Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Hey literary friends. Two events to put on your literary calendar. Sunday Sept 9th, I'll be at the Eden Mills Writers festival selling advance copies of my new book MALWARE (an audio bonus to anyone who purchases a copy at the festival). It's a great fest, and now in (I think) it's 30th year. And not far away (close to Guelph). Maybe some of you will be there, anyways, selling your books? Hope to see you there, in any case. Drag other people with you to the festival. That's how it grows!

Then, as shown in the poster, I'll be reprising a double book launch with my poetic friend Richard Yves-Sitoski. We'll be reading from our books, answering questions, offering up some food and bevvies and a chance to hobnob with the gliterati! Mark on your calendar Tuesday, September 25th, 7 pm at Maggiolly's Arts Supplies. It will be a fun-filled evening, guaranteed. And it's free! Yeehaw!

Finally, I tried something I've never done before, which is to create a book trailer. So here is a trailer I created for my new novella, MALWARE. Just to wet your whistle:

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Meeting Minutes August 12, 2018

Clare opened the meeting with a Treasurer’s Report noting that the Guild account is low and that more funds are needed in order to meet the cost of our website.

Clare mentioned the Authors in the Hills of Mulmur event taking place Sunday August 19th, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for anyone interested in attending. Tickets can be obtained at BookLore or the Shelburne Library for $35 which includes refreshments.

Reminder that Marilyn Kleiber’s workshops at the Orangeville Library will be on September 22nd, October 27th and November 24th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and that all members should try to attend at least one of the workshops as this is part of our agreement with the Orangeville Library.

It was reiterated that, after the workshop on November 24th there will be a seasonal potluck social to mark the end of the meeting year and that any attendees of the workshop, as well as the members of the writing group, would be welcomed to attend. Coffee, tea and water will be provided by the library and members are encouraged to bring fruit trays, baked goods, and assorted finger foods.

Please refer to the July 15th meeting minutes for previous discussion.

Clare brought a number of limerick books to the meeting and handed out copies of six various limericks. 

A worksheet with partially written limericks was also included and the group worked on completing the limericks together.

The prompts included:

Don Boles liked to write and fish
But telling a tail was his one great wish …..

Okay here’s the poop
Nancy founded the Headwaters Writers’ Group
Members scribbled and swore…

Judy was a poet
But you’d never know it
Cause none of her verses would rhyme…

Sonja once wrote a short story
That some writers thought was too gory…

There was an old woman who swallowed a fly
But I don’t know why…

Virgina gave her own beginning for a limerick which the group helped to complete

A critic once said of my art
I don’t get the hang of this part…

A couple of the completed limericks are as follows:

Don Boles liked to fish and write
His stories gave kids such a fright
Telling a tale
Of a monstrous whale
No one could sleep through the night

If someone should ask you the scoop
Nancy founded a writing group
Members scribbled and swore
Dropping pens on the floor
To get in the publishing loop

There were many variations on the same beginnings as shown in the example below.

If someone should ask you the scoop
Nancy founded the Headwaters group
Members scribbled and swore
Scratched it out and wrote more
Because no one was content with poop

Our next meeting will be on Sunday September 9th with Don scheduled to lead.