Beanery Online Literary Magazine

October 6, 2008

BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER Vol. 1 Issue 3 June 2008

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BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER (BWN)
VOL. 1 ISSUE 3
JUNE 1, 2008
Edited by Carolyn C. Holland and BWG members.
(Forward this newsletter to the writers you know!)

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The BOLM (www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com) accepts submissions (in any genre) from guest writers. Items may be edited, but if there are any significant changes your work will be sent to you for your approval.. Submit submissions to beaneryblog@yahoo.com with the word “Submission” in the subject line.

MEMBER PROFILE
Joe always wanted to be a writer, but like many others who have the same desire, he didn’t do anything about it. That is, until he developed health problems and realized that, even though there were many things he could no longer do, he could write. Thus, he never retired from work. He only changed his direction.

He graduated from high school in Wexford, PA, after which he attended Carnegie Institute of Technology. There he majored in painting and design before switching to engineering. After a tour of duty in the army he returned to Carnegie Tech in the department of architecture. He once did lots of artwork, some realistic, a little impressionistic.

About forty years ago, he started “doing my own thing,” contrary to the wants of society and abandoning the standard practices of expectation. Joe said he and his wife Mariellen  “dropped out of society,” bought a small farm, and started homesteading. Mariellen, whose idea it was to purchase the farm, called their lifestyle “dropping in.” Unfortunately, she died within five years.

“After that I kept the farm up but it wasn’t that much fun,” Joe noted.

He remarried about ten years later and started doing woodwork in addition to farming. His second wife was interested in books. They shared a deep interest in Celtic culture, and together they built up a business selling books and handcrafts at Celtic festivals in the eastern U. S.

Then Joe developed heart problems.

“I really couldn’t work,” he said. “I asked myself, ‘What are you going to do now, Joey?’ Why don’t you write, came the answer from out there somewhere. I asked, ‘What am I gong to write?’ The answer was, ‘You’ll find something.’”

Around 2000 a story he wrote was selected as one of the winners of a contest sponsored by Guideposts Magazine, the prize being attendance to a weeklong writers workshop on Long Island, NY, sponsored by Guideposts magazine. His story was not published in Guideposts, but it was published in Angels on Earth as the cover story. After having a second story published in Angels on Earth, he found things to write about, and became widely published—including the Johnstown Magazine, the Loyalhanna Review, and Focus Magazine (a Tribune-Review, Greensburg, publication). Which published a dozen of his articles. He won the Small Town Life magazine gratitude contest.

Joe has also attended various conferences, including the Ligonier Valley Writers Conference and the St. Davids one-day conference.

He enjoys writing about philosophy and ethics, and classifies his writing genre as “eclectic:” poetry, short stories, book-length—“what I like are stories with some meaning to them, e.g. fable, allegory.”

His writing motivation is that he loves to write, and his biggest writing challenge is in expressing his opinions in good form. He was once advised that he should put a piece aside after it is written, then re-examine it a week later, at which time he asks “So what?” “Who cares?” If there isn’t a good answer to those questions, then he will start rewriting the piece

Joe’s favorite author is Richard Bach. The favorite story he’s written is always “the one I’m working on at the present time.”

Joe is currently working on his third book, Angie. Information on purchasing his first self-published book, Americur, is due out imminently, and will be posted in the Beanery Online Literary Magazine in the category PUBLICATIONS BY MEMBERS. His second book, Blue Feather, will be released at the end of the summer.

His writings are posted in the BOLM in the category WR/BW JOE.

In addition to writing, Joe has a deep interest in peace issues. He is designing a website on this topic.

BEANERY WRITERS GROUP MEMBER ACTIVITIES

LIGONIER VALLEY 250th ANNIVERSARY BOOKLET
Ten members of The Beanery Writers Group are writing articles on the history of the Ligonier Valley in celebration of its 250th anniversary. The target date for availability is expected to be mid-July.

BEANIE BABY FUNDRAISER
If you or anyone you know collects Beanie Babies or Beanie Buddies, watch this site. The Beanery Writers have rescued a number of collectible and less collectible Beanies and are selling them to raise the money needed to publish the LIGONIER VALLEY 250th ANNIVERSARY BOOKLET. We will feature three Beanie Babies in each BWN until the collectibles are sold for a donation. Prices listed are those found on the Internet, not the requested price.

Lois, a BWG member, said: “If I were rich I’d buy them all. They are so cute.” She selected the following to feature this month: :
Pouch, a kangaroo with a wee little baby in its “handy” pouch, awaits a home.
Jabber, a parrot, is appealing to bird lovers, with its bright red, blue, green and yellow colors. ($19.99)
Kicks, with a soccer ball appliqué on his chest, is perfect to give to soccer-playing children. Like them, he dreams of winning (for him the world cup). ($9.75)

Beanie Babies can be purchased at the MommyGear Store on S. St. Clair St. in Ligonier, by contacting any member of the Beanery Writers Group, by E-mailing beaneryblog@yahoo.com with the words “BEANIE BABY” in the subject line, or by contacting Carolyn C.  Holland at 724/238-3493

JOKE
How many science fiction writers does it take to change a light bulb?
Two, but it’s actually the same person doing it. He went back in time and met himself in the doorway and then the first one sat on the other one’s shoulder so that they were able to reach it. Then a major time paradox occurred and the entire room, light bulb, changer and all was blown out of existence. They co-existed in a parallel universe, though.
How many mystery writers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Two.  One to screw it almost all the way in, and the other to give it a surprising twist at the end.
How many copy editors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
I can’t tell whether you mean ‘change a light bulb’ or ‘have sex in a light bulb’. Can we reword it to remove the ambiguity?
How many editors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Only one. But first they have to rewire the entire building.
How many managing editors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
You were supposed to have changed that light bulb last week!
How many art directors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Does it HAVE to be a light bulb?

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE (BOLM)
www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com
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BEAR CONFRONTATIONS: SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
DAVID Part 1 of a 10 Part Romance Story
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POETRY AND SHORT STORY CONTESTS
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Carolyn C. Holland’s site:
MAY VISITS: 1125   TOTAL VISITS: 3216
MOST ACTIVE POSTS:
A CHURCH EXPERIENCE: SPEAKING IN TONGUES
CHILDREN LEFT HOME ALONE (or in cars alone)
KILLED STRANGELY: A NEW ENGLAND MURDER STORY
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CHILDREN LEFT HOME ALONE (or in cars alone)
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KILLED STRANGELY: A NEW ENGLAND MURDER STORY,

BEANERY WRITERS GROUP MEETINGS
The BWG meets the second and fourth Fridays each month, 1:00-3:00 p. m, in the back room at the Coffee Bean Café in Latrobe (they opened a second Coffee Bean Café on Rt. 30 in Greensburg by Office Max—wrong site!). Some members come early so they can socialize over coffee or lunch. New members—or visitors (especially if you are visiting the area from out of town)—are welcome to join us. Our members are eclectic: they write in all genres!

CONTESTS, COMPETITIONS, CONFERENCES
ST. DAVIDS CHRISTIAN WRITERS: The 51st Annual St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference, Grove City, PA, June 16-21, 2008. More info at http://www.stdavidswriters.com or from  Audrey Stallsmith, Registrar, registrar@stdavidswriters.com

LIGONIER VALLEY WRITERS CONFERENCE: Visit their website http://www.ligoniervalleywriters.org/ and/or the Beanery Online Literary Magazine www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com for upcoming information on this conference.

WORKS IN PROGRESS WRITERS’ WORKSHOP
POETRY AND PROSE READING
Saturday, June 7, 2008
7:00-9:00 p.m.
at Laurel Arts: 214 South Harrison Avenue in Somerset , PA
Please bring along a poem or story to share.
This event is a part of a poetry reading series. Other dates are Saturday, August 2, 2008, and Saturday, October 6, 2008. This reading will feature an open mike and free refreshments.
For additional information contact Barbara at 814-443-9541 or purbaugh@comcast.net
(www.barbarapurbaugh.com)

INTERNET SITE REVIEWS:

PAPERBACK SWAP CLUB by Kathleen Clark

     If you’re a reader like me, you have a private collection of paperback and hardbound books.  Most you wouldn’t part with, but what about the ones you’ve already read, the ones simply attracting dust? Do you wish you could share them or had some place to send them?  Well, welcome to the PaperBackSwap Club, an online community where you can swap books for the cost of postage!  Gather up all those already-been-read books and list them on PBS, where you can get and receive credits toward swapping books of your choice. 
     Currently, no fees are assessed, but the site mentions that this may occur in the future.  Present members would be notified in plenty of time, should this change be instituted. 
     First, go to PaperBackSwap.com and register. You need a valid email and postal mailing address. The PBS email address is librarian@paperbackswap.com, which must be added to your email address list, so you may notified when someone requests your books. Choose ten books from your home library list you feel you can part with. You’ll
receive two free credits, allowing you to choose your first two books. 
     You may continue to add other books when you want.
     Then search the site’s vast database of over 2,000,000 books, listed by title, author and genre. Make your choices, click the Order This Book button, and fill your cart.
     CDs and DVDs are also listed, and available for exchange. 
     You acquire credits by swapping. In addition, members may also exchange in the Box of Books option, as well as single selections. 
     How the exchange works: Members send each other books, CDs and/or DVDs by paying POSTAGE ONLY. If a member requests any of your listed books, YOU  PAY THE POSTAGE. If you request their books, THEY PAY THE POSTAGE.
      You print out the wrapper, generally using two sheets of paper, right on your computer, wrap the book(s) and mail.  Any package less than 13 oz. can be mailed direct from your mailbox. Larger or heavier packages must be mailed at the post office. 
     With a membership of over 1,900 and climbing daily, I can’t think of a better place to browse for that special title or favorite author, or to share with readers world-wide in the Forum category. Since I’ve just registered, I have all the listed categories to explore and I’ll be going through my boxes of books to list my first ten. 
     Hop on over, join me. And Happy Reading!

ABOUT THE BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER
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