This last Monday John Williams of “Let’s Talk Nevada” came to speak to our group. Their website began when a handful of Mesquite residents decided to fund an online forum promoting free speech. The site is a place for an expression of opinion, any opinion— from discussions about water rights and city management to veterans sharing stories about Vietnam.
When one of our writers asked if it would be appropriate to post about their writing on the site (i.e. I can promote myself for free? Get published online for free?), John responded:
“Remember who we are. There’s nothing inappropriate… as long as it doesn’t get us sued.”
Some common sense guidelines:
*Articles should be relatively short, say under 500 words (if it’s over a thousand words, it should be split into a series of posts.)
*Weekdays tend to be more issue-centric, but on weekends the site features posts that are more author-centric. Each Sunday they run short stories by local authors. Yippee!
From the initial Mesquite site, the website has branched out to the entire state of Nevada. Henderson just got it’s own site, and they’re looking for local writers to post local material. If you’ve ever dreamed of writing your own column, here’s your chance.
If you haven’t already checked out their site, click on over to letstalknevada.com and subscribe. Start communicating with your own community through this great online forum.
Don’t forget to RSVP about our upcoming Holiday party at Tina’s house on December 16th. Email Tina at christina [at] bajabrody [dot] com.
SelfPubBookCovers has donated a cover for the raffle at our conference.
Congratulations to Judy Logan on the release of her book, Shelter Me, when friendship is all that remains. Heres a link to the page on amazon.
Congratulations to Gayle Nathan on the success of her family court video.
Congratulations to Ed Fuentes on receiving an Andy Warhol Grant to establish a blog.
Quote of the Night:
“I feel like half my body’s missing without the internet.”
Writing Tip from Jo Wilkins:
“When wrapping up the ending of your story, don’t forget to let the reader in on the changes and growth of your main character. Did he/she reach his/her goal? Has the story changed his/her emotional makeup? This is especially important in a coming of age story or one built around emotional upheaval.”
Interview with HWG Vice President Angelina Hill:
You started writing just a couple years ago. What was it that got you started? Had you planned to be a writer?
Tell me about your writing process.
What have been some of your most valuable resources in learning about the craft of writing?
When you’re not writing what do you do for fun?
That’s a great story! I’m impressed. Does dyslexia affect your reading currently, or did the 800 books in second grade cure it?
What are some of your favorite books or authors?
Our next weekly meeting is Monday, December 2nd, at the Coffee House in Henderson. Wednesday December 4th is the screenwriting meeting. The discussion will start with “Dog Day Afternoon,” so watch it if you haven’t already seen it. By the way, the movie has an outstanding pitch:
“The robbery should have taken 10 minutes. 4 hours later, the bank was like a circus sideshow. 8 hours later, it was the hottest thing on live TV. 12 hours later, it was all history. And it’s all true.”
Doesn’t that do what any great pitch should do? It makes us say “tell me more!”
Thanks for reading,
Jenny Ballif, Newsletter editor.