Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Anniversary Party

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will celebrate its 4th Anniversary at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 in the lower level meeting room of the Oshkosh Public Library. Members are asked to bring a snack to pass; beverages will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Reading - A Lost Art?

According to a poll by the Associated Press-Ipsos, one in four Americans didn't read a single book last year. Of those who did read, the average number of books read last year was seven; The largest number of readers were women and older people. Non-readers tended to be less educated, lower income and live in rural areas. ABC has a complete story here.

Reminds me of a bumper sticker I saw the other day that went something like "People who don't read have no advantage over those who can't read."

Monday, August 20, 2007

started a blog

Well, I started a blog to chronicle my writing efforts. You can laugh along or sympathize at http://edix.blogspot.com/. Perhaps I am hoping the embarrassment of having to pen, "I didn't write again today!" will make me write more.

I got the idea from Maggie Stiefvater who not only has one but two extremely witty blogs. One is for her awesome art work and the other is for her newly, accepted- for-publishing, novel. I thought I'd better start one now so that when my novel gets accepted, I would have experience with this blogging stuff!

check hers out:



Sunday, August 19, 2007

Cheap Printer Refills

Hope S. recommends the Printer Filling Station for ink cartridges and inkjet ink refills kits. They carry supplies for Brother, Canon, Compaq, Dell, Epson, HP, Lexmark and Xerox. Prices are very reasonable and shipping is free on orders of $50 or more.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Author Visit – Jennifer Chiaverini

Breaking news: Madison author Jennifer Chiaverini will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the lower level meeting room of the Oshkosh Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.

In addition to the nine volumes of the Elm Creek Quilts series, she is the author of two volumes of quilt patterns inspired by her novels, as well as the designer of the Elm Creek Quilts fabric lines from Red Rooster Fabrics.

The Writers Club may be asked to assist with the event and/or an author dinner; details will be forthcoming.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Call For True Stories


Adams Media is publishing a new anthology series featuring uplifting, true stories about the experiences and relationships that inspire and enrich our lives — namely those with our mothers, our fathers, and ourteachers (also mother-figures, father-figures, and mentors). These slice-of-life stories will be written by people from all walks of life and provide unique personal insights into powerful universal truths, as well as honor the "everyday hero" in their lives. Each anthology in the series will be divided to highlight the variety of ways mothers, teachers, and fathers go beyond the call of duty to heroism.

We are now seeking submissions for the following volume: "MY TEACHER IS MY HERO." For this collection, we seek original and compelling testaments to the deep connection between teachers and their students, particularly heartwarming and humorous tales about truly amazing teachers who have made a significant impact on your life, or your children's lives. Wea re seeking people of all ages and backgrounds to write a moving story in appreciation of the teachers who inspired, motivated, and educated them. A teacher could also be a mentor or workshop leader, someone with whom you have had a moving experience that enriched your life and illustrates why this particular teacher is heroic.

Submission Deadline: SEPTEMBER 5, 2007

Payment: $100 per story, plus one copy of the book. Grand Prizes of $250, $150, $100 will be awarded for the three best stories accordingly.

Please carefully review the "Hero Series Guidelines" for complete details and submission guidelines.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Shakespeare on the Fox

The Oshkosh Public Library joins with Shakespeare on the Fox in September to celebrate the work of William Shakespeare with the two following programs:

Shakespeare and Ellington: The Bard and The Duke
7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10
It’s a glorious marriage of music and literature as Dr. Marty Robinson, Associate Professor of Jazz at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, showcases Duke Ellington compositions based on works of William Shakespeare. The multimedia presentation will focus on one of jazz’s most unique albums, Such Sweet Thunder, an entire big-band jazz album dedicated to Shakespeare.

What? The Magic in Words in The Tempest
7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17
Shakespeare’s language can be daunting for those of us who no longer live “where t’is spoken.” In this interactive program, the Renaissance Repertory Shakespeare Company of the Rebel Alliance Theatre presents a lighthearted evening of scenes from and discussion of The Tempest, which is one of this year’s Shakespeare on the Fox selections. Leave your books at home; bring your loudest voice and a sense of adventure to find out what makes Shakespeare “the best of them that speak this speech.”

The programs are free and open to the public. For more information call the Oshkosh Public Library at 236-5205 or visit www.oshkoshpubliclibrary.org.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Science Fiction\Fantasy Writing Prompt Contest

Every quarter the Electric Dragon Cafe holds a writing contest. They provide a topic and items, characters, or places that you must include in your story.

Entries are judged on adherence to the topic, originality, and sheer entertainment value. The winning story will be published on their site, and the author will receive a $25 gift certificate to Borders or Barnes and Noble. They may also publish any number of other entries that exemplify the spirit of the contest.

There is no entry fee. Deadline: September 10, 2007. Click here for the prompt and more info.

Writer's Digest Short Short Story Contest

Writer's Digest is accepting entries in the 8th Annual Short Short Story Competition. Stories must be 1500 words or fewer; entry fee is $12 per submission. Entries must be in original, unpublished, and not submitted or accepted elsewhere at the time of submission. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 3, 2007.

Click here for guidelines, an entry form or to enter online.

Winners will be announced in the June 2008 issue of Writer's Digest. Winners awarded cash and prizes including the First place prize of $3,000.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Free Word Processor

For those of few of you that use Word Pad or a word processing program that you do not like, you may want to try Open Office, which can be found at http://www.openoffice.org/index.html. This a free program that is compatible and similar to Microsoft Office. This writer ordered a CD of OpenOffice several years ago, and it worked well. I paid for the shipping. However, look their website over and use at your own risk.