I remember many years ago when I first learned (from my daughter Sarah) about this new way of sharing information on the internet through something called BLOGS. I distinctly remember thinking – “I’m already bombarded with information overload through TV, newspapers, magazines – why would I want another way of getting information? NO THANKS!
Of course-that was in the dark ages before I became interested in family history, before I realized the benefit of sharing information through blogs. Silly me! Now I can’t imagine not blogging (even though I do let it slide from time to time.)
Through the world of blogging I learned that April is National Poetry Writing Month (NAPOWRIMO), November is National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO) and February is Family History Writing Month – sorry no catchy acronym.
So I’m gearing up for February and here is the advice from the blog that sponsors the project:
Choosing Your February Ancestor
Welcome to the first Pre-Challenge post. There will be 4 in total to help you get organized for February.Some of you may already have your ancestor chosen for this year’s Family History Writing Challenge. Perhaps many of you are still mulling it over. So I thought for your first bonus post I would offer you a few thoughts on choosing an ancestor to write about and then help you get that ancestor organized for writing.If I could offer you one piece of advice, it would be One Ancestor, One Story. I would love to see you choose one ancestor to write about for the entire month of February. Why? Because it’s about going deep. I know some of you like to write about a variety of ancestors, and you know I’m not going to stop you.But, this year, we’re going to dig deep into our descriptive writing, bring that ancestor to life on the page and make them dance in their world, making our stories, vibrant and real for your reader. If you stick to one ancestor, one story you can make some inroads, actually spending some quality time with your ancestor. Unlike most writing challenges you don’t necessarily have to go for huge word counts with little quality sentences to show for it.What I have found in our online classes is that when we take one ancestor and spend some quality time with that ancestor, students start to see great results and begin to believe in themselves as writers. So let’s not make it all about quantity (word counts) or all about quality (writing the same paragraph over and over again) but a compromise, something in between.
It probably comes as no surprise to anyone reading this blog that I’ve chosen Custode Iacobucci as my February ancestor. But since I don’t have any personal memories of her, this is only gonna work if those of you who do remember her tell me everything you remember. All of your stories, from what she wore, to what her house looked like, to how she talked, to how she smelled. EVERYTHING you can remember.
I know – you’re probably thinking – “AWWW… do we have to??? She was not my favorite relative – in fact, she was down right cantankerous and mean. Why would I want to write about her?
A fair question I suppose but from someone who didn’t know her (or only knows her through the information I’ve found in online sources and from the stories that each of you have shared with me) but she is really the reason we’re all here together enjoying these stories on Trovando Famiglia.
And once I’ve written all there is to write about her – I promise to move on to other relatives. Are you in? Can I count on you to tell me what you remember and share what you know?
Don’t worry – I’m taking all necessary precautions against mal ‘occhio – I even have a necklace with a cornicello it that Rick gave me for Christmas. Plus the bracelet that Will gave me last year – guaranteed to ward of the evil eye. So I think I’m good to go. Now I just need your stories.