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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
December 26, 2014

“If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.” —Peter Handke

Pat Edwards will be the January newsletter editor

Please send in your writing submissions a as an upload and as an email attachment

Who’s up next . . .
January 6: Alicia Connolly-Lohr (chapter 9, Coastie Girl), Andy Brown (chapter, The Last Library), Pat Edwards (poems), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Bob Kralapp (???), and Jerry Peterson (chapter 5, Rooster’s Story).
January 20: Lisa McDougal (chapter, Tebow Family Secret), Amber Boudreau (???), Mike Rickey (poems), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Alicia Connolly-Lohr (chapter 10, Coastie Girl), Millie Mader (chapter 60, Life on Hold), and Judith McNeil (???).

Great word . . .
Shaleionaire
n. A person who owns land that sits over a shale deposit and has become rich by leasing that land to a company that extracts natural gas from the shale.
Examples
Increased sales reflect spending by landowners with leasing bonuses — dubbed “shaleionaires” in the report — and out-of-state workers paying hotel and restaurant bills.
—Bob Downing, “Akron area starting to feel economic benefits of Ohio’s Utica drilling, study says,” Akron Beacon Journal, January 10, 2014

Stewart visited a “shaleionaire”, one of the local farmers who’ve hit the shale gas lottery, and then came back here for a primer on power-supply management and energy security.
—Tom Sutcliffe, “TV review: Horizon — Fracking: the New Energy Rush, BBC2,” The
Independent, June 20, 2013
Earliest
What’s brought about the change is that there’s a new, unconventional process for extracting natural gas from shale, a dense rock formation two miles undergound. And if you’re sitting on top of it, you may become a new American phenomenon: a shaleionaire.
—“Shaleionaires” (video), 60 Minutes, November 14, 2010 (more…)

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Writer’s Mail
February 28, 2014

Second and Fourth Meeting February 25, 2014 at Barnes and Noble
Warm and cozy at Barnes & Noble Tuesday night… it was an all-girls night as we read through three pieces.

Ruth Imhoff brought in her short story contest submission, “Futile.” Deb and Katelin weren’t entirely certain of how it ended. Carol figured out where Ruth was going, but wasn’t quite sure how she’d gotten there. It’s not clear that the main character is a courier and that if he can only evade capture for a few hours, he’ll be safe. Holly liked certain elements of the story being vague, especially since the limit of 500 words is so tight. She suggested looking for use of the word “was” and figuring shorter ways to say the same thing – frees up space for more to be put into the story. Jen thought the needle at the end of the story might have been the tracker. Enjoyed the suspense and flow of the story.

Holly Bonnicksen-Jones read a chapter from Coming Up for Air. Katelin felt that it read well and enjoyed the scene with the characters being allowed to be “normal.” Carol wanted more of a pause after each text – something to interrupt the reader in the same way the text interrupts the conversation. Terry suggested putting in a reaction from Liza as she recognizes Ty pulling away from her. Jen thought perhaps she’d wonder if the texts were coming from a boyfriend? Kristin said she’s still not sure what the story is actually about, and we all discussed the character of Liza, where she came from and where she’s going. It’s important for the reader to be rooting for Liza to change, and needs to understand what is motivating that change.

Carol Hornung presented a scene from Ghost of Heffron College. Terry wanted to know more about how Kyle felt regarding the “nothingness” that Brandi is afraid of, and suggested tying it to his own situation. She also liked the connection of the people in Brandi’s past to people in Kyle’s present. Katelin suggested having Kyle hesitate before lighting the candle. Holly pointed out the inconsistency of the use of Overlook and Outlook. What is it? Also some concern that the narrative gets too negative on religion. Would be good to back off a bit. Maybe make discussion more conversational; what would Kyle’s professor’s say? (more…)

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Tuesdays With Story
WRITER’S MAIL for October 25, 2012

“Nobody becomes a writer overnight. Well, I’m sure somebody did, but that person’s head probably went all asplodey from paroxysms of joy, fear, paranoia, guilt and uncertainty. Celebrities can be born overnight. Writer’s can’t. Writers are made – forged, really, in a kiln of their own madness and insecurities – over the course of many, many moons. The writer you are when you begin is not the same writer you become.” – Chuck Wendig

Last Call for Fifth Tuesday!
Second-and-fourth hosts at Rebecca Rettenmund’s mom’s house, 702 Emerson Street, Madison. Ben LeRoy, of Tyrus Books, will be with us, discussing the rapidly changing publishing industry. Get your stories to Jerry and bring your dishes to pass for an evening of fun Tuesday October 30 at 7 pm! If you wrote a story, bring along a copy to read out loud. Stories will be assembled for the special October 31 Writer’s Mail.

Tuesday Night at Barnes & Noble
Blending in with the mid-term crowd, a half-dozen of us gathered for opinions and camaraderie…

Rebecca Rettenmund read Chapter 14, “Hunger” from her novel, The Cheese Logue. Katelin really enjoyed the piece. Terry singled out the line “Dirge mewed in a voice too small for his size” as a line she liked. The battle concept with the wheel of cheese was fun, too, though Carol didn’t like the cheese talking back or the NUM NUM NUMs, though others begged to differ. Jen was a little puzzled by the line “Back to June 5, Sunday,” wondering – did we ever leave? And Terry reminded Rebecca she needed to show the reader she put on the cheese hat again.

Terry Hoffman is closing in on the ending of The Great Tome. Like Rebecca, she’s on Chapter 14, and this one did a good job of building up suspense toward the ending. The last line, though, was a little confusing. Make sure we realize the bullet ricochets off the book and back at Rachel. Katelin also pointed out that there are three different affairs going on in the book. Might want to mix up the marital problems a little bit. And Carol liked the part where Rachel started to think that the tome is what caused her mother’s car accident. (more…)

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