Life Stories. Do they fascinate you, too?
Memoirs and autobiographies… And autobiographical albums — whatever that CD was called, whether personal events were thinly described or the personal element was laid on thick as honey.
Maybe these are the ultimate art form. Because what’s the difference between a snoozer … versus incredible inspiration? Seems to me, that difference hangs on what? Something pretty slim. Called artistry.
This year I’ve made my debut with that kind of writing. Thanks to the memoir “Bigger than All the Night Sky.” And thus my fascination has intensified. Until I just had to start today’s new Face Reading Contest. Soon I’ll explain how you can enter. First, though, let’s consider…
Life Stories. Why Are Good Ones So Hard to Find?
Selection. Seems to me, choosing what not to include? That’s the biggest part the job.
Since life events are pretty random. Details from even one day of your life could fill a book. So what to include?
Yet the best books-screenplays-songs make it seem easy and natural… Whatever belonged in that book, etc.? It belonged. Otherwise, you won’t get bogged down by other details. Maybe perfectly interesting details. Yet irrelevant, for moving the story forward.
Which Life Stories Have You Admired?
Just one example, from my personal faves list, comes from James Joyce. With his first novel, “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.” Published only 102 years ago. 😉
Yet it remains fresh and cheeky. With a gradually maturing voice you won’t often find in memoirs. (This is what inspired me to do a version of that in my memoir.)
Of course, Joyce could write anything marvelously. In any style. Taking his literary virtuosity to even greater heights, Joyce also wrote “Ulysses.” Where each chapter was written in an entirely different voice.
While waiting for this your contest entries, Blog-Buddies, guess what? I’m planning to give you a blog post or two, face reading some public figures. Since it was such fun recently, doing a two-part face reading of soccer great Wayne Rooney.
Meanwhile, what about YOUR contest? How can you enter?
How to Enter this Life Stories Face Reading Contest
Oh, I hope you’ll enter, Blog-Buddies. Perhaps you’ll win one of the three prizes. A free and festive face reading of the writer, screenwriter, or singer you choose.
Besides that, you’ll win by sharing your enthusiasm. Maybe you’ll win new fans for someone who’s toiled over a highly demanding literary form. Toiled and triumphed.
Life Stories Contest. You Just Might Win!
- Choose a candidate who inspires you. Somebody at least 18 years of age. Who has a face. 😉 And who has written a memoir. Or autobiography. Or autobiographical novel (like James Joyce). Alternatively, someone who created an album to tell that so-personal story.
- Supply the name of your nominee.
- Please supply a photo link to your nominee, a one-click type link. Required: a photo clearly showing that persons face from the front. And look, I know it’s fashionable now to crop foreheads off pictures. Highly unsettling to this aura reader and face reader! Supply a whole face photo, please.
- Describe why this person is important to you, especially important because not all of us may be familiar with that public figure of your choice.
- Then introduce that person’s Life Story Creation. What has made it special to you?
Was the person a celebrity whose life has been amply documented? (Yes, you could nominate such a person.)
Or have you actually listened to an album, or read a book, exploring that person’s life story? Or have you seen a biopic? (In which case, name the book or CD or movie.)
- Final date for entries to this Life Stories Face Reading Contest is October 1, 2018.
- So let’s have fun with this, Blog-Buddies! Enter as many times as you like. And inspire us all!