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Still Pluggin' away

Updated on September 7, 2011

Working on my memoir

Where have I been?

I know I haven't been around lately and I really miss all of you and your wonderful articles. But I've been very busy. Not only with the bed ad breakfast (this is my high season) but also with my memoir. I'm on the third writing and trying to finish it up. I had no idea that it would take so long. It hasn't been tedious though, I've really enjoyed the journey. Fortunately being a little OCD and a person who revels in attention to detail, has helped me with all the re-writing and careful self-editing I've had to do.

My bed and breakfast in Louisville, Kentucky

This is how it begins

That day, standing under the original gas-light chandelier in the Victorian parlor, I made a decision that would change my life forever. I decided to do something I knew absolutely nothing about. I was about to spend every cent I had saved for years, my annuity and my severance pay from the Chicago Public School System on an historic home in Old Louisville, Kentucky. And I was going to turn it into a bed and breakfast. I had no idea how to run a bed and breakfast or even that a bed and breakfast was a business. Furthermore, I never wanted to be in business.

I was a teacher in Chicago for nearly thirty years teaching art, music and creative writing. I was using my right brain doing lots of creative things and loving it. Now I had to get used to the idea of switching to my left brain. The word entrepreneur started ringing in my ears. Am I crazy? I always said I would never go into business. Business was very color, no excitement, no fun. I moved to Louisville because it was so much cheaper than Chicago. It was a friendly town, laid back, with lots of amazing restaurants.

I had a friend there, Maggie. We had taught school together in Chicago. Now she was helping me find a place to live.

"What am I going to do with five bedrooms?" I asked Maggie as we stood face to face in front of the 1882 fireplace. I kept thinking this house is amazing. I have to have it, stained glass and all.

'Why don't you open a bed and breakfast?"

"Hey, that'd be fun" I said, not realizing that owning a bed and breakfast was being in business.".....

(excerpt from my memoir: Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen: An Innkeeper's Tale)


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    • RedElf profile image


      8 years ago from Canada

      Love your house - love your title! After reading your "Tales from the Innkeeper's Crypt" hubs, I can hardly wait for the "full meal deal." Several friends and a family member, who should have known better :D, once suggested my roommate and I open a B&B. You are nothing if not a brave woman!

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      9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I missed this hub when you first published it, now I am going to have to check my fav writer's profiles to see if I missed their hubs as well.

      I enjoyed reading this because of the element of adventure. I definitely want to read more!

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      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I am definitely going to have to read your memoir when it comes out. It sounds very appealing. I have loved all the stories you have shared here thus far.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      @backcountry writer Thanks for the comments. Yes I saw that you signed in and linked to my blog. Thanks so much.

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      backcountry writer 

      9 years ago

      Nancy, you left a comment on my blog and I responded on my blog. Then I managed to throw the whole thing out of wack and it took me two days to put it back together. Thank you for your comments.

      I believe I managed to sign in on the memoir writers blog hop, but I'm not sure and don't know the rules. I've linked to you blog and look forward to your book. Good luck.

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks, Nellieanna...what a nice comment. I just hope, when it comes time to publish, that others will feel as you do.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh Nancy - how exciting. Your story seems cut-out for a great memoir. But I don't blame you for taking your time and enjoying the journey. I'm totally impressed! Hugs

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Well, it's not going to be tomorrow or next month...maybe next year. Haven't decided yet if I want to go traditional or publish it myself...but it will definitely be formatted for Kindle or some other ebook. Thanks for the support...very much appreciated.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for sharing this excerpt which has definitely left me wanting to read more of your memoir. Hopefully, you will be letting us know when it's published and where we can buy it. Will there be a Kindle version (I just bought a Kindle and am excited about using it.)

    • alekhouse profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks for the comment, drbj. You're right about the "Naked Irishmen" I'd tell you about it now but I don't want to reveal too much before the book is published.

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      drbj and sherry 

      9 years ago from south Florida

      I'm sure that the "Operatic Divas" in your memoirs will be fascinating to read about but I must admit that "Naked Irishmen" do have a certain sort of fascination. Heh, heh. Love your title, Alekhouse.


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