Just after writing dynamo Karli Land moved into Northwest Georgia a few months ago, she started looking for other writers to hang out with and organized writers groups to join. We writers were hidden throughout the Coosa Valley like Easter eggs and finding us was not an easy task. A few of us met sporadically in downtown Calhoun for read and critique (and gossip and lunch) sessions, but Karli envisioned something more structured—a group that met routinely to share and talk about writing, publishing, platforms, etc. So she formed the Calhoun Area Writers and invited lots of local writers to attend and participate. I attended and am glad I did.
Since then, Karli's jumped straight into the deep end of the writing world. She's written several inspirational articles for the Calhoun Times. She's finished writing a children's book and found a publisher. She's written marvelous works of poetry. And she's attended writing events such as a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Rome, where I stood lonely and distressed at the lack of interest in my book, Project Keepsake. Karli waltzed in like a ray of sunshine and kept me company for an hour (along with my buddy, Wayne Minshew).
With her talent, energy, and desire to help others, I know that Karli has a bright writing future ahead of her. I look forward to seeing what lies beyond the bend for her.
She entered my Project Keepsake story contest. I loved her story and again felt a connection with her and her story. As a child, I, too, loved to read and learn. I, too, pretended to be a school teacher—teaching a small band of stuffed animals and dolls under our dining room table. And I, too, loved my grandmother with all my heart—everyone who knows me has heard me go on and on about Grandmother.
Here's Karli's keepsake story. Enjoy!
Thanks for sharing your keepsake story, Karli. See you at the next Calhoun Area Writers meeting.
To read other stories about keepsakes and the memories they hold, please purchase a signed copy of Project Keepsake. It's on sale now with no shipping and handling charges. And by the way, it's a great Christmas gift for a loved one, especially when paired with a keepsake.
And as always, I know you have a keepsake. Please share your keepsake story with me. Everyone has a keepsake, and every keepsake has a story to tell.