Author, Barbara Studham

Creator of memoir, fiction, and children's picture book, Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome


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Memoir Snippet #1

A memory most seniors will relate to!

As an author, I enjoy attending writing groups and circles. I meet many enthusiastic writers who love their craft. Promoting one’s work is tougher than the writing itself, but, despite the many drawbacks, most memoir writers have both sad and hilarious stores to tell. I’m not sure this memoir snippet would be considered hilarious but it might bring a smile to your face, especially if you wear glasses. It is a piece I wrote after returning home from a recent writing circle. Frustrated over what happened while attending, I decided to turn it into a laugh.

Memoir Snippet #1

Where are my glasses?

Where are my glasses?

Our writers’ circle gathered around the table with pens and paper at hand. All eyes turned to the teacher. Striving to get us writing, she displayed a large photograph. “My husband is the photographer,” she proudly announced. “But this session is not about him. It is about you. Getting you writing. So, look at this photo and write down the first thing you see.”

I reached in my purse for my reading glasses. As I rifled through its contents, my heart fluttered. Where are my glasses? Darn it! I forgot to bring them! I stare hard at the photo, but it’s a blur. I see shadowy, colorful objects but little else.

Our teacher continued. “What do you see; an object, a landscape, an event?”

I try to focus. There appears to be something hanging from sticks. Is it water? Yes, I’ll write water. Oh no, here comes a second photo and I see even less. Lot’s of pink, I get that, but what is the subject?” Glancing discreetly to the floor where my purse now sits open, I pray my glasses will glint back at me.

“And how about this photo?” she asks. She puts down the pink photo and raises the next. “What do you see?”

I glance around the table. All I see is the group furiously writing their answers. I stare at the new photo. There is a lot of orange, but I can’t make out the scene. I’ll write orange. After all, orange is the first thing I see, so orange it will be. For several agonizing minutes my ordeal continues. For each photo, I write a color. Purple… blue… green; darn it, how could I have forgotten my glasses?

Fifteen photos later and it is answer time. “I’m sure your answers are diverse,” the teacher says. “Who wants to share what they wrote?”

Not me. I shrink back in my chair and think. I need to appear I am not interested in sharing. I glance at the table and see my coffee. A long, slow sip will cover my disinterest, but as I reach for the cup, something from behind glints at me. It is my glasses! I must have laid them on the table when I first arrived. Darn it!

Well, I hope that snippet made for a giggle. You might also giggle over Rosie’s antics. She is a secondary character in my seaside series, titled, Under the Shanklin Sky. The daughter of my main character, Milly, she exudes obnoxiousness, especially toward seniors. Milly and Rosie’s adventures can be found in Under the Shanklin Sky, The Bathing Beauty, The Faring Foxglove, and my soon to be published, A Hint of Spring

A percentage of each book can be read for free
at my Amazon author page at the following link.

http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

 


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Author, Rachel Joyce

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

A friend recently lent me a book, titled, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, written by Rachel Joyce. What a delight this book is. Just the kind I love to read. Set in Britain (well, I am an English girl), and emotionally driven, the story surrounds the lives of an elderly couple. The husband, Harold Fry, hears from an old colleague who is dying. Having kept secret that he had once betrayed this friend, Harold embarks on a mission to speak with her before she dies.

Knowing the British as well as I do, one of the wonderful aspects of the story is that Harold’s decision to walk the hundreds of miles to her hospital bedside, albeit eccentric, is totally feasible. The story had me laughing, crying, and page-turning to read more. If you enjoy a light, well written read, you will love The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

Update on my children’s picture book.

I recently mentioned that I am creating a children’s picture book, due to be released sometime in 2017. Recently, my friend, and talented artist, Heather Lamb, who is illustrating the book, showed me her initial sketches. Wait until you see them, folks, they are wonderful, and I am so pleased to be working with Heather on this project. More to come!

My Books

Meanwhile, you can view my memoirs and fiction at the following links.

Barbara Studham's ebooks

Barbara Studham’s ebooks

http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

http://www.kobo.com

http://www.barnesandnoble.com


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Visiting Confederation Park

Time To Relax!

After twenty years of raising four grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (see my blog http://www.challengedhope.com), I often seek ways to relax. Right now, I de-stress through my writing, my new love of learning how to paint seascapes, and also visiting one of my favorite places:  Confederation Park on Lake Ontario.

photos of Confederation Park

photos of Confederation Park

If you are planning a trip to Hamilton Ontario next summer, a visit to Confederation Park is a must. Situated on Lake Ontario, it is an ideal spot for relaxing and picnicking on the sandy beach, or energizing at the many activity areas like Wild Waterworks, go-karts, batting cages, and mini-golf. The fish and chips from Hutch’s is to die for, as are the full meal deals at Baranga’s on the Beach. If you prefer to simply walk, then Breezeway Trail is for you.

 Visiting Confederation Park

Why am I promoting the park? Because we all need to relax, and Confederation is the ideal place to do so. But what about the winter months? What is there to do in Hamilton in the cold weather? Well, curling up in front of a roaring fire with a good book and hot chocolate, is a great place to start. If you find that image delightful, might I suggest you visit one of the links below and purchase one of my books to read while snuggled up on the couch as the blizzard rages outside? Any one of my three memoirs, or several fictional stories will aid in your relaxation, so why not hop over to your Amazon now and download my ebooks of your choice. All are available in ebook format for only .99 cents (usd) each, a bargain in anyone’s eyes.

ebooks

ebooks

All my books are available at your Amazon store, the following links, and at many other ebook distributors.

http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

https://www.store.kobobooks.com

http://www.barnesandnoble.com


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Painting a Seascape

My first assignment!

Painting a Seascape

Painting a Seascape

Painting a Seascape

Talk about throwing me in the deep end (pardon the deliberate pun!). Despite my mistake by registering for the wrong class, I was able to go back and register for the beginners’ class. As I enjoyed the intermediate session where I picked up painting tips, and met new people, which is always fun, I decided to enroll in both intermediate and beginners. So, for the next few weeks I will have my hands full. From my attempts so far, I need a lot of help with shading. It seems to be my worst point. “Practice, practice, practice,” advised the art teacher.

Describing a Seascape

It’s the same with writing. Wanting to describe the seascape and doing it well are two different things. It takes lots of practice to make the reader believe he/she is there on the beach. Like painting, writing is a work in progress. No author wants their writing career to be judged on their first attempt, any more than an artist wants their first picture to represent their absolute potential. That’s the wonderful thing about practice, it improves our work.

Barbara Studham's ebooks

Barbara Studham’s ebooks

All my books are available at your Amazon store, the following links,

and at many other ebook distributors.

http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

https://www.store.kobobooks.com

http://www.barnesandnoble.com