December Meeting on the 14th – Christmas Fun

December 14th 6:00 Program 

No Regular Critique

Join the Bloc for a fun evening of reading original stories at our December meeting and then guess who wrote them. All stories must be original, no more than 4 pages double spaced, 12 point Time New Roman Font. DO NOT put your name on the work. Make sure the paper is white and the print is black if at all possible. Do not tell anyone what you have written. If you tell anyone they can’t guess on your work. Try to stretch your writing style in order to fool those who know you best. You can write in any genre. Remember to warn the reader at the top of your manuscript if it has language or content that is R rated. You won’t guess out loud, but list your best guess on a paper along with the title. The writers will be revealed at the end of the evening.

November Meeting

Writers’ Bloc Blast NOVEMBER 2015
November 23rd’s meeting:

November
Remember to bring several (6- 10) double spaced copies of up to 5 pages for critique!

Snacks: Beverly and Holly are bringing snacks for the month of

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Welcome to the group, Mary Lou Condike

 

 

CongratulaConnie big ctions to Connie Lewis Leonard  Author of the Month “Connie Leonard lives in Granbury with her husband of more than forty years. They have three rescue dogs, two married children, and two grandchildren. After teaching English/language arts in public school for twenty-three years, she retired to follow her dream of writing. She has written and published numerous devotions, short stories, and magazine articles. She has written and taught ladies’ Bible studies, and she speaks at ladies’ retreats and conferences. Her novel, Big C, little c, was published in 2014. Her interactive devotional Bible study, A Psalm a Day, was published in 2015. She is working on final edits of a Bible study Praying the Lord’s Prayer and a novel Somebody Somewhere in Texas, which she plans to publish in 2016.”

Upcoming Events
December 14th’s meeting:
Bring a single copy of something you have written (do NOT put your name on it.) and tie it with a ribbon. We will put them in a hat and draw them out and try to guess who wrote each of them.
Brags:
 Peggy Freeman: finally got all her revisions on Dip Street paperback and has been working on the Kindle final. She also been to the Acton Elementary Career Day, and is donating a few hours for a writing workshop. Correction from last month’s: Peggy sold 3 articles to Comanche Living and have a school visit in Austin in January and will be speaking to the children at Acton Career Day in November. CONGRATS!
Writing Opportunities for November
New York Times is seeking Modern Romance Essays! Must be a personal experience from the writer about a relationship experience they have had. This is a regular column and if your story is chosen, you will be paid $300, per story. For more info go to http://mobile.nytimes.com/2010/12/21/fashion/howtosubmit_modernlove.html
SOCIAL MEDIA
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Also don’t forget to follow and share our different social medias:
Facebook: Writers’ Bloc of Granbury
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Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude
101 Stories about How Being Thankful Can Change Your Life
This is a second call out for stories and poems for our important Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude book. And what appropriate timing! Thanksgiving is next week for our American writers, and our Canadian writers are still working off their own October Thanksgiving dinners. You’re probably more aware than ever of your own blessings and how gratitude has improved your life.
We all know intuitively that the power of gratitude can change our lives and it has even been proven scientifically. People who see the silver linings, count their blessings, and maintain perspective weather the ups and downs of life much better than those who bemoan their fates and focus on the negative.
Being thankful improves your health, your cognitive function and your relationships. And you can learn to be a thankful person — it doesn’t have to come naturally. At Chicken Soup for the Soul, we read stories all the time by people who have turned their lives around by actively practicing gratitude, by saying thanks, by filling in gratitude journals, and by stopping and thinking about their blessings, even on a bad day.
We’re looking for your stories and poems about how you used the power of gratitude to change your own life, how you count your blessings, and how you give thanks for the good things. You’ll help readers through your examples and your personal tips on how to use thankfulness.
Here are some suggested topics to get your creative juices flowing:
• Learning to smile
• Keeping a gratitude journal or doing some kind of daily gratitude exercise
• Finding happiness during adversity
• Counting your blessings
• Simplifying and finding joy in that
• Using your positive thinking to approach each day
• An epiphany that changed your perspective
• Teaching your loved ones to use gratitude
• Before and after gratitude stories
• Finding joy in friends and family
• Learning how to say thank you
• The joy of giving
Please remember, we no longer publish “as told to” stories. Write your story or poem in the first person. Do not ghostwrite a story for someone else unless you list that person as the author. If a story was previously published, we will probably not use it unless it ran in a small circulation venue. Let us know where the story was previously published in the “Comments” section of the submission form.
Remember that all stories should be true — we do not publish fiction — and should be no longer than 1200 words. If you already submitted your story for this title you do not need to submit it again. It is in our database and will be considered for this title. If you have another story you’d like to submit, please do. If you submitted a story for one of our previous books and we did not publish it, please feel free to submit it to this book if it is a perfect fit for this title. That way we will be sure it is considered for this new edition. If your story was already published in a past Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it. We will not publish it again.
If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, which has a list price of $14.95. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it.
SUBMISSIONS GO TO OUR WEBSITE. Select the Submit Your Story link at the bottom of the page and follow the directions.
The deadline date for story and poem submissions is December 15, 2015. The book will be published during the summer of 2016.
For any further questions or correspondence, contact webmaster@chickensoupforthesoul.com.
WRITERS’ CHALLENGE
Choose at least one of the following prompts to write about. It can be a fiction, non-fiction, essay, poem, script, or whatever you choose. Maybe even bring it to the December meeting, if you wish.
1. Prompt 1: Write about you or your character’s favorite holiday tradition?
2. Prompt 2: Write about a time you or a character were not thankful and an experience that made you/ your character thankful.
3. Prompt 3 (Personal Essay): What was the best Thanksgiving you ever had?
4. Prompt 4: The morning you got your favorite Christmas gift. It can also be taken and made into a fictional story.November 2015 

Blogging Your Blessings

Social media  is really a memory shelf where we can store our blessings and look back when times are hard.

Oct 01, 2015

Max Lucado shared a thought today from his book Glory Days:

“What’s the secret to survival in enemy territory? Remember what God has done! Record his accomplishments in your memoirs. Don’t forget a single blessing. Create a trophy room in your heart. Each time you experience a victory, place a memory on the shelf. Before you face a challenge, take a quick tour of God’s accomplishments.”

Maybe God invented the internet (I know Al Gore thinks he di
d.)  as a shelf — a place where we can display our trophies of blessings.  In ancient days God’s children stack rocks as a marker to declare they were blessed.  Yesterday I was blessed.  The coldest 300dpismallConstitution Camp for Kids that I started last year through the DAR, received a grant from the Constellation’s Community Champions program.

Then later in the day, I discovered Chicken Soup for the Soul had me as their featured author in their Inspirational daily email.

Each blessing I quickly shared with all my friends and family via social media. Thank goodness those memory markers will be on my blog, my Instagram, Facebook and and more.  I can look back when I’m discouraged and remember how many blessings I have.  This is why I don’t use  Snap Chat.  Hillary says Snap Chat erases everything.

BSM (Before Social Media) I used a notebook to record my prayers and blessings.  As my prayer were answered I would go back and check off how God had blessed me. My girls would even come and ask me to write a prayer down in my book.

John 1:12 says, “Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.”  We are all adopted.

Chicken Soup For the Soul

I’m so excited to be the “featured author of the day on the Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspiration.” My friend, Catherine Weiskopf sent me an email telling me to read my Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspiration that goes out all over to thousands of readers each day. Ahhh! I love that. And I hold my friendship with Monte as a precious memory. He was an amazing 102 year old miracle. He lived in Granbury for a long time.

Don’t Stop… Keep on Going

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Daily Inspiration

By Peggy Purser Freeman
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Great Health
The first time I met Monte, he was complaining about everybody celebrating his 99th birthday. It was hurting his chances for a date.
“No woman wants to go out with a 100-year-old man,” he said with that infectious laugh. I often heard his laughter over the next few years in the church lobby where he ushered three services each Sunday morning. Celebrating his birthday didn’t do too much damage to Monte’s social life because I saw him out with two different ladies that next week. I learned that Monte loved people and enjoyed getting to know them.
I decided to interview Monte for the magazine where I am editor. Some of my interest in Monte stemmed from a nagging thought that I might be getting old. I had recently found myself in a room thinking, “What did I come in here for?” And my day involved looking for… glasses, keys, book, letter, address… well, you know. The interview with Monte was the first of three, the beginning of a friendship I will always value and a change in how I handle aging.
Monte was a chemist and advanced the efforts in World War II by keeping his Fort Worth plant open and running at high production during those years. He delivered meals on wheels up until he turned 100. One day as Monte drove away from church he had a small accident, dropping his car into a ditch. The policeman revoked Monte’s driver’s license, explaining that at his age he needed to retest. Not being able to drive can be a blow of discouragement for most of us. Driving seems to be a symbol of independence, especially for Monte who loved to go and do. However he didn’t sit inside and feel sorry for himself. He didn’t argue and drive anyway — breaking the law. He asked someone to drive him to take the test. His neighbor volunteered, thinking it to be a waste of time. Monte passed the written test with a score of 100 and the driving test with flying colors. He received his new driver’s license and continued helping the “old” people.
I asked him for his secret to long life. He recommended lots of water, no over-eating, and learning new things. Continue…
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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Great Health
The first time I met Monte, he was complaining about everybody celebrating his 99th birthday. It was hurting his chances for a date.
“No woman wants to go out with a 100-year-old man,” he said with that infectious laugh. I often heard his laughter over the next few years in the church lobby where he ushered three services each Sunday morning. Celebrating his birthday didn’t do too much damage to Monte’s social life because I saw him out with two different ladies that next week. I learned that Monte loved people and enjoyed getting to know them.
I decided to interview Monte for the magazine where I am editor. Some of my interest in Monte stemmed from a nagging thought that I might be getting old. I had recently found myself in a room thinking, “What did I come in here for?” And my day involved looking for… glasses, keys, book, letter, address… well, you know. The interview with Monte was the first of three, the beginning of a friendship I will always value and a change in how I handle aging.
Monte was a chemist and advanced the efforts in World War II by keeping his Fort Worth plant open and running at high production during those years. He delivered meals on wheels up until he turned 100. One day as Monte drove away from church he had a small accident, dropping his car into a ditch. The policeman revoked Monte’s driver’s license, explaining that at his age he needed to retest. Not being able to drive can be a blow of discouragement for most of us. Driving seems to be a symbol of independence, especially for Monte who loved to go and do. However he didn’t sit inside and feel sorry for himself. He didn’t argue and drive anyway — breaking the law. He asked someone to drive him to take the test. His neighbor volunteered, thinking it to be a waste of time. Monte passed the written test with a score of 100 and the driving test with flying colors. He received his new driver’s license and continued helping the “old” people.
I asked him for his secret to long life. He recommended lots of water, no over-eating, and learning new things. Continue…
Read More

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• What Do Our Dreams Tell Us?
In this collection, you’ll read 101 stories of intuition, insight, and inspiration that will amaze you and encourage you tap into your own inner wisdom. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and Premonitions, on sale September 22nd. See it on Amazon.com.
• Featured Moment:
There’s nothing more enjoyable than watching babies dance. Especially when there are three of them! This video will make you happy.
• Featured Blogger:
She has two girls, a husband, a house to keep up, two dogs, a hermit crab and fish, plus she works full time outside the house. Jayda T never has a dull day. In her spare time, she shares her reviews of products as well as her views on many other topics of interest to busy moms. Visit Two Children and a Migraine.
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Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude
101 Stories about How Being Thankful Can Change Your Life

We all know the power of positive thinking. But did you know that the power of gratitude can change your life too? People who see the silver linings, count their blessings, and maintain perspective weather the ups and downs of life much better than those who bemoan their fates and focus on the negative.

Scientific research has proven that being thankful improves your health, your cognitive function and your relationships. And you can learn to be a thankful person — it doesn’t have to come naturally. At Chicken Soup for the Soul, we see stories all the time about people who have turned their lives around by actively practicing gratitude, by saying thanks, by filling in gratitude journals, and by stopping and thinking about their blessings, even on a bad day.

We’re looking for your stories and poems about how you used the power of gratitude to change your own life. You’ll help readers through your examples and your personal tips on how to use thankfulness.

Here are some suggested topics to get your creative juices flowing:

• Learning to smile
• Keeping a gratitude journal or doing some kind of daily gratitude exercise
• Finding happiness during adversity
• Counting your blessings
• Simplifying and finding joy in that
• Using your positive thinking to approach each day
• An epiphany that changed your perspective
• Teaching your loved ones to use gratitude
• Before and after gratitude stories
• Finding joy in friends and family
• Learning how to say thank you
• The joy of giving

Please remember, we no longer publish “as told to” stories. Write your story or poem in the first person. Do not ghostwrite a story for someone else unless you list that person as the author. If a story was previously published, we will probably not use it unless it ran in a small circulation venue. Let us know where the story was previously published in the “Comments” section of the submission form.

Remember that all stories should be true — we do not publish fiction — and should be no longer than 1200 words. If you submitted a story for one of our previous books and we did not publish it, please feel free to submit it to this book if it is a perfect fit for this title. That way we will be sure it is considered for this new edition. If your story was already published in a past Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it. We will not publish it again.

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, which has a list price of $14.95. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it.

SUBMISSIONS GO TO OUR WEBSITE. Select the Submit Your Story link at the bottom of the page and follow the directions.

The deadline date for story and poem submissions is December 15, 2015. The book will be published during the summer of 2016.

CONTACT US
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September Meeting

September Newsletter Click to view the entire Newsletter

September 28th’s meeting:

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After the initial business meeting we will have two parts to our
September meeting. We will have a guest: Dan Wells. (See more on page 2) HOW TO PROMOTE YOUR CAREER (WWW.GRANBURYWRITERSBLOC.COM) and social media Katie Carpenter and Peggy Freeman will present a program on tips to promote your career as an author. Don’t wait until you sell your first book to start this process. You start today. Katie will teach how to make a new Instagram, how to set it up, how to gather more followers, and what to post versus what not to post as an author. Peggy will show how to access our website, use the member’s forum, post a member webpage. If time remains we will do a short Pinterest demo. Bring your smart phone, ipad, laptop or note pad and pen.

Dan is a test pilot with AgustaWestland. After retiring from the U.S. Army where he’d been a helicopter pilot, a graduate of the U.S. Navy’s test pilot program, and an assignment to work with the U.S. Air Force in evaluating and testing the CV-22 Osprey he went to work for Bell Helicopter as a test pilot for the CV-22 Osprey, a tilt-rotor aircraft. Bell had a partnership with a European company, AgustaWestland, for development of a smaller tilt-rotor aircraft for the commercial market. Bell left that partnership, leaving the AW-609 tilt-rotor to AgustaWestland and Dan went with the aircraft. Testing for both tilt-rotor aircraft are based out of Arlington’s Municipal Airport. We will view a short video (3-4 minutes) on the V960 tilt-rotor aircraft after which Dan will talk for a few minutes (15-20) about the character traits common among test pilots, what traits should be present in any test pilot one of us might write about, and what he has seen in other portrayals that is unrealistic. Our members will have a chance to ask questions. It is my intent to have a guest like this every other month, if not more often, to help with research into our characters. There will be a homework assignment: for the October meeting each member is asked to write something, 2-5 pages

Spy Cam One ebook

FullSizeRender (9)My dog, Button, is a big fan of Digby and his adventures protecting the First Family.  On  National Doggie Day we read the book. However Button really prefers reading on my iphone.  What do you prefer…. ebook or hard copy?  Ebook out this fall and audible book coming out, hopefully next spring.

Book Launch for Connie Leonard

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Connie Lewis Leonard ~ Author, Speaker and Teacher of All Good Things

Writer
This Thursday, June 4 from 7-9 PM is my Book Launch. We’ll have some discussion questions, I’ll share some recipes and a few prizes. Please leave comments, questions and testimonies in the comments below. Or  I do hope you can join us on Facebook.

“If your revelation hadn’t delighted me so, I would have given up when the hard times came.” Psalm 119:92 The Message

This is the devotion we will discuss Thursday night during my Book Launch on Facebook. I do hope you can join me. If you would like to read it, please visit the Blog on my web page.

Connie Lewis Leonard, author“I will never lay aside your laws, for you have used them to restore my joy and health.” Psalm 119:93 The Living Bible
“Connie Leonard’s struggle and victory over cancer comes alive in Big C Little c. She has masterfully crafted a novel about a woman who courageously fought the same battle with cancer and relied on God for healing strength. I recommend this novel to any woman who has ever loved a cancer victim.”
DiAnn Mills

May News

Meeting On May 25 –

held in the 3rd floor game room at Lakestone Terrace. This month’s meeting will begin with a critique session from 5:00 to 6:45 p.m. with a short break for snacks before the program beginning at 7:00 and runs until 9:00 p.m. If you are bringing something to be critiqued, it should be no more than five pages, 12 pt., double-spaced, with 5-6 copies for others to read along with you.

Monday May 25 Writers’ Bloc of Granbury will host author Lloyd Christensen as he presents information frLloyd Christensenom the mystery writer’s conference. Lloyd grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC in what were then farming communities, now sizable cities by themselves but moved to the Texas Gulf Coast in 1985. Later he moved to the Dallas area, spent a couple of years in Richmond, Virginia, then back to Dallas. Another move for a one-year project to San Mateo, CA, then back to Dallas and so on. he keeps coming back to the Fort Worth/Dallas area. He work in the I/T world.

Lloyd is a member of Writers’ Bloc.  His first book, Sunrise Caye, is a murder-mystery (a cozy) based on a fictionalized version of that resort. Lloyd says about Sunrise Caye, “I had in mind the Alistair MacLean books of my youth; the isolated group with little communication with the outside world and a narrator that serves as the main character and investigator.”

Page Turners

Rosemary Freskos submitted a poem to one of the websites on www.wildsound that Connie sent to Writers’ Bloc members.

Peggy Freeman had a great time at Brock Elementary in Burleson in May.  The fourth graders enjoyed a day of duclimers from David and Annette Lindsey and then she read from some of her books and taught a few writing tips.

Connie Lewis Leonard has published her interactive devotional book A Psalm a Day, and listed both her books on GoodReads. She hopes to have a book launch on Thursday, June 4.

Writers’ workshop and writing group