Something to Crow About

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  1. Had an essay air on WUWM’s Lake Effect about a reMARKable date my daughter had a few years back. Let’s just say it was a bruising experience for me!

  2. Please join me and fellow author Jason Lee Norman who will be reading from his book Americas, this Monday, July 23rd, at 7 p.m. at Riverwest Public House, 815 E. Locust St. in Milwaukee. Sure to be entertaining! Here is a link for the event:

    And, my flash piece, “There’s No Place Like Home” was published in Thrice Fiction’s summer issue, page 36:

  3. I’m very excited to have been accepted to the Solstice MFA program in Creative Writing at Pine Manor College near Boston! Many thanks to those who have supported my writing through the studio all these years (You know who you are! :-)). Looking forward to all I will learn, write and share with the other writers at RedBird-RedOak.

  4. I was more than pleased to learn that of my three submissions to the April/May 2012 National Writing Competition, one made it to the Finalist category, and two made it to the top five (paying real money, albeit not much) in the Winners category.
    Since I don’t have an editor or a an agent yet, I rely on the sharpened pencils (wouldn’t pay to sharpen a pen) of Kim Suhr and my fellow members of her Wednesday morning Roundtable Critique Group; the feedback I get not only helps with a specific humor piece, it usually gives me things to bear in mind while working on other pieces.

  5. I have a couple things to report. My reminiscence, “In the Rough,” will be published in the Great River Review in Spring 2013. Thanks to all who helped in Redbird roundtables. A speech I wrote for work, “The Extra Point,” received first-place award in state-of-institution category from Vital Speeches, website:

  6. Lit mag Lost in Thought accepted my piece called “Scherzo.” One of my favorites, it’s a bit of one person’s fantasy all mixed up with another’s reality. By the way thanks Kim Suhr for catching the Kabuki error a long time ago!

  7. I’m reading at Boswell’s Tuesday June 12 at 7 PM, as the opening act for Alyson Hagy – author of “Boleto” at Boswell’s books on Tuesday, June 12. I get 10 minutes!

    I had to submit a work published in 2011, which I did last September, and once accepted, wait to be paired up with an author – I’m not sure what the matching criteria are but I waited about 6 months to be paired with an author.

  8. METAL MOM, my new ebook, which is actually a screenplay, will be available from Amazon starting April 7, and free from April 8-10.

  9. If you like short stories, check out my collection
    “Poached Is Not an Option.” It’s up on Kindle now and
    will be on more sites,soon. Thanks to Judy and Dave and all who encouraged me along the way.
    My brother who doesn’t like to read,liked the first story and plans to read one a night until he gets to the end. Thanks, Jim, for the great review.

  10. I finished my second “novel” (50,000+ words) in November, titled “Time Sensitive” while participating in NaNoWriMo. I want to continue working on it after the holidays, and bring pages to roundtables. I’m excited!

  11. Dave Thome Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    November 23rd, 2011 on 12:29 pm

    My novel, “Fast Lane,” is now on sale at Amazon and Smashwords. It’s only available as an ebook at the moment, but I plan to make it available in print as soon as I can.

    I read “Fast Lane” from cover to cover at Roundtables over the past two years. There were times when I didn’t feel like writing much, but also didn’t feel like showing up with nothing to read. And so the TRs helped keep me going. And the feedback was great, too. So, thanks, RedBird/RedOaK!

  12. My short story, “One Letter Off”, earned third place in the Wisconsin Writer’s Association Jade Ring Fiction contest last month. Sarah White did a great job coordinating this year’s contest. This morning, I read “Snapshot” on Flash Fiction Fridays Many thanks to Stephanie Lecci and Robert Vaughan. “Snapshot” is also up at Pank Magazine, My thanks to editor Roxane Gay. Most of all, thanks to Redbird-Redoak, my writing home.

  13. Just got accepted to the MFA in Writing and Lit. low residency program
    at Bennington!

  14. What fun to read all the Redbird news!

    I want to thank everyone who came to my event at Boswell Book Company on September 8th. Scheduling it during the first Packer game of the season wasn’t my smartest move. I would have been sunk without my writer friends.

    My big excitement is that I have a kids’ book coming out on November 8th. It’s called Secrets of the Magic Ring and it’s a sequel to Celia and the Fairies.

  15. My flash fiction “Dreamcatcher” was recently accepted at Litsnack. It can be viewed at right under Robert Kaye’s piece, which is also worth reading. That makes 3 online publications for me since joining RB-RO – Judy have you patented those magic, red pens??

  16. As a longtime Redbird (1990 – 2009) alumnus I thought I would inform you that I had a business profile/article for a company called Trissential LLC published in The Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Firms special edition this past August. Also, FYI I have started my own writing blog which includes many pieces started in Redbird sessions. Don’t know what, if anything, you want to do with this information, but I thought I would at least pass it on. Thanks.

  17. Just got word that a memoir I wrote about my parents will be hitting the March 2012 issue of More Magazine. I’ve got another one, ‘in the hopper,’ which is better than being ‘in the circular file.’

  18. My short story, “Rink Rat,” earned an Honorable Mention in the Wisconsin Writers’ Association’s Jade Ring Contest. Many thanks to Sarah White, the contest organizer, the many entrants (I think there were 55 in the Adult Fiction category this year.) and the organization for its ongoing support of Wisconsin writers!

  19. I returned yesterday from the inspirational and well-organized WWA Writer’s Conference in Steven’s Point. I can’t help crowing about my 2nd place win in the First Chapers Contest with my novel, THE TEN CENT CAFE.
    Thanks to my Redbird West Critique group for helping me to tighten my writing and for all their encouragement.

  20. Sept 6th at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. in Chicago, as part of the the Tuesday Funk eclectic monthly reading sessions, Edison will be reading from his recently completed novel “Undead Vikings in Love” and signing copies of his earlier novel “The Original Artificial Stud.”

  21. Kim, I thought I had already sent this in, and if so, please disregard.

    At Robert’s urging I submited to Pure Slush online journal. My essay, Watery Delight,was published August 4th. This was my first attempt to be published online.


  22. I’m published in 15 Chicken Soup for the Soul books now. My latest story, about retirement, is in the book INSPIRATIONS FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART.
    I miss classes at Redbird!

  23. Congrats, Joanne, on your recent publishing success.
    And congrats to Carol Bacwar, as well, for placing in the WRWA Humor Essay contest this past spring. I have had the pleasure of being in workshops with both of these talented women.

  24. Be sure to scroll all the way down to see our writers’ “victories” of 2011. Half-way through the year, and we have 51 posts. Not too shabby! 🙂

  25. Wonderful things arrived in my mail box last week. First a copy of the Wisconsin Poet’s Calendar 2012 with my poem “Who Do You Tell” in it, and a copy of the magazine Spirituality & Health with my essay, “The Chant at this Sacred Ritual is ‘Cheers!'” in it.
    You gotta love mail!!

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