Finish This Sentence

Article by Contributor Don Hart

History of this little exercise is what started as a joke with grandchildren (“I love you better than leaping lizard,” for example) turned in to creative competition with four children trying to outsmart each other on how they loved Grandpa better than the others…what geezer wouldn’t want this going on? We later had to limit the submissions to one noun, one descriptor.

Four Cats Publishing is looking for writers to submit sentences that start with “I love you better than”… They are especially interested in entries from published authors over 15 years old. Details below.

Guidelines

One item that is humorously improbable and lovable with one descriptor, 3-7 words long (the I LOVE YOU BETTER THAN A… list below is a guideline of winning examples). We will accept entries for six months and we’ll give a monthly prize (usually a book from Four Cats inventory). Entries can be sent to Don Hart’s email: donhart@fourcatspublishing.com or to Colleen Green’s email: colleen_grn@yahoo.com.

The list contains examples of what my grandchildren completed for my own little competition exercise. I thought those on the list were good enough to publish. New entries may be published by The Wright Writers of Dayton on this website or http://www.fourcatspublishing.com with author attribution.

 

I LOVE YOU BETTER THAN…

A chocolate chip cookie

A 10 lb. hamburger

A blue-eyed goldfish

A zebra with green stripes

A pepperoni and banana pizza

My own polka dotted airplane

A mash potato sandwich

Two birthdays in one week

A monkey named Melvin

A lion named Larry

A green and red pony

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http://www.fourcatspublishing.com/

March 2017 Newsletter

Recipe of the Month

Honey Carrots

  • 5 Whole Carrots
  • 4 tbsp. Honey
  • 1 Box of Raisins
  • Olive Oil to coat pan
  • 1/4 Cup of White Wine

 

Peel carrots and cut off tops. Cut carrots into thin slices. Put slices into bowl and add honey. Stir them to coat with honey. Put olive oil into pan to cook carrots. Heat up carrots in pan stirring often. Add raisins and stir. Once carrots are about half way done cooking, add wine. Finish cooking carrots until they are done.

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Word of the Month

Amorphous Without a clearly defined shape or form. Vague; ill-organized; unclassifiable.

“The amorphous package caused alarm to many people in the terminal.”

Source: http://www.wordthink.com

 

Inspirational Quote of the Month

Making a mistake isn’t bad. It is only bad if you don’t learn from it!

Author Colleen Green    www.colleengreen.info

 

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Looking for a festive St. Patrick’s Day cocktail? Check out this website below with a ton of ideas. Have fun, stay safe, and drink responsibly.

https://mixthatdrink.com/st-patricks-day-cocktails/

 

Book of the Month

Ireland by Frank Delaney

In the winter of 1951, a storyteller arrives at the home of nine-year-old Ronan O’Mara in the Irish countryside. The last practitioner of an honored, centuries-old tradition, the Seanchai enthralls his assembled audience for three evenings running with narratives of foolish kings and fabled saints, of enduring accomplishments and selfless acts — until he is banished from the household for blasphemy and moves on. But these three incomparable nights have changed young Ronan forever, setting him on the course he will follow for years to come…

Available on Amazon

 

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February 2017 Newsletter

hearts Recipe of the Month

Slow-Cooker Lamb Stew

Recipe by Colleen Green

For more recipes and articles click on link below

Source: https://activeamateurchef.wordpress.com

 

  • 2 pounds of lamb stew meat
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1-2 teaspoons Watkins brand “Herbes de Provence” (rosemary, marjoram, thyme)
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup cream of chicken and mushroom soup
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 9-15 green olives with pimento
  • half a bag of baby carrots

Combine carrots, garlic, and herb seasoning in a 5-6 quart slow-cooker, season with salt and pepper.

Place 3 tablespoons of flour on a plate.Season lamb with salt and pepper, coat in flour, shake off excess, and set aside.Season lamb with salt and pepper, coat in flour, shake off excess, and set aside.

In large skillet pour the extra-virgin olive oil. Heat lamb in skillet in small batches over medium high heat until browned on all sides. Transfer to crock-pot.

Add wine to skillet. Use wooden spoon to scrape up left over brown bits in pan. Cook wine in medium heat until it is reduced by about half.

Add mixture to crock-pot and cover.

Cook on low about 4-5 hours. Last twenty minutes, add the olives.

 

 

hearts   Book of the Month

Rowing Through the Night

by Ruth Kibler Peck

 

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The poetry of Ruth Kibler Peck has won dozens of national, state, and local awards. She is also co-author of a creative writing series for Loyola University Press, and she wrote the history of Trinity Lutheran Church in Dayton to commemorate its 100th anniversary. Ruth Ann holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wright State University, and she taught junior high English for 21 years.

Link to Buy: www.amazon.com/Rowing-Through-Night-Ruth-Kibler/dp/1436362199

 

 

hearts   Inspirational Quote of the Month

 

There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.

George Sand

Source: https://www.brainyquote.com

 

hearts   Word of the Month

Sanguine (adj.) Cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or

confident: “A sanguine disposition;” “Sanguine expectations.”

Source: http://www.wordthink.com

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January 2017 Newsletter

May you have good health, happiness, love, and success in the year ahead!

From The Wright Writers of Dayton

Article of the Month

New Year’s Resolution for Writers
by Author Colleen Green

Writing is a creative process, the key word being process. Crafting a story takes time, determination, and patience. The best way to produce a novel is to follow achievable steps. This serves two purposes. One, it makes you realize the amount of work that is ahead. Two, it focuses your attention on the details, and the order they need done.

Example: I want to write a novel by the end of the year. The novel will be a final draft ready to send to an editor.

4 Steps

1. Develop Characters
What is your main character’s conflict? What goal does each person want to reach? Who or what is standing in their way? What do you hope to resolve by the end of the novel?

To help with this part, I use index cards. Written on each card is a character’s name, age, and relation to others. I use push pins to place them on a board. Below a person’s card I put their children’s card. Beside each person I put their brothers and sisters. This creates a family tree. It helps to illustrate how relationships affect the overall story flow.

2. Outline Story 

To read more click on the link below.

https://activeamateurchef.wordpress.com/new-years-resolution-for-writers/

Book of the Month

thesaurus-of-the-sensesThesaurus of the Senses expands your possibilities to see, hear, touch, taste, and smell to describe the world around you. It collects some of the best English sensory words in one place to enliven your writing and help you build persuasive description. It’s an indispensable tool for writers, poets, bloggers, editors, and students.

 

purchase here: http://www.fourcatspublishing.com

 

Inspirational Quote of the Month

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.

Melody Beattie

Source: https://www.brainyquote.com

Word of the Month

Timorous (adj.) Showing or suffering from nervousness, fear, or a lack of confidence:

“A timorous demeanor.”

Source: http://www.wordthink.com

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December 2016 Newsletter

 

Recipe of the Month 

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Candy Cane Cupcakes

by Colleen Green

  1. Crush candy canes. (break off straight end about 2” and keep separate)
  2. Make cupcake batter according to white cake box directions.
  3. Fill cupcake liner to about 2/3 full.
  4. Put a peppermint pattie or a chocolate kiss in center of each spot.
  5. Fill cupcake liner to cover candy and bake according to box directions.
  6. Just before serving, ice cupcakes with strawberry icing and stick 2” candy cane piece in center.
  7. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes.

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Book of the Month

A Field of Red (Frank Harper Mysteries Book 1)

by Greg Enslen

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Ex-cop Frank Harper doesn’t want to get involved. Harper is visiting the small Ohio town of Cooper’s Mill, trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter and a grandson he’s never met. But he finds the town gripped in fear-two young girls have gone missing, taken in broad daylight from a busy street. And the police are coming up blank. But once Harper is drawn reluctantly into the investigation, he’ll stop at nothing to find the girls.

Available on Amazon, link below.

https://www.amazon.com/Field-Frank-Harper-Mysteries

 

Inspirational Quote of the Month

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.

Bruce Lee

Source: https://www.brainyquote.com

 

Word of the Month

Serendipity; Serendipitous n. The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.

“A fortunate stroke of serendipity.”

Source: http://www.wordthink.com

 

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November 2016 Newsletter

 

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Recipe of the Month

by Colleen Green 

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Cranberry Granola Stuffing

  • 1  1/2 cups apple juice
  • 3/4 cup granola raisin cereal
  • 4 tbsp. stick butter
  • 1/2 tbsp. orange peel
  • 3/4 cup cranberries
  • Stove Top Turkey Stuffing 6 oz. box
  1. Boil apple juice and butter in pot.
  2. Add stuffing, cranberries, granola cereal, and orange peel into boiling water.
  3. Keep on medium high until the cranberries start to pop while stirring occasionally.
  4. Once the cranberries are all popped take off heat, keep the lid on and let sit for five minutes.
  5. Fluff with fork and serve.

 

 

Book of the Month

Poverty, Puberty, & Patriotism: A Dayton Girl Grows up During WWII

by Ruth Kibler Peck

link to purchase book: https://www.amazon.com/Poverty-Puberty-Patriotism

WWII book

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.

 

 

Inspirational Quote of the Month

“Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.” ― Amy Grant

(Source: http://www.brainyquote.com)

 

Word of the Month

Thanks (noun): a grateful feeling or acknowledgment of a benefit, favor, or the like, expressed by words or otherwise: to return a borrowed book with thanks.  

(Source: http://www.dictionary.com)

 

Poem of the Month 

BLACK AND BLUE   

By Vickie L. Weaver

The ink

in my blue Paper Mate pen

ran out today.

I watched as its impression

faded, disappeared.

I looked down at my dress:

crimson on the left-breast

flesh-colored on the right

met dead-center at the heart

by the black that dominated

the rest of the dress

cinched at the waist

by a wide elastic black belt.

I looked from my dress

to my black Naturalizer shoes

then picked up a black ink pen

and continued to write.

My husband died today

and the ink

in my blue pen

ran out.

November 2016 Book Events

Dayton, Ohio has many Bazaar’s and book signing events which will include Wright Writers of Dayton authors this holiday season. We hope to see you there!

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Saturday, Nov. 12th 

New & Olde Pages Book Shoppe

 856 Union Blvd, Englewood, OH 45322 (Same shopping center as Marathon gas station)

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Wright Writers of Dayton Authors will be there selling various genres and signing books.

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Saturday, Nov. 12th & Sunday, Nov. 13th

St. Peter’s Christmas Bazaar, at The Family Life Center, in Huber Heights

6161 Chambersburg Rd, Dayton, Ohio 45424

Nov. 12th  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Nov 13th  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Author Colleen Green will be signing and selling copies of her romance/suspense book Last Words. (Free recipe packet with each purchase, while supplies last.)

 

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Saturday, Nov. 19th

New & Olde Pages Book Shoppe

 856 Union Blvd, Englewood, OH 45322 (Same shopping center as Marathon gas station)

Holiday Open House

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Author Colleen Green will be signing and selling copies of her romance/suspense book Last Words. (Free recipe packet with each purchase, while supplies last.)