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Tuesdays With Story
WRITER’S MAIL for November 1, 2012

“A good style should show no signs of effort. What is written should seem a happy accident.” ~W. Somerset Maugham

Fifth Tuesday . . .
What a crowd, 22 people cramming ourselves into Rebecca Rettenmund’s mom’s house – thank you Victoria Horn for hosting us and making that great vegetable lasagna – for this week’s Fifth Tuesday feast and celebration of vampires, zombies, and other terrors of the night.

We shared in eleven Fifth Tuesday stories of the supernatural. Go to our Yahoo group and click on FIFTH TUESDAY. You will find them there.

Special guest Ben LeRoy, publisher of Tyrus Books and a leader of our group a decade ago, answered questions on the changing publishing business, ebooks, what a publisher can offer an author that self-publishing cannot, and the hoops you have to go through to catch the eye of an agent. “It starts with finishing your book,” Ben said, “and then revising it and rewriting it and rewriting it and rewriting it to make it not just a good book, not just a pretty good book, but the best book it can be.”

Plan now for our next Fifth Tuesday, January 29. Put it on your calendar. Fist-and-third group hosts. (more…)


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Writer’s Mail 9/20/2010
by Kim Simmons

“A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.” ~Charles Peguy

Last Week
“If you walk up to the bell, you’ve got to ring it.” — Terry Hoffman, on adding important details to a sexy scene . . . more on that later!

Once again pushed to the other side of Barnes & Noble by a reading done by someone who had the audacity to publish a book, we actually managed to zip through seven pieces! But first, congratulations to Anne Allen, whose article “A Bridge Between Two Cultures,” about Rosalie Dousman, who ran a school for Menominee children in the 1800s in Northern Wisconsin, was published in the Autumn 2010 issue of the Wisconsin Magazine of History. Well done! On to the readings . . .

Jack Freiburger read Lester’s story from The Path To Bray’s Head. Annie Potter enjoyed it – a true Irish tale, dark and funny! Anne suggested adding some action to break up the long narrative, though Carol Hornung thought maybe by giving the piece a chapter of its own, it could stand alone (wouldn’t need as much messy punctuation, either.) Toyed with the idea of using Miz instead of Ms – would fit better with Lester’s speech.

Carol Hornung brought in an overlapping scene from Sapphire Lodge, picking up before the last reading ended. Anne was quick to point out that for a story about a character with synesthesia, there wasn’t any color in the scene! Holly and Terry felt Saffi was being a little too calm after her experience to be thinking about tourist revenue, though the section was clearly important. Perhaps not in the right place. Jack liked the fact that she wasn’t ruffled by the blood and potential death and just wanted to kick back with a beer – could be the start of a particularly tough character.

Annie Potter read another scene from her memoir, which was really well done. Carol found a few typos. . . not much else to say! Holly Bonnicksen-Jones liked the dramatic scene of the step father dragging her out of bed. There was some repetition – the plan is told to the brother, Michael, then we see the plan unfold as told. Maybe drop some of the scene with Michael. (more…)

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Writer’s Mail 5/4/2010
by Kimberly Simmons

“I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all.” – Richard Wright, American Hunger, 1977

Last Week & Who’s Up Next
Brief meeting for the 2nd and 4th tonight – just three people showed up, so we read over Jack’s piece and made some comments and called it a night.

Readers for May 11th will be:
Holly Bonnickson-Jones (Coming Up For Air)
Terry Hoffman (The Journal)
Carol Hornung (Asperger Sunset)
Jack Frieburger (Path to Bray’s Head)

And anyone else who’d like to be on the schedule is welcome.

Next Newsletter Editor
I will not be doing the newsletter for a while but Carol Hornung has stepped up to the plate. You can email her with any comments or articles. Thanks so much!

Book Review: Where Are You Now?
By Mary Higgins Clark

Submitted by: Millie Mader

Since I read Jerry’s pieces on “cozies”, I decided that the book I just finished might be appropriate for that genre. Mary Higgins Clark does usually appoint an amateur sleuth as her protagonist. She provides escapist reading for a rainy (or snowy) day.
This time we meet Carolyn MacKenzie, an up and coming lawyer who searches for her brother, Mack, who has been missing for ten years.
Mack, who was a popular, handsome college student, left no clues as to his disappearance. He calls his widowed mother every Mother’s Day, and tells them to quit trying to find him. This last time, he left a block-lettered message in the church collection box with the same orders. The mother has become paranoid, and is slowly pulling Carolyn down with her. The mother’s suitor, Elliott, is advising them to give up their search and live the life of wealth and ease that they deserve. He resides and dresses in elegance, and claims to be named after his cousin, Elliott Roosevelt. He finally is able to persuade the mother, Olivia, to accompany him on a Greek Island cruise. (more…)

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