January 2019 Newsletter

Article of the Month

Potential of the Future
by Colleen Green

January is a time of reflection of the past and looking forward to the potential of the future. New year’s resolutions are made, but unfortunately can be disregarded by October or even sooner. I am in favor of having yearly goals if they are realistic. Why set yourself up for failure? It is better to be cautiously optimistic than overly enthusiastic. If you want to succeed, the best way is to take your end of year goal and break it up into twelve steps to accomplish one every thirty days or so. You can make progress this way and stay on track. It gives you a sense of accomplishment to complete each task. If personal interruptions or unforeseen events sets you back, you might need to do double duty the next month to make up for that bump in the road. Put the goal on your mirror by using notes. After you complete the thirty-day goal, put up the next one. This will make you look at it every day and probably multiple times. It is a visual aid to remind you of your daily intentions to heighten your self-awareness. Consistency is about having enough discipline to make an effort each day. Some days you will have more time than others for your project, and that is okay because it has to be. If you track your weekly time, you can gradually increase it when possible. Your time will add up every week. Anything worth doing right takes a while to accomplish. The only person you should compare your progress to is yourself. For example, if my yearly goal is to write a new book every year, it is possible that in the future I may get to the point where I can write two books a year. Comparing myself to authors who only write and do not need to work full time for a living would be a mistake as would be comparing myself to a seasoned writer who had been doing it longer. That would only frustrate me and would do me no good. Instead, I focus on my ability to improve my writing by learning from my editor’s notes and comments. Each time I go through an edit, I learn how to make better decisions with many aspects of the written word. Between writing two books, I have gotten better at dialogue, character arcs, giving detailed background setting information, creating sympathy for my main character, and creating friction between characters without taking things too far. When you consistently work on a skill you will learn and grow. To me that is a reward unto itself because I’ve made progress. Follow my twelve-step plan for your yearly goal, and I bet you’ll grow and learn as you go. At the end of the year, write down all the aspects about your project in which you have gained new knowledge that you can apply to the following year’s goal. After you reach your goal at the end of December or sooner, celebrate the fact that you did it.

Colleen Green is a member of the Wright Writers of Dayton. She is the editor of the newsletter, a speaker, and an author of romance/suspense books.

Links to her books below.

Last Words 
Book One in The Amber Milestone Series

https://amzn.to/2VDpTb8

City in the Middle
Book Two in the Amber Milestone Series

https://amzn.to/2FeJklg

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Word of the Month

Equivocal

Equivocal adj. Open to more than one interpretation; ambiguous. Uncertain or questionable in nature. “Congress was equivocal on its domestic spending package.”

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Nov. Newsletter 2018

Editor: Colleen Green

Events of the Month

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Time Management for Writers Seminar

Speaker: Colleen Green 

The seminar Time Management for Writers will explain how to develop a story by using time wisely. Colleen Green, a local author, Wright Writer of Dayton member, and speaker, will talk about the topic and share her personal recommendations. She will also discuss how to use an outline as a guideline to produce the first draft. Character arcs and finding what drives your protagonist in order to create an intriguing plot will be covered. She has written two books in the Amber Milestone Series. These steamy, romance books will be available to buy the day of the event. The Miami Township Library, in Miamisburg, Ohio will provide the community room for the seminar.   

Saturday
November 3, 2018
1 pm to 2:30 pm

Miami Township Library
2718 Lyons Road
Miamisburg, Oh 45342 

Slaying the Dragons of Writing Seminar

A panel of authors from the Wright Writers of Dayton will discuss the stumbling blocks writers face and how they vanquish them. They will talk about inspiration for writing, character development, plot, and theme.

Saturday
November 10, 2018
1:30 pm to 3 pm

Main Library
Bassani Theater
215 E. 3rd Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402

 

Ruth Kibler Peck – Panel moderator and author of eight books. She taught English at Northmont High School and was named one of Ohio’s Top Ten Teachers.

Greg Enslen – Author of the Frank Harper Mystery Series.

Vickie Weaver – Author of a biography, a book of poetry, and a children’s book.

Frances McGee-Cromartie – Won a top prize for Guide Posts Magazine.

Lisa Like-Stokely – Author of a children’s play called How Hans, Christian & Anderson Melted the Snow Queen.

Amelia Napiorkowski – Writes poetry and prose that sparkle with emotion.

Don Hart – Author and publisher at Four Cats Publishing who also teaches in U.D.’s Lifelong Learning Program. 

B.A. Hughes – from Greenville, Ohio is the author of the book for young teenagers Glimm, A Glimpse of Light Found. These illuminating stories highlight mystical animals, natural phenomena, and curious kids discovering their unique gifts.

Their books will be available for sale.

Inspirational Quote of the Month

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Word of the Month

Tenacious adj. 1. Not readily letting go of, giving up, or separated from an object that one holds, a position, or a principle: “A tenacious hold.” 2. Not easily dispelled or discouraged; persisting in existence or in a course of action: “A tenacious legend.”

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Independent Bookstore Day 2018

The Wright Writers of Dayton will be at New & Olde Pages in Englewood, Ohio on Saturday, April 28 from 1 pm until 3 pm to sell and sign their books. New & Olde Pages will be celebrating Independent Bookstore Day all day long. The authors from this local group have written books from a variety of genres. Book lovers will want to check out their historical anthology, romance/suspense, biography, inspirational, and children books. 

New & Olde Pages Bookshoppe
856 Union Blvd, Englewood, OH 45322

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Women Who Shaped America

By Wright Writers of Dayton

Contributing Author Judi Fryman will be at the bookstore.

American women have always had the grit and determination to influence others and make important things happen. From working for the young colonies to homesteading on the Great Plains and the Wild West to navigating the hardships and deprivations of America’s Civil War, two world wars, and the Great Depression to the Space Age, women led, followed, or blazed new paths for themselves, their families, and all women. No matter which period we examine, American women often have left an indelible mark on history and on those who came after them. 

 

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Last Words
Book One in the Amber Milestone Series

by Colleen Green

Jack Hale’s commanding presence and sultry eyes catch Amber’s attention the first time she sees him. She dreams of a future as an executive chef, but from the kitchen of stepfather’s restaurant, she is mesmerized by the dashing man in a stylish business suit. The day he orders dessert and asks her to share it with him, dreams of their life together take hold of her heart. She imagines those few bites of dessert to be the beginning of a storybook romance . . . little does she know what twisted secrets Jack Hale holds. Ignoring the warning signs Amber embarks on a journey led by the sensual and dark Jack Hale that test the limits of who she is and who she will become . . .

 

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City in the Middle
Book Two in the Amber Milestone Series

by Colleen Green

Amber Milestone moves to New York for a fresh start after ending a traumatic relationship, but what she doesn’t realize is that her new life in the Big Apple may put her in greater danger than her old life ever did. Drugs, murder, and mafiosos seem to be around every corner, and if she can’t find a way to stay out of the danger, she may just be consumed by it. But after making some irreplaceable friends and finding a man she’s crazy about, turning away from her new life doesn’t seem so easy.

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https://www.amazon.com/Colleen-Green/

 

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Poverty, Puberty, & Patriotism
A Dayton Girl Grows up
during World War II

by Ruth Kibler Peck

The true story of her life as a young teenager living in Dayton, Ohio, during World War II. As the Great Depression ends and WWII begins, the Kibler family finds their lives drastically challenged by her father’s meager white-collar salary, by life in a miserable trailer camp, by devastating fire, and by her mother’s near-death illness. Yet the family, like all Americans of that era, willingly sacrifices in every way possible to help the war effort. Father and daughter follow news of every battle and locate places on their world map. Ruth Ann finds joy in new friends, in the beauty of Island Park, and in being a teenager.

 

Unknown Horizons by Ruth Kibler Peck

Unknown Horizons:
The Lewis and Clark Expedition A Novel

by Ted Brusaw and Ruth Kibler Peck

This is the thrilling story of two men commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the unknown land of the Louisiana Purchase—the vast, mysterious land from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. In 1803 Meriwether Lewis and William Clark gathered a crew of adventurous men of strength and ability to form the Corps of Discovery. Could they find a waterway passage through this unknown territory to the Pacific Ocean? Each man knew the trip would be hazardous, even life-threatening. How would the native Indian tribes react to them? How were they going to communicate with the Indians? They would claim the land as they went, doubling the size of the new nation, the United States of America.

 

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The Alabaster Box

by Marla Cross

The Alabaster Box is not a devotional book containing a series of entries designed to inspire the Christian reader with an uplifting story or thought for the day. It is a year’s worth of worship activities; the implementation of which will require some intensive mental exercise. It is not the book for those wanting a feel-good read. Nor is it for those unwilling or not yet ready to accept a challenge to their typical weekly worship experience. The Alabaster Box is a guidebook for the followers of Christ who long to take their worship of Him to a deeper place than they have ever gone. 

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Cloud of Witnesses

by Marla Cross

This is an intriguing book about the Cloud of Witnesses who are watching real-life situations being lived out here on Earth. The unique stories keep your interest and are an encouragement to live out your own similar situations God’s way. Whether you think about it or not, you are constantly under surveillance. Even if you don’t star in your own reality TV show, don’t think for a second you aren’t in the spotlight. Author Marla Cross sheds some light on an interesting theory about actions, perceptions, and the ultimate test of character. Are you the same person in public as you are in private? Do your convictions only dictate your actions when it’s convenient and for the show of others? In times of indecision, consider not only earthly observers, but also those that might dwell overhead—heavenly hosts, even.

 

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My Child, I’ll Still Be Loving You

by Vickie L Weaver and Kattarina Storost

Turtles telling the time of day? Crocodiles eating birthday cake? Porcupines playing peek-a-boo? Oh, no! What’s a child to do? There’s so much more with animals galore. The solution comes from a comforting source.

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Dancing In The Stars: Carroll Webster:
International Dance Luminary
of Vaudeville and Hollywood

by Vickie L. Weaver

A nostalgic look into the now mostly extinct world of Vaudeville, Dancing in the Stars is the true story of Carroll Webster, a talented eighteen-year-old who dreams of a professional dance career. With the odds stacked against him, the handsome and charismatic orphan endures four years of grueling 1930s dance marathons for a chance to break into show business.

Should he and his attractive partner Diane survive the marathons, their dreams of fame will be overshadowed by the Great Depression, World War II, and powerful social forces working to squeeze the lifeblood out of the career they love.

As for Diane, the blonde has her sights set on Carroll, even though a romance could ruin their partnership. Carroll can’t say he isn’t tempted, but for years he’s dreamt of having a family with Mary, an elusive dark-haired beauty who could become the love of his life.

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April 2018 Newsletter

Book of the Month

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City in the Middle
Book Two in the
Amber Milestone Series 
by Colleen Green

Amber Milestone moves to New York for a fresh start after ending a traumatic relationship, but what she doesn’t realize is that her new life in the Big Apple may put her in greater danger than her old life ever did. Drugs, murder, and mafiosos seem to be around every corner, and if she can’t find a way to stay out of the danger, she may just be consumed by it. But after making some irreplaceable friends and finding a man she’s crazy about, turning away from her new life doesn’t seem so easy.

Available to buy on Amazon. Click on link https://goo.gl/gi1Nvr

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Saturday, April 28 is Independent Bookstore Day.

Meet Colleen Green and buy a signed copy of City in the Middle at New & Olde Pages Bookshoppe in Englewood, Ohio on Saturday, April 28 from 1 pm until 3 pm. Free recipe packet with purchase of City in the Middle.

New & Olde Pages Bookshoppe
856 Union Blvd
Englewood, OH 45322

Recipe of the Month

Greek Tuna Salad

GREEK TUNA SALAD

Greek tuna salad is perfect for when you want a break from beef and chicken. It is a twist on the traditional tuna salad I had growing up. This hearty sandwich is easy to make.

  • 2 cans tuna (4 oz. each)
  • small can of sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 2/3 cup light mayo
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup pickle relish
  • 4 oz. crumbled feta cheese
  1. After boiling the eggs, let them cool. Remove the shells from the eggs and chop them.
  2. Drain the tuna from the can and put into mixing bowl.
  3. Add the other ingredients to the bowl and with a spatula stir the mixture. Spread the mixture on your bread and make your sandwich.

Serves 4

Recipe from author Colleen Green’s website: https://activeamateurchef.wordpress.com/

Word of the Month

Lucid (lu·cid) adj.  1. Easily understood; intelligible. 2. Mentally sound; sane or rational. “A lucid conversation.” 3. Translucent or transparent.

Inspirational Quote of the Month

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