Message For Spommenters

What is a spommenter? That’s a word I just invented for people who spam the comments of a blog. So here’s the message:

Dear Spommenter,
If you try to leave a spomment that says, “it was a real fine write-up. I’m actually looking forward to your next article,” make sure you don’t leave it on a page that consists of nothing but a picture. I’m not a rocket scientist, but even I know that.
Yours truly,

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Postcard From That Book Place

Hello to all readers who came to see us at That Book Place in Madison, Indiana on Saturday! Thanks for stopping in and making the time fly.

Somehow, we ended up taking more cars than we had drivers. Well, no, that’s a lie, but we took more cars than seemed altogether necessary. We all got there, though, and just about on time: T. Lee Harris, Ginny Fleming, Glenda Mills, Joy Kirchgessner, Samantha Lopez and me, Marian Allen. Joanna Foreman, alas, was indisposed and couldn’t make it, which was a shame, as she had fans show up specifically to get her autograph on her GHOSTS OF INTERSTATE – 65.

I tried to get a picture of us together, but getting us together is like herding cats (see carpooling, not, above). We finally got most of us behind the signing table, but sit? focus? Not so much. Joy shows her professionalism by sitting in a composed manner and looking directly at the camera. Thank you, Joy.

Frank and Dan of That Book Place had advertised the signing, and there was a steady stream of people through, some specifically to meet us and some to browse the immense selection of used (and some new) books, CDs, books on tape and DVDs. When we weren’t at the table, we wandered about talking books with customers. OTHER customers, I should say, since I think we all found treasures for ourselves. I met another Marion Chesney fan. That Book Place didn’t have any Marion Chesney Regency Romances the woman hadn’t read, so I sold her a Georgette Heyer.

Totally professional

We were there from 11 am to 4 pm, and never a dull moment. We didn’t even have lunch! Oh, yeah, and we sold many, many, many books. 🙂

Thanks, Frank, Dan and Kim, for a wonderful signing! We’re looking forward to being part of That Book Place’s 5 year Anniversary Authors Fair Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 10:00am.


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Here We Are!

We’re here at That Book Place in Madison today, selling and signing books. Or signing and selling books. We ain’t pertikler. I would upload pictures as I take them, but I’m hijacking fellow member Samantha Lopez’ computer, and I don’t want to hunt for a photo editing program.

We brought cooooookieeeeeees.


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We Make It To Madison

Yesterday we took a pleasant road trip to Madison to deliver lots of books for our signing scheduled for January 15. I drove, and T. Lee, Marian and Samantha rode along. Frank, the owner, made a list of every book, how many we had, and what he would pay us when they sell. He is a cheerful and professional bookstore owner and he said he’s really looking forward to having us there. He asked how many might be there because his wife plans to bring refreshments.

It’s an easy 45 minutes from Clarksville, straight over to Highway 62. He’s having his fifth anniversary on March 19 and asked if we’d like to be a part of a bookfair he’s having. The entire time we were in his store, people were coming and going, buying books. He carries mostly used paperbacks and he LOVES books. You can donate your old paperbacks to him if you’d like, or he can trade them for you.

It should be fun. The rain (snow and ice) date is January 22. Does everyone plan to attend?


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Better Late Than Never

Our rotten, lazy, no-good slacker webmaster (I am the webmaster) forgot to post this report on this SIW appearance. Here it is, with sincere apologies from the RLNGSW.



On Sunday, Nov. 1, SIW was invited to the Old Bridge Inn bed and breakfast to participate in a fund raiser day of ghost story telling to benefit the Animal Protection Association. Personally, I was more than willing to help the APA out a bit. Back in May, when SIW had a table at the Howard Steamboat Museum’s Chautauqua, I was adopted by a tiny ball of fluff named Taylor who was then residing in an APA display cage. He has since moved in and is now a full fledged member of the feline family.

As glad as we were for the invite, the timing of the event couldn’t have been much worse. Most of SIW’s members were out of town or had prior commitments, so it wound up being just Dirk Griffin and myself. One other member tried to make it, but her GPS kept sending her to a cemetery instead of the B&B. Sorta appropriate for a day of ghost stories if you want to get right down to it. *snicker*

Old Bridge Inn is a beautiful place with high ceilings and inlaid hardwood floors. That day, it was decorated with wonderful vintage Halloween items ranging from tiny jack-o-lanterns on the twin dining tables to the nattily attired papier mache pumpkin-head frozen in the act of tipping his lid to passersby. There were no photos, I’m sorry to say. Airhead that I am, I didn’t think to bring my camera. I’ll have to get my mind wrapped around that idea a bit before it becomes second nature to me. It’s a shame, too. Linda Williams, the inn’s owner, had us set up in a gorgeous glassed-in side porch with a HUGE table. When I saw the layout, I was glad I’d tossed the tin cat lanterns and faience ushabtis to help fill up the space. I was kicking myself that I’d been too lazy to dig out the box with the other iron stands; they fit well with her antique decor and we had ample room for more. Needless to say, Beastly Tales, the book with Boudicca on the cover got a lot of attention from the APA folks.

Dirk read his story the Lover from our ninth anthology, There’s Something Under the Bed-Time Stories, and got a great reception. Afterward, one of the ladies told him his aura was golden and that there was a gentleman in a frock coat standing behind him. One of the Old Bridge Inn’s resident ghosts coming to enjoy the story? Who knows.

Even though it was a small turnout, we sold several books and made some excellent contacts. Book sales AND contacts AND we were able to donate a portion of our sales to the APA. Can’t beat that combo. It was a very enjoyable afternoon and the current plan is to do it again next year, but on Halloween night rather than All Hallows Day. Also, instead of a tour of the B&B, there will be a full walking tour of the street. Linda Williams would like SIW to set up to read and sell again then. Sounds like it could be a lot of fun and SIW is looking forward to it already.


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Worth Waiting For?

Our incredibly lazy Webmaster finally updated our Calendar (I am our Webmaster). We’re still wide open for December, but otherwise pretty full.

Meetings have been productive. Carl finished his book and is doing the final polishing. Joanna is closing in on the action that she’s been building to–action in the novel, I mean. Gosh. Bonnie is on pause with her epic fantasy, and we may kidnap her and hold her for ransom for another chapter.


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Halloween on the Square

We put up our display in front of Magadalena’s Cafe on the Square, as arranged. Yes, it was chilly, but not too bad. We sold and signed books, passed out our brochures, enjoyed watching people, and schmoozed with anybody who stopped by. We petted a rat. A real one, but a tame one, not a wild one, and a very pretty rat it was, too.

One couple we met were the Alstotts. They’ve recently bought a building on the square in Corydon, with plans to turn it into an independent bookstore within two years. They want to feature local and regional writers, and we were delighted to swap information with them.

During a break in the festivities, we filled in by reading Joy Kirchgessner’s story “Hungry” from GHOSTS: ON THE SQUARE…AND ELSEWHERE…. When the story was over, the reader asked a young listener if the story scared him. “No,” he said. Then, apparently consumed with honesty, he said, “…Well, a little.” Bwa-ha-ha-ha-haaaaaaa!

Our roving photographer took this hideous picture of a clown (what else?) in front of the Tent of Horror. Some people don’t care what they do to innocent children.


Here is a picture of T Lee Harris in her Renaissance costume, reacting to the news that there was a clown in the vicinity. With apologies to King David: Yea, though we walk through the valley of the Tent of Horror, we will fear no blue-haired clowns, for T is with us. Her whacking big stick, it comforts us.


We packed up and left before the parade. As usual, a fine time was had by all.

Only one more appearance scheduled for the group this year, as listed on our calendar.


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Hawksview Gig

Hawksview JoannaThe Southern Indiana Writers invaded Kentucky this past weekend. We set up headquarters at the Hawksview Gallery and Cafe, a fabulous showcase for local artists, an art glass factory and aHawksview restaurant featuring above-the-ordinary but reasonably priced food. They are not paying us to say that.

Some of the SIW couldn’t make it, some preferred not to wear costumes and some–okay, ONE, and you know who you are–threatened to hurt your humble webmaster if she saw her picture up here with kitty ears on it. Naming no names, but look back through these postings for the picture of the one with the name badge stuck to her forehead.

Anyway, we were at the Hawksview on Friday for the dinner crowd and on Saturday for the lunchers. We read stories from our various anthologies, talked about the group and mingled with the patrons.

Hawksview TJoanna dressed as a fortune teller, Ginny is our own little Nanny Ogg, T wore a Renaissance gown she made herselfHawksview Ginny and carried a cedar staff she fashioned out of a limb that fell from a tree in her back yard, Jeannine wore a beautiful Colonial-style dress, and Marian says she was dressed as October. Smart money says she was just too lazy to assemble or make a real costume.

We met a woman who writes poetry but had no one with whom to share her love of writing, and we were able to give her the contact information for a couple of groups near her. We met a woman who doesn’t like to read but who discovered, through our presentation, that she loves being read to–she’s going to look into getting books on tape. She also asked if we have any of our stories recorded. We don’t, but we have a new project…. We met another woman who doesn’t write, but is a creative decorator, who wants to catch us at another gig sometime. We hope she does; she was a lovely and fascinating person.

Our next gig is, in fact, this coming Saturday, Hawksview JeannineOctober 24th. We’ll be sellingHawksview Marian books at Halloween on the Square in Corydon, Indiana, in front of Magdalena’s Restaurant and Cafe on the Square. We may also be reading at the First State Capitol Building–that part of the plan is still under construction. We’ll be in front of Magdalena’s at the very least from 5-9, but may be there earlier. Whether or not we read at the First State Capitol Building, we can probably be persuaded to do requests. Oh, and we’ll be GIVING AWAY FREE COUPONS for Magdalena’s with every purchase. You know the routine–the more you spend, the more you save. Makes a great gift, too.

Hope to see you in Corydon at Halloween on the Square on the 24th!


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Happenings–Then and Now

On the evenings of October 2 and 3, members of SIW participated in Corydon’s Unsavory Past, a recreation of hair-raising happenings unearthed and compiled by C.M. Keasling of the Hoosierunsavorypast100209 Elm Chapter of the DAR. We used her compilations as inspiration for our stories in GHOSTS: ON THE SQUARE… AND ELSEWHERE…. Ms. Keasling and her cohort Sharon Uhl were there, too, selling copies of the DAR books.

Here is a picture of some of us. Nevertheless, we sold some books and so did the DAR, so we were all pleased with the event and hope to participate again next year.

Coming up is a marathon reading at the Hawksview Gallery and Cafe in southern Louisville. We’ll be there on Friday the 16th for the dinner crowds–5-9–and again on Saturday 17th for lunch–11:30-3–and again for the dinner hours. Reservations are recommended. We’ll be reading from and signing/selling whatever books we have currently in print, including GHOSTS, NOVEL INGREDIENTS (stories followed by relevant recipes) and MOST WANTED (stories of crimes and desires).

Y’all come!


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We Are All About Field Trips!

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In belated honor of the publication of member Joanna Foreman’s book, GHOSTS OF INTERSTATE 65, we met at a restaurant and chowed down. We actually got some conversation and business taken care of, although the noise level and multiple large-screen tvs showing different shows while an unrelated soundtrack played…. Well, as one member put it, “This is not a good place for someone with ADHD.”

dalemobile Fellow Southern Indiana Writers Group members T. Lee Harris and Marian Allen and friend Dale met at T’s house. Friend Dale had loaded books in the back of the Dalemobile. We three piled in on top of them and Dale drove us to the Indianapolis library, where we met fellow member Joanna Foreman, who brought copies of her book GHOSTS OF INTERSTATE 65. The Indy library was having an authors’ awards celebration, including a book fair featuring Indiana authors. We had one and a half tables between the three of us.

Here is a picture of the SIW table, being manned by adjunct member Cal A. Vera, a seasonal writer. We met some terrific people and heard great stories. Gave away a lot of information on self-publishing, forming and maintaining a critique group and on our 15 titles.

Next stop: Corydon.


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