Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Wannabe's Journal
February 2013

The Wannabes meet in the LLI lounge at the River Campus on South Patterson Street on February 15th at 9 AM.  Only four members could attend this month.  Many of our faithful are in warmer weather.  Base on this week and the weather forecast for this coming weekend I cannot blame them. 

Whats new:

Don H:  Discussed a number of novels he has started to read.  The first one he commented about was entitled   Caravaggio : A Novel  written by
Christopher Peachment

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was an Italian artist active in Rome, Naples, Malta, and Sicily between 1593 and 1610. Wikipedia
Born: September 29, 1571, Milan
Died: July 18, 1610, Grosseto
Periods: Baroque, Renaissance

Don went to a book event, actually it was a winter
Ice sculpture show in Hamilton, Ohio that had a book fair at one of the tents for the event.  Accordingly he was able to meet a writer who has written a book entitled:

The Author: Marguerite Livy-Feibelman is
a Holocaust Survivor

The last book that Don recommended was Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman.  A riveting story of a wolf pack in northern Minnesota. 

Rosie H:  Recommended a novel entitled:  The Woman with the Alabaster Jar
written by Margaret Starbird in 1993.  A story claiming Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene had a relationship. 

Rosie is organizing a number of events in the upcoming months for artists

Connecting Art & Spirit    
Embracing Your Beauty
with Rosie Huart 

Reserve your spot for Friday through Sunday noon, May 3-5, 2013, at Maria Stein in Maria Stein, Ohio, for an enriching experience.

I will be facilitating this 3rd annual retreat in the beautiful farmland setting of northern Ohio.   It's a time to refresh, renew and come home to yourself.  I assure you you will walk away with a gift you have given yourself.
The retreat is designed to implement creative ways of encountering the soul's inner journey through art.  In these experiential and innovative workshop/retreats painting, poetry, creative writing and collage are explored.  Other components, such as music, meditation and sharing are fashioned to enhance the creative process.  Introspective and art making play significant roles in connecting to one's essence.  Participants leave, not only with a creative project, but a renewed and deeper sense of well-being through the healing power of art. More information will follow. 

If you would like to schedule a
for your organization  contact me at:

Don P:  Published his book:

A Peacock Speaks, a collection of 22 short stories which explore a wide range of subjects:  nature, boating, bird behavior and even male-female relationships.  You may get a softback/Kindle version of the book at the following website: forward to reading his book.  He has contributed many of his stories to the Journal in the past.

Don P also recommended a book that he has been reading.  Biking to the Artic Circle By Allan Johnson        Front Cover

Don Q  talked about the upcoming Mad Anthony Writers Workship which will held in April.

Welcome new and returning Mad Anthony Writers!

Mad Anthony Writers Conference offers a brilliant opportunity for you to learn from the experts,
network with a community of kindred spirits, have your manuscripts reviewed, and give your
dreams of becoming a published author a chance to come true.
Your attendance also helps spread the joy of reading and writing throughout the larger community.
In its brief existence, this non-profit conference has donated more than $35,000 to local literacy
campaigns. Make plans now to join us—but hurry! Participation is limited to the first 90 registrants
to maintain the unique camaraderie of MAWC.
When: Friday-Sunday, April 12-14, 2013
Where: Historic Hamilton, Ohio, “The City of Sculpture”
10 minutes west of I-75 on Route 129 (exit 24) between Cincinnati and Dayton
Overview: DAY 1: Murder & Mayhem • Keynote speaker, Sharon M. Draper
DAY 2: Write Like Mad workshops • One-on-One Appointments
DAY 3: Master Classes
Get to it!: REGISTER before February 1, 2013 for Early Bird discounts.
HOTEL accommodations are available at Hamilton’s Marriott Courtyard Inn.
Mention ‘Mad Anthony’ to receive our special group discount!

My Observations:  1.  Excellent list of presenter for both Sat and Sunday. 
                                2.  Excellent price performance
                                3.  A chance to take a class from our favorite authorities in the writing community:  Jane Friedman and Nancy Pinard. 

Here is the link to their web site and registration:

Don also pointed out that Book Baby recently made a book available for writers entitled:  Make Money with Your eBook.  Here is a link to get a copy for yourself.

Free Workshop: The Art of Exposition and Dialogue

Dialogue and exposition are two of the most important craft issues a fiction writer faces. Please join me on Saturday, March 2nd, from 2-4:00 p.m. at Wright Memorial Public Library in lovely Oakwood, Ohio, 1776 Far Hills Avenue, for a free workshop on The Art of Exposition and Dialogue.

Advance registration is required and limited to the first 20 people. Contact the Reference Department at 294-7171 to register beginning Friday, February 15th. Visit the library’s website for more details.

Please join us for a lively time! You can find out a little more about what to expect at

Poetry Reading, March 22

I'll also be doing a poetry reading on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Montage Cafe in Greenville, Ohio. Poetry, food, and music--I'd love to see you there!

New Poems Published

Three of my poems—"Aunt Hazel's Jewelry," "Communion," and "Footwashing"—have been published at the online literary magazine Blue Ridge Literary Prose and are available for viewing at
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Don Q  is also teaching a class in the Spring LLI program at the University of Dayton .  Here is a description of the class. 

Self-Publishing - Creating Your Own Book
We will cover the basics involved in creating your own book. There are various types of books in the marketplace: paperback, paperback with color (cover/interior), hardback (with or without dust cover), photograph or coffee table books, children’s books and eBooks for the Kindle and Nook. We will discuss the cost associated with copyright protection, cover design, formatting, publicity, printing, commissions to bookstores, establishing your platform on the Web, effective use of social networking tools such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and HootSuite, and actions necessary to market your book and distribute it effectively. We will use two tools to create a softback book using Createspace and book of photos using Blurb.

6 Thursdays, March 21 - April 25
3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at River Campus (Please Note:  Sessions conclude at 5:30 p.m.)

If you would like information on registration for this or any other class that will be offered in the Spring session please review the information listed in this UD LLI web site.

Our next meeting will be March 22.  We all should have recovered from St Partick's Day.