Saturday, November 19, 2016

NOVEMBER 17, 2016

Bob Philpot, Sharon Buckman, Caren Von See, Sharon Dorelli, Carl Cabanas, Sharon Palmeri, Marilyn Kessler, Ruthann Graczyk, Beverly Stanislawski, George Miga, Donna Echelbarger, Mary Ellen Beecher, Judith Lachance-Whitcomb, Hayley Hardin, Amy Brailey, Katherine Flotz, Adam Sedia, Rebecca Juergens, Kate Ryan

Rachel Thomas


A vote of approval for the November 3, 2016 meeting was first given by RUTHANN GRACZYK and seconded by BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI.


SHARON PALMERI asked all the members to re-introduce themselves since we have so many new members.  She also reminded members that our new book, Horizon Spectrum, will be distributed at the Christmas Banquet.


ADAM SEDIA mentioned that he is almost finished with his historical fiction novel, not yet named.

SHARON PALMERI mentioned that the Lakes of the Four Seasons 50th  Anniversary book has been published.  The book reminisces the history of “The Seasons” through photos, resident profiles, and historic documents which chronicle LOFS from its beginning to present day.  Sharon Palmeri, Bev Stanislawski and Marilyn Kessler donated articles and photos to the publication.


CAREN VON SEE continued with her novel, Dark Moon Rising.  In this part of Chapter 1 Kekoo has completed all his training to begin the journey necessary to becoming the tribal chieftan, following in his father’s footsteps.

SHARON DORELLI continued with a story she began some time ago, an adult fairy-tale entitled, “The Crystal Heart.”  The novel tells of a beautiful woman named Tearsa that, because of her loneliness, finally marries a young man she never really knew.  She later realizes he has a “dark soul within.”

MARILYN KESSLER read her five-stanza poem entitled, “I Know It’s Fall, For Sure Now.”  The poem relays how even though the wind turns cold, the bare branches sway in the wind with colored leaves on the ground, it was her mother’s pot of stew on the stove that made her a believer it was truly fall.

BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI read two of her prize winning poems.  The first poem, which took 2nd place in an Oklahoma contest, was entitled “Seizing the Opportunity.” This poem, written in rhyming quatrains, tells of a shy man finally deciding to tweet a young girl and winning her over.  The second poem, taking 3rd H.M. in an Oklahoma contest, entitled, “Saturday Sax,” tells of a man wanting to help a lonely crowd by playing tunes that lifted their souls.

REBECCA JUERGENS began reading Chapter One of her novel, In Angelic Arms.  The novel began with a woman running away from what she described as a “two-horned monster,” chasing her.  As the woman ran she tried to remember all of the memories she was running away from, deciding that woman was gone and replaced by a monster.

DONNA ECKELBARGER read four pages of her children’s story, “The Secret of the Witch and the Ghost.”  The story told of a tiny witch named Whinny who lived in a “Creepy Forest.”  Whinny had lots of friends, probably because she loved to bake, whistle and garden.  After one of her friends, named Ghastly, asked her to make 1000 Warty-Frog mud pies and she agreed if he would help her catch the ingredients.

HAYLEY HARDIN read two pages of her novel, The Bad Habits and Dangerous Secrets of Cath Evans.  The story began with Cath wandering up and down the rows of a library when her friend, Lilian, finally found her.  Lilian’s purpose in looking for her was to try and convince her to borrow a truck and run away, move to the city and get a job rather than finishing high school.

AMY BRAILEY read two pages of her newest novel, The Ideal Courtship.  The story told of a young girl, Emma Randolf, daydreaming of a life she lived only in her imagination.  The life she wanted did not involve the young man named Herman that seemed to be “exceedingly dull.”  Her mother tried to convince her to change her mind.

ADAM SEDIA read two of his poems.  The first poem, entitled “Geese in Flight,” tells of summer ending and autumn beginning with the sound of geese in flight as it “rends the languid autumn sky.” The second, a Villanelle poem entitled, “Look Back,” tells to look back “and know the joy they gave can be no more.”

KATHERINE FLOTZ read a Serbian story she remembered reading years before entitled, “Mother and Child.”  The story told of a concentration camp in Yugoslavia during W.W. II, involving a pregnant woman named Maria.  A Serbian guard finally noticed Marie, and offered to help her by taking her out of the camp to a barn where she later gave birth on Christmas Eve.  The story ended with her freedom, though the name of the guard who helped her remained a mystery.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 P.M.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

NOVEMBER 3, 2016

Sharon Buckman, Bob Philpot, David Wilgus, Katherine Flotz, Caren Von See, Beverly Stanislawski, Sharon Palmeri, Mary Lu Cowley, Marilyn Kessler, Gail Galvan, Amy Brailey

Rebecca Juergens, Hayley Hardin, Kate Ryan


A vote of approval for the October 20, 2016 minutes was first given by MARY LU COWLEY and seconded by KATHERINE FLOTZ.


SHARON PALMERI talked about the entertainment for the December Christmas Banquet,  (SEE BANQUET DETAILS BELOW MINUTES) she felt that the music would be approved by all our members.  She also brought a copy of the members new book, Horizon Spectrum, telling the members it will be distributed at the Christmas Banquet and explaining to the new guests how the book was put together.


BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI announced that she had won several prizes in the Florida State Poetry contest.  She had taken third place in the metered humorous contest for “Ol Blue,”  Second Honorable Mention for her petrcuchan sonnet entitled, “My Own Tree Love,” and First Honorable Mention for her humorous sonnet, “Shakespeare’s Challenge.”  Beverly also brought a copy of the Peninsula Poets book as well as a copy of Texas Winner, the Texas poetry book of the year.

GAIL GALVAN mentioned that she had been published in the Literary Journal for her story, “Legends: Paranormal Pursuits,” by Grey Wolfe Publishing.


CAREN VON SEE continued with chapter one of her novel, Dark Moon Rising.  In this part of the story, Kekoo listened to his uncle as the uncle tried to prepare him for the rest of his journey to follow in his father’s footsteps and become Chieftain of their tribe.  The last, and main task, was to kill his first simba.

BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI read three of her poems which had taken prizes in the Texas Poetry Contest.  The first poem, “Metamorphosis,” was a Vondelet Sonnet telling of watching a fuzzy caterpillar on a willow tree changing into a golden butterfly.  The second poem, “Endings and Beginnings,” told of the death of a husband being taken off life support and the trial of his wife trying to take her first breath of a new life.  The last poem was a Japanese Haiku poem  (no titles are given to Haikus,) which told of stars floating like “cultured pearls,”  in a “black velvet sky.”

AMY BRAILEY continued with her novel, Jon Everett and the Hall of History.  This part of the story told of Jon Everett meeting George Washington, after being able to open the door in the portrait with the key he had found in his grandfather’s trunk.  Neither Jon Everett nor George Washington were able to understand why the other looked, or talked, the way they did.

GAIL GALVAN brought several articles to read.  The first, “Hoosier Harvest and Huckleberry Friends,” told of an Indiana girl dreaming of planting a literary garden, planting seeds donated from other dreamers, and watching the dream-book grow.  The second article concerned the  Horizon Spectrum,  the book that Gail has organized with entries from the Write On Hoosier members.  The third article is a Haiku poem concerning the cubs winning the World Series.

MARILYN KESSLER read her three-stanza poem entitled, “As You Retire from Nursing.”  This delightful poem tells of most nurses answering “God’s Call  to serve humanity.  The end of the poem shares her hope that in retiring they continue sharing “all the years of dedication you have shown to those you’ve served.”

DAVE WILGUS continued with his novel, The Curse is Over.  This part, Chapter 2, of the story tells of the Cubs battling two teams, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Giants after they are able to win playing “the hapless Brooklyn Superbas.”  This story takes place in the early 1900’s as the cubs first begin to play and gives a detailed account of the first game as told by a young boy seeing the game with his father.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 P.M.

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Write-On, Hoosiers Celebrates 28 years
Horizon Spectrum Book Debut
W.O.H’s 28th anniversary is open to:
W.O.H. members & all writers, plus family and friends

WHEN: Weds. December 7, 2016

WHERE: Lakes of the Four Seasons Country Club Ballroom, 1048 Lakeshore Dr. (Lakes of the Four Seasons)

TIME: 6:00 p.m.-10 p.m. 

COST: Members: $23.00 per person. Non-members: $28. per person. Deadline for payment is November 29, 2016
HIGHLIGHTS:  ** These are approximate times

6:00 p.m. Doors open for cash bar and socializing. GIFTS for EVERYONE!!   
Check out the local writers’ table where books are displayed for sale. 

We support our local authors, and hope you will as well by purchasing a book.

6:55 p.m.: Welcome by Sharon Palmeri

7:00 p.m.: Dinner 

8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.: Mike Bruccoleri of “Good Clean Fun” will be providing the entertainment for the night.

8:45 p.m.: Introduction our new Horizon Spectrum book. Wine Toast.  Door prizes.  A short five-minute synopsis of the year’s events from each writers’ group in attendance.

9:10 p.m.: Gift exchange and group photographs. PLEASE stay until group photos have been taken. 

RSVP: Send check (make payable to Write-On Hoosiers) to: Katherine Flotz, PO Box 1124, Crown Point, IN 46308.  SEATING IS LIMITED. REMIT YOUR MONEY EARLY TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT.


Reservation/Payment Form


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