Friday, September 2, 2011

A Summer Rose Speaks Volumnes

The Wannabe Journal
August 26, 2011

We continue to attract larger audiences since we have moved to the River Campus location.
Attendee's: Linda F. Martha W. Bob MacK, Don Q, Don P, Trish C, Rosie H, Annette J, Don H, Judy W, Bob O'C(Hutch) and our special guest from the Tipp City Writers Club Caroline Rector.

What everyone is doing to stimulate the right side of the brain(not only their own but others as well)
Our Meeting Guest: Caroline R.

works at the Tipp City Library as the Adult Librarian. She had heard of our group and came to visit to see if there were activities and styles that she could use in a local Tipp City Writers group that she participates in. One of the more interesting discussion with her involved whether self published books could be housed at the library. The most important element was whether the book has a ISBN code or not. So Self Publisher's keep that in mind when you send a copy of your self publish book to the Adult Librarian in Dayton or a town near you.

Don H

is still working on composing his novel entitled the Senior Fix. He also found a new Web site to devote his mental curiosity towards. It is called It is difficult to pick which one might be his. If you come up with a suggestion please email me. Don is also sponsoring a collective work by our group on Christmas. Since a number of us have written either poems or short stories which could be used for this Anthology please send your entry to Don Hart. His email address is
Here is his newest poem:


by Don Hart

Lanky Franky lost his hanky

'Nit made him cranky

He told his friend

whose name was Spanky,

"I sure feel cranky

Since losin' that hanky."

Spanky was playing

In his basement danky

With something clanky

When Franky thought he saw

His "lost" blue hanky

Wrapped in Spanky's blankey!

That's when Franky

Suspected Spanky of Hanky Panky.

"Oh, that hanky, "said Spanky.

"You can have it. It ain't too swanky."

"Listen Yankee," said Franky

To his friend Spanky

I wanna 'thank ye.'

We're no longer friends."

Franky took back his hanky

Said 'good bye' to Spanky

Not feelin' bad

About bein' so lanky,

Now understandin' the 'panky' part

Of "hanky panky."

and his favorite limerick, about relativity (I wish I'd written it!)


There was a young lady named Bright

Whose speed was faster than light.

She set out one day

In a relative way

And returned the previous night.

Don P.

is always busy writing and now he has joined a new writers group at Books and Co at the Green's. There are 12 members and they read about 30 short stories and review them when they get together monthly. Don also is investigating a self publishing web site called BookStand Pub, formerly called e-Bookstand Publishing. Don will tells us what he has learned about them in terms of how much they cost and benefits when compared to other alternatives at our next meeting.


Town and Country is sponsoring another Poetry session on September 21st. They are very interesting and fun to attend. The Art Gallery is also encouraging you to participate in their Living Journal by stopping by and making an entry in a journal that adds to the existing story that has already been entered by the previous participant. I believe the Journal is focused on the power of words.

Trish C.

Her art exhibit on the Women of India is still available for viewing at the Centerville Art gallary(near the main firehouse). She read one of her short poems to the group. She also recommends a memoir by the actress Ashley Judd, "All that is Bitter and Sweet." The reviews on Amazon look


(known to us all as Bob O'C). His writing skills are directed towards letter to the editor. He has written letters in response or reaction hundreds of times. Some one needs to look at putting those together in a book.

Annette J.:

Wants to write a memoir about her life. She is planning on moving to Pittsburg.

Judy W. She has regimented her days so that she can focus on writing her memoir. After taking her class in Paris this summer has has breath new life into her work. She also provide some insight into the self publishing movement which is going on in the publishing world at the moment. She said that is should be called Indie publishing, which I believe stands for Independent publishing. She also recommend a Blog site for writers called: Blook Red Pencil: This a very good web site for writers.

Linda F:

has been very busy with her responsibilities on the board for the LLI since she was elected last year. She is working on the curriculum for the Winter term. She is looking for suggestions for a Writers class for the Winter term. As if she didn't have enough to keep her busy she is still doing investigative work on a memoir on life in Western Pa in the coal mining towns.


She was asked to bring back her short story which was entitled "My Life on One Page". She read the story to the group at the last meeting and we all thought it was terrific. Hopefully she will read the story again at next months meeting . For those of us who know and love her writing style we were entertained when she educated our audience on the lyerics of "The Hearst Song" and its inpact on her husband.

Robert MacK.:

Welcome back. He has been busy for the last few months preparing to celebrate his 50th Wedding Anniversary. For the event he composed a poem which is included below. Bob has self published a number of books of poems and photographs(birds, bugs, butterfly's and flowers). Bob also recommended a Web site where you can get free e-Books.

Here is Bob's Poem entitled: "You":


By Bob MacKenzie

You were there

In the beginning,

A hidden notion

In my psyche.

You were there

When Mother died,

You were there

As F a ther a b a ndoned.

You were there

‘Mongst foster p a rents,

You were there

In youthful a ngst.

You were there

In g a ngling ye a rs,

You were there

In joy a nd p a in.

You were there

Though I didn’t know you,

A dre a m within me

Th a t touched my he a rt.

Time went on

You were hidden,

As I pressed to find

My a nim a .

Then, th a t d a y when

I first s a w you,

I inst a ntly knew

You were the one.

My he a rt went out,

My mind went cr a zy.

This is she,

I’ll m a rry her.

And, so it w a s,

We st a rted d a ting.

Six months l a ter,

Forever friends.

Joined in m a rri a ge

We grew together,

Joys a nd tri a ls

Along the w a y.

Now fifty ye a rs

We’ve loved e a ch other:

For good friends,

Love never ends.

Nice work wonder you are still in love with your bride...Congrats.

Don Q.

Ok where do I start. As you all know by now I am the retired geek who thinks he knows a thing or two about the writing world. I have actually been more humbled in the last two years than in my entire 36 years of IT selling and consulting. Writing and publishing a book today is hard work and something that will certainly streach your boundries as a person both intellectually and spiritually. Here are some of the blogs, websites and articles on Zite that I have been reading lately:

1. Monthly e-Book Cover Design Awards by Joel Friedlander on

2. A guide to Publishing an Ebook on Kindle, B/N and Smashwords.,-Barnes-and-Noble-and-Smashwords&id=6091107 Good article

3. If you want to find a Blog/Web site that caters to those writers who want someone to rate their work then this article is for you. There are Web sites which are sponsored by Publishers that provide a platform for writers to have their works evaluated and in some cares published by companies like Harpers Collins and Penquin. "Publishers Playing the Social Media Game' by R.C. Lewis appears a couple of weeks ago.

4. Book Signings and Tours have become virtual. I guess it is something akin to the "Cloud" for authors. For those authors who are already published and looking to promote their book through guest appearances on Blogs you can now use a company like TLC Book Tours to arrange a 10 Blog tour of your latest creation or one which is already in print. For those of us who are self published and providing our own publicity and marketing there is a servicer which is provide through Pump Up Your Book Promotion.

5. Latest Kindle news from Amazon:

a. You can now download your manuscripts to your Kindle and depending on the model/version listen to them through the audio feature or read them like you would a best seller. The best part is that it is free. I requires some file transfer skills but siimple once you have done it once or twice.

b. Kindle daily deals on e-books. Kindle has now begun to offer e-books at reduced prices. Here is where you can find them each day. Sign on to Amazon and go to the: once there click on the Kindle Daily Deal(listed under Browse). A new book will be featured each day.

6. "12 Tasks Every Author Should Tackle Before Publishing a Book".

7. " 5 Things Beginners Need to Know About E-Book Publishing" on Jane Friedman's Blog

8. Kindle Publishing has mow published some guidelines and provided a format to follow in publishing a e-Book using InDesign. For those who want to create a good novel with professional covers and includes photo's and graphics this article is a must.

9. Resources: Editing...I have the name of a person who has recently retired as a language arts teacher and looking for some freelance work as an editor. If you are writing the next best seller or a personal memoir and need some editoral work done on your manuscript then Joe is available at reasonable rates.

I also have the name of an lady who has started her own business as an audio transcriber. She can be used to create articles, journals, books and notes of any variety. She has over three years worth of experience and for those who want to skip the data entry of your manuscripts into files her services would be beneficial. Please send me an eamil and I will send you their contact info.

10. Education:

Want to spend a week in the mountains of North Carolina? Here is your chance. Sournds inviting.

Doe Branch Ink

"Fresh from a week at the Doe Branch writing retreat, I have new energy and greater confidence about my writing."

Doe Branch Ink is a writers' retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina 30 miles north of Asheville. Four week-long workshops, each with an inspiring writers-in-residence, start October 9th.

or do you prefer a one day event closer to home:

Western Reserve Writers Conference, Saturday, September 24, 2011
Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio holds a conference for writers twice each year.

The event features topics in fiction, nonfiction, the business of writing, workshops, editing consults and a Q & A panel.

For details visit: or

Our next meeting will be September 16th at UD's River Campus. Remember to send Don Hart your Christmas story for our book that we will be putting together. I know some of you have stories that you have read at our meeting at Mary Lou's these past few years.

Have a great week. Keep writng someone is watching....waiting....listening....

Sorry if there are any mistakes in this journal. Seems like Yahoo is having a problem with the format this morning.

No comments:

Post a Comment