Writing Challenge: day 32

I did more reading as part of day 6 of the Armchair Genealogist‘s writing challenge. So, so much to learn, but taking it one day at a time. Here are links to what I read:

My local library doesn’t have a copy of Story, but they do have Storycraft, so I put it on hold so I can read it. The thing I got from the article on Jack Hart is the choosing the right form for the story is very important. I’m hoping that Storycraft will help me to know if the traditional story arc is the right approach for my Dad’s Navy experience.

Writing Challenge: day 31

I decided I should move on to day 6 of the Armchair Genealogist‘s writing challenge. While my map of Key West still is wanting for details, that will take time working with my Dad and they are home in Idaho now. Day 6 is about the story arc with Shar DeBarolo Carmack as the guest author. Lots of good info and some interesting stories were linked in today’s lesson. Here the two I read today:

It is good for me to read more family stories. Most of my reading in the past has been fiction or academic type books not family narratives. I’m hoping I’ll be inspired as to the type of voice my Dad’s Navy experience should have. Yet another day of this challenge that reminds me how little I really know about what I’m trying to do.

Writing Challenge: day 30

US Naval Station Key West, Florida circa 1950

US Naval Station
Key West, Florida
circa 1950

Today was mostly a ditto of yesterday as part of day 5 of the Armchair Genealogist‘s writing challenge. I worked on the map of the Naval Station and did some research on the house my parents lived in, 2405 Staples Avenue. Not sure if it is still there or not. Street view only shows a bunch of vegetation. The house is step back from the road. The real estate websites general descriptions fit for it but they say it was built in 1958 and one of them said it was a single story. I’m doubting the accuracy though. The satellite view wasn’t any help either. My guess is that it is still there. I had trouble focusing today but at least I did something to move in the right direction.

Writing Challenge: day 29

US Naval Station Key West, Florida circa 1950

US Naval Station
Key West, Florida
circa 1950

Today I spent my time working on printing enlarged maps as part of day 5 of the Armchair Genealogist‘s writing challenge. I got them printed out 13″ x 19″ and added a little color for the water and cleaned up some of the writing on the Naval Station map. I also expanded some of the streets and want to included more of the streets. I still need to talk to my Dad and place all the pertinent places in his story. I’m kind of excited with the idea of getting myself oriented to Key West and my Dad’s life there in the 50’s. I’ll share the map when I get it finished.

Key West, Florida circa 1950

Key West, Florida
circa 1950