To share and connect with those interested in writing from life, recording their personal histories, writing a memoir for publication and/or personal use, and all things related to writing one's story.
"Have you thought about writing your family history, but found yourself stuck from the start? Writing a family narrative can be a daunting task, but Karen Jones Gowen found a way to bring her mother's story to life." (Homespun Magazine)
Thursday, September 30, 2010
I'm Going to be a Marine Mom
Not yet ready to add the !!!! to that statement. Maybe when he graduates from basic training in December? I have a son who signed up last spring. Since then he is walking tall and proud, setting up his exercise program to be ready for basic in October, and feeling very good about his decision. One of his older brothers has joined the Air Force and goes to Basic in April. Out of 8 boys, that's two going into the military. I couldn't be more proud of their decision and their commitment.
We watched a DVD yesterday designed to inform parents and help put our minds at ease (if that's even possible at this point!) One of the moms on the DVD said when her son came home and went out somewhere in his dress blues, people came up to him and thanked him for his service to our country.
This took me and my husband back to the days after the Vietnam War, when our fighting boys who came home got garbage thrown at them and were spit on by passersby. They never wanted to wear the uniform because of the way the public treated them. This took recovery a lot longer for the battle-weary. Many of our Vietnam vets became psychologically unstable and homeless. So very sad.
War will always be with us, sorry to say but it's a fact of life. Like death, taxes, illness, divorce, poverty, hunger and natural disasters. My son is proud that he has taken the oath to be a Marine. The day he graduates from Basic will be a wonderful moment for all of us. I personally am so thankful that the citizens of this great nation now show respect and gratitude to their fighting men and women, rather than taking out their hatred of war on those who fight for freedom.
Who doesn't hate war? I pray my son will not have to fight, but he'll be preparing for it, just in case.
Managing editor at WiDo Publishing. Cookie baker. Novelist. Exclamation point addict in recovery. With extreme restraint I managed to write this bio without using a single exclamation point. This blog is not an author website, it's a writer's journey. See my website at karenjonesgowen.com for information about my published books.
"I devoted myself, early on, to writing. Really writing. Just doing it, no matter how awkward and unfit I felt. So every single morning I am on the planet, I grit my teeth and this hard, embarrassing, abject, thrilling thing--writing--because I want, in part, to count." (from Page after Page by Heather Sellers)
Photos from Farm Girl
High school graduation photo of Lucille Marker, the farm girl
Lucille drinking from the well
John Marker, Dust Bowl Days
The Marker Nebraska farmstead
"Farm Girl presents a vision of life on a Nebraska homestead during the 1920's and 1930's, told from a child's perspective, and illustrated with photographs of the time." (Quincy Herald Whig)
"Through the intertwined stories of the life of the Marker family and of the broader historical time period, the book is more than captivating. Gowen's vivid account of her mother's life allows Farm Girl to read as seamlessly as if one were recalling personal memories." (The Holyoke Enterprise)
"Farm Girl will capture the interest of readers in the photos the book contains and witty recollections Lucille has of her grandparents in Catherton Township." (The Red Cloud Chief)
To Buy My Books
True coming of age story of a young girl growing up on a 1930's Nebraska farm.
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A young married couple struggles to find balance during the over-the-top decade of the Seventies. An autobiographical novel.
Praise for Uncut Diamonds
"What I love is the dialogue." (Deirdre Paulsen, BYU English professor)
"Gowen shows a command of the language." (Jennie Hansen, Meridian Magazine)
"Uncut Diamonds--A unique piece of artistic realism." (M. Gray, Author)
"...tight, realistic, warm family truth... exactly the kind of realistic character-and relationship-driven writing I have been waiting to happen in the LDS market." (Marilyn Brown, award-winning author and benefactor of the annual Marilyn Brown Award)