Writing News for the Sunshine State & the Solar System
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* Editor: Howard Denson * Jun.
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In This Issue:
NFW to critique June 8 at Webb Wesconnett
Clay FWA to hear Tim Gilmore and Sohrab Homi Fracis
Bookmark slates signings by Schwalbe, DiSclafani, Berry
Wolverton’s “Method Weight Management 2, How Not to be a Fat Cat” is Published
Romance Writers sponsor all-day “Vision Boarding” workshop with Michelle Dawn June 8 at the Argyle Branch Library
Meet Kathleen Walls, Ron P. Whittington, and Chris Hejmanowski Tuesday, June 11, at OP’s Black Horse Winery
Ponte Vedra Library hosts 3rd annual book fair
FWA news about meetings, contests, and workshops
Stuff from a Writer’s Quill — Roger Ebert
The Wrong Stuff – Howard Denson
Stuff from Hither and Yon
Writers Born This Month
NFW suspends dues indefinitely
Meetings of NFW and Other Groups
Need someone to critique a manuscript?
The Write Staff
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NFW to critique manuscripts
June 8 at Webb Wesconnett
The North Florida Writers will have a critique-only meeting Saturday, June 8, at 2 p.m. Saturday, at the Webb Wesconnett Library (corner of 103rd Street and Harlow Boulevard, to the east of I-295). The public is welcome to attend.
For the critiques, someone other than the author of respective works will read aloud the submissions (up to 10 double-spaced TYPED pages of prose, and reasonable amounts of poetry or lyrics). Authors may not defend their work, but they may attach questions they would like answered (e.g., “Is the scene on the beach convincing?”). Authors should listen to the words and rhythms of their creations.
Future meeting dates and locales:
July 13 – 2 p.m., Webb Wesconnett
Aug. 10 – 2 p.m., Webb Wesconnett
Sept. 14 – 2 p.m., Webb Wesconnett
Oct. 12 – 2 p.m., Webb Wesconnett
Clay FWA to hear Tim Gilmore
and Sohrab Homi Fracis
The FWA Clay County Writers have invited members and the public to hear Sohrab Homi Fracis, author of “Ticket to Minto,” Wednesday, June 19, from 6:15 to 8 p.m. at Orange Park Library (2054 Plainfield Ave., off Kingsley Ave., behind the Dairy Queen).
Fracis will speak about writing as a second career. Fracis received a technical-oriented education in India and worked in the field for several years before deciding he wanted to write literary fiction.
Clay County Writers is sponsored by the Florida Writers Assn. Monthly meetings (the third Wednesday) are devoted to presentations by speakers and authors discussing areas of their expertise. The programs focus on the art, craft, and business of writing.
Bookmark slates signings
by Schwalbe, DiSclafani, Berry
The BookMark (220 First St., Neptune Beach) is welcoming authors who deal with end-of-life issues, life in the Great Depression, and a fictitious scandal that could shake the security of the British throne.
Owner Rona Brinlee has scheduled a signing with Will Schwalbe, author of "The End of Your Life Book Club" (paperback/Vintage), at 7 p.m., Friday, June 14. Despite the title, this oddly is not a depressing book, Brinlee says. Rather it's an homage to the power of the book and the love of reading. In fact, it is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother who start a "book club" (with only two members) that brings them together as her life comes to a close. Over the course of two years, mother and son carry on conversations that are both wide-ranging and deeply personal, prompted by an eclectic array of books and a shared passion for reading. Their list jumps from classic to popular, from poetry to mysteries, from fantastic to spiritual. The issues they discuss include questions of faith and courage as well as everyday topics such as expressing gratitude and learning to listen.
Brinlee says that throughout, they are constantly reminded of the power of books to comfort us, astonish us, teach us, and tell us what we need to do with our lives and in the world. Reading isn't the opposite of doing: it's the opposite of dying.
Aton DiSclafani, the author of "The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for GIlrs" (Riverhead Books), will appear at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19. In this novel, it is 1930, the midst of the Great Depression. After her mysterious role in a family tragedy, passionate, strong-willed Thea Atwell, age fifteen, has been cast out of her Florida home, exiled to an equestrienne boarding school for Southern debutantes. As Thea grapples with her responsibility for the events of the past year that led her here, she finds herself enmeshed in a new order, one that will change her sense of what is possible for herself, her family, her country. One reviewer wrote "I fell completely under the spell of Anton DiSclafani's amazing first novel and was gripped by its lush and dreamy evocations of Southern decorum, family secrets, and boarding school rituals."
Steve Berry, now of St. Augustine, will be back at 7 p.m., Monday, June 24, with the novel "The King's Deception" (Ballantine), In this Cotton Malone story, the protagonist's fifteen-year-old son, Gary, is kidnapped in London, and Malone stumbles into a high-stakes diplomatic showdown fueled by Tudor secrets. At its heart is the Libyan terrorist convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103, who is set to be released by Scottish authorities. The only hope to stop this is "Operation King's Deception" which calls into question the legitimacy of Queen Elizabeth I's reign. "New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Steve Berry returns with another Cotton Malone thrill ride, which takes readers to the heart of England, uncovering a secret that threatens to rock Great Britain to its royal foundations."
For more information, contact the Bookmark at 904.241.9026 or email@example.com, or check the website at http://www.bookmarkbeach.com.
Wolverton’s “Method Weight Management 2,
How Not to be a Fat Cat” is Published
Carrol Wolverton’s “Method Weight Management 2, How Not to be a Fat Cat” has been published and is available on amazon.com under books. A hard copy is $5.99 plus shipping, while the e-book is $1.99 on Amazon’s Kindle.
Ms. Wolverton says, “It’s similar to the original version, but I've added new material and omitted obsolete websites.” It also contains conversations among three women about weight loss.
The Wolverton Method is simple enough: Make changes in diet and exercise one at a time until desired weight is achieved. “This is not an easy task,” she says, ‘but it’s doable for the determined.” She says the method helped her to lose unwanted pounds.
Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish her to send you a hard or ebook copy for free if you are willing to write a review. Members must have an Amazon account to write a review.
She is revising and republishing past published titles on Create Space and Kindle as she gets to them. Last year, she republished “Boston Basement,” a dirty family secret mystery full of Boston history and with a whole lot to say about equal treatment of all peoples.
Prior to that, she published her first YA novel, “Raylaina,” the story of a teen with an abusive boyfriend.
She says “Living Cheap & Loving It, Tomatoes in the Flower Bed” continues to sell reasonably well on Amazon and will be revised at some future point.
All books available are listed on this website: www.northfloridawriters.org/CarrolW.htm
Romance Writers sponsor all-day “Vision Mapping” workshop
with Michelle Dawn June 8 at the Argyle Branch Library
Don’t get on auto-pilot if you are driving to an upcoming meeting of the Florida Romance Writers. The June 8 meeting will be at the Argyle Branch library (7973 Old Middleburg Road S. 32222). The all-day workshop will focus on “Vision Mapping” and will be conducted by Michelle Dawn.
Ms. Dawn is a Visionary Life Coach with a passion for helping others to achieve a positive self image. She has developed a simple and effective program for helping clients identify their innate talents as they acknowledge the true beauty that lies inside them. Using a co-creative environment, she supports her clients in finding clarity by focusing on their unique abilities and qualities.
How does this relate to writing? She finds communication to be a key element in vision mapping, and communication is what writing is all about.
Growing up surrounded by adversity, she understands the emotional struggle between feeling undervalued and learning to recognize the true power of authenticity. She says, “We are not meant to live lives of discomfort and disappointment. Each of us is equipped with unique abilities. When we recognize and honor the value of those abilities, we can achieve a positive self image, and a positive self image contributes to a more joyful, purposeful life.”
She also uses Vision Mapping, a fun and effective focusing technique that transforms lives and reinforces a valid sense of self worth. By assembling visual images that sing to their hearts and proudly displaying them, clients create powerful reminders to concentrate on the areas of their lives that are most meaningful.
After creating her own vision board years ago, she discovered her passion and recognized her talents. This moving and enduring experience led her to realize her life’s purpose of becoming a successful coach who helps others develop a positive self image.
For more information about Ms. Dawn or the workshop, call 904.573.3164 or go to http://michelledawnn.com/.
Meet Kathleen Walls, Ron P. Whittington, and Chris Hejmanowski
Tuesday, June 11, at OP’s Black Horse Winery
A “Meet the Authors” session will feature Kathleen Walls, Ron P. Whittington, and Chris Hejmanowski, M.D. Tuesday, June 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Black Horse Winery, 420 Kingsley Ave., a block west of Park Ave. (Hwy. 17) on the south side of the street. Owner and winemaker Kiyoko Fiedler sponsors this and other cultural events featuring local artists and writers. Guests are welcome at the sessions.
Ms. Walls’ “Finding Florida’s Phantom” reveals that the Sunshine State also holds dark secrets. The blood of Spanish, French, English, and Native Americans stains its fertile soil. Greedy land barons and simple settlers battled heat, critters, hurricanes, and one another, to create the Florida of today. No wonder strange tales and unexplainable phenomena linger. Florida is still a great place to explore, with this guide to inns, eateries, attractions, and ghostly legends. Her other books include “Georgia’s Ghostly Getaways,” “Under a Bloody Flag,” “Under a Black Flag,” “Last Step,” “Man Hunt: The Eric Rudolph Story,” “Kudzu,” the “Wild About Florida” series, and more. A prolific travel writer/photographer, her work has appeared in many publications, including her online travel magazine, “American Roads.” (www.americanroads.net).
Whittington’s “Second Strike” reflects the author’s 30-year communications career spans radio and print reporting and free-lance writing. A native of Atlanta and former Texan, Ron and his family now live in Jacksonville Beach. In 2010 he penned his first thriller, “Second Strike.” This is the story of corporate entrepreneur Parker Glynn, who loses his wife and daughter—and his will to live—when the Twin Towers fall on 9/11. To escape the memories of their deaths and guilt over his own infidelity, Glynn leaves New York City for the east Florida coast. A chance sighting of a man coming ashore on a desolate Northeast Florida beach leads Glynn to discover a terror cell in Green Cove Springs. Ron also wrote a short story featuring Glynn, “The Devil You Don’t,” later released as an e-book. Fate gives him a final chance at revenge and redemption. The sequel, “Doppelganged,” was published last year. www.rpwhittington.com
Dr. Chris Hejmanowski drew on his experiences while deployed with the U.S. Marines in Al Taqqadum, Iraq, to write his first novel, “Collider.” The idea for the book took shape during “quiet moments” while he was leading a Shock Trauma Platoon along the Syrian border. His passion for the mysteries of science and religion plays a major role in how this story unfolds. It traces the adventures of characters whose lives collide and intertwine as they face off with an evil beyond their comprehension. Readers will never view science and religion the same again after reading this book. Military trained in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Hejmanowski started out as a flight surgeon. He has worked at the Naval Medical Station in Portsmouth, Virginia, and at NAS JAX. Following a decade in the military, he is an ER physician in the Jacksonville area. To read recent a profile, look up “Physician grapples with faith through science fiction novel.” (Florida Times-Union, Jan. 15, 2013, Metro Section, p.1) His website includes a gold mine of links to sites for learning about the science behind his work. http://www.chrishejmanowski.com/index.php
Future “Meet the Authors” at Black Horse Winery on the following Tuesdays: July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, and Oct. 8, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Authors interested in participating should contact email@example.com.
Ponte Vedra Library hosts
3rd annual book fair June 17
The Friends of the Ponte Vedra Library (101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082) will present the third annual Ponte Vedra Book Fair featuring ten area authors. The Book Fair is scheduled at 6 p.m. Monday, June 17, at the PV Library and will feature authors Carolee Bertisch, Walking to the Beat, Margaret Brown, That Time, That Place, That War, Connie Davis, Flicks & Tricks, Howard Denson, Mowbray and the Sharks, Walter de Jesus Fitzwater, Cuba, The Island I Treasure, Keith Gockenbach, Power Fade, Diane Harper, Love, Greed and Lies, Chris Hejmanowski, Collider, Ron Whittington, Doppelganged, and Lori Zuberi, The Lost Pearl.
FWA news about meetings,
contests, and workshops
Victor DiGenti, the regional director of the Florida Writers Assn., gives readers the FWA Blog post about meetings, contests and workshops for NE Florida writers. Click here to access the blog.
Stuff – Forensic Grammar
By HOWARD DENSON
Follow the link below to find where often sane and sensible writers (and editors) have stumbled in their writing:
http://howarddenson. webs. com/theforensicgrammarian. htm
A paperback collection, “The Wrong Stuff: Findings of a Forensic Grammarian,” is available online at Amazon.com and Barnes & Nobel’s website. Go to http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D3PF180.
Click on each link to go directly to the story.
Letter puts end to persistent
'To Kill a Mockingbird' rumor
Melissa Block says that new evidence may end the decades-old speculation that Truman Capote — not Harper Lee — wrote the novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Dr. Wayne Flynt, a retired professor of history from Auburn University, discusses the basis for the persistent rumor and explains why it is indeed false. Truman and Harper were life-long friends, and she assisted him in note taking for “In Cold Blood.”
Since so many Americans are hard-headed about learning, and using, another language, what recourse do writers have when they wish that their works could be read in Spanish, French, German, or another language? Oh, here’s an idea: Perhaps an automatic computer translation program will do the trick. Will that work? http://howarddenson.webs.com/apps/blog/show/26188206-mechanical-linguists
How faithful is
‘The Great Gatsby’ film?
David Haglund looks at the latest movie version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” and compares the film narrative to the book itself. http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2013/05/09/great_gatsby_movie_compared_to_the_book_how_faithful_is_it_to_f_scott_fitzgerald.html
Stop it! That hurts!
Normally a science writer, Tom Chivers focuses his microscope on the prose of Dan Brown in “The eight worst sentences in Dan Brown's Inferno.” Chivers had earlier written a piece entitled “Dan Brown’s 20 worst sentences.” As you read, avoid smugness. There may be a Tom Chivers examining what YOU have written. http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tomchiversscience/100216857/dan-browns-eight-worst-sentences-in-inferno/
36 years ago
China lifted ban
During the Cultural Revolution inspired by Chairman Mao, China wanted to emphasize its own poets, novelists, playwrights, et al. That meant banning the plays and poetry of William Shakespeare. Ironically, today there are more people able to read and write English in China than you will find in the U.S. http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/chinese-government-removes-ban-on-shakespeare
When You Finish
Your Novel, What Then?
The scene in “Gatsby” of Nick Carraway all wasted after finishing a novel manuscript struck home with Holly Robinson, the author of “Sleeping Tigers” and “The Wishing Hill.” She describes the tedium of the project and the chaos of the final stretch to finish the work. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/holly-robinson/when-you-finish-your-nove_b_3306292.html?utm_hp_ref=books
Nerd Curious: Why the essential
collection ‘Bradbury Stories’
explains how to live forever
In “Nerd Curious” columns, Todd VanDerWerff tries the nerdy things he missed as a kid, either due to lack of access, time, or ability. Ray Bradbury had a major impact on his youth, even when he didn’t realize it. http://www.avclub.com/articles/why-the-essential-collection-bradbury-stories-expl,97923/
We say them,
but do we mean them?
Mohi Kumar explores several idioms in English that may not hold up to scientific examination. Is a blue moon all that rare? How hard are nails? Is there fire where there’s smoke? The essay may even surprise a monkey’s uncle. http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2013/05/once-in-a-blue-moon-and-other-idioms-that-dont-make-scientific-sense/
Denouncing the Classics
Sam Sacks ruminates on critics who have gone ballistic about what is Great Literature. F.R. Leavis found John Milton wanting, while any number of 20th-21st Century critics would deepsix Hemingway’s “Old Man and the Sea” or Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath.” He quotes Joyce Carol Oates’ remark, “Hating ‘The Great Gatsby’ [the novel] is like spitting into the Grand Canyon. It will not be going away anytime soon, but you will.” http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/05/canon-fodder-denouncing-the-classics.html
a Writer's Quill
When I write, I fall into the zone many writers, painters, musicians, athletes, and craftsmen of all sorts seem to share: In doing something I enjoy and am expert at, deliberate thoughts fall aside and it is all just there. I think of the next word no more than the composer thinks of the next note.
To check out the names of writers who were born this month, go to this website:
http://howarddenson. webs. com/birthdaysofwriters. htm
The list includes novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction authors, writers for the small and silver screen, and others.
Looking for your favorite writer? Hit “find” at the website and type in your favorite’s name. Keep scrolling to find writers born in other months.
With misgivings, the list generally omits lyricists (to avoid the plethora of garage-band guitarists who knock out a lyric in two minutes to go with a tune). Often lyricists are accomplished in other writing areas and may cause their inclusion (e.g., Bob Dylan, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter).
Unfortunately, some writers fret about identity theft and will only say they were born in 1972 or whenever. Typically that means they don’t get included on a “born this day” list. Recommendation: Writers may wish to create a “pen birthday”; that way, their names stay on the public’s radar.
If you see that we have omitted a writer, give us his or her name (and preferably a way to verify the belly-button day).
The North Florida Writers has suspended its membership dues for an indefinite period. The treasury has stabilized at a comfortable level, and the NFW does not have any appreciable expenses. Members suspected we could go without dues for a couple of years and perhaps more. During this period, anyone may attend and participate in the monthly meetings. (Even with dues, writers were free to attend a few meetings to see if the NFW would suit their needs.)
of NFW and
For a listing of meetings of the NFW and other groups in Northeast Florida, click here http://howarddenson.webs.com/meetingsofunfothers.htm
Writers, poets, and playwrights will find useful tools at http://howarddenson.webs.com/usefullinksforwriters.htm.
If you have a finished manuscript that you wished critiqued or proofread, then look for someone at http://howarddenson.webs.com/potentialcritiquers.htm.
President: Howard Denson (hd3nson@hotmail. com)
Vice President: Joyce Davidson (davent2010@comcast. net)
Secretary: Kathy Marsh (kathygmarsh@bellsouth. net)
Treasurer: Richard Levine (RichieL@clearwire. net); 5527 Edenfield Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32277
Presidents Emeritus: Frank Green, Dan Murphy, Howard Denson, Nate Tolar, Joyce Davidson, Margaret Gloag, Richard Levine, Bob Alexander, JoAnn Harter Murray, Carrol Wolverton, Margie Sauls, Stewart Neal.