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Writer's Life: Fish Diva
As part of my "getting into it" ritual I've been obsessively making a log of all my fishing. Things like this transpire when I start looking for one elusive thing, in this case, the first time Maria and I went fishing on the Erie Canal.
So I went through my miscellaneous journal entries, my calendar since June 2000, and all my digital photos. Luckily, I label photos with dates but my filing system is crazy and some were still in Corel Photo-Paint format, which won't import into Photoshop — so I wound up re-installing Photo-Paint. Found a few pictures I'd forgotten completely.
Why getting all this history in order is important I don't know, but it's satisfying to see the chronology emerge. If you're writing nonfiction, facts are important. It's not that you can't get creative with "memory" when you're writing a memoir. But digging out the tiniest fact ("It was a Monday, 7 PM") triggers mood and more memories.
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