March 2015

WRITING PURSUITS
 Newsletter of Idaho Writers League, Twin Falls Chapter

                                                                            March 2015
*This month’s meetings *
Business meeting with program – March 21, 10:00 a.m.
at KMVT Building on Blue Lakes Blvd.
Critique meetings – 1st Saturday in Twin Falls, 10:00 a.m.,
Vista Village Apts meeting room,
located on Rose Street North, between Filer and Caswell.
4th Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
The Links Apartments in Jerome

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 From Our Chapter President             Bob Mallory
The slow days of winter have given way to the burst of energy that always seems to arrive with the green grass and the extra hour of daylight in March. The stack which makes up my project list has grown so tall, it feels like I might not get through it until next fall. And the projects DO have to get done, don’t they? To not get your projects done would create a tension that would only lead to madness, according to legendary sci-fi author Ray Bradbury. Here’s an excerpt from Bradbury’s essay titled, “The Secret Mind” (1965) on the writer’s duty when it comes to narrative tension:
“Here’s how my theory goes. We writers are up to the following:
    We build tensions toward laughter, then give permission, and laughter comes.
    We build tensions toward sorrow, and at last say cry, and hope to see our audience in tears.
    We build tensions toward violence, light the fuse, and run.
    We build the strange tensions of love, where so many of the other tensions mix to be modified and      transcended, and allow that fruition in the mind of the audience.
    We build tensions, especially today, toward sickness and then, if we are good enough, talented       enough, observant enough, allow our audiences to be sick.
    Each tension seeks its own proper end, release, and relaxation.
    No tension, it follows, aesthetically as well as practically, must be built which remains unreleased.     Without this, any art ends incomplete, halfway to its goal.”
    Happy writing! See you all at the meeting on March 21.

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IWL Annual Contest        Deadline July 1, 2015

The contest is on! You can submit your stories, books, articles and poems. For Rules and Categories, see the state newsletter, Leagazette, put out by Linda Helms, or Charlie Correll’s website for Twin Falls chapter. New address is: idahowritersleague.org. Both of these were posted to the membership by email.

RECEIVERS for this year:  Send your entries to –
Assigned Titles or Themes Contest –   Randy Meacham, 1537 El Rancho,
                                                                 Pocatello ID 83201
Open Contest – Tana Essary – 569 W Fisher Road, Post Falls ID 83854

Remember:
YOU CANNOT ENTER THE CONTEST IF DUES ARE NOT UP TO DATE.
Check your records to be sure your dues are paid for 2015.

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Keyboard Savvy:                                                               by Charlie Correll

Techno-hints for writers slogging through the techno-swamp

 Computer Shortcut
It’s handy to have several programs or webpages open once.  When writing, it may be convenient to have the Merriam-Webster page open so you can reference the dictionary and thesaurus.  But when you have several pages or programs open it becomes hard to find the one that you want to open.
Hold down your Alt key and press (toggle) the Tab key to scroll through all the programs you have open.  Release both keys when the window shows the program you want then that becomes the active program. 
You can switch back and forth from one program to another (or between windows within one program) quickly- then multitasking doesn’t become a chore.
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 Chapter Website:              twinfallswriters.com
New! – Add the new URL to your list. It is idahowritersleague.org, and its email is idahowritersleague@gmail.com. Charlie Correll is web master for the sites.

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Member Post: Writer to Writer                     by Bernice Richardson

In Praise of Critique

Like many, I have written much over the years. I never considered it of much value, and none of it was ever finished or published. I had already been around IWL for a decade or so when I was invited to attend critique meetings. I kept up on a regular basis, even though I had nothing of my own to share at the time. I only sat in on the meetings, but I began paying close attention to the various works being submitted, and followed closely all comments made by readers in the sessions. 
I came to understand the value of what is set before a reader and learned much about the craft of writing: writing better sentences, re-writing better sentences, punctuation, clarity – a story better told. It became a challenge to keep working at it and learning more.
After regularly attending critique meetings for a while, I became inspired to pursue the writing of a book. In my possession was the forty-year history of the Bishon Frise dog breed in this country. It was a stack of papers and boxes of data. With encouragement from fellow critiquers, I wrote the stories and included the history, complete with original pedigrees, and told the adventure of acceptance by the American Kennel Club. Through the encouragement of the group the book was published two years later and continues to sell at a regular pace. Without them, my book would never have been written.
In my opinion the interest writers have to help and encourage others is invaluable and much appreciated by me. To me, it is the best that IWL has to offer, whether a writer is a beginner or an expert, and whether a writer is looking to complete a book or complete contest entries. Critiquing to me is not criticism, but giving new insight to improve whatever is seen through the eyes of others. My thanks to all who give of their time and ability to help their fellow writers.

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Writer-To-Writer Assignments:

Reminder – send your article of 400 words or less by email to the newsletter editor near the first of the month.
March, Bernice Richardson  -  April, unassigned  -  May, unassigned

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Thought Pot


“The older I grow, the less important the comma becomes. Let the reader catch his own breath.”
                                                                                                            Elizabeth Swart

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MINUTES
TWIN FALLS CHAPTER, IDAHO WRITERS LEAGUE
February 21, 2015

President Bob Mallory called the meeting to order at 10:05 a.m. in the KMVT Community Meeting Room in Twin Falls.
PRESENT: President – Bob Mallory, Vice President – Kory Lloyd, Chapter Treasurer – Loyd Bakewell, Loraine Fischer, Karen Mittan, Bill Strange, Sharon Strickland, Ruth Simerly, Janice Urie, Charlie Correll, Vaughn Phelps, Evonne Biggins, Richard Reddig, Art Selin, Cindy Snyder, Loy Ann Bell, Sherry McAllister.
MINUTES: Sherry read aloud Minutes from the Jan 17th meeting.  Motion to accept those minutes made by Vaughn, seconded by Bill.  Passed as read.
FINANCIAL REPORT: Loyd reported a beginning balance of $1,538.51.  Deposits for three memberships totaled $95.  Expenses of $595 for state dues and $20 for speaker’s lunch in January totaled $615, leaving a balance of $1,081.51.
PUBLICATIONS: Kory presented his recent book Feuders Fire.  Loyd’s letter was published in The Times News, and he contributed six stories to a collection entitled “Demystifying Death and Love of Animals.” Charlie wrote several articles for Jerome’s North Side Journal. Bill presented a book published by the Idaho Songs Project that included musical poems by Ione Thielke.  Some were originally presented to Idaho Writers League.  Loy Ann passed around her recent book, Cayleanna and the Sneaky Horse.
OLD BUSINESS:
2015 CONFERENCE: Cindy updated the group on progress.  She is winnowing the list of speakers and hopes to offer book editor and critique sessions.
Needs:  Committees for Decorations, Publicity, Registration, Introduction of Workshop Speakers.  Members are encouraged to volunteer or they will be “voluntold.”
Charlie reminded members to subscribe to the group’s two websites for conference updates: idahowritersleague.org and twinfallswriters.com.
OTHER: Bob proposed that Quarterly Event Speakers be promoted as a community event to introduce local authors and to provide an opportunity for them to sell books.  Kory stated that there was a need for a venue.  Sharon suggested the Magic Valley Arts Center.  Spanbauer Barn was also suggested.  No other action taken.
Bob passed around a signup sheet for those interested in presenting to our group.
CRITIQUE GROUPS: Discussion centered on their decreasing membership.  Problems include lack of attendance, lack of direction and the focus being more on proof reading than story content and style.  How can these be fixed?  An online format instead of a face-to-face format was suggested.  Charlie and Kory volunteered to explore that option.  By a vote of hands, it was decided to keep the current format for the time being with no changes: 1st Saturdays of the month in Twin Falls at Valley Vista and the 4th Saturdays of the month in Jerome at the Links Apartments.  Participants are encouraged to submit their works one session in advance to allow adequate time for scrutiny.
NEW BUSINESS: Cindy suggested that each chapter of IWL come up with ideas to promote literacy in this our 75th Anniversary year.  For the Twin Falls Chapter, she suggested sponsoring essay and short fiction contests (on a theme to be clarified) for high school and college students.  Prizes might include a one-day Saturday fee to the conference where they could be recognized.  A summer timeframe  would serve a dual purpose: to generate publicity for the State Conference in September and to promote grant interest.
MEETING ADJOURNED: 11:30 a.m.
PROGRAM: Sharon Strickland spoke about her historical novel, The Third Step.  She covered the inspiration for her story and her experience with Create Space in the areas of design, editing and marketing.

Respectfully submitted in the absence of Secretary Bernice Richardson, 
Sherry McAllister

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Special Days in the Writing World

Dr. Seuss’s birthday was March 3rd. From everything I’ve seen, adults enjoy reading his stories to children every bit as much as the little ones enjoy hearing them. Here’s a dab of his rhyme wisdom to ponder:
“If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew,
just go right along and you’ll start happening too!”
Dr. Seuss
March is also National Reading Month, which makes for a great opportunity to read to children.

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 Publish or Perish!
Kory Lloyd presented his recent book Feuders Fire.
Loyd Bakewell’s Letter to the Editor was published in The Times News, and he contributed six stories to a collection entitled “Demystifying Death and Love of Animals.”
Charlie Correll wrote several articles for Jerome’s North Side Journal.
Bill Strange presented a book published by the Idaho Songs Project that included musical poems by Ione Thielke.  Some were originally presented to Idaho Writers League. 
Loy Ann Bell passed around her recent book, Cayleanna and the Sneaky Horse.

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 Critique Meetings

Change of Schedule: Critique meetings are regularly scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on the first and fourth Saturdays.

First Saturday is at Vista Village Apts, located on Rose Street North between Filer and Caswell Avenues.

Fourth Saturday is at the Links Apartments in Jerome, located near Ridley’s on Lincoln Street.

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Book Signing opportunity for IWL authors
First Fridays at Main Street Plaza:

Main Street merchants are in a big push to draw shoppers to the downtown area and have put together an evening a month when cultural pursuits are blended into the mix of shops and boutiques. Artists and writers are invited to set up displays in the shops each first Friday from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. March will be the first official promoted event, but several Twin Falls Chapter members of IWL showed up in February at such stores as Moose Hill, Ooh-La-La, Rudy’s and others. The IWL banner and tri-fold brochures are at the tables, and authors can order a poster advertising their book. Let Vaughn Phelps know if you, too, are interested.

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February program:
Liz Niccum is a freelance author who grew up in the heavily scientific community of Los Alamos, New Mexico, and it rubbed off on her as she went to U.C.L.A. and became an atmospheric scientist. While at college, she met her husband of 33 years, and they have five children and currently reside in Idaho. When not watching clouds, Liz spends her time on the computer writing stories and software, painting murals of mountains in her home, tending gardens, or exploring new recipes. A seasoned technical writer, Liz’s interest in writing novels was sparked by a creative writing class online and she enjoys the process of creating interesting stories about very human characters finding themselves in extraordinary circumstances with the unexplainable.

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Next month’s Saturday business meeting is April 18th

10:00 a.m. to noon, at the meeting room of the KMVT building
’Til then…