Writing Articles For Seniors Only Club

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  1. Corie Henson

    Corie Henson Very Well-Known Member
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    I think a published article can serve as sample to be a source of inspiration. When I first joined forums, what I did was to read the posts in order to learn how and what to write. With this article thing, I think it is also applicable especially those who are not writers like me will be inspired and try to write. I'm actually halfway in one article for this purpose but I yet have to gain a headway for lack of motivation perhaps. But surely when I see a published article here then I would be able to finish that and probably write more.
     
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    Okay, I have a couple of articles in and at least a couple others that are supposedly in progress, so I am starting to put that section of the site together, although I am going to want more before I actually link it from the rest of the site or promote it. I'm looking for a title for that page. I don't want to use "articles" because too many low-rate article directories have diminished the value of that word. Instead, I am looking for something with two words combined with an ampersand, since that would match the style of most of the sub-forums here. My working title is "Commentary & Discourse" but I am open to other suggestions.
     
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  3. Chrissy Cross

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    Looking through some of the topics you wanted, I like the word "memoirs" as one choice but haven't thought of another word.

    To me Commentary sounds like an opinion on something that was discussed.

    I would enjoy reading people's memoirs, in fact that's my favorite non fiction category. I like personal stories and they could be sad, happy, traumatic, inspiring, whatever.
     
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  4. Ken Anderson

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    "Memoirs & Discourse" or "Discourse & Memoirs" doesn't roll off the tongue very easily though.
     
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  5. Chrissy Cross

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    No, it doesn't. Too bad, because memoirs always catches my eye and it's a favorite genre with many.

    But it's what you think or like, I'll just be reading...if they're memoirs. :)
     
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  6. Ken Anderson

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    I'm not married to any of the words. Memoirs might work with another companion word.
     
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  7. Ken Anderson

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    Now that I am starting to put the sub-site together, I don't really like these category headings. They are based on the categories in the forum, which I like, but I would like to come up with a one-word category name (or two short words) that could encompass the topics in these categories.

    Senior Forums
    Education & Entertainment
    Getting it Done
    Hot Button Issues
    I Remember When
    On the Lighter Side
    Ourselves & Others
    Other Topics

    I am also open to splitting some of them up, such as education and entertainment, for the purpose of the articles section.
     
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  8. Lon Tanner

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    Ken I have a original article that I have never shared that may be of interest to the membership. I am still learning my way around
     
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  9. Ken Anderson

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    It likely will be, and of course I'm looking to attract those who aren't members too.
     
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    I have started several articles and some are already in the midway point. They are all about my real experiences in life and has a varied theme. When this sub site finally opens, I would have the motivation to finish those articles and probably write more, I'm sure there would be more since all those interesting experiences are in my medulla oblongata just waiting to be mined.

    As I have said, I'm sure other denizens here would be motivated to write their own stories once they get to read the initial articles.
     
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  11. Lon Tanner

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    SPONTANEOUS HUMAN COMBUSTION by A, J. Tanner

    I am sure most of us have read stories about this particular phenomenon and once I get my thoughts together I will share with you a personal experience that took place in Northern California 1963.
     
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  12. Chrissy Cross

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    I was always fascinated by that subject when I was younger, you heard about it happening more than you do now.
     
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  13. Lon Tanner

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    I am still a new kid on this Forum and trying to find my way around.
    Where do I write and post my story?
     
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    That's all in this thread, @Ren Tanner. You can send it to me via private conversation here if you'd like or by email at kenanderson@kenanderson.net but if you're sending by email, let me know first so that I can look for it. I delete 99% of my email and sometimes the good stuff gets hit in the process.
     
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    Help me brainstorm this, if you're up to it. I am looking for from five to eight general topics under which these articles can be categorized. Maybe I'm getting hung up on having them correspond to the forum categories. Aesthetically, there won't be a lot of room for the menu items so I'm trying to think of one word category names, or two very short words, if necessary.
     
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    Okay, this doesn't cover everything yet but how about something along the lines of...

    People
    Places
    Things
    Plants
    Thoughts
    Animals

    There's room for two more, possible I can squeeze a third one in since they're short. I am looking for categories into which all of our articles could be sorted. They will also be able to be found by title, but I need to categorize them as well. If I could come up with topics that each had six characters, my OCD would be satisfied.
     
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    This might be doable. So far, I have...

    People
    Places
    Things
    Plants
    Musing
    Belief
    Animal
     
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  18. Ken Anderson

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    Can you think of anything that you might want to write about that couldn't fit into one of these categories?

    Animal
    Belief
    Forums
    Musing
    People
    Places
    Plants
    Senior

    There will, of course, be descriptions for each of these categories that will give detailed explanation of what may be in them, plus there will be a sitemap that will include each article by title.
     
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    SPONTANEOUS HUMAN COMBUSTION by A, J. Tanner

    I am sure most of us have read stories about this particular phenomenon and once I get my thoughts together I will share with you a personal experience that took place in Northern California 1963.

    It was a Sunday morning and I had just arrived at the Mortuary after breakfast with my wife & daughter. Working as a Embalmer/Funeral Director and ON Call for the weekend. I had just settled down in the lounge to watch a NFL game with the San Francisco 49ers playing ?? Our business was on call to receive any Coroner type deaths that might occur during the weekend. I answered the phone on the first ring and the caller told me that there had been a fire at a home on Mt Pleasant Road and they suspected that some one had died in the fire. The Mortuary owner was at church with his wife so I took the Removal Car and drove the 20 minutes to the fire address. Driving by the house I fully expected to see damage or smoke, but the house looked fine. The home was situated on 20 acres that had apple trees. I pulled into the driveway and parked, got out of the car and went to the front door. (to be continued)
     
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  20. Ken Anderson

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    I don't want the menu to take up more than one line, but if I keep them at six characters each, I could fit a few more categories. I don't want the menu to take up more than one line.

    Animal
    Belief
    Forums
    Memoir
    People
    Places
    Plants
    Senior
    Notice

    The last one isn't alphabetical because it's the equivalent of the About Us page that you see on most sites. Maybe I could add "Tales" for fiction stories. No wait, that's only five. I'm just thinking here. Feel free to get your thesaurus out and have a got at it.
     
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  21. Ken Anderson

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    Here's a few ideas on the design. I'd rather not use a banner photo, and if I did it would be a different one. I'm inclined to go with either of the last two, although maybe different colors.

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    Try Fables
     
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    I like @Chrissy Page's thoughts toward memoirs. How about Memoirs & Dialogue or Memoirs & Exposés?
     
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  24. Lon Tanner

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    The front door was not locked and what I was about to see had been seen earlier by the person that phoned me at the Mortuary. The caller was a prominent OBGYN physician in the nearby community.
    As I opened the door it was apparent that there had been a fire because some residue smoke still hung in the room. Directly in front of the opened door I was able to see a TV that was on and flickering with no picture and a lounge chair beside the TV. I then stepped into what appeared to be one end of a living room. Off to one side of the chair and TV was a charred hole in the tongue and grove hardwood floor. The hole was about 3 ft in diameter and had partially burned parts of the Sunday newspapers around the periphery of the hole. On a small table next to the chair there was a bottle of half full Johnnie Walker Scotch and a empty can of Coor's beer. I went back to the Removal car and got some rubber gloves and a flashlight.
    (more to come}
     
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  25. Ken Anderson

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    @Ren Tanner, thanks. Don't post the whole thing here though, or the published article will simply duplicate what is here. Send it to me in private conversation.
     
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