Author Archives: Ana McCracken

Why I Drove to Minneapolis to see Author Dani Shapiro

People ask me, “why Iowa,” when they learn that Ed, Avy and I left San Francisco earlier this year. Their faces scrunch and I smile. Why not? People are friendly here. Friends offer to pick up your paper when your … Continue reading

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What it was like writing a draft memoir in Ellen Sussman’s Novel/Memoir in a Year class with no clear idea of what I was writing about. A writing tip that embellished my writing from Hope Edelman’s, Memoir: Step by Step workshop

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Avy Tales 2016 – I’m A Happy Aussie

In this prolific Avy Tale, Avy explains how an Aussie born on a ranch—a mere few miles south of San Jose, California—finds herself moving to Ames, Iowa and Angel Fire, New Mexico with Mommy and Daddy. Continue reading

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I Talked My Memoir to Death—Now What?

This year, 2016, is the year I have committed to write. To goad myself into it, I signed up for best-selling author, Ellen Sussman’s Novel/Memoir in a Year class. I’ve studied writing with Ellen for years—since 2008 when I first met her … Continue reading

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Letting My Writing Lie Fallow – By Harriet Chessman

Last June in my blog Life Happens, I berated myself for not writing by comparing myself to writers who write every day—no matter what. In the comments section, several writers wrote encouraging me to return to my writing. Author, Harriet Chessman … Continue reading

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Mommy’s 2015 Gratitude List

Oh my! What a year Mommy had in 2015. If getting used to San Francisco wasn’t enough for her (you can read about it in my last Avy Tale), 2015 turned into a doozy. Mommy’s daddy died unexpectedly. Then Mommy slipped off … Continue reading

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How Two Events Changed My Perspective on Life

When my mother dropped my brother and I off for our first day of school at the Merz Schule in Stuttgart, Germany in 1971, I was already able to recite the ABCs and to count from one to 10 in … Continue reading

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Mommy’s Splint Feels Good on My Back

Yesterday at lunch after cutting up an apple, Mommy let out a yelp. “What,” Daddy asked concerned. “I don’t know,” whimpered Mommy. “There’s a pain shooting down my thumb. I can’t move it. It feels like hundreds of needles pricking … Continue reading

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The Wisdom of Not Talking Your Book to Death!

Coming Soon: On the day I confided to a friend I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue writing my memoir, Peter Coyote made a comment in an interview with Phil Bronstein at the Commonwealth Club that left me excited to start writing … Continue reading

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Look on the Bright Side of Life

This morning I was scrolling through my Avy Tales reminiscing about my life. I like to do that from time to time, because I’m proud of my prolific-ness, something Mommy likes to brag about. She adores my spry sense of … Continue reading

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