Showing posts from January, 2011

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Catherine E. McLean

HEIDI'S PICK SIX Catherine E. McLean 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? I'm an amateur photographer. My favorite subject is flowers--especially the ones that grow in my garden or yard--or even in the pastures. My photograph of a butterfly caught with wings open, about to take off, won me the grand champion ribbon at my local fair. It's a good photo, but the image I caught on camera of a pink iris, which won first place as a black and white photo at the Crawford County Fair, is truly a work of art. The iris holds pride of place on my living room wall. In addition to photography, I've been sewing garments and costumes since I was eight years old. I've made everything from underwear to a replica of an 1878 Side-saddle Riding Coat. When we showed Morgan horses, I made all my Hunt Seat, Saddle Seat, and carriage driving attire. 5. Who are you reading ri

Book: Low-Residency MFA Handbook: A Guide for Perspective Creative Writing Students

Books I am one of several Seton Hill Writers who contributed to the Low-Residency MFA Handbook: A Guide for Perspective Creative Writing Students by Lori A. May . This guide offers prospective graduate students an in-depth preview of low-residency creative writing MFA programs, as well as interviews with program directors, faculty, alumni, and current students. Low-Residency MFA Handbook by Lori A. May Here is the full list of Seton Hill Writers : Shelley Bates (Shelley Adina) Matt Duvall Natalie Duvall Heidi Ruby Miller Jason Jack Miller Cynthia Ravinski Nicole Taft Albert Wendland ABOUT LORI A. MAY Lori is a part-time writing instructor and a member of the AWP , MLA , and the Michigan College English Association . She is a frequent guest lecturer and workshop presenter at writers' conferences and graduate writing programs. In addition to her freelance writing, Lori is the author of Moving Target (Athena Force) , The Profiler , and stains: early poems . More

Book: Thrall by Mary SanGiovanni

Books My sister writer and critique partner from Seton Hill , Mary SanGiovanni , has a new novel titled Thrall coming out from Thunderstorm Books . You can pre-order it now! Thrall by Mary SanGiovanni Here's a synopsis: The last thing Jesse Coaglan ever wanted to do was return to his hometown of Thrall, New Jersey. Tucked away in the wilds of the northwestern corner of the state, Thrall has always been a very strange place to live. The town was a poison that affected people's minds, their souls, their bodies, and their perspectives. So Jesse abandoned his friends and the one woman he loved, and left everything behind. Seven years later, Jesse has found a reason to return — a reason that, in spite of his best attempts otherwise, he can't ignore. His old love, Mia Dalianis, has left him a voicemail message begging him to come back, if not for her, then for the daughter Jesse never knew he had. Jesse needs to go back. He's been running for a long time — fro


Heidi's Pick Six KD Brogdon 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Texas Ranger Kenneth Douglas. He is a deeply religious, honest and caring person. He sacrifices his personal wants and needs for the well being of others. 2. Tell me about your travels. I have traveled several times to Central America. I think Costa Rica in the most American Friendly, although Nicaragua is gaining ground fast. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee in the morning, ice tea in the afternoon. 4. What else can you do besides write? I am, and have been, for the past 25 plus years a Tampa Police Officer, Sargent for the past 16 years. 5. Who are you reading right now? I am reading my new book, The Guardian , an engaging story. Also, The New Centurions . 6. Pop culture or academia? Both. The world goes round. 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? The toughest scene; writing about a character's thoughts of suicide. Having to place, or attempt to place your thoughts in t

WORKSHOP: The Project Bible

WORKSHOPS THE PROJECT BIBLE: THOU SHALL CREATE A GREAT STORY Online Course INSTRUCTOR: Catherine E. McLean is a longtime Pennwriters member who has given more than 30 workshops and had two dozen articles published on the devices and techniques of writing fiction. She will be giving a workshop at the May 2011 Pennwriters conference in Pittsburgh, PA. To learn more about Catherine E. McLean, go to . DATE: February 1 – March 8, 2011 REGISTER: LIMITED CLASS SIZE. Enroll now. COURSE DESCRIPTION: Covering more than 5 weeks and 8 class sessions, this has been dubbed “The All-In-One Writer's Course for Creating Stories from Start to Finish.” Make a New Year’s resolution to improve your writing. Having a Project Bible means: * No more going off on tangents * No more dead-ending half way through the project * No more false starts * No more losing control of the plot * No more characters taking over the original story * No more careless m

Flashback: January 6, 2010

Flashbacks Here's a look back at my posting this day in 2010 . This was when VR Barkowski tagged me for The Eight Writing Questions. Here's one of them as a teaser: 3) What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever written? There is a scene in my current novel ATOMIC ZION where an Israeli Secret Policeman is shaving and cutting his hair, and as he sees the changes to his appearance slowly come into focus in the mirror with each snip of the scissors or swipe of the razor, he recalls memories of the woman he loved, including her murder. It becomes a reawakening scene, and its tenderness stayed with me long after I wrote it. So what did you post on January 6 these past few years?


Paths to Publication Codename Prague by D. Harlan Wilson Here’s an abridged version of my path to publication . . . I started out writing poetry in college. I never wrote anything before that, but I took a poetry course that turned me on to it. This was around 1990 at Wittenberg University in Ohio. Of course, nothing I wrote was good, and I didn’t submit anything for publication, although I had aspirations for publication. I kept at it and after college I managed to place a few poems here and there, mostly in small press magazines and journals. Then, for whatever reason, I thought I’d start writing novels. I don’t remember why, or where I found the audacity. I wrote three novels, bad ones, but I didn’t think they were bad at the time. And yet I never submitted them for publication. Then, in grad school, at the University of Massachusetts-Boston , I took a fiction writing course and started writing short stories. I abandoned novels for the next ten or so years and focused on the

Flashback: January 1, 2006

Flashbacks Here's a look back at my posting on this day in 2006 . What did you post on January 1 these past few years?