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Thank you Charlotte,
I hope to get in on some online classes at least or reading more of other peoples work. I doubt seriously that my writing will ever be elegant or admirable, as with the rest of my life, but I just have lately felt the need to leave a message behind, mainly to my family and the decendants. I remember reading some of the old diaries that my great uncles and grandfather took the time to put together. Most of it was just day to day stuff that would bore many to tears, but I found myself riveted to it, gleaning every thought and amazed that I could identify with someone I never had a chance to meet while they were alive. I thank them for sharing with me my heritage. And for letting me know who they were.
Your scrapbooking idea sounds like a great idea! I have many pictures from my grandparents earlier years that I have scanned. I have always dreamed of organizing them in a fasion they would be useful to future generations and on a medium that would be enduring. Guess the floppy disk is out huh? What are your plans for preserving your work? The DVD and CD may take the path of the floppy. Paper may still be the best option? I don't know. Thanks again.
I agree that CDs and DVDs don't appear to have a longevity track record worth considering. There are online scrapbooking sights that provide the tools to upload and create scrapbook-like journals for putting all of these types of pieces of my life into one format and then for a price, publish my work in a quality bound volume for each of my daughters. That is my ultimate goal.
Also, I agree with everyone else.....read...read...read autobiographies, journals, memoirs that others have written. It's a great help with deciding what you want to include, how to include it all and how to format it. I also find that reading about others lives helps me to remember end reveal more of my own.
Enjoy your Sunday, Mike.