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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays With Story
July 10, 2012

Writer’s Quote:
Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don’t start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
De-accession euphemisms.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.
~William Safire, “Great Rules of Writing”

Sorry, no notes received for Tuesday at the B & N: if received, they will be inserted in the next issue

Who’s up next . . .
July 17: Spike Pedersen (???), Pat Edwards (chapters 3-4, Our Soul . . . or poems), Andy Brown (chapter 1, Lo’s Quarter), Rebecca Rettenmund (chapter 9, The Cheese Logue), Millie Mader (chapter 36, Life on Hold), Lisa McDougal (chapter 3, Follow the Yellow/Ben and Krista), and Pam Gabriel (film script, part 3, “Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt”).

July 31: Fifth Tuesday
August 7: Lisa McDougal (chapter 4, Follow the Yellow/Ben and Krista), Pat Edwards (chapters 5-6, Our Soul), Pam Gabriel (film script, part 4, “Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt”), Judith McNeil (short story part 2, “The Man with the Broken Heart”), Aaron Boehm (film script, part 3, “Stealing from Yourself”), and Jerry Peterson (chapter 7-8, Rage).

Writers Mail editors . . .
Alicia Connolly-Lohr, is our editor this month. In August, it’s Andy Brown. Email editors directly to submit any items you think would be good for the newsletter.

Panera and Fifth Tuesday . . .
Do you have our next Fifth Tuesday on your schedule? July 31?
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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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