A Valentine for Venus – new release

Sonny Collins announces that his novelette, A Valentine for Venus, is now available as a Kindle book at Amazon.

A romantic and fun little novelette about what happens when Venus and Cupid bet on who can make someone fall in love first. To make it fair, their grandfather, Zeus, decides to forbid them the use of magic and then goes a step farther by sending them both to Earth as neighbors to a teenage girl and her widowed father – who are also his chosen mortals for this little experiment. They each have two weeks to help their subject fall in love by midnight on Valentine’s Day. Of course things get a bit complicated when Venus realizes her mortal might be falling for her instead of the woman she has chosen for him. Cupid, on the other hand, seems to have the entire high school under his influence. Or does he?

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March 17th Meeting – Writing Prompts

Last month, at the meeting, the stories from the prompts were wonderful, each one so different. Thank you, Chris, Charlie, Tom and Starla for participating.

This month’s Prompts are:

  • Write about a time in your life when you struggled with a choice and made the right one.
  • What would you do if you were locked inside your favorite department store overnight?
  • What would you do if you could travel in the past?
  • How would you determine if you were in love with the person you are dating or is it just a passing fling?

OR you can write about anything you would like. The above are only suggestions.

Louise

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Blossom Sings with Her Friends – hardcover

Starla Criser is excited to announce that the second book in her Blossom the Cow Series, Blossom Sings with Her Friends, is now available in hardcover.

The book has been updated and given a new cover. Hopefully, the revised paperback will also be available.

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Audiobook Release – Z. Minor

Z. Minor announces that her first book, The Sisterhood of the Coin, is now available as an audiobook on Amazon and iTunes. The reader is Nina Nato. She does a marvelous job with her English accent as she takes you on a trip back in time to 1820 England.

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Feb 17th Meeting – Writing Prompts

Prompts for KWA for February 2018

Last month, at the meeting, the stories from the prompts were brilliant. Our members come up with such wonderful stories and poems. Thank you, Chris, Gloria, Charlie, and Starla for participating.

This month’s Prompts are:

  1. You received a Valentine box of candy, and when you opened the card placed on top, you are shocked when you read who sent the chocolates. Why?
  2. Write a story featuring an Ouija board, a search engine, a self-help book.
  3. You’re digging in the garden and find a fist-sized nugget of gold. There’s more where that came from in this hilarious story of sudden wealth.
  4. Three children are sitting on a log near a stream. One of them looks up at the sky and says…

Now is your chance to write a short story. I have given you plenty of time? I think! Have fun and see you on February 17th- usual place, usual time.

Everyone have a great writing month.  Louise

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Jan 20 Monthly Meeting – An attorney visits

If you saw the original post about a meeting on Cliffhangers and Plotting, disregard that. We will have that program later in the year. Instead we will be having an attorney visit our group. He will answer questions about what an attorney can and cannot do. This information should be helpful to anyone writing about attorneys, or just plain interesting.

It’s a new year and time to get motivated with your writing again. That’s what KWA is about: helping each other with motivation, education, and support in many ways.

To help with Motivation, maybe you need to do some practice writing. Here are the writing prompts provided by Louise for January, from Brian A. Klems and Zachary Petit – The Writing Prompt Book Camp.

1. You’re downtown, and see graffiti on an unlikely place – graffiti like you’ve never seen before, concerning someone you know.
2. They tour the house with the real estate agent. “We love it,” he said, “Is there anything we should know about the house’s past?” The agent looked down.
3. Write an obituary for your favorite fictional character (literary, television, etc.) including how the death occurred.

Share your writing at the January 20th meeting.

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Nov 18 Monthly Meeting Recap

KWA members met in our usual place, at our usual time November 18th. We shared tidbits about what we write and any recent writing accomplishments. We also elected officers for 2018 and did some pretty decent planning for 2018 meetings.

2018 Officers

President – Rae Ann Cuda

Vice-President – Wes Brummer

Secretary – Ernestine Frame

Treasurer – Chris Davies

Member-at-Large – Louise Pelzl

Member-at-Large – Gloria Zachgo

 

2018 Programs (subject to changes)

Jan 20 – Cliffhangers and Plotting, by Kathy Pritchett

Feb 17 – Adding Romantic Sizzle: From Sweet to Hot, by Starla Criser

Mar 17 – TBA, by Gloria Zachgo

Apr 21 – Poetry Info, by Chris Davies

May 19 – Psychological Info, by Charles Gaynor

Jun 16 – Marketing on a Shoestring, by Wes Brummer

Jul 21 – Pacing, by Bob Morris

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August 19 Meeting Change – Prompts and More

There has been a change to our planned August 19th meeting. Our guest speaker had to change her presentation to September 16th.

Writing prompts will be discussed. The following are some suggested ones to try out.

  1. Harry Potter comes to your house for dinner. Write this scene as if you were a teenager.
  2. Job Swap – Take a character from one of your stories and place them in your current job. How does the office respond?
  3. Hiring a New villain – Your old villain quit over creative differences, so put yourself in charge of hiring a new villain for your novel.

Critique of your work – In an envelope preferably, bring something you would like to have critiqued: a scene, a chapter, a poem, a memoir piece, or an article. We will explain the process at the meeting. The hope is that another member will take it home with them to critique. Put your contact information and the type of project on the outside of the envelope.

Dialogue – We will continue discussing dialogue. Bring questions you may have and something to read for feedback. Keep the piece you bring brief so that we have time for everyone.

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August 19 Meeting – How to Become an Indie Author and The Steps You Need to Take

We will have a special guest speaker at the August 19th meeting: Victoria M. Patton. She will talk about “How to Become an Indie Author and the Steps You Need to Take.”

Patton will do a quick overview and have some handouts that will have resources. She will give some marketing pointers and will offer advice on how the KWA members can set themselves up as a self-published author that will help set up the marketing aspect. And she will be happy to answer any questions.

Contact information for Victoria M. Patton:

Website – www.whiskeyandwriting.com

Facebook – @victoriampattonauthor

Instagram – @victoriampatton

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July meeting wrap-up…and new fun things

Words from Louise…

We had an excellent meeting in July. Members read their dialogue and then it was open for general discussion. I have to say I was impressed that everyone at the meeting participated. We all know how to the write good dialogue.

Dialogue is a vast subject that cannot be completed at one meeting. With that said, we will continue a discussion, when possible, about our characters dialogue at each meeting. So bring your questions and writing to share. 

Writing Prompts

Everyone agreed that it would be interesting to get writing prompts well before the next meeting, so those members who can’t write on the fly or don’t like to could participate using writing prompts. Anyone who wants to can bring their written prompts to share at the meeting. For now, I looked on the Internet and found an interesting group called The Writing Prompt Boot Camp.

I have listed three prompts, and you get to pick the one you want to use. Or come up with your own. Have fun with them.

  1. Harry Potterc comes to your house.

What if Harry Potter came to your house for dinner? Write this scene as if you were a teenager, he’s new to your school, and you’re introducing him to your parents. Also after dinner, he makes a request of you. What is it?

  1. Job Swap

Take a character from one of your stories and place them in your current job. How does the office respond? Do they do a good job filling your place, or are they all play and no work?

  1. Hiring a New Villain

Your old villain quit over creative differences, so you put yourself in charge of hiring a new villain for your novel. What questions do you ask? What does the new villain’s resume say? Write this scene as if it were a job interview.

Depending on how many members want to read their writing prompt, you might be limited to the amount you can read.

Critique of our work – Another great idea!

Bring a piece of your writing that you want to be critiqued in an envelope. I will have some envelops for member use. You need to place your name, genre, and word count on the envelope. If you want the reader to email you their response before the next meeting, write your email address on the envelope too.

If any of the above doesn’t make sense, please come to the next meeting- August 19th.  We are looking for ways to make our meetings more enjoyable as well as be  a learning process for everyone.  See you soon.  Louise

 

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