be a delight to meet your neighbors, Jasper and Woody. Well, maybe just Woody. What exactly is Jasper?
      It is time for me to write today’s post. I was out late last night, and I have been sleeping most of the morning.
      All the best,
      Pooh Hodges

  • You sure know a lot about memoir writing, Pooh. So many talented people you’ve learned from. Good luck getting it all down!

    • Hello Dear Stacey,
      Thank you for your kind compliment. I am having a hard time getting my memoir written, I nap so much. I need to sit by the computer more, so I can dictate my story to my Senior Staff.
      All the best,
      Love Pooh

  • Donna Smith

    Donna is letting me use her computer. I use it all the time when she is not home, but right now she is, so I had to ask for permission. I have never caught a mouse. I watched one once for a while and everyone said “Catch it, catch it.” But that wasn’t what I wanted to eat right then. So I said, “Do it yourself.” And they did.
    But I have wrestled with a Golden Retriever. That was fun. I’ve never eaten one of those, though, either.
    Maybe I should try to write my memeowers…I could tell about all the places I like to sleep!

    • How nice of you to write to me. Please tell me your name. How nice of Donna to let you use her computer. She must be a nice lady. That was kind of you to share your mice with Donna.
      I have never eaten a Golden Retriever either. I think they would be sort of chewy. Your idea for a memowers sounds so interesting. I like to sleep in the rocking chair, and in my white baskets.
      All the best.
      Love Pooh

      • Donna Smith

        I’m sorry I forgot to tell you my name! I am Purrsee! Get it! I purr and see! Oh, my pets are so clever! And here is a spot I was growing to love while we were unpacking… but then they washed it and put it away.–Q0jfWF18Lo/UCFKTnSBY-I/AAAAAAAABTI/PKRbLCeH1-A/s200/purrsee+in+fryingpan.jpg

        • Purrsee, what a beautiful name! And your fur is so long. It appears that you have trained Donna to take care of you very well. She must be on your A team. Have you asked her to give you back the place you liked to sleep? Oh, staff can be so difficult at times.
          All the best,
          Love Pooh

  • No, I haven’t written a memoir, but I am starting mine this year. I am taking a memoir writing class. 🙂

    • Good Morning Pilar,
      I would love to read your memoir. Please let me know how you are doing. If you learn anything exciting please write to me.I would love to hear from you.
      All the best,
      Pooh Hodges