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Solitary Writing Life

Writing is sometimes a solitary endeavor. Not this week! Looking back, I am grateful for my support system, which helps make all things possible. On Tuesday evening, I attended the Colorado Authors’ League (CAL) banquet with my hub and partner, Don, who is my anchor in all aspects of life. My publishers from Filter Press, Doris and Tom Baker, braved a spring blizzard to attend with us. My friend from Women Writing the West (WWW), author Susan Tweit, was also there as a finalist, and we cheered each other on. CAL not only honored my work with their 2010 Award in Young Adult Nonfiction, but they presented me with a grant to help me attend the WWW Conference in the fall. WWW members sent numerous messages of congratulations on the Listserv digest.

CAL 2010 Award
Beyond my work as administrator for Women Writing the West, which involves interaction with approximately 250 members, I’ve enjoyed the support and society of several other groups over past weeks. CAL gave a seminar which I attended at the clubhouse of my Denver Woman’s Press Club. Yesterday, I attended a presentation at the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA), to learn how to better juggle networking options. I continue to learn new and interesting research methods from CGHS, the Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society. A week ago, I visited the Park County Archives in Bailey, Colorado. My research pal, Christie, was there, and she will also share a history lecture and trip to Leadville soon.

In upcoming entries, I will talk about some of these groups individually and describe some of their unique offerings and characteristics. They blend to lend support, education, and inspiration to those who choose to become members. Solitary writing life … I don’t think so!

Joyce Lohse, 5/16/2010

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Posted by on May 16, 2010 in Writing Life


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Moving Forward on Thanksgiving

If Thanksgiving is upon us, it must be time for CAL – the Colorado Association of Librarians Conference. Every year, publisher Filter Press hosts a booth for this event in Denver, allowing the authors to meet and greet librarians, teachers and readers. It is always illuminating, and a mixed bag of good news and bad news comments. The bad news is predictable … more book buying budget cuts, more social studies programs slashed, more demand for books about speicalized topics way down on the priority scale.

The good news is encouraging and will keep us going. As more people learn about our “Now You Know Bio” series, they find more ways to integrate them into their programs, and more people read them. They recognize the quality of the biographies and the research which has gone into each one. They love the topics we’ve chosen, and enthusiastically look forward to the newest arrivals.

I’m thankful for what we have, and I embrace the challenge of moving forward to produce more pioneer stories which appeal to young readers and history buffs of all ages. I appreciate Filter Press, who believes in my work and publishes it, giving me a voice, and for the encouragement and support of my colleagues there, and in Women Writing the West. I am honored to apply my writing skills to preserve history, and to give a voice to women who were formerly silent and consequently overlooked. Many of their stories have emerged and can now be celebrated, either as individuals or in conjunction with their pioneering partner.

John and Eliza Routt (rhymes with “scout”) provide a great partnership story. My award-winning book, First Governor, First Lady: John and Eliza Routt of Colorado, published by Filter Press, is a duo-biography about the life and work of the Routts as Western pioneers. I was fortunate to revisit their story and share it in an article for the current holiday issue of Steamboat Magazine. To read a condensed version of the article, go to:

Happy Thanksgiving!
Joyce Lohse – 11/23/09
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Posted by on November 23, 2009 in Western history


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