November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Coffee

Mark slid slowly into the kitchen chair. Head tilted back and eyes open just enough. Since I’d never seen my buddy first thing in the morning before, the full-on bedhead and rumpled clothes were a shock. This from a guy who always came to campus ironed and precise and with a briefcase no less. Now Thanksgiving morning, a group of us stayed at a friend’s house near the city after one helluva party and before we’d all go separately home.

Glad he sat down, I’d been waiting for someone to join me and our host’s mother. Everyone else was still asleep, including a friend under the dining table in the next room. She had coffee, thank God, and poured for us. Eyeing her young guests in the method of a true veteran-parent, she was quiet.

November 24, 2013

Daily Write: It Could Turn on You Someday

Once or twice a month, she’d bang her shoulder on a door jam. That third or fourth glass of wine brought out the old two-step waltzes, registering that she should probably continue the evening in a chair or on the lounger. The two-step or side-lurch or whatever arm gestures came into play when she lost balance were pretty obvious fails. If she knew anything, she knew herself and mostly stayed home so as not to elicit attention.

A door jam was rather innocuous. But the stone patio and grand steps leading out to the back yard, those were enjoyed. She and her husband spent hours with the landscape architect plotting out features just so. In July at the height of summer, she’d stroll out from the French doors off the kitchen (and wet bar) with her chilled pinot grigio, relaxed and satisfied.

November 3, 2013

How to Drive Traffic to Your Obituary

The Brownview Library Writers' Club invites you to the next seminar in their fall series: How to Drive Internet Traffic to Your Obituary

These days, getting your work read is incredibly difficult. And getting noticed, even in death, is surprisingly tough. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent data, the annual number of US deaths was just under 2.5 million. reports that 75% of deaths receive online and print obituaries. That’s an average of 5,000 published obits per day. Tragically, most writers toil for years and never get published or noticed.

This seminar offers proven methods to achieve at least a modicum of exposure to your work. 

You’ll learn how to:
- Get your death (and work) noticed in the tough post mortem market.
- Seamlessly insert your best fiction and plug your blog while honoring family and day jobs.

Some (but not all!) of the topics covered:
- Unconventional approaches, including first person examples: “I had a helluva run.”
- Action intros that grip readers: “Even the undertaker couldn’t wipe that smug look off her face.”

Bonus handouts include:
- How to repackage manuscripts after you’re gone.
- Go “viral” without writing schlock to do it.

Please call Nan Greenwell at the Brownview Library to reserve your spot!
* Light refreshments and cookies will be served.