Mittwoch, 20. November 2013

My friend Sheridan Hill

is a wonderful person I have met about 18 or so years ago during a creative writing workshop in New Mexico. It actually took place on Ghost Ranch, the former home of Georgia O'Keeffe and was taught by Natalie Goldberg. I adored Natalie Goldberg at the time. And I must say, I've learned a lot from her in regard to just writing, keeping my pen moving, filling one notebook after the other. I learned there to trust my own voice.
What intrigued me most though wasn't Natalie, but Sheridan, who got really really excited about everything I wrote there. I was german. I just dared writing in english, just like I still do, and she gave me sooo much positive feedback.
We have been in touch ever since, though we actually never ever met again in person. Sometimes we exchange our writing, we comment on our blogs or just tell each other, what is going on in our lifes.
She still is a writer and besides writing her own stuff, she does biographies for people, who can hire her.
Just recently her last biography about a german woman named Helga appeared. If you are interested in unusual life stories of people, in history or learning about what regular people do in unusual and dangerous situations, this memoir is worth a read.
What touches me most is to think, that this woman just wanted to have her life narrated and hired my friend to do it. All these hours they must have spent together Sherian listening to Helgas stories. I like that idea. And I will definitely read the memoir.

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