Thursday, November 26, 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

Don't Miss the Next Meeting


From Linda Kozar:
Scour garage sales and resale shops for the perfect book to exchange. This isn't a normal book exchange, so don't even think of showing up with a regular book. Find a Terribly Terrific Title. They're out there, believe me. Check out my Pinterest Board: Terribly Terrific Titles for ideas. If you still have trouble finding a book, contact me. I have quite a collection...
So, harness your elephant and drag him along to Linda's, 11:00 a.m. December 12. Bring food!


Monday, November 16, 2015

What's What with WOTS

If you missed the last meeting, you missed a great talk by Anita Onarecker Wood about sharing our stories--which, as Janice said, was also a great lesson in POV. Anita told the 90 Minutes in Heaven story from the perspective of herself and her late husband, Dick Onarecker. Some things are different from what Don Piper (90 Minutes in Heaven) told, but that's the point of Point of View, right? Everyone sees things differently, remembers them differently, interprets them differently. Great lesson for writers.

Next time we get together will be for our Christmas Party and Book Exchange at Linda Kozar's house. We're meeting on December 12 around 11 at her house--and she says she'll tell those of us who don't know where it is how to get there. Bring food and a book for the exchange and expect some insane fun. I've never been before, so I'm really looking forward to it.

Crystal Barnes announced her new release, Win, Love, or Draw, book one in her Marriage & Mayhem series. She designed the cover herself (great job!), formatted it, and got it out there. Janice gave it a wonderful endorsement, not surprising. Crystal is, after all, an award winning author. You know this is going to be good!

Annette O'Hare mentioned that her new one will be coming out through Pelican Book Group in February. A historical romance. Can't wait!

Last but not least, remember the Ladies' Getaway Retreat coming up in January. Lisa Gefrides mentioned it before, the writers retreat and getaway at Frontier Camp near Crockett, Texas. This sounds like a terrific deal and an even better opportunity to spend some quiet, quality time with our manuscripts! According to the site:
Standard Stay: Friday, January 29 - Sunday, January 31, 2016 $109 per person, including 5 delicious meals, and 2 nights of lodging. First meal is Friday supper and ends with brunch on Sunday.
Lisa said she wasn't managing this, but you can register online.












Saturday, November 7, 2015

Guest Speaker Anita Onarecker Wood



When I first discovered Anita would be speaking to our group, I wasn't sure who she was. I'd heard of 90 Minutes in Heaven, but I wasn't as familiar with the story as others in this group may have been. Until recently, my familiarity with it came primarily from publicity for the movie.

Then, Friday, October 30, I went to the East Texas Christian Writers Conference at ETBU in Marshall. First on my to-do list was a course on dialogue that Cecil Murphey taught. You know Cec--the one chosen to write 90 Minutes in Heaven.

That evening, I got to sit with Cec, Twila Belk, and others as Don Piper, the keynote speaker, presented clips from the movie, 90 Minutes in Heaven. I bet you know Don Piper, too--the guy who actually lived 90 minutes in Heaven.

I was so touched by his story, I had to take his class the next day--From Story to Movie--in which we learned some of the challenges and miracles he faced when approached about making his story into a movie. In that class, I got to meet Eva Piper, author of A Walk Through The Dark: How My Husband's 90 Minutes in Heaven Deepened My Faith for a Lifetime (also written by Cecil Murphey).

So you can imagine how I feel now about getting to meet Anita Onarecker Wood--who, along with her husband, Dick Onarecker--was first on the scene after the wreck happened. The first couple to pray for a dead man. In her book, Divine Appointment: Our Journey to the Bridge, Anita tells of this event that changed lives.

I hope everyone can make it this coming Saturday, November 14 (a week earlier than our usual meeting) to hear this amazing woman.

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Other News:

NaNoWriMo is in full swing. We're looking forward to hearing how our participants are doing. Hope to hear some uplifting stories of productivity and creativity.

This from Linda Kozar:



Scour garage sales and resale shops for the perfect book to exchange. This isn't a normal book exchange, so don't even think of showing up with a regular book. Find a Terribly Terrific Title. They're out there, believe me. Check out my Pinterest Board: Terribly Terrific Titles for ideas. If you still have trouble finding a book, contact me. I have quite a collection...
So, harness your elephant and drag him along to Linda's, December 12!