Friday, September 28, 2012



Due to the growth of our membership it was felt that a new format was needed for the magazine. 

The new format includes:
Three pages or less per member (This is to include short stories, inserts from novels, poems and pictures.) 

Print should remain Times New Roman

Font size is to remain 12
Spacing should be 1.15 with one inch margins for stories. 

Spacing should be single spaced for poems
The title should be 18 font, bold, with author's name centered below title in bold 12 font. 

The author's bio needs to be short and will be placed on the contributors’ page at the end of the magazine. 

All entries need to be sent to Sharon Palmeri through the Microsoft doc file before the end of the first of October.
Photo entries need to be sent in J Peg.

DEADLINE: October 3rd


Hoosier Horizon Cover Photo Entries  
Deadline October 3rd

Interested applicants may submit:
·   Up to four photos maximum
·   Size should be 5x7
·   Photographic or brochure paper (glossy shows off the photo best)
·   Photo should be taken in Indiana (or at least LOOK like Indiana)
·   Cover photo WILL be in color
·   Do not place your name on the photo or identify them in any way to assure unbiased judging.
·   Deadline for photos to submit is October 3rd
·   Judging by members will be on October 3rd

If you have any questions please contact Sharon Palmeri

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

SEPTEMBER 19, 2012

George Miga, Ron Trigg, Donna Douglass, Sharon Buckman, Sharon Dorelli, Jackie Huppenthal, Sandra Nantais, Carol Castaneda, Jane Burns, Julie Perkins, Gail Galvan, Laurie Chase, Kelly Chase, Neil Bedeker, Michelle Vargas, Sharon Palmeri


The vote of approval for the last meeting was first given by SHARON DORELLI and seconded by GEORGE MIGA.


SHARON PALMERI talked about the need for entries concerning the  annual Hoosier Horizon magazine; they need to be submitted before October 2nd.  The entries for the photo contest also need to be submitted before the same time.  Sharon also mentioned that anyone planning to attend the Christmas Party (the first Thursday in December) needs to send in their payment of $23.00 per person as soon as possible.  She also asked for a volunteer to take the minutes at our first meeting in October. GAIL GALVAN  volunteered to take minutes.


GAIL GALVAN stated that she and JULIE PERKINS attended the Chicago Writers’ Convention and had a wonderful  time.  it was held at the Chicago Tribune Tower this past weekend.

JULIE PERKINS also stated that there were various evening events which featured various authors.  The fee was $200.00 per person but was well worth it.  Julie also stated that she recently found out that in trying to renew her teacher’s license she was able to include, in the 90 hours needed, the hours she has spent in our Write On Hoosier meetings.

JACKIE HUPPENTHAL mentioned the upcoming Indiana Writers’ Consortium at the Avalon Manor in Merrillville on October 2nd – the ticket price for members is $27 and $30 for non-members, after Sept. 24th the prices will rise.  Book table sales space is available for $10.


GEORGE MIGA read four pages of his novel Medal of Dishonor.  This part of the novel involved McCall being asked by President Johnson to attend an informal party at the Shuna Palace in the Jordan Valley; he was asked to attend to try and persuade his friend, King Hussein, to avoid becoming involved in a possible conflict involving Israel and Palestine.

SHARON BUCKMAN read four pages of her new novel, Canopy of Leaves – The Sequel.  The novel continues with Anne, the 13yr. old held captive for several months, finding her way to freedom and encountering the house where her captor had found Jeepers, her dog she recently had to bury.

SHARON DORELLI read two pages from her story, “The Faces of Sociopathy.”  The first page, entitled, “The Child and the Fly,” involved a young girl named Annie who was about to torture a fly.  The second page entitled, “The Evil-Doer,” involved a 17 yr. old named Tony who purposely became involved with a woman, 15 yrs. his senior, so that he could eventually end up in America.

JACKIE HUPPENTHAL read her poem, “Rain Drops.”  The poem related the wonderful relief felt by everyone, especially farmers, after the scorching heat of the summer.

SANDRA NANTAIS read her acrostic poem entitled, “Tijuana Zebra.”  A photo accompanied the poem which revealed a donkey, painted like a zebra, standing next to a “makeshift wagon for the visual enjoyment of tourists.”

JULIE PERKINS read her short story entitled, “One Night Stand at the Hometown Inn.”  The story told of a pregnant woman, Rachel, forced to spend the night at a motel with a prostitute.  She finally convinced the prostitute to give up her “clientele” for the night if she paid her three times her usual earnings.

GAIL GALVAN read a summary that she wrote about tips she received from the Chicago Writers’ Conference she recently attended in Chicago.  Her summary was entitled “Best Top Ten Advice Tips and Observations,” and offered some good advice for our members concerning various aspects of writing.

LAURIE CHASE continued with her novel, Badradin.  This part of her novel,  entitled  “The Unwanted,” told of Dr. Togalaz being escorted by a guard to her quarters after an altercation with another guard; she will not be allowed to leave her quarters until a debriefing is completed on all concerned parties.

KELLY CHASE continued with her novel, The Ring.  Kristine is made to listen to “the ring” as she is almost forced to slaughter a baby goat.  Suddenly the dagger is forced from her hand, saving the goat and ending the ceremony.

RON TRIGG continued with his memoir, Moments On An African Landscape. This part of his novel, entitled, “The Ugly American,” tells of his experience in Kenya, 1972, while he was traveling with a dozen other American tourists and trying to enjoy “Africa’s great wildlife.”  The experience was almost ruined by a woman named Maggie who couldn’t seem to enjoy anything on the African trip.

DONNA DOUGLASS read her short memoir entitled, “The Geography Lesson.”  The story related to her experience during an eighth grade geography class when she encountered a leaky classroom ceiling and a teacher who seemed to care about nothing but his “flask” and embarrassing Donna.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 P.M.
Respectfully submitted:

Sharon Buckman

Monday, September 10, 2012


Katherine Flotz, Sharon Buckman, Sharon Dorelli, George Miga, Meggie Tolkland, Jane Burns, Tom Spencer, Ron Trigg, Neil Bedeker, Beverly Stanislawski, Sharon Palmeri, Michelle Vargas, Donna Douglass, Michael Musak

Doris Curless
The minutes for our last meeting was first approved by NEIL BEDEKER and seconded by DONNA DOUGLASS


SHARON PALMERI announced that our WOH Christmas party would be on December 6th, the first Thursday of December.  The fee, per person, will be $23.00.  She also announced that our entries for the Hoosier Horizon (3 pages) as well as the entries for photos of it should be turned in soon.  


MEGGIE TOLKLAND stated that she would be speaking at the Portage Library, her topic will be “So You Want to Write.”

SHARON BUCKMAN asked for advice from any of the members that have published a book; she needed to know the best and cheapest way to publicize it.

BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI mentioned that she had received an Honorable Mention for her sonnet in an Ohio contest.  She also received an Honorable Mention from the state of Michigan for two of her entries in a Haiku contest.

TOM SPENCER stated that there were 27 rooms being held at the Turkey Run State Park on Oct. 28th for the Indiana State Poetry Club.  Anyone wishing to attend should call Tom.

SHARON PALMERI stated she would be teaching a Writer’s Workshop at the Merrillville High School from Sept. 24th to Nov. 26th.

GEORGE MIGA stated that he had recently had a conversation with a good friend, and writer, Rick Karr.  He noticed that some of the critique he was given by his friend was similar to what he had received from our various members, one of them was “show, don’t tell.”

MICHELLE VARGAS continued with her novel, “Striving After Wind.”  In this part of her novel, Tabitha reflected on her frustrating life, especially all the time and work it took to take care of an elderly woman named Helen.

MEGGIE TOLKLAND continued with her sequel, “The Mayhem – Thorn’s Story.”  In this part of her sequel, Thorn was killed while trying to defend Tru.  While Thorn lay dying, his cousin, Roan, was sent to watch over and protect her.

KATHERINE FLOTZ told about the Indiana Writers’ Consortium’s fourth annual banquet.  The banquet is open to all writers and guests and will be held at the Avalon Manor in Merrillville on Tuesday, Oct. 2nd.  The fee, before Sept. 24th, will be $27 for members and $30 for non-members.

DONNA DOUGLASS read her memoir entitled “On My Honor.”  This part of her memoir told of Donna being charged with a violation of her university honor code and how badly her depressed state had affected her grades.  The end of her memoir revealed the jury finding in her favor and acquitting her.

RON TRIGG read from his memoir, “Moments on an African Landscape.”  In this part of the memoir, entitled “Climb at Own Risk,” taking place in Zimbabwe in 1989, Ron began climbing Mount Nyangani, the highest peak in Zimbabwe.  After taking the wrong trail back down the mountain, he tells of his scary time as it was near dark and he was without food or shelter.

MIKE MUSAK brought his screenplay entitled, “Randy’s New Job.”  The screenplay had two character parts, which was given to two of our members, and told of how an overqualified woman was applying for a position that would give her very few benefits for very little pay.

JANE BURNS read from her novel, “Atalanta.”  In this part of her novel the Sisterhood met at The Wall, which was their own private quarry, to learn the art of knapping flint for their arrowheads.  Atalanta had gotten into the prized rocks, obsidian cores, and fashioned a beautifully sharp blade.  However, instead of being praised, she was punished for taking one of the rare pieces.

TOM SPENCER brought his eleven stanza line poem entitled, “Illusion.”  Tom stated he decided to write his poem, which concerned the social graces of sin, several years prior when he realized how the seven dwarfs may have been a metaphor for the seven deadly sins.

BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI read several of her award winning poems.  The first she read had received Honorable Mention in a Michigan Haiku contest.  The second was called “Orange Sunshine,” in which she had taken first place in the Voices International Award in Arkansas.  The third was entitled “Go Fly a Kite,” which had given her first place in the Spring River Award in Arkansas.

NEIL BEDEKER continued with Chapter 6 of his novel, “Dark Hearts, White City.”  This chapter, entitled “A Lucrative Offer,” told of Mary Cassidy meeting with Sioux Chief Plenty Horses.  He was sent to find her by Buffalo Bill to offer her the position of riding in the Wild West show for the sum of $5 a day.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 P.M. 

Respectfully Submitted:

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Write-on Hoosiers is celebrating the dawn of our 24rd anniversary
Mark your calendar for our holiday celebration!
This social event is open to WOH members, family & other writers’ groups
WHEN: December 6, 2012
WHERE: Lake of the Four Seasons Country Club Ballroom
TIME: 6:30 p.m. Doors open for cash bar & socializing; Dinner at 7:30 p.m.
COST: $23.00 per person
MENU: Sliced roast beef with mushroom Bordelaise, fried or baked chicken, citrus and herb cod, green salad, rolls, vegetable and potato, with apple pie for dessert. Coffee, iced tea, or water (other drinks available from the bar.)
8:30 p.m.: Welcome from WOH officers. Door prize drawing.
8:40 p.m.: A short five minute synopsis of the year’s events from each writers’ group in attendance.
9 p.m.: Gift exchange
9:30 p.m. Unveiling and distribution of annual magazine. 50-50 drawing
RSVP to: or send your check (made payable to Write-On Hoosiers) to Sharon Palmeri