Saturday, November 29, 2014

Bouncing Baby Website

Hi all. Wanted to announce the 'going live' of my new website. Address: You will find all of my books and audio cds/mp3s available for purchase, sample audio and video stories from my soon-to-be-released book of flash fiction, LITTLE EXITS, and a video of my slam-winning spoken word performance at the Words Aloud Spoken Word festival. You'll read about my editing/mentoring services, what I'm currently reading, and other cool tidbits. So, head on over, do some surfing, buy a book for a friend for Christmas, and have fun!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Headwaters Writers' Guild 2015 Meeting Schedule

2015 Meeting Schedule
All Meetings Begin at 1:30pm
Location: Tweedsmuir Church, 6 John Street, Orangeville

Sunday, January 11 – Leader: Nancy
Sunday, January 25 – Leader: Diane
Sunday, February 8 – Leader: D.J.
Sunday, February 22 – Leader: Judy
Sunday, March 8 – Leader: Clare
Sunday, March 22 – Leader: June
Sunday, April 12 – Leader: Jayne
Sunday, April 26 – Leader: Marilyn
Sunday, May 3 – Leader: D.J.
Sunday, May 24 – Leader: Nancy
Sunday, June 7 – Leader: Diane
Sunday, June 28 – Leader: Judy
Sunday, July 19 – Leader: Clare
Sunday, August 23 – Leader: June
Sunday, September 13 – Leader: Marilyn
Sunday, September 27 – Leader: D.J.
Sunday, October 4 – Leader: Jayne
Sunday, October 18 – Leader: Judy
Sunday, November 1 – Leader: Diane
Sunday, November 15 – Leader: Nancy

Sunday, November 29 – Christmas Luncheon

W.O.W. Words The Orangeville Way in Pictures

Saturday, November 15, 2014, The Headwaters Writers' Guild participated in W.O.W. at the Orangeville Public Library. This event featured many local authors, poets, story tellers, and our writing group. For the first year of this event there was a fair turn-out of people. We thank the Orangeville Public Library for bringing writing to the forefront in the Orangeville community. It's been a long time coming and now there are events on a monthly basis if not more often. Kudos to our great Chief Librarian Darla Fraser who has worked diligently to bring writing, reading, and authors to the library from the Dufferin area and beyond.

Below are pictures taken by our group secretary (who is not a professional photographer or blogger):

Rapt Audience
Clare McCarthy

Harry Posner
Diane Bator
Joseph Gilbey
Jayne Self

June Hustler (Duncan)
Nancy Rorke

Judy Zarowny

The Headwaters Writers' Guild members in attendance
Anthony Carnovale & Harry Posner on Storytelling

Marilyn Klieber, HWG Moderator of the Day

.... and these pictures are not going to post the way I set them up. It's the best I could do.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Art Battle Begins!

Hi all. Get your tickets for the first ever Headwaters Region Art Battle competition. Painters go head to head in 20-minute rounds, with winners voted on by the audience. Great music, cash bar, food, and door prizes, including a vintage 1940s condom mould! Get your tickets online today! Part of the proceeds go to helping Club Art create a permanent space for young artists in Orangeville. 
See you there.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Next Culture Cafe is going all Poetic on our Heads!

Hey all.
Check out the Alton Mill Arts Centre on November 28th, 7-9 pm. Eight great Caledon area poets (including yours truly and Judy!), plus a wonderful musician (Will Devonshire) will provide a magical evening of wordilicious experiences. And... wait for it... it's FREE! Yikes, you say, I thought there was no free lunch in this world of ours.  Oh yes there is! Be there or be a wilted swiss chard leaf.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Meeting Notes November 2, 2014

Because of the many events upcoming, we will be cancelling our meeting on November 16th, 2014. That means this was our last meeting of the year. A 2015 schedule will be released soon.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, November 8, 2014

JUZDIZRTS Author Event taking place at the Archtop Cafe, 56 Queen Street North, Bolton (Highway 50 & King Street) from 2-4pm. Diane will be one of the authors participating in this event. Come out and support her and other local authors. Admission is free, prizes to be won.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sounds at the Market at the Owen Sound Farmer's Market, 2:00pm.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

WOW (Words the Orangeville Way) at the Orangeville Public Library Mill Street location. Events are taking place in various rooms in the library. The Headwaters Writers' Guild will be participating from 11:30-12:15 in the Meeting Room in the basement. Harry Posner, of the HWG, will be participating with Anthony Carnovale from 12:30-1:00pm in the Community Living Room. Many other local authors will also be participating including Richard Scarsbrook and Sean Cassidy. The Dufferin Circle of Storytellers are also participating, unfortunately at the same time as HWG but in the Program Room.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Culture Cafe at Caledon Library. Poetry and music from 7-9pm.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

So far there are a total of 15 people expected to attend the Christmas Luncheon on November 30th at the Four Seasons Buffet (75 First Street) at noon. If you have not responded to Patricia please do so as soon as possible as tables have to be reserved. Family members are invited to attend. Even if you are not planning on attending, please respond.

Writing Prompts as provided by Clare:

1. A mysterious black bag.
2. The contents of the bag (as shown by Clare - see photo below)
3. When I entered the room, I choked as I inhaled the horrible smell.
4. The silence that night was deafening.
5. I was sure it was Sue's perfume that I smelled.
6. A slight taste was enough to make me throw up and wonder what I'd been served.
7. When I grasped the __________ it felt warm and fuzzy, but Marilyn said that she thought it was cold and clammy.
8. The sight of the sound made me determined to never again ___________

Bonus Prompt: Create several examples of your own perfect insults.

This is what was in the bag!

Diane has posted all her news in separate postings on this blog. I will not be repetitive but she has a lot of books coming out that you need to watch out for. Congratulations, Diane!

If we don't see you at any of the events listed above, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Our next meeting will probably be January 11, 2015.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Diane Bator's New Book Releases

I am so excited to announce the release of my new novel DEATH OF A JADED SAMURAI
November 3!

Gilda Wright thinks she's landed a dream job managing a karate school. Sure, her boss, Sensei Mick Williams, is almost as demanding as he is sexy, but Gilda is inspired by the strength of people around her and hopes to absorb some of that into her own life. But when Gilda finds the body of one of the instructors laying in the dojo with a sword though his chest, suddenly she must find her own inner strength and fast! The police see everyone as a suspect, including her boss, and it's up to Gilda to find out what really happened. She follows the clues of the missing scroll of the Four Possessions of the Samurai down a deadly path filled with lies, deceit, and poisoned ninja stars! If she doesn't watch her step, she just may become the killer's next sparring partner.

To order your copy today, go to:

I also have a short story appearing in an anthology by Gemma Halliday Publishing. Cozy Christmas Capers will be released December 1 and will only be available until January 31! It is available for pre-order at: