Darrelyn Saloom

More and More Days

Today’s guest post is by longtime NO RULES favorite Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter, or read her previous guest posts. I have never met Cynthia Newberry Martin (pictured above), but it seems like I’ve always known her from perusing her blog she describes as “a net for catching days.” I’ve rarely missed a...

Editing a Life

Today’s guest post is by Darrelyn Saloom, a monthly regular here at NO RULES. You can read more of her guest posts here, or follow her on Twitter. — An odd thing happened to me when I finished collaborating on a memoir. I spent four years and two days (obsessively at times) writing, revising,...

The Comeback Fight

Pictured above: Boxer Deirdre GogartyDarrelyn Saloom, a monthly contributor here at No Rules, has written an article for Boxing.com about a comeback fight for boxer Deirdre Gogarty. As many of you know, Darrelyn has been working with Deirdre on her boxing memoir for a number of years. Go check out the article! You might...

Writing a Life

Today’s guest post is by the lovely Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter, or read her previous posts for NO RULES. Pictured above: Garden Cottage at Bay Breeze Guest House— Why write? Not for the money. You may hit the big time, some do. Most don’t. So why spend years and years cranking out...

The Best Education for Writing Memoir

Today’s post is from regular guest and favorite, Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter, or read her previous guest posts. Pictured above: Darrelyn’s mother in 1969 as she works her way to owning her own business. — Mama owned an answering service and worked a switchboard under a beehive of red hair that matched...

A Feast of Days (Part 4): The Last Chapter

Today’s guest post is by emerging writer Darrelyn Saloom, who recently attended the Oxford Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference, and is offering up a 4-part narrative on the experience. Darrelyn is a regular guest here at No Rules. Follow her on Twitter or read her previous posts. (Pictured above: William Faulkner statue on the square,...

A Feast of Days (Part 3): Pitch Fest

Photo by Michael L. Stanton Today’s guest post is by emerging writer Darrelyn Saloom, who recently attended the Oxford Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference, and is offering up a 4-part narrative on the experience. Darrelyn is a regular guest here at No Rules. Follow her on Twitter or read her previous posts. On the thirteenth...

A Feast of Days (Part 2): Agents

Today’s guest post is by emerging writer Darrelyn Saloom, who recently attended the Oxford Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference, and is offering up a 4-part narrative on the experience. Darrelyn is a regular guest here at No Rules. Follow her on Twitter or read her previous posts. Pictured above: Plaque on the wall of the...

A Feast of Days (Part 1)

Pictured above: Streets of Oxford Today’s guest post is by emerging writer Darrelyn Saloom, who recently attended the Oxford Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference, and is offering up a 4-part narrative on the experience. Darrelyn is a regular guest here at No Rules. Follow her on Twitter or read her previous posts.— On a Wednesday...

Hurricane Season

Today’s guest post is by the kind and generous Darrelyn Saloom, who is working on a memoir with boxer champion Deirdre Gogarty. Follow Darrelyn on Twitter, or read her previous guest posts. Pictured above: Street Signs in Lafayette, Louisiana, after Hurricane Rita in 2005. All photos by Darrelyn’s oldest son, Christopher L. Frugé. For...

Writing Memoir: Peering Into Memories and Mary Karr’s Life

Today’s guest post is by the incredible Darrelyn Saloom, who is working on a memoir with boxer champion Deirdre Gogarty. Follow Darrelyn on Twitter, or read her previous guest posts. (Pictured above: Window Dressing on Royal Street in New Orleans) When I first read Mary Karr’s memoir, The Liars’ Club, her story ignited my...

My Cheatin' Heart

Today’s guest post is from the incredible Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter, or click here to read more of her guest posts. The painting above is “Velma and the Diamond Ring” by Francis X Pavy. His work reflects Darrelyn’s hometown in Acadiana. Writing a book takes time. I spend hours and hours a...

The Artistic Unconscious (Never Avert Your Eyes)

Today’s guest post is from the always authentic Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter, or read more of her guest posts here. Above: “Queen of Heaven”, oil on canvas, by Wayne Ditch. The first day on a quest to collect narratives from my mother, I realized how fundamentally unprepared I was for the job....

What Lies In Between

Today’s guest post is by the wonderful Darrelyn Saloom, who is working with Deirdre Gogarty on a memoir. Follow Darreyln on Twitter, or read more of her guest posts. Pictured above: “The Farm” by Heather Holland. It’s been a long, cold winter south of Interstate 10. And there have been losses. Last month, Mama...

A Sanctuary of Self-Acceptance

Today’s guest post is by the always remarkable Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter, or dig around for more of her excellent tales. When I met author Neil White at the 2009 Louisiana Book Festival, I never imagined he’d once served an eighteen-month prison stint in the swampy landscape of the Bayou State. Clean...

A Wordsmith Among Kingfish

Today’s guest post is by the lovely Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter, or read one of her most popular posts on the memoir she’s writing with Deirdre Gogarty. Pictured above: Rick Bragg On the third weekend of October 2009, writers and book lovers gathered at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge to...

Pugilistic Passion for the Artist and the Athlete

Today’s guest post is by storyteller extraordinaire Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter, or read more of her guest posts for this blog. The photo above shows boxer Deirdre Gogarty bloodying the face of Stacey Prestage in 1993. Women are not allowed to box is a declaration Deirdre Gogarty heard often growing up in...

A Long Fall from the Top of a Tree

Today’s guest post is from the talented Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter. To read more from Darrelyn, click on “Guest Posts” under the Categories head on the left nav. Pictured above: Sisters Jane Ellen Wilkerson Kane (1951-1983) and Darrelyn on a typical summer day (1966). One of the most painful parts of being...

The Battle of Resistance

This is a guest post from monthly contributor and storytelling genius Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter. The photo above shows Darrelyn’s youngest son, Jesse, emerging from battle to hand his mommy a pink crayon and a gardenia on his first birthday on May 28, 1987. (For more great stories from Darrelyn, click on...

Zen in the Art of a Kiss and a Dream

Today’s guest post is from everyone’s favorite regular contributor, Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter. Nineteen years ago, I read the nine essays of Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing and dreamed I met the legendary author. In the dream, Bradbury and I discussed a story I’d written called “The Last Housewife...

The Voice of Truth and Lies

Today’s guest post is from regular contributor Darrelyn Saloom. Follow this most lovely writer on Twitter. The photo above is of Darrelyn’s grandmother Ara Coleman Wilkerson (1900-1929). I’ve written about feeding The Muse (who craves poetry and art in a quest to inspire). But once inspiration has sprung forth and the bones have been...

Twitter: Food for the Muse

Today’s guest post is from monthly contributor Darrelyn Saloom. Follow Darrelyn on Twitter. (That’s her not-naked Twitter profile pic above.) Are there more writers than social media marketing gurus, naked people, or insatiable sex addicts on Twitter? Well, marketing gurus may have us beat. But, at least, there are a few worth following for...

Better Than Brad Pitt? (Why You Should Go to Book Events)

Today’s guest post is from becoming-a-regular-and-fabulous-contributor Darrelyn Saloom. Above she is shown with Tim Gautreaux, the recipient of the 2009 Louisiana Writer Award and author of three novels and two story collections. The picture was taken at Garden District Book Shop in New Orleans. Follow Darrelyn on Twitter. A book event! Authors read from...

Stay on Premise, PLEASE!

Today’s guest post features once again the delightful Darrelyn Saloom. (You can read her first guest post here, “The Song of Writing.”) I’m sure you’ve all experienced some variation of the story below, which illustrates a huge lesson that some writers never learn—how to leave out all the unnecessary details! (Below: a picture of...