Beanery Online Literary Magazine

November 17, 2009

BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER Vol. 2 Issue 8 November 1, 2009

BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER

 Vol. 2 Issue 8  November 1, 2009

Edited by Carolyn C. Holland and BWG members

(Forward this newsletter to the writers you know!)

ABOUT THE BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER

The BWN shares information on our members—their writing, their activities/interests/accomplishments, their concerns, their thoughts, as well as news on conferences, perhaps a joke or two, book reviews etc. 

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 returned to you for your approval.. Submit your post to beanerywriters@yahoo.com with the word “Submission” in the subject line. Seeking submissions for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve/Day.

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 (PA) (they opened a second Coffee Bean Café on Rt. 30 in Greensburg by Office Max—wrong site!). Some members come early to socialize over coffee or lunch. New members—or visitors (including writers who are visiting the area from out of town)—are welcome to join us. Our members are eclectic: they write in all genres and all skill levels!

NOTE: The second meeting in November (27) and the second meeting in December (25) are cancelled for obvious reasons. The next meeting dates are: November 13, December 11, January 8 and January 22.

PROFILE:

     Mary Marcum was born in Santiago, Chile. When she was about five years old, her family moved to Long Island in New York,

     Part of her culture shock included language. She didn’t know a word of English. And couldn’t understand a word the neighborhood children said. In kindergarten, the language deficiency culture shock was intensified. Things were so unfamiliar to her that she thought she was being given items, and didn’t share them. Thus, she flunked kindergarten because I wasn’t sharing.”

     “I think this affected my life,” Maria said. “Looking back, I understand that I realized I wasn’t in Kansas anymore.” Soon after she abandoned her Spanish language to speak only English, which she regrets today.

     By the time she was in third grade she had decided to become a teacher, wanting to help kids navigate through the problems she had experienced. She observed teachers to learn what the good ones did, and the not so good ones didn’t do.

     She also read a lot in third grade, and started writing humorous stories, sometimes developing nursery rhymes into stories at other times turning inanimate objects into stories. It was more comfortable writing and reading.

     In her senior year she visited Chile, where she “felt so like I had come home,” so connected to her roots—her grandparents, uncles, cousins. To meet them and once again leave them was wrenching, and she cried the entire way home.

     After high school she attended Hofstra University on Long Island, majoring in education and psychology. In graduate school at Hofstra she became a reading specialist.

     She taught for several years before accepting a teaching job in the Virgin Islands. After a while, she left the Virgin Islands to travel, ending up in New York. There she fulfilled her second dream, becoming a flight attendant. After flying for a few years, her flight attendant career, which she loved, was interrupted by the oil embargo. While on leave, she moved to Denver, where she found a job in with an oil company and met her husband Dave, a company geophysicist. His daughter, Sandy, and their daughter, Stephanie, completed the family.

     After the oil industry collapsed Mary returned to her first love, teaching, bringing her full circle. Ironically, having forgotten all her Spanish, she was a bi-lingual teacher—Spanish and English.

     She resigned from her Denver classroom when David found a job with a large international company headquartered in Monroeville. They found a home in Laurel Mountain Borough.

     About eighteen months ago Mary began collaborating with a friend on a children’s foreign language project that combined art and writing.

     “I spend a lot of time with the characters in the children’s project, which now focuses on a children’s story. This project is leading me into other writing genres, which I enjoys very much.”

     Last spring a neighbor, Carolyn, the Beanery Writers Group facilitator, invited her to join the group. She was hesitant to share her writing with others. She’s gradually becoming more at ease, and is absolutely looking forward to continued meetings with the Beanery Writers, and improving her writing skills.

 

MEMBER ACTIVITIES

Bob Sanzi experienced a severe heart attack October 9. Kern, an inactive member of the Beanery Writers Group, emailed this update:

Today Vic & I…found a vibrant and alive Bob Sanzi…(who) had his IV removed…(and) walked, no almost ran, down the hall to show us a view of the city, and told us how interesting it looked at morning’s break…He seems better than normal!…he might be going to Latrobe for Rehab…(we) think he is doing great, when he was seemly gone a few moments ago…He can receive e-mails but can’t send them…tell him how much you care and tell him to EAT AND LISTEN TO THE NURSES!!!!  (if you do not have Bob’s E-mail address, “good wishes” can be sent to him in care of beanerywriters@yahoo.com . Be sure to type “Bob” in the subject line.)

BOOKS, PUBLICATIONS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY MEMBERS

(Publications in past month, and all books)

For information on purchasing books, E-mail beanerywriters@yahoo.com with the words “BOOK INFO REQUEST” in the subject line. Items available at Second Chapter Book Store on East Main Street, Ligonier, will be noted.

 SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA STORIES

The Beanery Writers, Volume 3, 2009, Writings on Southwestern Pennsylvania, includes 14 articles by Beanery Writers Group members and one written by a guest writer. It is available in large print. Look for our table with limited hours at the Second Hand Bookstore during Ligonier Days.
Orders for special occasions include a sheet, inserted in the booklet, for holidays, birthdays anniversaries or get well, and an envelope for mailing. Cost will be $5.00.
Copies can be purchased for $4.00 through the writer’s group members, at the Second Chapter Bookstore on E. Main St. in Ligonier, through E-mail (beanerywriters@yahoo.com ) or by calling Carolyn C. Holland, 724/238-3493.

To order by mail, send check or money order to Carolyn C. Holland, P. O. Box 300, Laughlintown, PA. 15655. Make check payable to Carolyn C. Holland. Please include number of copies, your mailing address. Add $1.75 (TOTAL $6.75) shipping and handling charge for each booklet ordered. Allow six weeks for delivery.Available at the Second Chapter Bookstore,

 KATHLEEN CLARK:  Articles written by Kathleen can be seen on the Geyer Performing Arts Center (Scottdale, PA) website www.geyerpac.com . She also continues to write the GPAC’s monthly newsletter.

 JOE F. STIERHEIM: Two self-published books, Americur, a fantasy, and The Finding of the Blue Feather. (Second Chapter Bookstore)

 CHARLES R. and SARA MITCHELL MARTIN: Self-published books, Warpath, a saga of the Pennsylvania frontier family of John Martin, based on true events during the French and Indian War, 1755-1764. (Second Chapter Bookstore)

 SALLY MARTIN: Mustang Sally’s Guide to World Bicycle Touring. (Second Chapter Bookstore)

BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS BY NON-MEMBERS

 ELLEN SPAIN: Secrets in the Fog: the Invisibility Project released in May 2009, by eTreasures Publishing (250 pages) as an eBook and printed trade-back, ISBN: 978-1-61623-076-0. Available from the publisher eTreasures Publishing in PDF e-book Format: $5.50 and on CD-ROM: $7.95. Available in Paperback $15.00 from Amazon.com. Click here to read excerpts from Secrets in the Fog: the Invisibility Project.

JOKES/QUOTES

“You’ve got to get into the process. The process is liberating. The process is good. You take it word by word. You take it day by day. And you have to not worry too much.”

“You aim for what you want and if you don’t get it, you don’t get it, but if you don’t aim, you don’t get anything.”  -Francine Prose

 “In the end, the best thing a writer can do for his society is to write as well as he can.”  -Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE (BOLM)

www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com

POST REPORT FOR OCTOBER:  
MOST VIEWED POSTS in the last week:

Impact on Western Civilization: Julius and Augustus Caesar vs. Jesus Christ

ALL SUMMER IN A DAY: The Use of Descriptive Language

Interviewing Casper the Friendly Ghost

Living with OCD

A PIECE OF ME

Halloween Night

SITE VISITS: Total to date: 28,673

CAROLYN C. HOLLAND’S SITE

MOST VISITED POST in the last week: 

IN SEARCH OF THE ARABELLA: A Story of Two Boats

Ghostly white pumpkins of the Lunar variety

CHILD ABUSE AND SCRIPTURE

ABRAHAM, SARAH, HAGAR and sons ISHMAEL and ISAAC

CHILDREN LEFT HOME ALONE (or in cars alone)

KILLED STRANGELY: A NEW ENGLAND MURDER STORY

WRITERS GROUPS IN SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA

LIGONIER VALLEY WRITERS GROUP: a nonprofit group serving writers and readers throughout western Pennsylvania. Meets in Greensburg, PA. Membership is open to everyone interested in writing. For more information about LVW events or publications, visit www.LVWonline.org

 NEW GROUP! SCOTTDALE, PA. Contact facilitator Clyde Stoner, clyde22@zoominternet.net . Put “Writers Group” in subject line.

 NEW GROUP FORMING! Greensburg, PA.  Walk-in Writers meet Sunday afternoons at Barnes & Noble in Greensburg. For further information, E-mail beanerywriters@yahoo.com E-mail beanerywriters@yahoo.com with the words “Barnes & Noble Sunday group” in the subject line.

 GREENSBURG BARNES & NOBLE meetings. Contact Dave Samuel, schnapps5@verizon.net. Put “Writers Group” in subject line.

WORKS IN PROGRESS WRITERS’ WORKSHOP: Somerset, PA. For additional information, please contact Barbara at 814-443-9541, E-mail purbaugh@comcast.net or visit www.barbarapurbaugh.com

 THE PENNWRITERS-PITTSBURGH EAST WRITERS new meeting location as of November 14th will be the first floor conference room at the Monroeville Public Library. The dates and times will remain the same: the second Saturday morning of each month, beginning at ten to approx. 12:45. Check www.EllenSpain.com or E-mail Ellen Spain at DuckIslandMaine@aol.com for additional information about the Pennwriters-Pittsburgh East Writer’s monthly programs.

CRITIQUE GROUP NORTH meets at the King’s Restaurant (just off the Wexford Exit of I-79) on Thursday, November 12, at 10:00 a.m. Please don’t forget to email your writings, as soon as you can, so they can be read before the meeting, allowing us to take time to think about your work and how we can contribute to enhance it, bringing out your best writing. For details contact Madhu B. Wangu at m.wangu@comcast.net.  

NEW GROUP FORMING! “Forum About Spirituality, Religion and Creativity.” For writers of (spirituality, faith) or arts (poetry, painting) who feel their work is too quirky for religion/art magazines and too religions for literary ones. The first meeting of the group will be 28 January 2010.  Madhu B. Wangu will facilitate the group. For details E-mail Madhu B. Wangu at m.wangu@comcast.net. Her website www.spirituality-sparks.com is dedicated to religoun and art topics.

THE PITTSBURGH (SOUTH HILLS) DAYTIME CRITIQUE GROUP is open to new members. We are informal but focused, having mixed genres that include nonfiction articles, poetry, essays, children’s sci-fi and fantasy, chick lit, historical romance, and historical mystery. Members, divided about half and half between published and unpublished, swap critiques and discuss markets, books, and anything literary.  Meetings are alternate Tuesdays from 10:00 to noon at Westminster Presbyterian Church (room 231) on Route 19 in Upper St. Clair .  Contact Meredith Cohen at meredithcohen61@ yahoo.com for further details or directions.

THE SOUTH HILLS CHAPTER  meets at 11:30AM on Thursday, October 29 at the Café at the Barnes and Noble at South Hills Village. Note: this is not our permanent home, but it is a temporary meeting location until the Panera Bread meeting room becomes available. For more information or to RSVP, E-mail adashofy@yahoo.com. The South Hills Chapter will not meet in November. Our annual Christmas party will be Thursday, December 3, 2009 at Tambellini’s Restaurant in Bridgeville. We will hold our annual book exchange at that time. Bring a wrapped new or gently used book to be part of the swap. Reservations are required, so please RSVP to me at adashofy@yahoo.com if you plan to attend.

THE SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH GROUP meets November 10 at 7:00PM at the Barnes and Noble at the Pointe in North Fayette (across Route 60 from Robinson Town Center ). Lori Morris, guest speaker, will present a workshop on Grammar. To RSVP or for more info, contact Meredith Cohen at meredithcohen61@yahoo.com.

ANCILLARY GROUPS

WESTMORELAND PHOTOGRAPHERS: Its mission is to promote an interest in the art and science of photography. Members are encouraged to participate in exhibits and to share their collective experience and diverse knowledge. Meets monthly the second Monday in the Prep Room 215, above the library, on the St. Vincent College Campus, Latrobe, PA. Meetings alternate between speakers and photograph critiques. Members do photo outings and photo shows. Visit www.westmorelandphotographers.ning.com

MELLO MIKE: Meets Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the first floor dining room of the LIGONIER TAVERN, located on the corner of West Main Street and Fairfield Avenue in Ligonier, PA>. Organized by Diane Cipa, founder of the Ligonier Living Blogsite.

For further information http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/

 The Geyer Performing Arts Center (Scottdale, PA) is presenting “Steel Magnolias”  Oct. 1-3 @ 7:30 pm ~ Oct. 4 @ 2:30 pm.  Tickets are $8.00 person. For further information on the theater, visit their website, www.geyerpac.com.  To make reservations,call 724-887-0887.

 SONGWORKS, in Johnstown: southsidestray@hotmail.com. More information coming.

CONTESTS, COMPETITIONS, CONFERENCES

Remember, the BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE seeks submissions. See above for details!

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THE 2010 PENNWRITERS CONFERENCE
May 14-16, 2010
Best Western Eden Resort, Lancaster, PA
FRIDAY KEYNOTE: Best-selling adventure thriller author James Rollins (HarperCollins)
SATURDAY KEYNOTE: Children’s author and Pennwriters member Elizabeth Kann (HarperCollins)
PLUS
• agent/editor pitch appointments
• 30-plus 1-hour workshops on writing, marketing, and selling
• all-day intensive writing classes the day before the conference
• read and critiques with agents, editors, and published authors
• genre networking lunch
• writing contests in poetry, article, and novel beginnings

Sneak Peek!!! David Pomerico, editorial assistant at Spectra (Bantam Dell/Random House) has agreed to attend the 2010 Pennwriters Conference.
http://www.randomhouse.com/bantamdell/spectra/

Miriam Kriss from the Irene Goodman Literary Agency. Miriam is actively building her list. If you’re writing commercial fiction—anything from mysteries to urban fantasies to romance—you’ll want to check her out. http://www.irenegoodman.com/about.php

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ALL-DAY WORKSHOP featuring Debra Dixon

Crown Plaza: Pittsburgh Airport Hotel

September 25, 2010

Debra Dixon is  author of Goal, Motivation and Conflict: The Building Blocks of Good Fiction. Details will be posted here as they become available.

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CONTEST TO BE AWARE OF

The Young Voices Foundation

A 501(c)3 educational organization

http://www.youngvoicesfoundation.org/writingcontests.html

 For writers guidelines, click on:

http://www.youngvoicesawards.com/distinguishedjudges.html

 Ellen Spain, Ph.D., M. A., Coordinator, Pittsburgh East Writers, will be a Judge for the Young Voices Foundation’s 2009 awards.

Visit her website: DuckIslandMaine@aol.com
ellenspain.com

 AUTHOR BOOKSIGNINGS/READINGS

 Book Signing:

“BROKEN PLACES”: A Poetical Journey

Natalee Russo

November 21, 2009 (Saturday)

7:00 p.m.

Greensburg Barnes & Noble

For further information visit www.BROKENPLACESPOETICA.com

 WRITERS EVENTS

 LIGONIER VALLEY WRITERS GROUP

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY

December 6, 2009

St. Michael’s Church (Rector, PA)

3-5 p.m.

Just in: Storyboarding for Children and Teens

November 21, 2009

2:00-4:00

 Ligonier Valley YMCA

Free, open to the public, all ages and skills. Supplies will be provided.

Reservations: 724 238 7580

Sponsored by the Ligonier Valley YMCA Writer’s Voice Series

Using comic strip pictures and captions, writers will create a fantasy character who they’ll take on a hero/heroine’s journey.  For those too young to write long sentences, the story comes out in the pictures.  Instructor is Linda Ciletti Rodkey, author of several published medieval fantasy novels.

 WRITERS SITES ON THE INTERNET:

http://www.writersweekly.com

http://www.writersdigest.com

http://www.worldwidefreelance.com

 www.WritingRaw.com

http://www.worldwidefreelance.com

BEANIE BABY FUNDRAISER

Our fundraiser to support printing our annual booklet continues. We have a number of collectible and less collectible Beanies, which are still available to be adopted out for a donation. See Punxsutawney Phil: http://www.flickr.com/photos/beaneryonlineliterarymagazine/2493962362/

 BOOK & WHITE ELEPHANT FUNDRAISER

The Beanery Writers have a second fundraiser. Members bring their used books or other small items to the meetings for “adoption by donation.” Again, this raises funds to publish our print booklets, to bring in guest speakers, and to underwrite poetry and prose readings.

TO SUBSCRIBE TO OR UNSUBSCRIBE FROM THE BWN

The BWN is distributed monthly by subscription. To subscribe, send your name, your regional location and your E-mail address to beanerywriters@yahoo.com . Please put the words “Subscribe Newsletter” in the E-mail subject line. To unsubscribe, E-mail beanerywriters@yahoo.com with the words “Unsubscribe Newsletter” in the subject line.

 WRITING LINKS:

www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com/

www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com

www.barbarapurbaugh.com

www.ellenspain.com

ADDITIONAL READING ON WRITING:

ALL SUMMER IN A DAY: The Use of Descriptive Language

ARE WEBSITES (BLOGSITES) BENEFICIAL TO WRITERS?

THE ART OF THE INTERVIEW: Things Writers Should Know

BAD WRITING CONTESTS

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

DAVID PAGE: Notes from St. David’s Writer’s Conference

DEVELOPING CHARACTERS IN NOVEL WRITING

DOES EXAGGERATING THE TRUTH CREATE GOOD STORIES?

HOW THE BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE WAS CREATED

HOW TO MARKET YOUR BOOK ONLINE 

INTEGRITY: A JOURNALISTIC CODE OF ETHICS REVIEW

JOURNALISM QUESTION

JOURNALIST ETHICS CONCERNING THE RECEIPT OF GIFTS

THE LIGONIER 250TH ANNIVERSARY BOOKLET

MORALITY IN WRITING

REFLECTING ON MY WRITING LIFE IN 2008

SELF-PUBLISHING AS I WANDER THROUGH IT

THE TIME IS NOW…

WHAT IS THE KEY INDICATOR TO YOUR WRITING SUCCESS?

WHO CARES?

WORDS OF THE YEAR 2008 Part I: VOCABULARY TEST

WORDS OF THE YEAR 2008 Part II: VOCABULARY DEFINITIONS

THE WRITING LIFE: There’s a World Out There?

THE WRITING LIFE CONTINUES

THE LEGACY FROM MY EDITORS

COPYRIGHTS GET NO RESPECT!

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