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  1. I’m carrying around a wad of gold Award stickers to paste on SHUT UP & WRITE! — a FINALIST in the prestigious NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS. Pretty darn cool. And if you have a copy that needs a sticker, let me know. I just happen to have a couple of reels of them. (Who’s excited?!)

  2. My first novel, Postcards from a Dead Girl, which spent countless Wednesday nights in the Roundtable Critique group, just won a Colorado Book Award for literary fiction! Many thanks to my fellow Redbirders. Couldn’t have done it without you.

  3. My flash piece, “Honor,” was featured June 24 on WUWM’s Flash Fiction Friday.

  4. My first submission to an online journal was accepted by Pure Slush. Watery Delight, an essay about my experience in a Turkish Bath, will appear in August. My thanks to Robert Vaughan for pushing me to submit and the Roundtable Critique group for helping polish the piece.

  5. I just approved the proofs for the official Fast Lane bookmark. Yes, a bookmark for an ebook that’s not even fully written yet. I’ll be handing them out at the SEWI Festival of Books, where I’m also moderating a panel on screenwriting on Friday.

  6. This is the final entry used for the June submission to the WRWA newsletter. From here up will go into the next issue, probable deadline-mid-Oct.

  7. My first fiction acceptance — ever — just came in! A flash piece, “Snapshot,” will be published in Pank Magazine’s Jan. 2012 issue. Many thanks to Robert & his Flash in the Pan workshop, as well as my Tues. & Fri. roundtables.

  8. Hello!
    Two articles of mine – “Children and Reiki” and “Ask Reiki”, along with a “Reiki Story” appear in the Summer issue of Reiki News Magazine! Yea!

  9. My flash fiction piece “Internal Injuries” was accepted for Microw’s summer issue, to be posted online at the end of June. As with nearly all my writing, feedback from the Thursday night Round Table helped this story reach its potential . . .thanks to Robert et al.

  10. This has been one of those writing– or, at least, publishing, because much of the writing was done earlier– springs for me: a short article in the April issue of Milwaukee Magazine, another in the May issue, and the article I did for the May 9th issue of the Wall Street Journal seems to have gone viral, resulting in my being invited to do an interview on Wisconsin Public Radio for the June 3 Veronica Rueckert show.

    I’m also going to be taping an interview with WUWM’s Lake Effect because my newest book, “The Everything US Constitution Book,” was just released by Adams Media (a division of F&W, the guys who bring you Writer’s Digest). I’ll be speaking at the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books at UW-Waukesha on Friday, June 17, on “Surprising things you may not know about the Constitution,” and will be autographing any or all of my books just afterward. The Lake Effect interview will probably air during that week.

    The Constitution book has its own Facebook page. That’s something I’ve not experienced before, with any of the books, fiction or non-fiction.

  11. Thanks to the Redbird writers who encouraged me to submit my one-act play, “Charley-Gone-Missing,” to the annual playwrighting contest by Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa. My play is one of five which will be produced on six dates in June at the Boulevard Theater.

    Dates are June 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18 — all beginning at 7:30 p.m. It’s a small theater so reservations or advance purchase are recommended.

    Check out the VPW website for details:

    Marjorie Pagel

  12. Edison Blake’s satirical sci-fi adventure novel “The Original Artificial Stud” is available at and other fine online booksellers. Incorporated in this novel celebrating the brighter side of Death Dancing and Gloablized Arson for fun and profit are a dozen flash fiction pieces exploring the distant past, the remote future and something that might happen tomorrow.

  13. My short story “Rocky Nights” has been accepted by Rosebud Magazine. I am told it should be in the August 2011 issue. Thanks to all of the people in Jeanee’s Tuesday afternoon roundtable for their suggestions and support.

  14. Hi everybody. What a lot of great news.

    I’ve published a second book on Amazon Kindle, THE RIDE HOME, which was started in a Redbird Roundtable. Also, my first, THE PETOSKEY STONE, is doing well.

  15. A speech I wrote received an Honorable Mention in the Cicero Speechwriting Awards (The “Vital Speeches” people)for 2011. Title was “Our Finest Hour…So Far.”

  16. So exciting to see all the great news. 🙂

    I was mentioned in an April 8, 2011 Entertainment Weekly article titled, DIY Author Lands A Huge Deal. Who’ll Be Next? I also appeared in an ABC news segment:

    My two adult novels, currently published under the AmazonEncore imprint, will be re-released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in September. One of the two books, A Scattered Life, will be released as an audio book at the same time.

  17. My article “The Evolving Reiki Teacher – The Teacher as a Student” appears in the Spring 2011 issue of Reiki News Magazine. 🙂

  18. Everyone who’s been in the Tuesday night (formerly Wednesday night) Roundtable over the last year and a half might be interested in knowing “Fast Lane” finally has “the end” written after it. Of course, since that’s just the first time through, I now only have about 90% of the remaining work to do. Fortunately, I have comments from about two dozen excellent writers to guide me along the way.

  19. My newest book, “The Everything U.S. Constitution Book,” will be published by Adams Media in June. This will be my ninth book, and was not one I’d planned on writing until the opportunity came my way.

    I’ve had a number of pieces in Milwaukee Magazine (a couple are due out this spring) and an op-ed in the Journal-Sentinel. I’m still practicing copyright and publishing/book contract law when I’m not writing.

  20. My flash fiction piece, “10,000 Dollar Pyramid” is included in Elimae’s February “15th Anniversary” issue. Thanks to the Tuesday Roundtable for feedback and support on a first draft. Persistence pays off! This comes after no less than 15 former rejections at this top tier magazine.

  21. 2011 news

    I’ve accepted a Contributing Editor position with Headwaters News, ‘Citizen Journalism for the Great Lakes”,

    Four speaking requests (all pulpit guest presentations for Unitarian congregations) arrived this week, pushing the total number of presentations for my essay “Our Ferocious Love of Life vs. Catastrophic Climate Change” to a dozen in four states. I’ll be at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County on April 24.

  22. Many Voices, my interview with Tracy Chevalier, was published on January 6th this year on the Fiction Writers Review website.

  23. I have flash stories accepted at 52/250, Clutching at Straws, New Wave Vomit, Elimae, LITSNACK and Pure Slush.
    My review of Howie Good’s poetry collection, Heart with a Dirty Windshield, can be found at JMWW, Thunderclap! Press and appears in March at Prick of the Spindle.

    Flash Fiction Fridays launched in January! You can hear the archived piece at WUWM’s Lake Effect. Our monthly installment is looking for stories, 500 words or less. Please submit!

  24. Flash Fiction Fridays will launch on Friday, January 21 on WUWM (89.7) Lake Effect, one of the segments from 10- 11 a.m. You can hear stories read by Wisconsin authors Kim Suhr and Guy Yasko, as well as stories read by host Robert Vaughan. Tune in and join us!

  25. My essay, The Point of February, which is adapted from a chapter of my book “Every Natural Fact,” appears in the current JAN/FEB issue of Wisconsin Trails Magazine. Some portions of the chapters were shaped and refined in RB workshops. Three cheers for all!

  26. I was delighted to have the opportunity to write a feature story on Red Bird-Red Oak Writing for the Oconomowoc Enterprise of Thursday, December 30.
    The program deserves all the publicity it can get!
    I’m currently working on a piece for Antiques and Collecting magazine. I’ll let y’all know when it appears, probably in April.

  27. My article, “Chillin’ with Chinese Herbs” appears in the Dec./Jan. 2011 issue of Animal Wellness magazine. My article about America’s Brave War Dogs, “In Dogs We Trust,” will appear in Fetch Magazine’s spring issue, out just in time for the Pet Expo Feb. 5th.

  28. My short story, “Olagam” will be published in Spring in Wisconsin People & Ideas – my understanding is that regular fiction will be a new feature there.

  29. My poem titled, “Mom’s Last Drive,” is online at “Ink Plots,” an e-zine published by the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association.

    It can be accessed by pasting the following link into your browser:

    (Note: if your computer can read the Flash version, that’s the way it looks best. Just click in the upper right or left corner to turn the page.)

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