Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House in the Ozarks

While I enjoyed all the books I have read about Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Ozarks: A Laura Ingalls Wilder Sampler : The Rediscovered Writings was especially interesting to me as a freelance writer. This book is a collection of her published articles she wrote for a farm paper. The topics range widely. They are based mostly on her personal opinions, experiences, and advice. Previous biographies indicate she made some decent money on these articles comparable to our current pay structure for WAH writers. In some cases, she made even better rates.

Her topics are not unfamiliar to me as they sound like conversations I had with my father's mother prior to her death. Her writing style is typical of other articles I have read from the time. What has inspired me was her goal. Her focus in writing was not a main source of income. The focus of this writing was not the same as the books she became famous for writing. She wrote to create a supplementary income that would help pay off the first farm mortgage and then later notes taken on the property. This has been my goal as well. I have not found my niche in writing that will make this a primary income source. However, I am pleased to see our home mortgage decrease more each month as I can apply writing income against principal. The rest goes into emergency savings. From the biographies I have read, that was another of her goals, too, emergency savings. Farm life was never secure. In this economy, nobody can guarantee jobs are secure. Paying down debt and saving money for a rainy day is not a wasted effort. While I hope I find my niche that provides me with a full time income, I feel encouraged to know I am not in bad company with my current goals.

The library obtained Beyond Prairie: True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder for me and I checked it out Saturday. This is a movie version of Laura's adult life. I have read varying reviews. I am interested to see it for myself after having read several biographies of her life. The Disney version of her early life was mostly accurate. I am interested to see what Paramount did with her adult life.

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  1. I'm not sure I want to see what Hollyweird did there. I probably will watch it, but under duress! ;) I kid.
    I grew up watching ol' Little House on The Prairie episodes. It's just...nostalgia.

  2. Michael Landon did a HORRIBLE job on the Little House series with his TV show. He should have written a western show with himself as the main character with a family who farmed. That is about as much in common as the TV series had with the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. As you may notice, not a fan of the series.

    The first movie biography done by Disney was pretty accurate. What I found sad was how many people thought it was awful or even WRONG because it did not match Landon's version of the story. Sorry Landon wrote FICTION, bad fiction at that. The Disney version was for the most part biography.

  3. Your niche will come, Bailey. Now you have a little more inspiration to get you through until that moment comes. :)