Author Archives: Ana McCracken

Ride-Along with Officer Ashley

This has been a busy night on my Citizen Police Academy (CPA) ride-along. Ashley and my shift has covered the gambit. A harassment call involving a female student against another female student. A call for assistance for an elderly man who needed medical assistance and a ride to Mary Greeley. The EMTs and firemen came just like they do on Chicago Fire. Continue reading

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My Night with the Ames Police

It’s late. Closing in on 3 am and I’m sitting in Officer Ashley’s SUV. A half hour ago we sped down Duff Ave at 80 mph, and then down HWY 30 heading towards Boone clocking over a 100 mph. “You like this job ‘cuz you get to drive fast,” I said. Continue reading

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Elizabeth Berg Said Yes!

Elizabeth Berg said yes to my invitation for her to speak next year at the Peninsula Volunteers Annual Authors Salon on Sunday, March 25th, 2018. Continue reading

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Ana Goes (Back) to School

On my way to being an over-achieving, “A” student this time around. First day of my non-degree creative non-fiction class. First assignment…Done. If I can pass two sections of the GREs, I’ll apply for the degree program in January.

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Sonoma Writer’s Camp Recap

The Sonoma County Writer’s Camp with Ellen Sussman & Elizabeth Stark, was an amazing experience. We wrote, ate, hiked, laughed and bunked together for 5 days, breaking boundaries and taking risks with our writing. Continue reading

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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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Paparazzi Moment

At the Iowa State University Fashion Show, Ed and I were caught on the red carpet by the local paparazzi! I am so proud of The Fashion Show produced by my college at Iowa State. The fashion merchandising program is ranked #3 in the nation and #1 in the Midwest. Continue reading

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Coming Soon…

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.

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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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