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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Meeting Highlights - October 11, 2017


Members Present: Judy, Valia, Luneil, Patty, Karen, Rachel

Judy moved into a new facility called Clarendale about a month ago and they having a room that we can sometimes have meetings in.  We can also order meals.  She is going to make inquiries and get back to us.

Katherine Flotz was invited to give a talk about her book . The staff at Clarendale encourages outside activities for the residents. Judy wants to invite Valia to do his fossil presentation.  He also has some ideas about the web page he is going to discuss with Judy.

Rachel self published her book The Blue Pencil with Pen It Publishing.  She brought her book to the meeting.  She is working on her 2nd book The Lucky Beads.  Pen It has a contest for children's picture books and the deadline is December 1, 2017.

Valia read a poem titled Two Feathered Dove to mark the day of International Peace.

Patty read the second part of chapter three.  Viene is learning about her past and her mother.

Submitted by: Luneil M.

Next Meeting: Rosati's, November 8, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Highland Bike Trail Ride and Read Event, September 16th, 2017

Thanks to all who stopped by to talk with us!







Meeting Highlights September 13, 2017


Members Present:  Donna, Helena, Jackie, Judy, Karen, Luneil, Patty, Pete, Ruthann, Valia

Members discussed the upcoming Ride and Read event that will be along the Highland bike trail September 16thJackie is making poem posters (Ruthann will send her a poem), Judy has created a reading flower activity, Valia will bring his fossils. Patty bought bags with the MHW logo and Helena also plans to help that day. Karen will bring coloring sheets and talk about Rescuing Ivy. Jackie will bring pencils and crossword puzzles from Rachel.




Pete discussed his experience with PenIt! Publishers for both The Tall Man and King of the Hill. His third book, Frightful Night, will be out in time for Halloween. Both Pete and Rachael are reading and promoting their books at the Book Sale for Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. Rachael's son made a MHW banner for us and we will be able to use it Saturday.

Karen passed around The Cabooseman’s Garden, a book she published for the Griffith Historical Park and Museum back in 2012.  She then read a revised version of the first chapter in Ghost Lessons.

Patty and Karen are both planning to attend the IL SCBWI conference. Helena is attending the conference in Indiana.

Jackie announced that one of her poems will be published in High Five this upcoming April.

Helena read her humorous speech How to Hide from Table Topic Master.

Donna discussed the Chidlren’s Academy online course she took this past spring. She was not impressed as she felt her work did not receive enough helpful critique for the price she paid. Donna then read her latest children’s picture book story about a moving bed.

Next MHW meeting: October 11, 2017 at Rosati’s at 6:30.


JSH

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Meeting Highlights for August 9, 2017

Members Present:  Helena, Jackie, Judy, Karen, Pam, Patty, Luneil



Members discussed the upcoming Ride and Read event. It is scheduled for September 16, 10-12 p.m. on the bike trail in Highland. MHW will set up in the gazebo and the surrounding area. Our interactive activities and readings will be geared toward elementary age children.  Patty will purchase 50 inexpensive bags, Rachael will provide blue pencils, Donna has stamps that coordinate with several MHW stories, Karen will bring Tootsie Rolls because elephants love sweets, Jackie will read “Earth is Wasted” and will pass out a nature scavenger hunt sheet, Valia will bring his rocks and read A Miracle Called Earth. Luneil will talk about Barty the Clumsey Vampire and we also plan to read Pete’s book The Tall Man. Judy will have tattoos for the kids and will read one of her stories. There will also be a poetry brainstorming session and much more. A MHW gift basket with our books and nature note cards will be raffled off at the event.  Helen and others will discuss our group and authors, hand out information, and talk about what is coming next. Jackie will include information on Pam, Ruthann, and Mari's stories as well and a few poems will be posted along the trail.

Judy will be the officiant at her granddaughter’s upcoming wedding so she shared the declaration of intent, rings exchange, and the pronouncement that she wrote. The ceremony will also include blessings from an Apache prayer.

Patty read the rest of chapter three from her novel Vienne.

Helena shared three of her poems. One was about autumn, the second one about a shooting star and the passing of a friend, the third about her favorite pastime, swimming.

Next meeting:  September 13, at Rosati’s, 6:30 p.m.

JSH

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Meeting Highlights July 12, 2017

Members Present: Karen, Luneil, Patty, Pete, Ruthann, Valia 

Guest: Jane

Pete did a show and tell of his recently published books of two of his poems, The Tall Man and King of the Hill through Penit! Publications, LLC.  He explained the process of publication from layout, purchasing pictures for the books, Amazon, and sales. All proceeds from the books go to Riley Children’s Hospital and to a friend with cancer.

Ruthann discussed Boopy. There was some discussion on a new viewpoint for Boopie. Ruthann liked the ideas and Karen suggested she let Boopy do the ‘talking.’

Valia read three of his poems previously published in various publications, “Meditation” “Companions of the Storm” and “So I could Flow.” He also talked about ways to rewrite his “Quartz” story. He feels he needs a catchy story, such as a war or other hook to interest the reader. Pete’s book gave him a few new ideas.

Jane read her poetry about a walphin, a cross between a whale and a dolphin. The poets in the group offered ideas for improvement, such as research on this and other crossbred species. Jane was very pleased with the help and concepts.

Luneil read the next chapter about Barty. There was talk of having Barty’s human be a…girl! There was a lot of laughter as she read his tale and it was unanimous, everyone loves Barty.

Karen read the next chapter in Mac’s story, “Ghost Lesson’ now in first person, present tense. She received great reviews and Patty said it was fuller and so much better. Pete and Valia talked about Mac’s age and how he came across in the story.

Patty read next chapter in Vienne’s saga. She is always very grateful for corrections and help. She and Karen are participating in Camp NANO. You could say they are trying to work out the bugs, while they stay up all night writing.

Next Meeting: August 9, 2017 at 6:30 at Rosati's

PY

Monday, June 26, 2017

Meeting Highlights - June 14, 2017

Members Present:  Helena, Jackie, Karen, Luneil, Rachael, Ruthann, Valia

Karen is working on a picture book about the story behind the Purple Heart for grades K-3rd. She has contacted historians and the auxiliary for the Military Order of the Purple Heart to tell them about her project. She hopes they will endorse the book and help promote it.

Valia had a few suggestions about how to improve the new MHW website. He would like to see an area where we promote our authors’ books.  All ideas should be directed to Judy. Valia also talked about other local groups and projects.

Helena is working on a book about her family history. Members discussed different photo books that can be ordered online. She then read her short article Someone is Always Watching.

Jackie was contacted by the Nature Conservancy. They want to use one of her photos that was on exhibit in the Indy Airport for a note card. In addition, a local author contacted her about talking head shots for her next book.

Rachael is working on the second story in her One Kindness at at Time series. She handed out business cards and talked about her new website. Rachael reported she sent her Blue Pencil story to 40 publishers and has received 4 rejections so far. More determined than ever, she plans to self-publish with Pen It! Publications.

Pete was not present but his book The Tall Man is now available on Amazon.


Luneil will do a lot of traveling this summer and plans to work on Barty, specifically how he and the human boy are afraid of each other because of various misunderstandings.

Valia read his poem Heart Beats which was written in memory of the victims of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub. A year has now passed but the message is powerful and universal.

Next meeting: Rosati’s in Schererville, Thursday, July 12, 2017 at 6:30.



JSH

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Meeting Highlights May 10, 2017

Members Present:  Jackie, Karen, Patty, Rachael, Ruthann

Guest:  Kim

Patty relayed that her writing coach and editor Esther recommended the book Structuring Your Novel Workbook for Hands-on Help by K. M. Weiland. Patty read "Chapter Two: The Christmas That Never Was" from her ya novel. She is getting more comfortable writing in first person.

Rachael reported she received two rejection emails. She has been doing a lot of research on self-publishing and mentioned she looked into Book Baby for eBook publishing and distributing. Rachel then read The Lucky Beads (Book 2 of the One Kindness at a Time Series) and Written by Rachael A. Thomas (and the morphemes).  A writing prompt gave her the inspiration for this short story.  The title of her latest adult novel is Sapphira's Marriage.

Karen read the 1st chapter of her new chapter book Railroadin Harry geared toward 2nd and 3rd graders. It was inspired by a true story.

Ruthann found some of her missing Boopy chapters!

Kim has been reading/researching a lot of picture books.

Jackie has been busy with photography.

Next Meeting:  June 14th, 2017 at Rosati’s Pizza in Schererville, IN at 6:30 p.m.

JSH