We hope you all have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday. The Wannabe's had a monthly meeting last Friday at UD and we were able to share a lot of good stories and interesting information. Before we review the details of the meeting we wanted to point our to our members that the annual Christmas Brunch will be held at Mary Lou's condo in Centerville again this year. The date of our next meeting will be December 21st. The fellow below looks a lot like me in my other uniform with the exception of his nose.
What we talked about in our meeting
Rosie: Shared with the group a new project she is creating for her granddaughter's 18th birthday. Made from custom made paper, the picture book which is structured like an accordion contains a life time of pictures, poems and Hiku's that will be a treasure that will be cherish forever.
Don H. He and his partners have formed a company to help writers who want to self publish. Don helped a close relative publish a book about coal mining entitled " Black Damp Century"
He also recommended a book entitled "Monkey Paw" a short story by W.W. Jacobs. Don also announced that the Anthology is still in development but will not be ready this year.
Fay D. She read from a Memoir that she wrote about her life entitled "Bits and Pieces". She read a portion of the book for us to enjoy. The books style is unique in that it is entirely formated in short paragraphs with pictures used to support the story that was told in a few sentences. It was interesting that she wrote this book a number of years ago well before the advent of Twitter with its 140 character thought stream format. Who says we are behind the times at our age.
One of the interesting items in the story she read to us on Friday was the reference to a penny candy she bought as a child called: Chicken Bones. Chicken Bones are made with a rich, nut-meat center of chopped, fresh roasted almonds, cashews and coconut covered with butterscotch. The use to cost 3 for a penny. Now that penny won't even get you one.
Martha. Recommended that we read a book entitled:
One of her quotes from the book was: "Don't act your age".
Jud. She has written about 30, 000 words for her new fictional novel. She is participating in the NaNoWriMo which is an annual (November) novel writing project that brings together professional and amateur writers from all over the world. Her goal is to write 1667 words a day.
We also discussed writing your memoir in either 3 word or 6 word sentences. Try doing that.
Wanda: read a new story entitled: "Just Before Thanksgiving".
Don P. Related his personal experience in trying to join the Army. He tried numerous times to enlist but he unfortunately did not weigh enough to pass the physical. They even recommended that he not visit the bathroom prior to his next visit so he would have a better chance of qualifying.
A member of their church is moving to Tennessee and they have a problem with relatives that have the same birthday. Don said that he could relate to that. You see Don has a identical twin brother.
Don Q. Discussed the fact that our meeting for the next year are on the following dates:
Year 2013 Meeting schedule for the Wannabe's in the LLI lounge, 2nd floor of the River Campus building from 9 AM to 11:30 AM.
Remember this year our meeting will be held at Mary Lou's condo on Dec 21st.
I will be doing a number of book signing events in the next few weeks for my new book entitled Santa's Magic. Here is just one event where you are more than welcome to come and have a chance to buy an autographed copy of a Wannabe's members book for the holiday. They make great teachers gifts and stocking stuffer.
Dear Friend, I have put together a wonderful
evening for you at the Miami Valley Country on
November 30th, 2012, from 7 - 11 pm. The halls
of Miami Valley will be decked with whimsical
jolly that surely will bring a twinkle to your eye.
The stockings will be hung by the chimney with
care in hopes that you and yours will soon be
Scattered about the Miami Valley Country Club
will be crafts by We Care Arts; The Brian Hafer
Foundation Christmas Golf Collection; A Winter
Art Collection from the Town & Country Fine
Arts Gallery; a book signing of two new books,
“Santa’s Magic” and “The Little Bird Who Loved
Taking A Bath”; beautifully designed wreaths
tailored from pinecones collected from the
Dayton Area; music from Scott Lindberg and
Rodney Corbin; a reverse raffle with a grand
prize of $7500* and delicious hors d’oeuvres’
magically put together by the Valley’s own
kitchen elves. And of course I, Santa Claus will be
there. Better check that list twice because that’s
a lot of Joy packed into one evening.
Please don’t wait, buy your ticket now! November
30th will be here in a nod and I need to know
how many stockings to fill.
aka....The Brian Hafer Foundation,
We Care Arts, The First Tee, and the
Miami Valley Country Club.
Purchase your ticket online at
www.brianhaferfoundation.com or call
*$7500 Grand prize based on the sale of 200 tickets.
May be adjusted to number of tickets sold
Coming to you live from the North Pole....
Scenes from the Brian Hafer
Christmas Golf Collection
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Our group also discussed the possibility of having a Writers Seminar next Fall(2013) that will be a Workshop format with speakers on poetry, fiction, non-fiction, photography and even self publishing topics such as Formatting using In Design and Marketing using Facebook, Twitter and Linkin. We will provide you with more information as we start to put the program together. We will try to schedule the event in early November so that we can have a book signing for local authors who have self published a book recently and want to share the wealth of their talents with friends and family.
May you and your family have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving. For those Snowbirds who are traveling make sure you understand that Turkey season has already started in some parts of the country...so be extra safe.