Saturday, December 6, 2014

It's the *funniest* time of the year!

Come one, come all to the WOTS White Elephant book exchange celebration for great food, fellowship, and fun. Let's see who gets the most laughs with their offering.

Bring one wrapped book to participate.
Funny, cheesy, corny, or horrible books only, folks.
This is a WHITE ELEPHANT book exchange.
See you Saturday.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

In Memory of WriterBob Stewart

From his son & daughter

On November 6, 2014, Robert Chisem Stewart Jr. received the reward he had worked for all of his life. Known to most as Bob, he was also affectionately referred to as WriterBobStewart, Uncle Bob, Dad, and Grandad. He was 75 at the time of his death. His residence the past 4 years has been in Spring, Texas with his son, daughter in law, and grandchildren. His last days were spent doing what he loved. He passed in his hotel room in Salem Massachussetts, while attending the Writers Unplugged Unconference. Although the exact cause of death is pending, it is believed to be a “medical incident”, possibly heart failure or complications of diabetes.

Bob was born in Woodsboro, Texas on December 17, 1938 to Robert Chisem Stewart Sr. and Edna Alta Culpepper Stewart. He grew up with a younger sister, Nancy and a much younger brother, Van. He graduated from Calhoun County High School in Port Lavaca, Texas in 1957. He was active in the high school band making all regional band and barely missing all state band his senior year. He was active in drama, playing leading roles in school plays, and competing with great success in district speech and drama tournaments. He was also active in the chess club and enjoyed success in high school chess tournaments. He subsequently attended Abilene Christian College (ACC), now known as Abilene Christian University (ACU), where he also appeared in school produced plays. He began with a major in bible, which he later switched to journalism. When only a few hours from completing his degree, he was offered a job at a daily newspaper, The Vernon Record, and thus began his illustrious career spanning decades. 
Bob’s early years in journalism included times at The Borger News Herald, The Bryan Daily Eagle, The Dallas Times Herald, The Marshall News Messenger, The Laredo Times and the San Antonio Light. At a young age, while managing editor at The Bryan Daily Eagle, he was recognized by editor and publisher and state journalism societies as being the best in the state of Texas in several categories. Also while in Bryan, Bob’s play “WHICH DEATH TO DIE?” was produced by the AGGIE PLAYERS and he wrote 2 scripts for the number one TV series “GUNSMOKE”. 
During his nearly twenty years at the San Antonio light, he began to focus on entertainment news, developing the first TV book to accommodate the multiple channel listings that were needed for the new cable networks. He wrote the weekly cover story for the TV guide and a daily column for the TV section of the newspaper. He also enjoyed a number of years on the air with the local network affiliate Channel 12 KSAT doing moving reviews. He would rank the movies on a scale of 1-12 and give his “Bobservations”. 
Following his work at the San Antonio Light, Bob worked freelance for People magazine, US magazine, Life magazine, and many others. He gave up his freelance status to work full time for People magazine for several years to wrap up a distinguished career in the field of journalism. During his career, Bob interviewed literally thousands of people, both famous and infamous, ranging from presidents, to serial killers, to movie stars. Bob’s most relished interview ever was the day he interviewed Roy Rogers, his childhood hero. He stated that he could hardly speak and that Roy was everything he could ever want a hero to be.

After retiring from People magazine, Bob began a career as an author, having four non-fiction books published:
  • MAN TO MAN When the woman you love has breast cancer St Marten’s Press 1989
  • SACRIFICE Word Publishing 1990
  • REVENGE REDEEMED Fleming H Revell 1991
  • NO REMORSE Pinnacle Books 1996
In recent years Bob has enjoyed the publishing of three fiction books
  • ALIAS THOMAS A. KATT Solstice Publishing 2011
  • HIDDEN EVIL Novel Concept Publishing 2011
  • FIRST BORN Novel Concept Publishing 2013
Recently, Bob received recognition from the Writer’s Guild of America for his work in 1967 on scripts for Gunsmoke, named as one of WGA’s 101 Best Written TV Series of the last 70 years.
Above all else, Bob loved God. A close second was the time he had with his family. A loving and sacrificial husband, father, and grandfather he set an example of what a Godly man should be. Ever patriotic, he was never too busy to stop, and shake hands, and thank every law enforcement officer or any military personnel he saw. Bob was a faithful member of the Church of Christ and consistent in his involvement. He often preached sermons on Sundays, taught bible classes, and officiated weddings and funerals as a lay minister. 

He loved a good joke, especially if it involved an Aggie. It was often said “You will know if Bob doesn’t like you if he doesn’t tease you”. He loved to watch his beloved Aggies football team and “bled maroon”. He also was a big Dallas Cowboy fan and especially enjoyed assignments when he got to interview the Cowboy players. A dominating presence, he usually seemed to be in command of all situations. At his last writers “unconference” the night before he passed, Bob spoke on “Perseverence”. All attending were thinking of persevering within the literary world……the fight to be published. The best lesson though form Bob Stewart was the perseverence and love that he showed seeing his wife Martha through 2 bouts with cancer. When Bob gave his word, he kept it.
Bob is survived by his son Dr. Robert Chisem Stewart III and his spouse Kimberly Ann Stewart of Spring, Texas, his daughter Martha Liland Stewart of New York City, grandchildren Christina Leigh Stewart, Courtney (CA) Ann Stewart, and Robert Chisem Stewart IV, sister Nancy Lee Giles of Corsicana, Texas, and beloved “kitty” Schyler, resident of “Grandad’s Cabana.”
Preceding Bob in death are his wife of 50 years Martha Ann Oeding Stewart, and brother William Van Stewart.

Services will be held Friday November 14
Viewing/visitation at 9:00 AM Memorial Service at 10:00 AM
New Klein Chapel-Mausoleum
& 50 Acre Memorial Park
F.M. 2920, Klein Texas, 77379

In charge of arrangements is
Klein Funeral Home
16131 Champion Forest Drive
Klein, Texas 77379
Officiating will be Minister Mark Davis from the Crestway Church of Christ in San Antonio, Texas. Pallbearers will include Brian Harris, Charlie Meyers, Bobby Stewart, and Ronnie Giles. 
The family thanks all of those from Bob’s personal and professional life who have given so much support and love for WriterBob and his family!

“Do not go softly into that good night…………”


Monday, October 27, 2014

Our Fall Experiment

We're trying something fun for our November meeting this year. A Show & Tell, Read & Sell party. Here are the ground rules:

For published authors:

  • You can bring as many different books as you'd like to sell, but you can only read from one. 
  • Pick a scene that will whet the appetite of your fellow authors but that is short enough to allow everyone the opportunity to have a turn.

For unpublished authors:

We want you to be able to participate too! There are a few things you can do:

  1. Read a scene from your WIP. Bring printed copies of your scene for people to take notes and give you feedback if you'd like. (Max 5 double-spaced pages).
  2. Read a scene from your favorite book! Do you have a friend or writing partner who is published? You can showcase their book.
  3. Read a section from your favorite novel on writing craft. We can all learn something.
  4. Or just come and listen. :)
If you're willing to provide a book for our raffle, we might all go home with something new. :) Also, you can swap books with your friends as well as sell your own books.

This is a great way to Christmas shop early. Friends and family love to receive signed copies of fiction. So bring tons of $$ and a big book bag to get your purchases home.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Get your serve on

Nominate yourself for an officer position! If you're willing to do the work, we want to know.

Which one sounds most fun to you?

  • Oversees other officers and provides vision for the Chapter
  • Moderates local e-loop if the Chapter has one
  • Directs meetings
  • Chairs Speaker Selection Committee
  • Serves as Critique Group Liaison

Vice President:
  • Serves President as requested
  • Co-moderates local e-loop
  • Directs meetings in absence of President
  • Chairs Fund Raising Committee
  • Sits on Speaker Selection Committee

  • Records minutes of chapter board meetings
  • Maintains meeting calendar
  • Maintains critique calendar (optional)
  • Mails welcome letters to new members
  • Maintains Member roster
  • Chairs Event Publicity Committee
  • Maintains media/industry mailing list
  • Files monthly chapter report with the Area Coordinator no later than the 5th of each month. A report must be filed, even if the chapter does not meet (put zeroes in the number of members and meeting area)

  • Processes new member applications and dues
  • Maintains account for group dues and other monies, sends $25 of dues to ACFW National for the Chapter dues
  • Disperses monies as voted on by officers
  • Reports account balance and membership numbers at monthly meetings
  • Submits new member information to secretary
  • Reminds members about annual dues
Submits the Annual Financial Report to the Zone Coordinator. This reports consists of  the Chapter's opening checking account balance, its income, expenses, the net amount, and year-end checking account balance.

  • Chairs Finance Committee
  • Sits on Fund Raising Committee

Must be a member of ACFW for at least 6 months
Must be a member of WOTS
Must be willing to serve with a great attitude

Email wots.acfw(at) if you're interested. Voting starts November 1!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

You don't want to miss Melissa Williams!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 20th!

I met Melissa Williams when she presented at my girls' elementary school in 2012. I was impressed with how she engaged her audience and how she marketed herself and her products. This is a lady who thinks outside the box and overflows with  great ideas on how to get you and your books out there. We are excited to host her at our next WOTS meeting where she'll tell us about her road to publication and beyond. This is something all authors will enjoy and it might just spike the fires of of your own creativity.

Melissa is a children's author so if you have or know school aged children, bring your pocket book because she has a lot of cute things that you'll want to buy up as gifts. Now, more about Melissa...

Melissa Williams (@MelissaAuthor) is the author of the Iggy the Iguana chapter book series, the Turtle Town chapter book series and the Little Miss Molly picture book for kids, the owner of LongTale Publishing and founder of the Literacy Non-Profit Foundation–READ3Zero. Melissa received a Master's degree in professional counseling and implements psychological skills when presenting to her young audiences and when writing for her target market. She has visited hundreds of schools and tours all over Texas and California in addition to being a regular guest on ABC and FOX Houston News. As a child literacy advocate, Melissa's main focus today revolves around recognizing the need to keep reading, writing and creativity inside the home and classroom while balancing electronic usage. Her literacy foundation hosts the I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids Publishing Contest, offering opportunities for children to become published authors, illustrators and speakers. Melissa resides in Houston, Texas and is the 2014-2015 president of her local rotary group. More information may be found at

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Coming this Saturday - Marc Schooley's Simple Fiction Fixes

Marc Schooley  lives near Houston with his wife Dorann (AKA Dode, long o, long e), a philosopher dog too smart to figure out how to jump onto the bed, a re-animated twenty-two-year-old, 2 lb. Pet Sematary cat, a massive Great Dane affectionately known as Becky the Bed Walrus or Rebecca of Schooleybrook Farm, and adult children who consistently and lovingly save him from the dread and loathsome horrors of the empty nest syndrome.

Sketched in equal shades of grit and inspiration, Marc’s signature raw blend of literary and pulp fiction engages readers in a forceful swashbuckle of surprising depth, through a supernatural continuum whose hub is the Lone Star State as you’ve never seen it.

Marc works on contract to the NASA Johnson Space Center, preaches every Sunday, and is NOT—I repeat NOT—MS Quixote. Marc's books include K├Ânig’s Fire is a Carol Award (ACFW Book of the Year) winner and Christy Award nominee, Nightriders, and The Dark Man featuring ultimately awesome attack helicopters, which propels the tender love story at its heart.

More about Marc at:

For time, location, and directions to our meeting:

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2014 Storming the Short Story Contest!


Squall Line - Jim Hamlett 

2nd place: Dorothy's Carol - Terrie Todd 
3rd place: A Rumspringa Storm - Steve Hooley 
4th place: Tempest Tossed - Annette O'Hare 

Honorable mention:
When Love Pours Down - Angie Dicken 


The Grumpy Chronicles - Susan Lyttek 

2nd place: The Great Storm - Karla Rose 
3rd place: Oddman - Carla Hoch 
4th place: Aperture - Linda Kozar

Honorable mention:
Orphans in the storm - Scott Abel 


Just West of Clovis -  Ralph D. James 

2nd place: Husband Hunting - Crystal L Barnes
3rd place: Detention - Gretchen Engel 
4th place: Fire in a Storm - Angela K Couch 

Honorable mention:
Entertaining Angels - TJ Akers