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Life Stories — telling one’s tale to birds of a feather. Introducing a new Face Reading Contest.

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!

  1. 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.
  2. Supply the name of your nominee.
  3. Please supply a photo link to your nominee, a one-click type link. Required: a photo clearly showing that person’s 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.)

  1. Final date for entries to this Life Stories Face Reading Contest is October 1, 2018.
  2. So let’s have fun with this, Blog-Buddies! Enter as many times as you like. And inspire us all!

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  1. 1
    Valerie says:

    Rose this is so exciting!!

    I’m going to think very carefully about my first candidate 🙂

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    Valerie says:

    Rose I nominate Andre Agassi. Here is recent photo: http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Andre+Agassi/Keep+Memory+Alive+21st+Annual+Power+Love+Gala/ZW93fky9MfU

    He seems to me to have an indomitable spirit. He has his faults, like we all do, but he also has an endearing way of being truthful with himself.

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    Victoria says:

    Mel Brooks inspires me. He’s had a such an incredible career and is still sharp and going strong. He pushed the envelope and told the truth in his comedies. So silly too…every time I even see his character in a movie I laugh 🙂 Seemed to have a sweet and long lasting marriage to Anne Bancroft (by Hollywood standards, anyway) which charmed me. Here is a relatively recent photo:
    https://goo.gl/images/qU73uV

  4. 4
    Gillian says:

    It’s taken me some time to think of a nominee for this contest as I am more commonly used to reading biographies (as opposed to autobiographies).

  5. 5
    Gillian says:

    Anyway, years ago I read the memoir of a woman called Vera Brittain.

    She was a writer, feminist and pacifist and her memoir poignantly describes her experience of growing up during the War years, including losing many of those she loved in the War.

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    Gillian says:

    I remember finding the book riveting.

    The reason why it meant something to me at the time was because I really identified with her idealism and her desire to commit her life to a cause greater than herself! (I was quite young when I read it!!).

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    Kylie says:

    I also had to look really far back in my memory to find a memoir that I’ve read.

    I read lots of biographies, but I seldom read memoirs.

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    Kylie says:

    One I read as a child that I liked so much I read several times, was by Kyra Petrovskaya Wayne, about her experience as a nurse during the Siege of Leningrad and her experience adopting an orphan she found in the rubble of a bombed building.

    Her memoir was called “Shurik.”

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    Kylie says:

    She was kind of fascinating because she was an actress, who was drafted as a sniper, then became a lieutenant, and a nurse before becoming an actress and author.

  10. 10
    Kylie says:

    She lived through the Siege of Leningrad and won medals for bravery.

    She learned several languages, and eventually married an American diplomat and moved to Los Angeles.

  11. 11
    Kylie says:

    I am curious about her because her story is so unique.

    Was she as heroic as she seemed in her memoir?

    Her story was quite inspiring.

  12. 12
    Kylie says:

    It is difficult to find a front facing photo of her. This was the best I could locate:

    A picture of her when young.

  13. 13

    Such wonderful nominations, KYLIE, GILLIAN, VICTORIA, and VALERIE! Thank you.

    To clarify, you only need to be familiar with someone’s story in order to nominate with your reason for curiosity, details about the person, and a good photo link. However, I am interested in memoirs and autobiographies because they can have such power, such lived truthfulness.

  14. 14
    Dana W. says:

    I love all of the nominations so far!

    I would like to also nominate Buffy Sainte-Marie. I just discovered her listening to a short interview today, but I was so inspired by her and her life.

  15. 15
    Dana W. says:

    I have always been interested in Native American history, and Sainte-Marie was born on a Cree First Nation reserve in in Canada, but was adopted by a family in Massachusetts.

    She taught herself music at an early age and later returned to Canada and the Cree.

  16. 16
    Dana W. says:

    She was performing as a folk singer by the 1960s and has continued singing, song-writing, and being an activist to this day, especially working with and for indigenous peoples of the Americas.

    It seems that she has faced so much adversity, from abuse in her life to the challenges of gaining recognition and respect as a Canadian First Nation woman in entertainment.

  17. 17
    Dana W. says:

    I listened to an NPR interview with her: https://www.npr.org/2018/09/29/652791230/buffy-sainte-maries-authorized-biography-serves-as-a-map-of-hope, read more about her on Wikipedia:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffy_Sainte-Marie, but I haven’t read her new biography.

  18. 18
    Dana W. says:

    Here is a link to a photo from a 2015 interview but I’m not sure about the year the photo was taken:

    https://archives.sfweekly.com/shookdown/2015/11/25/trying-to-ripen-the-world-an-interview-with-buffy-sainte-marie

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    Wow, DANA. When you nominate, you nominate!

    Related to your Comment #17, listening to that interview, I learned that Buffy Sainte-Marie is the only first nations person — from Canada or America or anywhere — female or male — to have won an Oscar so far. They played a clip of that award-winning song, “Up Where We Belong.” If you click on that link you’ll hear her perform it. A familiar song to me, newly recognized as so beautiful!

  21. 21

    Although she’s known for “protest songs” — I prefer to think of them as songs that raise consciousness — Buffy Sainte-Marie has composed some well known love songs that I never attributed to her.

    A comment in that NPR interview about Elvis Presley singing her songs led me to this treasure trove.

  22. 22
    Emily says:

    Hi Rose, I would like to nominate Armistead Maupin, writer of “Logical Family”.

  23. 23
    Emily says:

    I loved his Tales of the City series and this competition inspired me to read his memoir.

  24. 24
    Emily says:

    His life story is of growing up in a Southern conservative home, knowing he was different and trying to cling to all his parents wanted him to be, even going to Vietnam in the navy, and then his growing into who he was in San Francisco and becoming a writer chronicling, and an activist for, the gay community he found himself a part of there.

  25. 25
    Emily says:

    His Tales of the City book series had originally being a series of newspapers columns and has been made into a TV series.

    A letter one of the characters in the books writes to his mother, coming out to her, was widely read and performed on stage, even by Ian McKellen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tv5BbtECCeE

  26. 26
    Emily says:

    I really like how he decided he was going to be himself and he wasn’t going to compromise and he wasn’t going to hide. And how he encouraged others by his example.

    Photo: http://www.armisteadmaupin.com/Bio.html

  27. 27

    EMILY, how exciting! I didn’t know that Armistead had written a memoir. I’ve read just about everything else he’s published.

    Thanks for this nomination.

  28. 28

    Thanks so much to all who entered this New Face Reading Contest about Life Stories. In days to come I’ll award the three prizes by writing blog posts with face readings.

    As usual, I’ll provide links below after publishing each of these articles. Every entry here was great!

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