Sunday, October 31, 2010

** Saturday Writers - Part Two **

Steve explained his reasons for writing Megan's story the way he did. He didn't want it to be the typical "Who, What, Where, When, Why & How" kind of newspaper article. He began it with the happy words Megan said to her mom about a new boy who was nice to her on My Space. His title did not include any words about suicide the way the online version does. I apologize for not remembering the title in the print version Steve brought with him. I should've written it down. He also spoke about his decision to not print the name of the neighbor who was involved in this horrible tragedy. She had a daughter Megan's age, who was once Megan's good friend, and he didn't want his article to possibly cause her to end her life, too.

There are several reasons why I enjoyed Steve's presentation. One, I haven't heard a newspaper journalist speak since I attended my first Missouri Writers Guild Conference in April of 2007. I find it so interesting to hear the ins and outs of writing columns for a paper, which is obviously much different than writing a book.
I enjoyed learning of his integrity, especially in today's world of Junk Journalism and the sick delight some people feel when they read about others' troubles. Thank you, Steve. It was a pleasure meeting you.

My buddy Sioux Roslawski agreed to be VP of Saturday Writers.
Yay, and thank you! (By the way, I'm the short one!)
(Boy, do I look like my mother in this picture! Scary!)

I won this awesome basket of chocolate goodies at the raffle.
I squealed and ran up to receive my prize as if I was on The Price is Right.
I didn't think to photograph it before I ripped off the pretty cellophane wrap!
Uh...I think there's a couple of things missing, too.
It was donated by the amazing Barb Hodges complete with one of Barb's poems!

Speaking of amazing Barb, she presented me with a little gift bag yesterday, which held these two adorable tea cups sets and Afternoon Tea book! What a sweet woman! I asked her why she was giving me a gift, and she said, "Just because". She went on to say how much she enjoys seeing the tea cups I post on my blog from time to time. Whenever I see her, she is a joyful, blissful woman. Thank you, Barb!

One more thing...Lou Turner of High Hill Press, worked night and day to get some brand new Cuivre River Anthology, Volume V books to our meeting. Isn't the cover beautiful? And look how nicely it blends in with my blue and white table lamp and blue mouse! Pat Wahler, Sioux Roslawski, Donna Volkenannt, Lou Turner and I all have a story or poem in it. I'd be happy to get their signatures, if anyone would like to buy a book or two. They'd make nice Christmas gifts! hint...hint

There are many other writers's stories, obviously, but these are the ones who have blogs or a website that you may be familiar with. The books are $16.95 and I will ship them anywhere in the US at no charge, to anyone who buys them from me. What a deal! A book with many autographs, and shipped free!
And I'll be happy to get as many signatures as I can, if someone would prefer that.
If you are interested, contact me at:

P.S. I'll post my terrible poem at a later date. I don't want THAT to be what sticks in your mind, when you think about buying a book which contains a story of mine!

“To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says, but to go off with him and travel in his company.” -- Andre Gide


  1. Aw, Becky you're so sweet and human and lovable.

    How nice that you won the chocolates. I guess it says a lot about me ... to focus on the chocolates.

  2. You were lucky to win all that chocolate. Hope it helped fuel you through the day's events!


    PS. The anthology looks great!

  3. Wow, talk about a Trick or Treat motherlode! Lucky you got all treats--> CONGRATULATIONS!

    Happy Halloween!

  4. Thanks, Becky, for the update. I wanted to attend this but found out too late and already had a book signing scheduled. I haven't heard Susan speak, but Steve spoke to two of my journalism classes, and I think he's great! Congrats on your presidency.

  5. My goodness, Becky! You have a lot of energy lately and are accomplishing so much.

    Thank you so much for all the interesting information in the last two posts. I really liked reading about your two writers group guests. Cute picture of you and Sioux too!

    Keep up the great work, you wonderful woman.


  6. Beautiful book, Becky! And I want to be friends with Amazing Barb. She gives some great gifts! Anyone who gives gifts of chocolate is my kind of person. Congratulations to all of you on Cuivre River Anthology!

  7. You made out like a bandit, with candy and a fun time. Thanks for sharing the details. Love the pic of you with Sioux. (You aren't're fun-sized. :D)

  8. All that chocolate! You're so lucky! Loved your bio. What a neat story!

  9. thanks for sharing your picture! it is nice to see you and Sioux - great choco-mojo (it means you are going to write in a melty-dark-velvety, energetic yet sweet way)big hug! have a great week.

  10. Becky---How is it that you look younger than Sioux? (I happen to know that she is a few years younger, but she definitely looks like she's the elder of you two.) Perhaps she should use her VP salary to spring for some, um, "work"? Maybe a little nip and a bunch of tucks???

  11. Oh my goodness...I read that awful comment about how old I look*, and then I looked at the photo! They are right! How can I serve as VP with the possibility of having to step in and take over if a grassy knoll happens to come into play, when I look too old to handle it?

    I think Donna and Lou need to rethink their decision...

    (*Of course, I was the one who made the "anonymous" comment.)


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