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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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

women who shaped america

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. 

 

book cover Last Words

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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WWII book

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.

 

my child...

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.

Vicki's Dancing in the Stars

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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Writing for Success

Free Seminars by The Wright Writers of Dayton

Date: Thursday, April 27, 6:30 pm – 8 pm 

Location: The Vandalia Metro Library

330 S. Dixie Dr. (next to Butler High School)

Vandalia, Ohio 45377

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Vickie Weaver — Biography

Vickie L. Weaver is a lifelong Ohioan, writer, and poet. She writes and edits for clients worldwide in her company, Writestyle (www.writestyle.com). She is the author of My Child, I’ll Still Be Loving You and Dancing in the Stars. Everyone has an interesting person in their family whose story begs to be told. Vickie will give details on how to get started.

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Ruth Ann Peck — Discovering Poetry

Ruth Ann Peck taught English for twenty-one years at Northmont Junior High in Englewood, Ohio. She has won dozens of national, state, and local awards for her poetry. She is the author of Rowing Through the Night and six books of history.

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Deb Knight — NaNoWriMo

(writing a book in a month)

Deb is editing her first novel, a science fiction story. She will talk about her experience writing during NaNoWriMo.

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Frances McGee Cromartie — Inspiration   

Frances McGee-Cromartie was one of 12 writers invited to Rye, New York as winners of Guideposts magazine’s Writer’s Contest. Since 2001, she has received six bylines for Guideposts and Angels magazines and has been invited to attend one of their refresher courses.

Interested in going? Help us plan for how many will be attending by emailing Colleen Green at colleen_grn@yahoo.com put in the email subject line:

“I am attending the April WWD Seminar”

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April 2017 Newsletter

Recipe of the Month

Edible Miniature Bunny Baskets Centerpiece

eater basket candy

  • bag of bagels
  • container of vanilla frosting
  • green sugar crystals
  • marshmallow bunnies
  • chocolate licorice
  • bag of robin eggs

Take ½ of a bagel and spread frosting on the flat side. Sprinkle the green sugar crystals on the icing. Put one bunny in the center of the bagel where the hole was and push bunny down into icing. Put robin eggs around the bunny. Place one egg in front of the bunny and one egg behind it to secure its position. Put a small amount of icing on top of the bunny ears. Take licorice and dab ends into icing. Bend the licorice to form basket handle. Secure the licorice by attaching the ends with frosting to the bagel and pressing the middle of the handle down onto the bunny ears. Place one robin egg behind and in front of each side of the handle where it is attached to the bagel. Once all your baskets are on one plate, use the plate as a centerpiece.

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Book of the Month

My Child, I’ll Still Be Loving You

Vickie L Weaver (Author) 

 Kattarina Storost (Illustrator)

my child...

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.

Link to buy below

 https://www.createspace.com/5714110

Word of the Month

 Nexus (noun) A means of connection; a link or tie: “The nexus between the mob and gambling.” A connected series or group. The core or center.

Source: http://www.wordthink.com

Inspirational Quote of the Month

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

Albert Einstein

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Connect with Colleen

By Author Colleen Green

Amber Milestone is the main character in my book. She moves to New York City. Like her, I had never been there and I am used to suburban living. It was an opportunity to travel and do research for my book.

My boyfriend and I booked an apartment in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood on the West Side of Midtown, Manhattan. It was a fifth story walk-up. This means no elevator. Each time you went up the stairs it was about ten to fifteen steps to the next story. The kind of place my character would live with a roommate. It tests your endurance to make the trip back and forth up and down the stairs more than once a day. Even though I am in good shape, I couldn’t help but utter the words, “What did I do to Amber?” I decided to make it slightly easier on her by having her live on the third floor not the fifth!

The noise levels of 9th Avenue were louder than my home. The traffic, sirens, horns, and cars outside our bedroom window could be heard despite fan and nature sounds on my Kindle. I quickly learned earplugs helped.

We used the subway system and walked a lot. We figured out the apps on my smartphone to find the nearest train. All the while amazed at the number of people, the height of the sky scrapers, and the diversity of the people.

The Jewish deli we ate at was superb. I tasted cured meat that I had never had before and coleslaw that was unique and delicious. We had pickles prepared unlike the grocery store ones we buy at home. Local dialogue I noticed: “How you doing?” the server asked us. Think of all the different ways people say hello. Some say hey, hi or what’s up to greet someone. It is important to notice these differences.

times-squareWe took in some Broadway shows. Chicago and Cats both were performed extremely well. One of the people a few seats over kept whispering during the show. New Yorkers weren’t afraid to tell them to be quiet or shut up! They are bold about their opinions. Most people from Ohio wouldn’t be quite so vocal. Not to say one way is right or wrong. Yes, I am making somewhat of a general statement when I do notice certain things, which is fine. I will let each of my characters determine what they do depending on personality not just where they are from or living. It never hurts to take into account where they live and how that may influence their actions or general demeanor. Of course, there will be exceptions to the majority. It is something to be aware of as a writer, not a rule but a guideline.

 

Restaurant seating was tight. Tables close to one another filled the space. A substantial staff were at most places to keep up with the customers. Quick service for food. You can find a wide variety of cuisine such as American, Jewish, Italian and more.

Small convenience stores, called bodegas, are numerous. Some would deliver food 24 hrs a day. Cyclists’ who deliver food use the bicycle lanes. They jet in and out of traffic sometimes not staying in their lane.

Restroom facilities in a big city are different than in the suburbs. For example, restaurant bathrooms for females had just one toilet, unlike suburban ones with many stalls. Since there was only one toilet, there were lines to wait for the bathroom. Pharmacies in the city do not have public bathrooms. Probably to discourage the homeless from using them frequently. Suburban drug stores do have public restrooms.

We saw the One World Trade Center and the 9/11 memorial. My heart goes out to those who were so deeply affected by the 9/11 tradegy. Below is the One World Trade Center.

 

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We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. It takes some time to get to the beginning of it from the sidewalks. The part where you walk on is above the traffic. It was fairly busy. There is a bicycle lane. When you hear a bell, it is probably a cyclist trying to pass you by if you get too close to their lane. Wonderful views of Manhattan can be seen from there.

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After my trip was over, I was thrilled that I went. I gained valuable knowledge, sights, sounds and tastes that I can bring to my next novel. I hope to go back someday. Meanwhile, I will continue writing my second novel. It will be dedicated to the people of New York City!

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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 

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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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