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of life's coming attractions. ~~ Albert Einstein~~
Sharon Buckman, George Miga, Sharon Jesik, Beverly
Stanislawski, Lisa Groszek, Kelly Chase, Laurie Chase, Donna Douglass, Kathy
Flotz, Sharon Dorelli, Meggie Tolkland, Neil Bedeker, Ron Trigg, Liz Wilson,
Michelle Vargas, Sharon Palmeri
A vote of approval was asked for concerning the June 6th
minutes. The first approval was given by
BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI and seconded by
FLOTZ stated she had written to five different churches in
Minocqua pertaining to speaking engagements regarding her memoir Pebble
In My Shoe. Three of the churches responded, the engagements will be
between August and September. Great work Katherine!
BUCKMAN read a portion of an editorial letter she received from
a Create Space editor. The letter was very favorable concerning her
novel, Canopy of Leaves. Sharon
felt that most of the praise was due to the wonderful critiquing done by Write -On Hoosier members.
GROSZEK stated that she had a wonderful time at the Printer’s
Row exhibit in Chicago and felt it was well worth the experience.
PALMERI mentioned that
while several members have had books published we never discuss marketing
strategies. She suggested the possibility of working together as a team to
create and share new and innovative marketing strategies [off the record if
desired] during the “Literary News” segment
of our meeting. Because our group is so diverse in genre she thought we could do
this without feeling competitive.
stated that he had given two of his novels, Spin Doctor and Medal
of Dishonor, to his friend, Dick James, an attorney who practices in
Dyer and was a former U.S. Attorney. His
friend has been very helpful in his ideas concerning George’s novels.
CHASE read four pages from her novel, Badradin, a novel which
takes place in the year 2300 and involves a female physician who has been
living aboard a ship for one year before being challenged by three Allizorn
soldiers. She managed to end the
encounter without bloodshed.
CHASE started a new novel entitled, The Marine and the Werewolf.
The plot begins with the female Marine, Kira, encountering a werewolf on a
lonely road after her car breaks down.
After a near brush with death the werewolf ran swiftly back into the
DOUGLASS read two pages of her memoir entitled, “Laticia at the Door.” The memoir told of an experience Donna had
while working in a local steel mill office.
The 1965 incident told of the prejudice involved when her boss was told
he HAD to hire a Negro girl to work in their office.
FLOTZ continued with her new novel, The Journey. In this part of her novel she told of
Michael, a German prisoner of war, who had recently been released from a prison
camp, finally finding the whereabouts of his wife and family who had been
living in the United States.
TOLKLAND read four pages of her newest novel, The
Mayhem; Thorns Story. The story
takes place in Chicago and concerns a woman who runs a club which caters to
Chicago’s supernatural community which includes vampires, werewolves and even
DORELLI continued with part two of her adult fairy tale
entitled, “The Crystal Heart.”
This part of the story told of the first meeting between Rowan and
Tearsa. The story is truly an adult
fairy tale in its beautiful wording and description of a man and woman finding
their soul mates.
BEDEKER continued with his novel, White City – Dark Hearts. In this part of his novel Neil begins to
introduce a serial killer that lived in Chicago during the time of the Chicago World’s
Fair. “Strange Business,” is the title of Chapter Four – and it certainly
GROSZEK read two pages of her vampire novel entitled, Maude
Defined. In this part of the
novel James tries to explain to Maude the different types of vampires and how
they came into existence.
TRIGG read four pages of “Out of the Shadows,” a continuation
of his memoir, Moments on an African Landscape. This part of his novel takes place in 1978
Kenya and relates his experience with bedbugs shortly after arriving on the
her four stanza poem entitled, “How to
Judge a Man.” The poem tells of the
true way to judge a man by stating, “His inner self to help me scan – the love
down in his heart.”
JESIK read four pages of her story entitled, “Triptych,” a story relating to an art
professor, who alienates his students and also appears to be having an affair with
at least one of them.
continued with his novel, Medal of Dishonor. In this part of the novel, McCall tries to
gather all the people needed to proceed with the deposition involving the Medal
of Honor going to the deserving person and not the son of a renowned Major who
has already accepted it.
BUCKMAN read a short article entitled, “The Best Things in Life Are Free?” The
article told of some things that appeared to be free – but then revealed to be
definitely not free.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 P.M.
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson
10, 1830 – May 15, 1886)
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet. Born in Amherst, Massachusetts,
to a successful family with strong community ties, she lived a mostly
introverted and reclusive life.
Did you know that although Dickinson was
a prolific private poet, fewer than a dozen of her nearly eighteen hundred
poems were published during her lifetime?
In fact the work that was published during her lifetime was usually
altered significantly by the publishers to fit the conventional poetic rules of
Tom Spencer, Sharon Buckman, Sharon Jesik, Michelle Vargas, Kathy Flotz, Donna
Douglass, Lisa Groszek, Tom Molnar, Julie Perkins, Ron Trigg, Liz Wilson,
Beverly Stanislawski, Gail Galvan, Laurie Chase, Sharon Palmeri, George Miga
LISA GROSZEK mentioned that an error had occurred
in the May 16th minutes – the sequel to her newest novel, “Lonesome
Isle,” had mistakenly been titled “Lonesome Dove,” (although it seems like we had heard of
that title somewhere else. Movie?) A vote of
approval was then asked for and was given by TOM MOLNAR and seconded by LISA
GROSZEK. (Note: Lisa, the May 16 minutes have now been changed to the appropriate title)
SHARON PALMERI asked the members if they wanted to
have their regular meeting canceled on July 4th – it was decided
there would be no meeting at that time.
LISA GROSZEK mentioned that she and TOM MOLNAR would be at Printer’s Row this
weekend and encouraged all our members to attend as well.
TOM SPENCER stated that the Poetry Extravaganza,
to be held at the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville from Wednesday through Monday,
has 80 registered people from all over the country. The price would be $30.00 for one day or
$225.00 for the whole weekend (meals included.)
SHARON PALMERI brought along two videos to discuss with the
The first was a movie
entitled, “Shadows In The Sun,” a story involves to two writers which Sharon
thought most of the members would enjoy.
The second was a movie entitled, “Educating Rita,” a story about a
woman living in London who wanted to learn literature and how to learn, speak
and write like “ an educated woman”; she
therefore decided to attend an open university to study literature during her off time.
was a new section on the Write On Hoosier blog called “Featured Famous Writers”
and their work. She mentioned that this will be updated with new writers periodically, and she has collected a number of names from the members to feature
their favorite writers and poets.
mentioned another New section in the blog that is in the works; it will be
called Newly Published Books By Members”.
In this section members’ new books will be featured for about a month or
so before being placed in the Members’ Book Section.
mentioned that since she is a paid member of Writers Market http://www.writersmarket.com/ she received an e-mail for an update that
may interest some members. This includes a polishing of your query letter and
100 sample query letters and a downloadable book on submitting and formatting
your manuscript, and more. She said it
was worth checking out at Writers Market Plus Upgrade
SHARON BUCKMAN mentioned that her novel, “Canopy of
Leaves,” was in the process of being published and would hopefully be released
by the end of July.
DONNA DOUGLASS read her short story, “I Scare ‘Em In The Harem.” After watching an ABC News broadcast in
the fall of 2011, Donna recognized an old friend who she had dated in her
college days. She remembered attending a
farewell party with him that was attended with various musicians and a belly
dancer. After enjoying several drinks
Donna also remembered deciding to give belly dancing a try herself, she was a
SHARON JESIK read the first part of her three part
short story entitled, “Triptych.” The story was about a rather “shallow” art
teacher who seemed to enjoy degrading his students, this, it seems, was about
the only thing he enjoyed about his job.
TOM SPENCER brought his three stanza sonnet
entitled “Sonnet of the Sun.” This beautiful sonnet told of the beauty
brought by the sun and ended with to “Warm our hearts and cleanse our weary
JULIE PERKINS, after teaching us about the strict
pattern of a Sestina (follow link to learn more) Julie read her Sestina entitled, “An Afghan Girl.” The story
compared an afghan girl using a cell phone which caused a very tragic ending to
an American girl, which had a much different ending.
LIZ WILSON read her short story entitled, “Israfel.” The story, written by Liz several years
prior, told of a ruler in Persia who’s insatiable hunger for the sacrifice of a
young woman each full moon. The story
ended with a young girl who’s “world of sweet music, unbroken by their vain
promises of paradise and honor.”
JANE BURNS read four pages from the end of her
sixth chapter entitled “Atalanta.”
During this part of the novel Atalanta was placed in a comfortable
chair and as a rhythm of syncopated drum beats began, the purpose of which was
to relax her, taking her back in memory.
MICHELLE VARGAS read four pages of her novel, Striving
After Wind. The novel, partly based on a true story, told of the
conflict between Helen Brandt and her caretaker, Tabitha, which prevented the
Tolleston Gun Club from purchasing the property. This part of the story mostly dealt with the
hard life of Tabitha as she tried to take care of Helen Brandt.
GEORGE MIGA continued with his novel, Medal
of Dishonor. After finally
finding Bobby Geary, McCall found that the one man that could prove who the
Medal of Honor rightfully belong to, was in very bad shape and living in terrible
LISA GROSZEK continued with her novel,
Maude Defined. In this two page
part of her novel, Lucius took Maude into a café after James had suddenly left,
pretending to try and help her through her transition. Upon James return he suddenly left.
BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI read her two page children’s story
entitled, “Gladly, the Cross-eyed Bear.” This delightful story told of a little bear
that saw two of everything because of being cross-eyed. After trying to save his “two” sisters from
drowning he hit his head on a large boulder.
After awakening from his ordeal he discovered he had only one mother and
one sister and was told he was a hero.
GAIL GALVAN read a chapter
entitled, Southsider's Big Plans from her novel in progress.
This part of the novel tells of some gangster rabbits living on the
south side of Chicago and trying to find a way to get to a place near Boise
Idaho where rabbits grow tall, due to the artesian spring water and digital
TOM MOLNAR read his two page article on “How to prepare and get your book on
Amazon.” His informative article
told of Createspace, since he felt it was the easiest and cheapest way to go,
and how best to proceed for those who wished to self publish.
RON TRIGG continued with his memoir Moments
on an African Landscape. In this
part of his memoir, entitled “Nile Voyeur,” he told of a trip in Sudan to view a
hippo. It ended with his viewing
something that could have possibly placed his life in jeopardy and quickly returning back in the
direction he came from.
LAURIE CHASE Unfortunately we did not get to
Laurie’s story due to a time constraint, but she will first, front and center
at the next meeting.
was adjourned at 9:20 P.M.
Ray Douglas Bradbury
1920 – June 5, 2012)
Ray Bradbury was born in 1920 in Waukegan,
Illinois, to Esther (Moberg) Bradbury, a Swedish immigrant, and Leonard
Spaulding Bradbury, a power and telephone lineman. They gave him the middle
name “Douglas,” after the actor Douglas Fairbanks.
Did you know Bradbury was
related to the American Shakespeare scholar Douglas Spaulding? Or that he was also descended from Mary
Bradbury, who was tried at one of the Salem witch trials in 1692?