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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Meeting Highlights November 12, 2015

Members Present:  Jackie, Judy, Luneil, Pam, Patty, Ruthann, Suzy, Valia

Guest: Helena

Helena is a member of Highland Writers and Indiana Writers’ Consortium. She is from China and has a degree in Chemistry. She is interested in writing non-fiction. She wants to share the stories of her ancestors with her children.

Pam signs Helena's book
Jackie and Judy reported they sold Christmas books at the IWC banquet. Members discussed how many they have purchased individually. Members agreed that MHW will continue to sell softcover for $12 and hardcover for $20 at future events. There is no shipping charge for orders over $30.

Patty is participating in the Nanowrimo challenge. She is very happy with the experience thus far. She does not have to worry about editing, word choice, and punctuation so she is able to focus on writing every day. Patty said of those participants who continue to write the minimum amount of words for 30 days, 60% go on to be published. Illustrators can participate as well by attempting to illustrate a cover a day. Helena said there is a poetry writing contest in March.

Valia announced that his poem about Indiana Steel will appear in AIST'S Iron & Amp: Steel Technology magazine, January 2016 issue. 

Ruthann is very excited to be working on a new project. The screenplay is about her father.

Suzy read Chapter 15:  Spell Weaving Resources in Mrs. Walters’ Adventures.

Pam shared Now My Name is Buster. She plans to write a series and start with three books. Members discussed marketing ideas.

Judy read the end of Chapter 4: Chaos in the Kitchen from her YA novel.

Patty read Chapter 3: Pippi’s Distress.

Helena read “A Miracle of Audiobooks”.

Jackie read “September at the Dunes” and reported it received an Honorable Mention in the Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs contest.

Members discussed changing the meeting day to the second Wednesday of the month. This will be discussed again at the December meeting.

Next Meeting:  Thursday, December 10th, at 6:30 at Rosati’s.


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Meeting Highlights - October 8, 2015

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

Guests: Pete, Donna

Members were excited to receive their complimentary hard and soft cover Magic Hour Family Christmas books. Books are available through Amazon and Flying Turtle Publishing. Members will also get a discount code for future orders.

Pete said he reads one of his poems every Tuesday over the loudspeaker at the Lowell school he teaches at. Many students have been inspired by him to write poems of their own. He then shared his poem “Frightful Night.”

Donna is a toddler teacher at a Montessori school in Hobart. She writes visual stories for children in different levels of learning. She read her board book story Molly Makes Vegetable Soup targeted for children 12 months to three years old.

Luneil read her reflection "God’s Miracle of the Seasons". Members felt it read like a poem and encouraged her to try different poetic forms.

Karen read her latest story Haunting Mom. She is actually revising it and putting it in 1st person.

Valia read two poems “Uninterrupted-Lives-Interrupted” and “An Uninterrupted Life at the Terminal Stop”.

Patty read part of Chapter I, Life Before the Dreadful Visit from her YA novel.

Next Meeting: November 12, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at Rosati’s.