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Author/Artists and Acceptance

"Authors are Artists Too" is the topic I presented at the Cultural Arts Center, Columbus Ohio at a Thursday Conversations and Coffee. Authors create pictures with words.
I read selections of work I created painting pictures with words. In my teacher mode, I gave writing exercises to the audience to paint pictures with details.

I have been accepted into the NLAPW National League of American Pen Women. The Columbus chapter is presenting "Paralell Arts Women Create" and ehibition of works of women of the Columbus chapter. I have submitted WHILE and excerpts from the manuscript of RAISING SIX HANNAS IN GAHANNA.

Here is a look at Chapter 1
"Your name is what?"
And you live where?" I could hear the person snicker on the other end of the phone.
"Let me get this straight Your name is Mrs. Hanna and you live in Gahanna". More snickering.
"On Heil Drive?" an ouatright guffaw. "Did you plan this?"
Our friends would say we had alot of nerve. Hannas on Heil in Gahanna. Who would want that combination for an address?"
We did.

January Insights

January was a busy month with presentations and book signings of WHILE ... Born During WWII.
At the Upper Arlington Senior Center book club, members had read the book previous to my appearance. This led to an interesting discussion of our stories as well as the publication of the book. They asked why Hilde didn't appear with me. I explained that she doesn't like to speak in public and gets too emotional when reading about her past. I explained that I always ask her to accompany me that people want to hear her talk, not me. I was surprised that these ladies understood Hilde's side.

In Delaware at the senior center, I presented WHILE again leading to many interested in the book. Twelve people were very brave to go out on the cold afternoon of January 22.
COLD it was -3 degrees for the January 23 evening book signing at the Book Loft/MoJoe's restaurant. Three of us authors displayed our books to a small turnout of brave souls. Many canceled due to the frigid weather. Book Loft is still selling WHILE. The store offered time in collaboration with MoJoe's next door. It should be a very nice venue for a summer booking.

At the Cultural Arts Center in Columbus,I will present a program January 30 entitled "Authors are Artists, Too!" using my books Tricia and the Blue Cap, Train to Yesterday, poetry from the anthology From Our Hearts and Minds, my short story from While You Were Out , WHILE and excerpt from my manuscript "Raising 6 Hannas in Gahanna".

Stay warm and read.

Doing Things Differently

Last year our family had a dilema about where to place the Christmas tree and train display. We had to move them after 25 years of sitting in one place. We became members of 21st century with a big screen TV. It had to be mounted on the wall above where the tree and train sat. We had to find a new spot for both. After much debating and furniture moving, the tree and platform were placed in the sun room where they fit nicely.

This year's difference came as we decorated the house for the holidays two weeks early! All decorations, furniture moved and cookies baked two weeks before Christmas. the house did look festive with snow falling outside.

BUT I balked at putting out the Nativity scene so early UNTIL I realized that Christ's birth is the reason for the season. The scene is displayed without Baby Jesus who is placed there Christmas Eve AND the Magi are set approaching from the East.
My book  Canneh the Reluctant Christmas Camel from Sprite is a story of one of the camels.

Merry Christmas!

What things have you done differently for the holidays?

An Award and Places to Go

WHILE is to be included in the December issue of SHELF UNBOUND as one fo 12 notable books in the memoir category of the writing competition for Best Indie Book. Shelf Unbound is an online magazine.

WHILE and I have been busy. A book signing at the Novel Concept Bookstore went well. I met many new people interested in WWII. The owner agreed to sell WHILE in the store.
A presentation at Reynoldsburg Senior Center brougt old friends who supported me in sharing WHILE with seniors. Those attending were interested, asked questions added comments and bought copies.
Appearing at Beehive Bookstore in Delaware was exciting. This is a great store with a friendly reception and responsive audience. Beehive also will sell the book.

Our son, Stephen , appeared in the play "Death of a Salesman" in Columbus. What a show! The cast gave a powerful performance. Stephen's character changes from a flighty  teen to a young adult and becomes a believable young lawyer.

In January I will present WHILE to two senior centers, the Book Loft in German Village in Columbus and the Cultural Arts Center in Columbus.

I am busy editing the first draft of H dot, Raising 6 Hannas in Gahanna. It is a big departure from WWII stories and fun to write!

Birthday and Bookings

September brought continuous birthday celebrations with many fun times and surprises. Now I must get busy and market  WHILE.
I am awaiting dates for two book signings in the Columbus area. Have made initial contacts with positive responses for fall dates.
In November I will be presenting WHILE at the Reynoldsburg Senior Center during week of Veterans' Day. This is in keeping with remembering those of WWII and other wars.
In January I will be at Delaware Senior Center presenting to those who lived the years in the book. I am also waiting dates from another center.
WHILE setting up these dates, I am re-writing the first draft of Raising 6 Hannas in Gahanna. Having fun with remembering with kids. One chapter is "Where Was I?"
Ohio Writers' Guild sponsored a presentation of "6 Steps of Publishing". Again, I realized I am doing the right things, just need to do more!
I am back to writing poetry after hearing local poet Fred Anderle read at columbus Cultural Arts Center. His point is "poetry must move you right away".
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