Sept 22, 2014 Local Author Shares Success

Meeting On September 22 will be …held in the 3rd floor game room at Lakestone Terrace. This month’s meeting will feature a critique session from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with
our business meeting and program from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

September Program will be:
Melissa Wren Williams will be bringing the program for our meeting this month. She is a freelance writer and editor and the author of Serial Vengeance. She’s been writing since she was young and has 19 years of professional writing experience. Not only is Wren a novelist, she’s also a poetess, a world-traveler, a mystery lover, and a survivor. She is a resident of our own town of Granbury.
In Serial Vengeance, Wren brings a background in journalism and over four years of experience living in the heart of Washington, D.C. to this dark, suspenseful, psychological thriller set among the political intrigue of the nation’s capitol.

If you are bringing something to read at the critique session, it should be no more than five pages, 12 pt., double-spaced, with 5-6 copies for others to read along with you.
Note From Peggy Freeman …
Member’s dues need to paid this month if possible. Please bring your dues of $20 to our meeting, or you can mail a check (made out to
Writer’s Bloc) to our Treasurer, Beverly Harrison, at 1030 E. Hwy. 377, Ste. 110, #279, Granbury, TX 76048.
We will be voting on officers and committees at this month’s meeting and if you don’t show up you might be made an officer. Please think about which committee you want to serve on: Administrative,
Program, Financial, Hospitality, Publicity & Communications
and special events. Everyone gets to help. If you want to
nominate a person or self for an office, please send it to me or Connie
before Monday.

“We can go faster when everyone rows.” – Margarett Freeman

Sept. 2014

Mud Pond or Intelligent Design?

By Charles A. Rodenberger
In today’s world I don’t understand the thinking that believes that life evolved from a mud puddle being struck by lightning. The latest findings reported by biologists find more and more complicated information stored in human cells. Far more than the information in your computer. The only reasonable explanation is that life was created by a really intelligent designer. But today that concept is barred from being taught in school.

The Charleston (SC) Post and Courier reports the South Carolina State Board of Education rejected language that would require biology students to “construct scientific arguments that seem to support and seem to discredit Darwinism.” Groups supporting the language argued that it allowed students to learn the controversy surrounding natural selection, while critics said that it was a way to sneak creationism into the public school system.

It is strange to me that we have to “sneak” creationism into the public school system. There are a fairly large number of scientists who believe in creation. A lot more than those of us who also believe in a young earth concept, but there are a lot of recent science findings supporting that idea. I find it strange that more scientists can’t see plain facts that support a creation belief.

I am waiting to see how the unmanned aerial vehicles change the way we farm and ranch. There are a lot of predictions and I want you to let me know if you have seen any evidence. Of course right now the FAA is banning the use of UAVs except for certain research efforts. UT at Corpus Christi is one test site and I think that they are using the King Ranch for experiments.

The AP reported on demonstrations at the annual unmanned aircraft conference in Grand Forks, North Dakota including the pinpointing of a crime and the collecting of evidence following a car crash. However, “at least 75 percent of the drone use in civilian airspace is expected to involve agriculture.” Drones can help check on crops and d soil quality. Michael Toscano, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, said “that drones could help keep the family farm alive.” They also reported on a $150,000 Federal grant to Idaho State University for developing “ways to use unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with specialized sensors to monitor crop health.” I wanted ag users to use computers to make smarter business decisions and I hope that UAVs will do the same.

For all of you who want to see your ranch from way up above and you live in New Mexico you will have that opportunity in 2016 according to Jane Poynter, CEO of World View Enterprises who successfully completed the first small-scale test flight of a high-altitude balloon and capsule being developed to let tourists float 20 miles above the earth. The system, which was launched last week from Roswell, New Mexico, “broke the world record for highest parafoil flight, lifting a payload to 120,000 feet.” The test involved a balloon about a third the size and a payload about a tenth the weight of what will be involved in manned flights. Let me know when you make your first flight.

You can email Charles at

Charles Rodenberger has written a column for the Livestock Weekly since 1987. Here is one of his latest written for the July 3rd Edition of the Computer and the Cowboy. He has been a member of the Granbury Writers’ Bloc for over two years.




May Meeting – Chicken Soup for a Sick Scene and Sequel.

85841-Royalty-Free-RF-Clipart-Illustration-Of-A-Vintage-Black-And-White-Book-Shelf-With-Books-And-Vines“Is your Scene and Sequel Sick? Give it a dose of Chicken Soup.”
Even through I will present a program about writing for Chicken Soup, I want to use Chicken Soup to teach Scene and Sequel. We’ve talked about how scene and sequel creates “Show.” Sequel alone can create tell. Bring a scene to our meeting if you like. But we will also write one. Make it come to life and have something you can submit to Chicken Soup. Make $200 out of a memory.

Writers’ workshop and writing group