Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Messages from Angels

As I had laryngitis at the last meeting, I did not read what I wrote from the prompts in the previous post. This is what I wrote:
Dreams or angels. Sometimes they are one in the same. Angels come to me in my dreams giving me messages. Sometimes I recognize these angels as my dad or my brother, or even my cousin, all having passed to the other side. They come to me with messages of guidance or warning.

And some dreams are just dreams, though I know they contain messages. Dreams are a way for your subconscious to work things out during sleep time, a psychiatrist told me. So when I wake up I always analyze what I have dreamed. Sometimes the message is obvious, sometimes it's confusing. I come to my own conclusions in cases like that, which is probably what we're supposed to do.

[A psychic medium told me during a reading later that day that I have a lot of questions but my guides are not going to give me the answers. I need to look within myself for those answers.]

I had a dream recently of my brother's voice - my living brother - saying that I never call. I had responded with "It goes both ways". At first I thought nothing of the dream, but as I told the dream to others it dawned on me that perhaps there was a message there, maybe even a warning.

My eldest brother passed away suddenly at the age of 56. I hadn't seen him in 8 years. I learned afterwards that a month before he had been at an event in my area, an event I was too lazy to go to. A month later he was dead. I know if I had known he would be there I would have made the effort to go.

So now I have this dream about my other brother and can't help but wonder if it is a warning that this could happen again, though I saw him last at Christmas. A warning, or just a message that I shouldn't let my relationship with my living brother slide like it did with my late brother.

This dream occurred a few weeks ago and since translating its possible message, I still haven't called him. But I will, because one never knows when our loved ones here will be taken from us and become our angels over there.

[I texted him a few minutes ago asking him to call me.]

August 13, 2017, Meeting

Quotes and prompts provided by Nancy.

If you want to write, you must begin by beginning, finish by finishing. This is the great secret of it all. Tell no one. - Jack Heffron, The Writer's Idea Book

If you can visualize it, you can do it.

Keep a dream journal. Many writers (Anne Rice, Steven King) get their ideas from their dreams.


1. Have you ever had an out of body experience, seen a ghost, been saved by an angel? How did it change you? If not, write about what it might be like.

2. A mysterious tablet with hieroglyphic figures had been dropped by the fleeing men.

3. Use this sentence somewhere in a short story:  Now that she is gone I was finally free to tell the truth.

4. I am thankful that God never answered my prayer.

5. Describe a dream (maybe a recurring dream) which affected you deeply.

Please feel free to post your writing.

Next Meeting September 10, 2017
Judy is scheduled to lead.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Writing Prompt: The Person I Would Most Like to Bring Back

From the prompt "The person I would most like to bring back is...", I wrote the following:

The person I would most like to bring back is my dad. Though I do have many visits from him in sleep time, I long to hear his voice, his laugh, to feel his comfortable embrace.

I never got to ask him questions. I heard stories from when he was a kid, but only a chosen few he repeated over and over again.

My father's father was born in England. When his parents and 13 or so siblings emigrated to Canada, Charles remained behind. At the age of 16 he lied about his age and entered the military. He was stationed in India where he met my grandmother, also from the U.K. whose father was stationed in India. My grandparents wed there (and I actually found their marriage certificate online). They had three children, then emigrated to Canada when my dad was a year old. They had one more child here.

I asked my mother recently if my grandparents had British accents. I never met them and was curious as this was never mentioned. My mother having dementia said she didn't know. I'm sure if she thought about it, maybe thought about a conversation they had, she would be able to recall.

A small thing, that, but something I never thought to ask my father. I have pictures of my grandparents and a general idea of their characters, but not much. They never seemed to smile and I know my sister was afraid of my grandmother.

My father had a wonderful sense of humour. He always teased his sisters, always got into trouble. "Madge," my grandfather said one night at the dinner table, "we are raising a fool." (I think it was fool, it could have been clown. I heard the story many times but my mother doesn't remember).

So not only would I like to see, feel, and hear my father again for the mere comfort of being in his presence again, I am sure he has many stories to tell that I want to hear.

I visited my mother recently and tried to reminisce about Dad.

"I was 14 when we met," she said.

"Where did you meet?" I asked knowing the answer.

"I don't remember."

I reminded her of the story Dad had told. "You were in a park, on a swing. He said he even remembered what you were wearing."

"Oh, I don't know," was all she said.

The story of my Mom and Dad walking together, eating ice cream as they crossed the bridge over the Avon River in Stratford is so vivid as my father told it a million times. It's as if I was there.

They toyed with each other, each holding a hand out to the other. "Come here." "No, you come here." My Dad held my mother's hand, but then let go. My mother toppled over the railing into the water. When she came out dripping wet my father was howling with laughter.

I can hear that laugh. My father laughed a lot and brought a lot of laughter into our lives. I could use some of that laughter today and every day. But the laughter only my father could create. And I would love to be able to hear him howl with laughter at something I said. Mostly my jokes, when he was alive, would elicit a look of surprise. Today, I would hope, that I could make him howl with laughter. Laughter we could share together... and then a hug.

John Charles Bird
November 2, 1923 - February 26, 2006

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017, Meeting Notes

Harry Posner's book launch has been rescheduled. See poster below.

Authors in the Hills of Mulmur presents Canadians Telling Their Stories. This event takes place on August 20th from 1-4pm. Featured authors are Hugh Brewster, Drew Hayden Taylor, Robert Rotenberg and Sandra Perron. Tickets are $35. More information can be found at http://headwaters.ca/event/authors-in-the-hills-of-mulmur/ .

HWG member Clare McCarthy has been writing a column for the Orangeville Banner for several years. He was first asked to do one column a month, then he was asked to do two a month. He has now been asked to do 3 columns a month. Congratulations Clare!

Writing Prompts provided by Don:

1. What would you do if you were writing a book and you slowly realized that your book was being stolen as you typed?

2. The person I would most like to bring back is.... (by Jack Hodgins)

3. Thoughts flood my mind as I fall from the open airplane door.

4.  What do you think goes through a dog's mind when he goes along peeing on every telephone post and hedge he can find?

5. The old man and woman embraced, then took up their positions in the line for the last time.

6. As the torrential rains continued, the land masses dwindled to smaller and smaller islands.

Next Meeting is Sunday, August 13th, 1:30-3:30pm
Nancy is scheduled to lead.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Join me!

Newest novel AUROCH UNBOUND launching July 24th, along with Richard Sitoski's spoken word CD WORD SALAD. Come one, one all, and help us celebrate two new bouncing baby literaries. Wine, nibblies. FREE! At Pia's in Orangeville, 7 pm. See y'all there.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Book Launch at BookLore in Orangeville

Come one, come all. To the launch of Harry Posner's third novel, Auroch Unbound. This one's completely different (as are they all, as it turns out), being a story touched by romance, magic mazes, hybrid creatures, and a seriously skewed narrator. The myth of Theseus updated, if you will...The event is free. Come and hear some readings from the book, get a book signed, ask pointed questions, drink a glass of wine and hobnob with the literati! Altogether not a bad way to spend a Wednesday evening.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Meeting Minutes June 11, 2017

We announced the opportunity to participate in a half hour Sunday radio program with 91.7 Erin Radio, www.erinradio.org , dedicated to local writers starting in July.

Anyone interested should contact Phil Taylor, who contacted the Headwaters Writers' Guild directly. A reading and possible interview would be pre-recorded for airing at the show's scheduled time. You do not need to be published. Poetry, short stories, part of a novel, memoir or children's stories are welcome. You may not want to be interviewed, just read from your work. Alternatively, you may not like the sound of your reading voice and can have someone else do the reading for you.

In the case of poetry, a discussion regarding the nature of the poem(s) would be the best way to record this. If two poems are read, there could be a brief music break in between.

Contact Phil Taylor at 905-875-8348. This is a cell phone. He will accept text messages. Or you can contact him via email at erinradio881@gmail.com


Don suggested we use a timer for reading our work to the group so that everyone has a chance to read their work and to ensure we don't run out of time to do the writing exercises.

We will look into doing this for larger groups and Don is willing to bring in a timer for us.


Diane, Don and Nicky read from their current works in progress


Thanks to Diane for compiling the lengthly and highly detailed information from the Saturday June 10th Workshop with Nora Zylstra-Savage and to Patricia for posting the information and pictures. Well done ladies!


Here are the prompts from the meeting:

Headwaters Writers’ Guild
June 11, 2017
Family Matters

Family – set of parents and children or of relatives; person’s children; members of household; all descendants of one lineage; group of kindred peoples; related objects; group of allied genera of animals or plants
                Oxford Dictionary 1984

Write an essay on what your definition of family is.


Choose one of the prompts below relating to family connections and relationships.

1.       I always think of my mother when…

2.       I never knew how much I was like my father until…

3.       It was a shock to find out that my best friend was the father/mother of my adopted child.

4.       I always had to smile when I saw the plaque that hung above the toilet in Uncle Bob’s cabin. “Home is where the fart is.”

5.       When I’d sent out the DNA kit to Ancestry Inc., I never imagined the results I would see.

6.       I thought that when I married him/her I’d finally be part of a loving family.

7.       Sometimes the best family members aren’t human.

8.       If a family is like a tree, then there are some branches that should just be cut off.

9.       My sister/brother was my best friend and worst enemy all rolled into one.

10.   When my brother/sister suggested that we’d be better off without our parents, I thought he/she/ was just on one of his/her tirades again.


Our next meeting will be Sunday June 25th at 1:30 p.m.  Clare is scheduled to lead.