Owensboro Writers’ Group is famous.


I don’t think I’ve mentioned Owensboro Writers’ Group on this blog before, but it’s my baby and OWG (for short) made a splash in the local newspaper on July 7, 2013. If you live in or around Owensboro, Kentucky, you may have read our story in the LifeStyles section of the Messenger-Inquirer.

Owensboro, KY is better known for its BBQ Festival in May and the tremendous effort they have put into rebuilding the riverfront. But, Owensboro Writers’ Group is for writing, critiquing, sharing links and information, and general discussion concerning the multiple aspects of writing. I formed the group after I couldn’t find another writers’ group that satisfied my desire to meet every month. Our first meeting was in March 2008 and consisted of me and a couple of friends from the church I attend (UUCO).

Over the last five years we have grown from having several meetings where I was the only person to show up to having ten people twice in three months. We started At Books-A-Million, moved to Shoney’s Restaurant and now meet in the Public Meeting Room of the Daviess County Public Library.

In September 2010, my friend Suzanne Gochenouer started our website, Owensboro Writers Group with Writing On The River. A few months later, I started an Owensboro Writers Facebook page so that group members can share links there in addition to sending them out in emails or telling us in person.

Now, some people may wonder why it took me a week to write and post this. The previous paragraphs were written on the same day, but then I thought, I shouldn’t put this on my blog.I’m just bragging. I argued with myself for the entire week, but that didn’t stop me from posting it on our Facebook page (see above).

After a total of four new writers contacted me this week and all of them want to join Owensboro Writers’ Group, I decided I should post this. If you think I’m bragging, that’s okay. Maybe, just maybe, I have a right to brag. After all, I manage this group and with a little help, I kept it going for five years. The group has grown from three people to about twenty-seven. I hope it will keep going and growing for years to come.

English: Crowd during the Owensboro BBQ Festival.

English: Crowd during the Owensboro BBQ Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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OUTLAWS (part one)


I decided to share some of my writing with the good folks at Write About Dragons. Below is a sample:

 

 I stood outside the border of the Southern Cheyenne reservation, readying my passes. The Cheyenne made no exceptions for whites without documents, not even black-whites as they called my darker race.

A young woman approached me and used sign language to ask for the pad. I knew enough Cheyenne to say, “Good day to you,” but she didn’t answer. Instead, she studied the passes, artfully done in Cherokee syllabary as well as being written in English and Spanish.

I signed to ask, “Where is your partner?” Indian border patrols tended to work in groups of two.

She signed, “Promise not to hurt me?”

“Yes,” I said in Cheyenne and also signed.

She motioned for me to follow her and I took the reins of my horse. A dozen steps down the trail, she pointed to a still form in the shade of a boulder.

Dear Lord, he’s in bad shape.”What happened?” I asked with sign language.

She made motions signifying a man about six feet tall with yellow hair holding a gun. With the imaginary gun, she shot toward the young man by her feet.

Oh, crap! That outlaw, Custer must be out again. The former general was found guilty of disobeying orders and war crimes after massacring hundreds of Lakota and Cheyenne at Little Big Horn. Custer was tried after thousands of people demanded an end to the slaughter of the natives. At his trial, he had the audacity to brag, “But I won!”

 

You can read more at http://www.writeaboutdragons.com/questions/outlaws-part-one/. It may require you to become a member, but it’s a very good critique group and I encourage you to join me.

“Get lost” Means “Go away.”


Daily Prompt: No, Thank You

If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?

Oh, goody. The Daily Prompt gave me a chance to vent about a word I hate. I hereby ban the verbs Get and Got! 

Why? People use “Get” and “Got” so often it’s ridiculous. Consider the following:

  • I went to the store and got chips, pizza and sodas.
  • She’s getting a new pair of shoes.
  • I got to bed but couldn’t get to sleep.
  • We will get up in the morning and get breakfast.
  • Get me an order of fries.
  • He got a pair of fives.
  • Get lost.

How did you get chips, pizza and sodas? How did she get a pair of shoes? Whether bought, stole, or borrowed answers the question, use the more descriptive verb. Now, see my choices for some other sentences:

  • went to bed but couldn’t sleep.”
  • When we wake up in the morning, we will go out for breakfast.
  • Bring me an order of fries.

Now, let me tell you something. “He got a pair of fives” was extremely difficult to write without using has. This sentence sets off every grammar alarm I have! I  think “He has a pair of fives” is  just as easy to say and more understandable.

“Get lost” might be my one exception to the ban. I used it for part of a post title not too long ago. However, “Leave me alone” or “Go away” works just as well.

There are probably hundreds, if not thousands of uses for “get” and “got”, but you don’t usually see “gotten.” My guess is the people who use Get” and Got”, don’t want to waste the time it takes to say, “She has gotten a pair of shoes that didn’t fit.” Instead they would butcher it by saying, “She got a pair of shoes that didn’t fit.” Ow, my brain is going to explode. 

Liebster Award – Official Acceptance


On Mother’s Day (May 12, 2013), I was going through pending comments and found marta87wink had nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award. Thank you, Marta. I was astounded to say the least.

I already thanked Marta, but it took me almost a week to meet all the rules (see below). So, I present my official acceptance.

Liebster Blog Award
Liebster Blog Award 

“The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers, and nominated by fellow bloggers. Liebster is a German word meaning sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.”

 

Here are the important Liebster rules!

  • List 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  • Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award.
  • Choose 5 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate for the Liebster Award.
  • Go to each blogger’s page and let them know about the award.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.

 

 11 Facts about Me

  1. Writing in longhand is my favorite way to “discover” things. This also frees me from having a particular place to write.
  2. I wrote a song when I was in the fourth grade.
  3. During high school, I dreamed of being an architect or a singer. I still often wish I had become an architect.
  4. I was born in Chicago in February, 1960. But, my parents moved to Kentucky when I was four.
  5. Researching is actually enjoyable to me. I’m also working on my genealogy.
  6. I always took copious notes in school. Sometimes, I fell behind because I was trying to write everything down.
  7. Seven is my favorite number and yellow is my favorite color.
  8. I married my college sweetheart in 1983 and we’re staying together “… til death do you part.”
  9. My husband and I have a son who was born in 1987.
  10. I was 12 or 13 when my parents separated and they had five children at the time. Child # 6 came when I was 17 and child # 7 when I was 21.
  11. Notebooks and journals are my obsession, my precious. I have 25-30 in all different sizes.


Answers to Marta’s Questions

 1. Why are you writing?

Writing is one of the few tools I know of where I can create anything I want to. It helps me figure out things and I find it healing.

2. Where do you look for inspiration?

Usually inspiration comes to me (sometimes in the middle of the night). When I need a little help, I read and/or research about my desired subject.

3. What is one thing that you regret most in your life?

My regrets are probably in the thousands and it’s extremely difficult to pick “one thing.”

4. What is one thing you are most proud of in your life?

I celebrated my 30th anniversary with my husband. We had some extremely rough patches, but we stayed together despite them.

5. Tell us one amazing thing that happened to you in the last month.

I found out my writers’ group is going to be in the local newspaper. I started it over five years ago with only four people and now we have 21 members.

6. Do you believe in magic?

Yes. I believe magic happens right in front of us every day.

7. If you could talk for 15 minutes with someone who is long dead, who would it be?

I would talk to my dad. He died from “complications of Alzheimer’s disease” in 2003, but he didn’t know anyone for about three years before that.

8. Do you have your favourite motivational quote? If so, tell us about it.

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ~ Thomas A. Edison
This quote tells us that you don’t fail unless you quit trying!

9. What is your favourite place to write?

My couch/sofa is where I most commonly sit to write my first draft. I often go through two or three edits in longhand as well.

10. Do you have a pet? If so what is its name?

Yes. I have a cat named Socks.

11. Who is your favourite writer of all times?

Can I only pick one? I guess I’d have to choose Kelley Armstrong.

 

My Five Nominees

AR Neal at http://starvingactivist.wordpress.com/about/. Her post “Daily Prompt: The New Normal” was intriguing.

Janine Russell (may be a pen name) at http://sitdownatatypewriterandbleed.wordpress.com/about/. My very first re-blog was her post “An Amateur Blogger’s Tips For Creating A Better-Than-Amateur Blog” and is excellent advice.

Tammye Honey Green at http://layedbacklife.wordpress.com/about/ makes curtains, cooks from scratch and still writes daily posts on WordPress.

I recently re-blogged, “Foetal Writer – My list of baby steps.” This post makes some very good points about writing. Here is her “About” page — http://tryingtowriteit.com/what-is-it-all-for/.

Matt, the only male on the list (I think), at http://mattsden101.wordpress.com/about/ also writes a terrific blog.

 

11 Questions for My Nominees:

  1. When did you begin writing — other than for a school/college assignment?
  2. What type(s) of writing do you participate in (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc.)? If more than one, what is your favorite?
  3.  Fiction writers do you write fantasy, science fiction, mystery, mainstream or some combination thereof?
  4.  Who is/are your favorite author(s)? Name up to five.
  5.  Do you have a particular time to write or does it vary?
  6.  What is your favorite writing related quote? Why?
  7.  Are you a member of a writing and/or critique group? If no, have you thought about starting your own?
  8.  Someone invents a time machine, but you can only go to the past to observe. What time period would you choose and why?
  9.  When you’re not writing, what is your favorite hobby?
  10. Other than writing, do you participate in other artistic endeavors? If no, what do you want to try?
  11. Are you published (other than blogs)? If so, where?

 

 

Daily Prompt from May 7, 2013


Daily Prompt: Key Takeaway

by michelle w. on May 7, 2013

Give your newer sisters and brothers-in-WordPress one piece of advice based on your experiences blogging.

If you’re a new blogger, what’s one question you’d like to ask other bloggers?

(Make sure to visit one another’s posts today, to check ‘em out and respond!)

Yes, I know this is a day late. However, I find it intriguing enough to answer anyway. I am a fairly new blogger and I’m especially new on WordPress.

After roughly seven months on WordPress, I still have a lot of questions. But the two most important are below:

  • How do you use the WordPress download?
  • How can I send “Press This” articles to my main blog instead of the first one I started? (Can I copy the posts off the first one and then delete it?)

Okay, that’s technically three questions, but the last two are related.

Now, for those brand new bloggers out there, I have found answers to a couple of questions.
  • Like a rainbow after a storm, you often find your “Voice” after writing several pieces you think are absolutely terrible. Write often — not necessarily every day, but aim for once a week — and publish your posts despite your fear of being laughed at or worse. Put your work “out there” so that someone else can see how you’ve developed. Most of the people at WordPress are friendly and encouraging — that’s why I stayed.
  • My next bit of advice is to use your “Widgets” which are under “Appearance” in your dashboard. The most important ones are the RSS and Follow Blog options. Put both of these about midway of your sidebar so that others can easily find them and be able to choose which way to “Follow” you. The RSS option already given on your site isn’t always easy to find or to see if you do find it.
Now, I’m off to check out some of the other blogs on this subject. Check them out below.
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