A Christmas Card for you! (enable speakers, please)
Have a Blessed Christmas!
Sharon Palmeri, Sharon Buckman, George Miga, Beverly Stanislawski, Sandy Lundin, Tom Wilson, Mike Musak, Paul Mulligan, Janice Beier, Katherine Flotz
Final notice of the Christmas Party on December 2, 2009 was discussed. Also, Sharon Palmeri has asked for a volunteer to take the minutes next year. Sharon Buckman has graciously accepted.
Beverly Stanislawski continues to enter and win poetry contests. George Miga has sent two short stories to a contest. Janice Beier is scheduled for book signings, Sandy Lundin had book signings in Arkansas and Indiana, Katherine Flotz is scheduled to speak at Purdue University Calumet and Central High School in East Chicago.
Sharon Palmeri showed us the latest book of the Prairie Writers Guild entitled "The Edge of the Prairie" in which Sharon and Katherine Flotz have entries.
Sharon Palmeri also mentioned that she is proud of her children's writing group which she is teaching. They have formed a writers' group after finishing Sharon's class at Merrillville High School.
Beverly Stanislawski's poem "The Eagle has Landed" has beautiful descriptions of the powerful bird which landed in her backyard dead. It turns out, it wasn't an eagle after all.
George Miga read us his final chapter of "Medal of Dishonor". Cordell Jackson, who had been given the medal, proudly placed it on the body of Bobby Geary who served with him in the war.
Tom Wilson read part of his story "Hero of the Gods", a phantasy of long ago.
Sharon Buckman continued her "Canopy of Leaves". The young girl, being held prisoner by man in the woods, is still trying figure out a way to escape.
Mike Musak wrote a very funny play called "The Turkey Hunt". Two drunks are trying to drive their truck through
a field trying to hunt for turkeys. They miss the sign "High Water" and end up in a funny situation.
Sharon Palmeri read her story called "Missy" which appeared in the "Edge of the Prairie" publication. It is the story of her dog, Missy, and how she dealt with having to put her down.
Sandy Lundin has started another biography which she is ghost writing for a gentleman from Yugoslavia. It begins in 1916 and is titled "The Good Life of my Father and Mother".
Katherine Flotz read a Christmas memory from 1945 entitled "Silently the snowflakes fall". It's a translation from German, which she wrote in 1985. Her memories tell of the very sad Christmas she had in 1945 in a concentration camp.
Paul Mulligan and Janice Beier did not read.
Special Note: You are all invited to Katherine Flotz's house for the first meeting in January 2010. The date is January 6th. Further reminders will be forthcoming.
The meeting ended at 8:45 P.M.
Beverly Stanislawski, John Boufis, George Miga, Cathy Dziubla, Janice Beier, Sharon Buckman, Tom Wilson, Katherine Flotz
Announcements: Anyone wanting to attend the Christmas Party on December 2nd, must have their money in by the next meeting, November 18th.
Beverly Stanislawski had some good news: She had entered some poems in the Poetry Society in Florida and two of her poems won second place, and three earned honorable mention. She also entered a story in "Grandmothers Earth" publication and won first prize of $100.00 and another story won third prize of $25.00.
We are all very proud of you, Beverly.
Janice Beier's children story was written up in The Times on November 3, 2009. The article was entitled "Local author tackles diversity." She will also be on "Authors Radio Show" on November 25, 2009. Congratulations to you, Janice.
Cathy Dziubla did her first and last film review entitled "Dean Spanley". This is a 2008 New Zealand British Comedy. She said that to fully appreciate the witty dialogue, close-captioning is recommended.
Cathy also read us a beautiful essay written by her fifteen year old grandson, Jake Dziubla. The story treats us to a colorful and scenic autumn day.
Beverly Stanislawski wrote a poem entitled "Soldiers of Corn", a subject she found while driving through the area with cornfields near farms in Indiana.
John Boufis re-read "Tears of the Soul" - still trying to work out the kinks.
Sharon Buckman continued with "Canopy of Leaves", this time Anne is expected to go fishing with her captor. She is still trying to find a way to escape.
Janice Beier continues her story of a woman who is chased by dreams and is finally subdued by the attendants of the facility. Very descriptive and scary.
George Miga continues with "Medal of Dishonor". McCall is in contact with President Johnson, who wants favors in exchange for intervention for Cordell Jackson.
Tom Wilson did not read but gives excellent critiques.
Katherine Flotz did not read.
Please note: FINAL MEETING FOR 2009 WILL BE ON NOVEMBER 18, 2009 AT BORDERS.
CHRISTMAS PARTY DECEMBER 2, 2009 at Lake of the Four Seasons Clubhouse.
The meeting of the Write-On Hoosiers was held at Border's in Southlake Mall on Sept. 2, 2009 at 6:30 P.M.
This will be our future meeting place.
Members present: Sharon Palmeri, Sharon Buckman, John Boufis, George Miga, Beverly Stanislawski, Audrey Warzyniak, Katherine Flotz.
Guest: Janice Beier of Merrillville
Janice is the author of "Zebert, the Rainbow Striped Zebra.
Sharon Palmeri invited all to attend the Indiana Writers Consortium Dinner on October 22, 2009 at Strongbow Inn in Valparaiso. There will be three speakers and the cost is $30.00 for non members, $25.00 for members. There is also a chance to sell your books. Cost is $5.00 for a table.
Katherine Flotz announced the Writer's Gathering 2009 at St. Joseph College in Rensselaer on October 3, 2009. Cost is $55.00 and you can get a brochure and registration form at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also leave your books for sale and read from your book as time permits.
After a month's absence, we all had some news to discuss and everyone was happy to be back.
Sharon Palmeri read the "assigned" work - (take any book, go to page 56, fifth sentence and write a poem or story about the subject) - her work was untitled but told about a man getting a letter from a woman he does not remember knowing. She, however, seems very familiar with his life.
Katherine Flotz also wrote a poem on the "assigned work" - about a soldier going off to war.
She also wrote "The House by the Lake", in which the house is doing the talking on the occasion of its 30th birthday.
Beverly Stanislawski entered a contest with her poem "My Kind of Town" -- a clever combination of various places in Chicago. Hope she wins first place.
George Miga wrote "The Revival" - a story he wrote many years ago about a pilot lost in the jungle of New Guinea.
Sharon Buckman continued her report on the murder trial of her nephews' murder in 2003. The guilty party will be prosecuted.
John Boufis, Audrey Warzyniak and our guest Janice Beier did not bring anything to read, but actively participated in the discussions.
The next meeting will be on September 16, 2009 at Border's.
Meeting adjourned at 8:25 P.M.
Addendum: Janice Beier mailed in her dues several days after the meeting and is now a member.
Minutes of Write-On Hoosiers meeting on July 1, 2009 at Purdue Learning Center:
Members present: George Miga, Cathy Dziubla, Arthur Wilkerson, Michael Musak, Katherine Flotz
Sharon Palmeri was ill and Katherine Flotz led the discussions.
Cathy Dziubla wrote a comical essay about the pronounciation of the name of the new president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejab, which the news media has trouble pronouncing.
Arthur Wilkerson is in the process of starting a new novel, beginning with "An Epic Poem - The Beginning". This will follow with prose and the story of the Great Book in which we learn the history of Terra and her inhabitants.
George Miga continued with "Medal of Dishonor" - this time McCall goes to the Washington National Records Center to find information about Cordell, the shoe shine man.
Michael Musak has written "Reinvent Yourself" - a piece about the Seven Deadly Sins. He is looking to find a magazine to publish it.
Katherine Flotz wrote another "diamonte" poem entitled "Evening Glow". She was inspired by a sunset in Lac du Flambeau, her summer home.
The next meeting will be on July 15, 2009 at 6:30 P.M. at Purdue Learning Center.
No meetings in August and further notice will be forthcoming when the September meetings will begin.
Meeting adjourned at 7:30 P.M.
Minutes of June 17, 2009 for Write-On Hoosiers, Inc.
Members present: John Boufis, Cathy Dziubla, George Miga, Beverly Stanislawski, Arthur Wilkerson and Katherine Flotz
Announcements: The matter of holding meetings in July was discussed and everyone present, with the exception of John Boufis, is able to make the meetings.
George Miga read a query letter which he sent out to Manus & Associates in Palo Alto, CA along with 30 pages of his story "Medal of Dishonor". He also continued with the story in which the CEO, McCall, is conversing with his girl friend about the possibility of his leaving the company.
Beverly Stanislawski wrote a beautiful poem entitled "Final Verdict". She ponders the question about the final judgement by God.
Arthur Wilkerson wrote down some thoughts about "Things I wish I knew, Things I know for sure and Bible clues to things I wish I knew". These are serious questions to which we have no answers.
Cathy Dziubla read an "oldie" which she wrote in 2003 called "Liquid Licorice". A comical story, true by the way, of how she sampled some "Ouzo" as a child. The result proved to be a bad headache, a long nap and a lecture and punishment from parents. She has since sworn off "Ouzo".
John Boufis had nothing to read but participated actively in the critiques.
Katherine Flotz read an article which appeared in the Post Tribune written by Jill Pfister, director of Village Park Enrichment Center in Valparaiso. The article promoted Katherine's lecture to be given Friday, June 19th at the Books and Entertainment program.
The next meeting will be July 1, 2009 - same time, same place.
Meeting adjourned at 7:45 P.M.
The minutes of the June 3, 2009 meeting are as follows:
Members present: Sharon Palmeri, George Miga, Katherine Flotz
Announcements: Due to the meager attendance at the meeting, it is questionable if summer meetings are necessary. You will be advised further.
George Miga talked about a possible screen play for his book and asked for advice as to how to go about it. He continues to look for an agent.
Kathy Flotz had a successful speaking engagement in Lake Summerset, Illinois at a book club. Attendance was well over 50 people.
Katherine Flotz read a diamonte poem she wrote for her grandson's Bar Mitzvah. The poem was made into a bookmark with a picture of the Torah.
George Miga continued reading his novel "Medal of Dishonor". The story continues with conversation between McCall, the boss, and Tony, the shoe shine man's son.
The meeting adjourned 7:45 P.M.
NOTE: PLEASE CHECK OUT THE WEBSITES OF THE WEEK– ON THIS WOHBLOG. (SEE TOP RIGHT SIDE OF THIS SITE) OTHER NEW ITEMS INCLUDE lOCAL NEWS AND BACKLASH ON E-BOOKSSHARON PALMERI WILL BE POSTING THE WEBSITES OF THE WEEK. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE A LINK PLEASE SEND IT TO HER.
Members present: Sharon Palmeri, John Boufis, Sharon Buckman, Sandy Lundin, George Miga, Katherine Flotz
Guest: Luke Bruce was tonight’s guest. He said that he is interested in writing science fiction and fantasy. It has a few projects that he has begun and promised to return and share his work with us. A big welcome goes out to Luke!
Announcements: There will be an all day writer's workshop at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH on April 24, 2009. Sharon Palmeri passed out flyers and registration forms. The fee is $25.00. If you are interested and were not at the meeting, contact Sharon.
Sharon Palmeri discussed an “Agent of the Day” program that she volunteered in, and shared with the group several samples from the fifty query letters and proposal packages that she received. This proved to be very useful and interesting information for people looking for agents and how to impress them.
Sharon also mentioned the success of the Indiana Writers’ Consortium Facebook page. If you did not get and e-mail with information and instructions on how to create A Facebook account and add yourself to the IWC site and wish to join, please e-mail Sharon for details.
Sandy Lundin continued writing her memoirs to be part of their family's saga. She and her two sisters lived on a farm in Nebraska in the 1940's, while her father was recovering from TB.
Sharon Buckman read portions of "A family murder" - the story of her nephews untimely death at the hands of his wife.
George Miga continued reading from his historical fiction entitled "Medal of Dishonor". In this chapter, the black man who shines shoes in an office building is confronted by a thief on the streets of Chicago. He tries to stop the young thief and is shot in the process.
Katherine Flotz read a whimsical accounting of cleaning out her grandson's car and finding many "lost treasures."
John Boufis had no readings but is always deeply involved in the discussion and critique.
The next meeting will be on May 6, 2009 at 6:30 P.M. at Purdue Learning Center.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:20 P.M.
Respectfully submitted by,
Katherine Flotz and Sharon Palmeri
Meeting was held at the home of Katherine Flotz in Crown Point, IN.
Members present: Sharon Palmeri, Audrey Warzyniak, Beverly Stanislawski, Cathy Dziubla, John Boufis, Sharon Buckman, Katherine Flotz.
Holiday greetings and chit chat began with coffee and cake and annual photos being taken.
Good news: Sharon Palmeri is working with the Lake County Library Lake Net to get a web page for the organization. She has purchased a domain name for two years for $30.00 which she paid for. Web Site discussion and a vote on the design type took place. The Web Site should be up and running in 2-3 weeks.
Any member who has a book and would like to have it added to our author’s page, please submit a jpeg of your book. We’ll need the ISBN number, a brief description, and a link to where the book may be purchased. If you have a web or blog site, you may submit that as well.
NOTE; this web site is DIFFERENT from the blogsite that was done for the 20th anniversary. Here is the link to the sample site:
Sharon also mentioned that Michael Clinton will bring photos taken at the Christmas party to the next meeting.
Dues were collected. Dues remain at $15.00 per year.
John Boufis very professionally conducted pod cast interviews with each of us. This pod cast will be linked to our blogsite in the next couple of weeks, so look for it at
The interviews were with the following members:
Audrey Warzyniak spoke about her desire to connect with other writers in order to get started on writing again. She read an inspirational quote from Mother Theresa.
Sharon Buckman read a poem, which explains her reason for not writing poetry, but instead switch to personal history stories about her family.
Beverly Stanislawski mentioned her genre for writing various stories and poetry. She has been entering contests and winning.
Katherine Flotz spoke about her background and writing her memoirs “A Pebble in my Shoe”.
Sharon Palmeri explained how she started the Write-On Hoosiers group while still in college and while writing newspaper articles for the local papers.
Most all of the interviewees had taken classes with Sharon Palmeri at Merrillville High School.
It does sound like we are going “high tech”, but it will be nice to have a web presence and will also help out our published authors to promote their books.
The next meeting will be on January 21, 2009 at the Purdue Academic Learning Center at 6:30 P.M.
Reminders will be sent out when we get our room number.
The meeting ended at 9:00 P.M.
Katherine Flotz (with a little help from Sharon Palmeri)