Finding the Words

Burial Place

burn·out : the condition of someone who has become very physically and emotionally tired after doing a difficult job for a long time. —Merriam-Webster Online

It’s why I haven’t blogged since the Louisiana Book Festival last fall. I haven’t even visited my website until now.

For motivation, I completed a fiction-writing workshop with Wm. Anthony Connolly. He helped me find the words I feared I had lost.

So I went back to work with my pal and first-reader Dave Malone. I crafted a flash fiction piece and “Cold Snap” was a finalist in The Lascaux Review’s 250-word story contest. I even devised a plan for a novel, but childhood memories swamped me.

And Hippocampus Magazine has just published one of the memoir essays I’ve been working on instead. It seems the “found words” had a plan of their own.

These begin with a Georgia prison.

And Mama kicking my father to the curb in “No Sign of Daddy.”


About Darrelyn Saloom

Darrelyn Saloom co-wrote My Call to the Ring: A Memoir of a Girl who Yearns to Box (Glasnevin, 2012) with world champion boxer, Deirdre Gogarty, but her pugilistic passions are confined to a keyboard. Darrelyn lives with her husband and various critters on a horse farm in south Louisiana, where she is working on a collection of personal essays and stories. To learn more, visit her website at or follow her on Twitter: @DarrelynSaloom
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21 Responses to Finding the Words

  1. Jodi Paloni says:

    Glad to hear that you are finding your way back into the work. And congrats on your publications and prizes.

  2. Thanks, Jodi. You’ve been a huge inspiration.

  3. dianeprokop says:

    I suffered a big burn out and stopped posting to my blog last August. I’m slowly dipping my toes back in the water with reviews at Foreword Reviews and some short stories that I hope will see the light of day. Might even resurrect the blog. Glad to see you’re back and with a bang. Have missed you. Congrats on your recent successes!

  4. Ro Rainwater says:

    So glad you’re okay! I’ve missed your posts, but am happy for your continued writing successes. ☺ (I hope you’ll visit and read my new blog, too.)

  5. To paraphrase from What About Bob: we all need vacations. 🙂

  6. Glad yours has been exceedingly fruitful. 🙂

  7. Barbara says:

    Hey Darrelyn! I couldn’t figure out how to post on your site but just wanted you to know how much I enjoy your writings. I feel like I’m ‘there’ with you……or those you are writing about. I really enjoyed your posts this morning. Still looking forward to meeting you one of these days. Thanks for all your insight (as well as your ‘oh so appreciated’ interest in my darling LeAnne, of course)!!! Barbara Date: Sun, 4 May 2014 14:02:33 +0000 To:

  8. Richard Gilbert says:

    Welcome back, Darrelyn, a gift for all of us. I really look forward to following these links and seeing whatcha been up to. I can identify getting swamped with family memories, even when writing fiction. Maybe especially then.

    • Thanks, Richard. You’re right on the money. Writing fiction is what got me back on my nonfiction pony. So be sure to pace yourself as you promote Shepherd, your gorgeous memoir. And if you burn out, rest. And then write fiction for awhile. I know you have lots more true stories to tell.

  9. cynthia says:

    Darrelyn, I’m so happy to read your words again. I’ve come looking for them more than once : ) Congratulations on being a finalist at The Lascaux Review and your Hippocampus publication! I’m so excited about your project!

  10. Jenny says:

    You’re back! Yay! I’m thrilled you found your words again and they’re eager to tell your stories.

  11. Welcome back. The pieces you linked to are wonderful. Glad to see you are still writing.

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