my junk + blog experiments + Naked Jesus + books

Naked Jesus?  Oh, hell, I write down everything

The American Indian Adoptees blog (on Google Blogger) was created in late 2009 after my memoir One Small Sacrifice, and it’s in the top 100 adoption blogs in 2019 (1 million+ views): http://blog.americanindianadoptees.com/
In January 2011, I began to blog and write about relevant Native news and the book series Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects:  www.laratracehentz.wordpress.com
In November 2011,  I founded BLUE HAND BOOKS, a collective publishing company for Native American writers, where new writers find new audiences. Books by others include Pointing with Lips, Ojibwe Hunter, Writer on the Storm, and Finding Balance. Website: www.bluehandbooks.org
Starting in 2012, I taught workshops on SOCIAL MEDIA 101 (the top social media websites) and INTRODUCTION TO Google BLOGGER at Greenfield Community College in the Adult Learning Division.
Trace consults and has helped several people set up a wordpress blog, including a New York filmmaker, a Native search angel for adoptees, two new authors and a local Farmers coop to create their own blog/website using WordPress.com (the free format).

What started you blogging? 

I had to start a blog when my first book ONE SMALL SACRIFICE was published in the late fall of 2009.  If you have a book, you MUST have a blog. I have so many going I can’t keep track sometimes. I had to learn Blogger and WordPress.

OK, let me list them: American Indian Adoptees on Blogger https://blog.americanindianadoptees.com/, Big BOOM Big BOOM (now dead as a doornail/hacked with a bomb),  Tutu Hockey/Has it hit you yet? https://blog.tutuhockey.com/, THE BIG ISMS (formerly The Mix) https://www.thebigisms.com/, and yes a few more… There were many I made as an experiment like Thought Bomb and Home Meets Dwell.

And I wrote on the Lost Daughters blog (not too often.)

* See what I mean? There are so many!

Boom was hacked and I cried.

Do you worry about how your blogs affect others? 

I don’t worry anymore but I did when I first started blogging.

Where do you write?

I write in a small office which is also my library.

Where do you get your ideas from?

Ideas pop into my head all the time—and I read a variety of things to get inspired. Real Life inspires me, like the true story about Naked Jesus who stalled traffic on I-95 and caused Herb’s fishing charter boat to delay it’s trip a few hours in Hyannis.  Those kind of things make me think, AH, sure, I could write about that!

Or this scary backfire:  the revelation that Bill Gates’ plan to kill off mosquitoes in Brazil “backfired,” and instead created a new mutant super-species far most dangerous than the native breeds. WHAT? NO? Yes!

What do you do to soothe your soul?

Writing has always helped me sort out and process my feelings. It still does.

What’s one of your favourite books?

The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (but there are many many more.)

What are you searching for?

I am not searching like I used to. I’m in the moment.

What’s one thing you can’t live without?

My husband!

Introvert or Extrovert?

I was an extrovert until I healed my soul.

Favorite place to write?

Near running water like the ocean… it helps me breathe.

Code Name: Eltyody  (Secret Sunner)

 

Books ::: Contributor as an adoptee:

 

 

Adoption Reunion in the Age of Social Media My Chapter: Finding Earl
I contributed to this new book (Adoption Reunion). I am an adoptee who made the journey back to my first family and I share the personal details of my reunion. I am thrilled to see Laura’s anthology hit bookstores and ebook readers. The topic of Adoption Reunion is very complicated, knowing millions of adoptions took place in this past century. Today, millions of adopted children are now adults with the need to know how to navigate this journey, to find relatives, ancestry, ethnicity, answers… How others successfully find and reunite with their natural families is hardly written about… The essays in this new book are REAL and as important and as varied as the subject of adoption reunion. If you plan to adopt, I only ask that you read this book and make an informed decision. If you are a birthparent, read this book. If you are a foster parent, read this book. Adoptee’s voices are honored in this book. My thanks to Laura and all the contributors for making adoption reunion a priority and a reality. It was the right time for THIS book!
Lost Daughters anthology:  Trace contributed a Chapter MENDING THE HOOP…Lost Daughters: Writing Adoption from a Place of Empowerment and Peace (anthology) The Lost Daughters anthology features a collection of writings aimed to bring readers the perspectives of adopted women and highlight their strength, resiliency, and wisdom. Amanda Woolston is the primary editor for this anthology was published through CQT Media and Publishing and LGA, Inc. in January 2014.  [Kindle Edition].

Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists [Ever wondered what it’s like to be adopted? This anthology begins with personal accounts and then shifts to a bird’s eye view on adoption from domestic, intercountry and transracial adoptees who are now adoptee rights activists. Along with adopted people, this collection also includes the voices of mothers and a father from the Baby Scoop Era, a modern-day mother who almost lost her child to adoption, and ends with the experience of an adoption investigator from Against Child Trafficking. These stories are usually abandoned by the very industry that professes to work for the “best interest of children,” “child protection,” and for families. However, according to adopted people who were scattered across nations as children, these represent typical human rights issues that have been ignored for too long. For many years, adopted people have just dealt with such matters alone, not knowing that all of us—as a community—have a great deal in common.]

 

Mental Midgets | Musqonocihte Twin Books: “It’s a Miracle We Survived This Far” ISBN: 9781731074010, 2018

 

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