Writing Projects of Jody Brown
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Walk of Life
For two and a half years, I interviewed a WWII veteran about her war experience and about her life. A few years ago, I received a SEMAC grant from the McKnight Foundation in Minnesota to transcribe my interviews with then-91-year-old Claire, and from that transcript I am now writing her story. Despite all that she’s seen and experienced, including her time spent at the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, Claire has compassion and hope for mankind. Through my recorded interviews I sought to find out why, and I think I found the answer. And it’s something that can inspire everyone regardless of heritage, race, religion, background, ability level, or financial standing. (This activity is made possible by the generosity of the McKnight Foundation through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council.)
Mr. R. Sullivan Crosses the Road
I completed this children’s story about a snapping turtle that crosses the road and his adventures with friends along the way. The manuscript is currently in the hands of the illustrator. We’re hoping to release this book soon.
Stories on the Road: #Merica Tour
I just completed the writing of a travel blog about my road trip through middle America, filled with 24 episodes of zany roadside stops and local history that showcase the greatness of America. By popular demand by my readers, I’m working with my editor to publish these stories.
This is probably the quirkiest thing I’ve ever written. Quirkier than the Zombie Sonnets, you ask? Truly. This is a sassy introspection into the world of online dating–when a writer is involved.
Based on a short story I wrote, John Baker is a museum curator in Pittsburgh who stumbles upon a fabled cursed object. He can either pass the object to the next recipient and allow its curse to pass with it, or keep it and risk life and limb in the hopes of ending the curse once and for all. John Baker decides to keep it. I take up this writing in 2017.
Two ongoing projects here:
First, the Zombie Sonnets. I’m writing about zombies in iambic pentameter, in the sonnet format that Shakespeare made famous, because: No one ever said you had to write about flowers.
Second, the Maintenance Poems. These are a collection of workforce poems about the things we do to in order to maintain.
I’m putting together a [quarterly?] compendium of my daily blog posts about pursuing your passion, life’s quirks, and the lively mind of the writer. Preview it on my homepage or directly on my blog site at FineLineBooks.wordpress.com.