Write-On, Hoosiers Inc. was founded in 1989 and is a 501c3 nonprofit organization as well as a chapter of the National Writers Association and The Association of Publishers of Special Sales(APSS) . We are a Northwest Indiana organization, and invite anyone with a sincere interest in writing and publishing to join us and share and critique their works -- and discuss writers' issues.
George Miga, Kathy Flotz, Sharon Buckman, Jane Burns,
DonnaDouglass, Doris Curless, Tom Spencer, Beverly Stanislawski, Luneil Morrow,
Sandra Nantais, Michelle Vargas, Laurie Chase, Julie Perkins, Carol Castaneda,
Mike Musak, Sharon Palmeri, Gail Galvan
A vote of approval was asked for concerning the October 17th
meeting.JULIE PERKINS gave the first
approval which was seconded by DONNA DOUGLASS
PALMERI stated that due to the resignation of Vice President KATHERINE FLOTZ, BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI
was asked to accept the position.She
accepted and was applauded by the members; KATHERINE
FLOTZ will remain as treasurer of
WOH.Sharon also announced that there
was a majority vote of approval to
cancel the last meeting of this month due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
PALMERI announced that we would be able to go ahead with the
printing of the “HOOSIER HORIZON” since she had received the necessary funding.
NANTAIS stated that sponsors were needed for the Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs.She handed out sponsorship forms to the
members and stated that it would be a wonderful opportunity to keep up the
beauty of poetry as well as keeping up the fun side of words and verse alive.
SPENCER passed out a flyer relating to the “Coffee House Saturdays.”It
stated that the Friends of the Library and the NWI Poetry Society are
co-sponsoring the Coffee House Saturdays with the library.They will be held from 6-9 P.M. on the second
Saturday of each month, Nov. through March at the Lowell Public Library.
PERKINS talked about some delightful literature she had read,
written by Louise Erdrich and entitled “Advice
GALVAN mentioned her new story, New Jack Rabbit City, was now in the hands of her editor.
SPENCER brought his four stanza, free verse poem, entitled “Eleven Eleven Eleven.” The poem honored our veterans; the last stanza told of the praise that needed
to be given to those that endured the pain and wounds of war – not only those
CURLESS read her poem entitled, “A Precious Gift,” her four stanza poem told of appreciating the
various sizes, decorations and outer beauty of a precious, wonderful gift; the
last line of the poem stated, “that gift package holds an irreplaceable
treasure, it’s your mother.”
GALVAN read her seven stanza poem entitled, “A Million Songs.” Her poem, which was originally meant to be put
to music, was a reminder to keep following your dreams, let yourself be you.
BUCKMAN read four pages of her newest novel, The Sequel. The novel, a sequel to her book, Canopy
of Leaves, tells of the young girl that had been held captive for
several months, now finding her way back to civilization and her hometown.
continued with his novel, Medal
of Dishonor.This part of his
novel puts McCall in New Jerusalem during a heavy artillery barrage.A machine gun struck their vehicle, killing
the driver and causing it to plow into a ditch.McCall is asked to give the other occupants some cover fire while they
go for help.
BURNS read four pages of her novel, Atalanta.This part of the novel, entitled “That
Crippling Fever,” dealt with Atalanta and the other maidens learning the art of
tracking and harvesting herbs.After a
heavy rain, making the tracks easier to follow, Atalanta realized they were
following bear tracks; after convincing their leader of this they turned back,
possibly saving some of their lives.
DOUGLASS read her delightful short story entitled, “Barcelona Orange: Fruit at Sunrise.”The story told of a trip to Barcelona,
experienced by Donna and her daughter, Katie, and how she suddenly realized
that her daughter had metamorphosized from her little girl into a beautiful young
NANTAIS read her six lined, acrostic poem, entitled, “Autumn.”The poem was written on a photo taken by
Sandra of a beautiful autumn scene at the Dunnes.
VARGAS continued with her novel, Striving After Wind. This part of
the novel begins at Adam’s parent’s house as his family tries to convince him
to quit arguing with his brother, Mikey.The story turns to rage as Michael suggests he has had a very “close
relationship” with Adam’s wife.
CASTANEDA read her short story, “Winters
Remembered.”When waking up to a
beautiful snowfall from the previous night,Carol is reminded of another snowstorm she experienced as a child when
she was forced to remain at school for the night as buses were unable to take
CHASE continued with her novel, Badradin. Dr. Togalaz, a half human, half Allizorn, is
being taken to be interviewed by the ship’s superior officer.On the way she has a conversation by Major
Zon, her escort, and is asked why she didn’t report her anxiety over the
possible risk she might experience from the guards.
PERKINS read her poem entitled, “Minthe.”The poem, based on
Greek mythology,tells of the outcome of
a beautiful woman as it ends, “Tea-steam
whispers: I am still beautiful.Your
tears taste sweet on my tongue.”
STANISLAWSKI read two of her award winning poems.The first poem, a sonnet entitled “Freedom’s Legacy,” tells of the
soldiers who gave their all for the freedom of others.The second poem was a six stanza poem which
took 2nd place in a Michigan contest and was entitled “The Argument.” This poem could be
summed up by the third line, “I do not
want to fight.”
Kathy Flotz, Sharon Buckman, Beverly Stanislawski, Ron
Trigg, Jane Burns, Michelle Vargas, Julie Perkins, Kelly Chase, Laurie Chase,
Sandra Nantais, Jackie Huppenthal, Sharon Palmeri
Vote of approval for the last meeting was first given by
SHARON BUCKMAN and seconded by BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI.
PALMERI told the members that a slide show of past meetings had
been added to our blog; she encouraged the members to check it out when they
were reviewing the minutes.
BURNS brought a brochure entitled “Poetry in the Park,” which
pertained to the Sat., Oct. 20th poetry reading at the Evergreen
Park in Lowell.The general public is invited
to attend, 10 A.M.The meeting is
sponsored by the North West Indiana Poetry Society; if you write poetry you are
invited to join in.
she had received four awards from the Mid South Poetry Festival of Tennessee,
two awards for first place, two awards for third place and one Honorable
STANISLAWSKI read her six stanza poem entitled “BEWARE, THE BUBBA YUGGA.”Beverly explained that a Bubba Yugga is the
polish version of a witch; along with her very scary poem she also brought a
cardboard cutout of a scary Bubba Yugga.
TRIGG read four pages of his INTRODUCTION of AFRICAN MEMOIRS.Ron describes how he became enticed with
African landscape and culture, a passion that only seemed to grow as he got
older, eventually taking him on a very “adventurous agenda.”
BURNS continued with chapter 8: “That Crippling Fever,” from her novel, ATALANTA.After enduring a very hot midsummer, Melissa
announced that the sisterhood would be going on an excursion to the
lowlands.The maidens were forced to
carry very heavy equipment through the southern foothills, adding to their
already very hot tempers. After finally
coming to a swollen river, they ended their ritual with “gliding into the murky
water” and enjoying the end of the day.
VARGAS read four pages of her novel, STRIVING AFTER WIND.This part of her novel began with Adam, a
security guard for the Tolleston Gun Club, finally getting to see and hold his
son Landon.After “Gammaw” hands her
grandson to him she begins to berate Adam for not spending enough time at
home.The story ended with planting
suspicion of what his wife was actually doing in Chicago.
CHASE continued with her novel, BADRADIN.As her novel continued, Major Zon, after
having Dr. Togalaz confined to her room, continued with his investigation of
the “disturbance” which had occurred in the ship’s lounge and involved Dr.
Togalaz and one of MajorKyntook’s
guards, Mr. Uzok.The story ended with
Mr. Uzok being confined to his quarters for the rest of the trip.
NANTAIS brought her one stanza acrostic poem, entitled “NIPPY,”
written at the top of a beautiful picture of a winter scene taken at the
Buckley Homestead in Lowell.
HUPPENTHALread her four stanza
poem entitled, “CLINGY TWISTER.”Her poem, also written on the same page of a
photograph revealing two different versions of a pumpkin vine, comparedthe twisting of the vines to the “depths of
my strained mind.”
PERKINS read the four page ending of her short story, “ONE NIGHT STAND.”Her story ended with Rachel, a pregnant woman
who had been forced to stay at a hotel with Nevaeh, a prostitute ,and deciding
to leave with the husband who had abandoned her; she had been unsuccessful in
trying to persuade Nevaeh to come with her and leave her life of prostitution.
MEMBERS PRESENT: George Miga,
Katherine Flotz, Gail Galvan, Michelle Vargas, Donna Douglass,Ron Trigg, Mike
Musak, Jane Burns, Julie Perkins, Tom Spencer, Sandra Nantais, Beverly Stanislawski,
Sharon Dorelli, Sharon Palmeri, Jackie Huppenthal, Kelly Chase, Laurie Chase,
Liz Wilson, Carol Castaneda, and Neil Bedeker
The vote of
approval for the last meeting’s minutes was first given by Jane Burns and seconded by George
The group voted
on a photograph to use for the cover of the next edition of Hoosier
Horizon Magazine. It was tough because there many beautiful entries,
but first place went to Jackie
Huppenthal, a winter scene which included a pose from our state bird, the Cardinal. Second place ties went to Sandra Nantais for her photo which
included a beach scene and Ron Trigg
who captured an Autumn seasonal scene with a tree and colorful leaves.Another tie for third place, Sandra Nantais, her photo of a fence
and sky and Ron Trigg’s photo of colorful
PUBLISHING NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Beverly Stanislawski announced that she won a few state
poetry contest awards:one honorable
mention in Kentucky—in Michigan, a Haiku series to be published in the Poetry
Society of Michigan Magazinewhich
included first and second places and one honorable mention.In the Massachusetts’ contest, she placed several
times, including a first, two seconds and a third place with her poetry
SHARON PALMERI reminded everyone that the Christmas
party this year will be on December 6th, the first Thursday of
December, and the cost is $23.00 per person. Paymentsmust be in by November 21.Sharon also clarified some formatting guidelines regarding entries for
the magazine which are now posted.(One
mention, poems work better single-spaced.) Last year’s cost of the
Hoosier Horizon Magazine will be approximately $6.00 and expected not
to be much different (if at all) this year. All authors are expected to
purchase four copies each.
TOM SPENCER gave handouts to members regarding two
upcoming literary events:Saturday,
October 13th, a poetry open
microphone session at the library in Lowell from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Poetry in the Park on Saturday, October
20th at Evergreen Park in Lowell.Call 1-219-696-3338 for more information.
GAIL GALVAN mentioned that she continues to work on
revisions, a second draft, of the story titled New Jack Rabbit City: Starring
the Chicago Hares.
Readings began at 6:56 p.m.
the evening off by reading from chapter two of her novel, Striving After Wind.In this chapter,Rebecca continues to convey her dismay at leaving Chicago, and the frustration with her husband
and living in a different town.Adam
continues to complain about his new bride and wants to see his son Landon.
her story aboutAtalanta and read from chapter seven:“All
Love and Pleasure.”The Sisterhood has gathered inside the Great Hall to feast. Conversation
turns to the nature of gods, stories, and nature.Kyra insists that anyone can tell a better
story than Laurel.Atalanta
is taunted as she climbs onto a table and speaks. Yet, she is the one who gets
“thunderess cheers” from the others.
Bev read her Haiku
Series of four poems and told us that Haiku poems usually don’t have or require
titles, but she was asked to title this work for publication in the
magazine.She was asked to title it Sea
Liz read the
prologue from her novel titled Bottomside. Though the story takes
place in modern day Chicago,
the prologue is set on the British Isle of Anglesey in 60 AD. The Romans are
nearly ashore.Myrddin vows that his
people will “triumph and drive back those who would destroy the old earthen way
Carol read from
her short story, “True Lies,” which
introduces two characters, Mack and Michelle.Married for four years, Mack hates Chicago
and can’t wait until the two of them can board a flight out of town to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
A car accident happens instead when Mack hits a patch of black ice on the road.
KELLY CHASE/LAURIE CHASE
Laurie, read for her since Kelly had a case of laryngitis.The story ofTheRing continued with the
end of chapter eight and into chapter nine.In this chapter, Kristine and Jesse take off and leave the ritual that
involves a “poor baby goat” behind.The
ring is being silent.Kristine is afraid
the Mistress will follow them.Although
they’ve only know each other for a couple of hours, two kisses are
SANDRA J. NANTAIS
Sandra read her
poem entitled Old Fashioned Chocolate Soda which was graphically placed
inside a soda fountain shaped glass.
Neil read from
his novel, Dark Hearts, White City, from
chapter seven, “The Trouble with Love.”He continued telling his story, which takes
place in Chicago. The time period is 1893, during the World’s Fair. Officers Bockleman and McGhan are sitting on
bar stools at Kelsey’s saloon on Halstead speaking to each other with their
Irish way with words.They spot Willy
the Lump who is headed for the back door.As “Willie” is patted down, the officers
find a dozen small packets of chloral hydrate.They tell Willie, he’d better start talking and give up the name of who
he got the stuff from.
George read more
from his novel Medal of Dishonor which he is revising. In this segment, McCall
talks long distance on the phone to President L.B. Johnson.McCall is in the Middle
East and just had a meeting/lunch with King Hussein.President Johnson tells McCall to go to Israel since Hussein has requested it but says
depending on what happens in Israel,
McCall might have to return to Jordan.McCall starts to wonder and asks the
President, “Did you send me here to just keep me quiet about the Crawford
business?”(Note:George stated that some facts are from actual
historical records.) He also continues to work on his other story titled Ariela
– Lioness of God.
Mike read a
short story titled “Lunch Time.”It was along the lines of his script
writing, but in a different format for submission to this year’s Hoosier
Horizon Magazine. At lunch time in the cafeteria, George introduces
Jake, a new guy, to some other workers.Jake sees a fly and swats at it.Ted, another worker at the table, snatches Jake’s sandwich and smashes
the fly on the table with it.Jake
yells, “That was my sandwich.” Ted replies, “It still is, has more meat now.”
Workers tell Jake he’ll get used to Ted.
short story entitled "For What It's
Worth" focused on her experience as an R.A. in a freshman dorm on
I.U.'s campus in 1970 when social and legal norms were in extreme
flux. One of the girls came to Donna in confusion over sexual
activity, now that the birth control pill was readily available and most of her
friends were sexually active. Later, after the girl's mother had
stopped her from acquiring the pill, she came back for more counseling
because she was now alone, pregnant, and planning to go to a dangerous old
man for an illegal abortion. After much thought, Donna gave her
two phone numbers, one for adoption and one for a bus to New York where
abortion was safe and legal. The girl took both numbers but never
revealed the choice she had made.
NOTE:Tom Spencer, Ron
Trigg and Julie Perkins volunteered to wait until next time to read due to time