​TWIN LAKES WRITERS NEWSLETTER

http://www.twinlakeswriters.org/

 

Meeting: Saturday, December 10

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall

401 E. 9th Street (Highway 5 and College)

Mountain Home

Gray blue building that used to be a store. The sign on 9th Street reads “Fellowship Hall.” The College Street sign reads “Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.” Park either in front or back. Enter through glass door on 9th Street (Highway 5)

 

E-MAIL ME INTERESTING INFORMATION YOU COME ACROSS  

                   TELL US WHAT YOU ARE WRITING, SUBMITTING AND PUBLISHING

 

EMERY RED CANOE CONTEST THIS MONTH!

 

Alice Hill won the Emery Red Canoe. Her topic for next time is:
A childhood event resulting in an adult epiphany

 The Red Canoe is limited to 500 words (or less). This contest will be held at the December 10 meeting.

TWIN LAKES WRITERS ALSO MEET INFORMALLY THE LAST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT REYNOLDS LIBRARY

Blackbird Cafe has moved out and been replaced by the Bookworm Cafe which won’t open until January.

Our next get together will be Tuesday, December 27 at 10:15 a.m. at the Reynolds Library (College Street at the Bypass). Knox Room B is the third door on your right as you enter the Library lobby. If we are not there, we will in the meeting room at the far end of the library directly across from the circulation desk.

 You are allowed to bring your own food or you can purchase drinks, pastries, salads, sandwiches and quiche at the Bookworm Cafe across the lobby. Join us for conversation on any and all topics.

 Join us for lively conversation about anything and everything. You can also bring a short (1500 words or less) manuscript to share or for a critique.

MEMBER NEWS

Christine Edwards is now working at the Reynolds Library. Sometimes she is at the Circulation Desk, Say hello if you see her.

Sarah Golden and Christine Edwards are working on setting up a Facebook Page for Twin Lakes Writers. More information to follow.

Susan Varno, Steve Ramsey and Chuck Butkus attended the Facebook class at the Reynolds Library on November 17. We all have more to learn, but now we know where to look on Facebook for the answers to our questions.

 MARKET NEWS
The Masters Review 
Short Story Award for New Writers - WINTER 2016
https://mastersreview.com/announcing-short-story-award-for-new-writers-winter/
$2000 + Publication + Agency review.

20 entry fee

 Our winter award is new this year! The agents we worked with for our Summer Award were eager to see more, so we're now open to stories up to 7,000 words from emerging writers until Jan 15, 2017. The winning story will be awarded $2000 and publication online.

Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $200 and $100 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review

 

OF INTEREST TO WRITERS
 
From Bill Rhodes: 

Virtually everything that has been said at our TL Writers group is corroborated by a comparison of two books on the same subject. One was written in 1970. The other in 2016.

“The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire” 1970. John Toland 954 pages.

“Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan. 2016. Bill O' Reilly and Martin Dugard. 323 pages.

Toland's book is tediously academic, mired in great detail and arduous footnotes in small print. The author took great pains to give us every detail with documentation. He also told us about all the Japanese

operatives. Nevertheless, the book is of great value as a resource for those who are interested in this subject. One excellent example is the discussion regarding the importance and details regarding the struggle for Guadalcanal. However, the casual reader will miss the finer points about our own operatives nor will he fully appreciate the arrogance and errors of General Douglas MacArthur.

O' Reilly's (ghost written by Dugard?) book puts an entirely new spin on the great conquest of Japan. His treatment of Guadalcanal is perfunctory. He injects incitement and personalities into the War in the Pacific and spends considerable time on the assault on Peleliu after the War had dramatically become a greatly weakened Japan desperately defending itself against a now mighty USA. Readability and interest level: Much higher than the former book. 

 TWIN LAKES WRITERS WEBSITE
WILL BE CLOSED AFTER JANUARY 1 IF NOT PAID  
 items to post on our website; your photos, short writing or poems, information about books you have for sale. If you want your bio or your contact information on the Twin Lakes Writers website, a short bio (under 100 words) including any links to your own website, Facebook page, or where your books can be purchased.  

 

NEWSLETTER INFORMATION

Please send me information about what you're writing, also any information you think our members would find useful or interesting including MARKETS, CONTESTS, CONFERENCES, WEBSITES, bits of whimsy, helpful information, etc.

 

Susan Varno, Newsletter Editor

PO Box 71, Dolph, AR 72528   870-297-4223            mailto:svarno@hughes.net



TWIN LAKES WRITERS NEWSLETTER

http://www.twinlakeswriters.org/

 

Meeting: Saturday, November 12
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall
401 E. 9th Street (Highway 5 and College)
Mountain Home


Gray blue building that used to be a store. The sign on 9th Street reads “Fellowship Hall.”

The College Street sign reads “Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.” Park either in front or back.

Enter through glass door on 9th Street (Highway 5)

E-MAIL ME INTERESTING INFORMATION YOU COME ACROSS  

                   TELL US WHAT YOU ARE WRITING, SUBMITTING AND PUBLISHING

 

EMMIT ACKLIN

Our friend and Twin Lakes Writers member Emmit Acklin died October 27 at the age of 82.

This week, I wrote my “Not So Long Ago” column for the White River Current newspaper

about what a wonderful writer he was. My column is attached to this newsletter.

 

 

OCTOBER MEETING

We discussed creating a Facebook Page for Twin Lakes Writers and using it instead of our website. Sarah Golden offered to be Administrator and Christine Edwards said she would help. They will report on their progress at future meetings.

 A decision must be made by January 1 website renewal date if you are going to let the website go. 


Chuck Butkus discussed marketing your book on social media, advertising, getting people to review your book on Amazon, also a presence on Authors Den and Good Reads. Sarah Golden said you need to be passionate about your book. You should be able to summarize your book in 20 seconds. Use this “pitch” in your publicity and in talking to people.

 

EMERY RED CANOE CONTEST  

Alice Hill won the Emery Red Canoe. Her topic for next time is:
A childhood event resulting in an adult epiphany
 
The Red Canoe is limited to 500 words (or less). The next contest will be held at the December meeting.
 
BRUNCH AT THE BLACKBIRD CAFE 

OUR GET-TOGETHERS WILL NOW BE THE LAST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH

Our next Brunch will be Tuesday, November 29 from 10:15 a.m. until noon in Knox Room B. Knox Room B is the third door on your right as you enter the Library lobby. If you don’t find us in Knox B, we will be in the smaller conference room on the outside wall to your left in the main library. Join us for conversation on any and all topics.

 

MEMBER NEWS

From Pat Oplinger: 
 
 Recent Awards from
Poetry Society of Tennessee
Moments to Remember (a poem in two voices) -- 2nd Honorable Mention for “Two Ways to Look at the Moon”
Sports Heroes (free verse)  1st Honorable Mention for “Here and There”  
 Arkansas Writers' Conference  
Christian Poetry Award (free verse) 1st Honorable Mention for “Psalm 151”
Poets of the Pines (rhyming verse) 1st Place “Legendary Laureate”
Roberts Family Ark Award (Free verse dedicated to the incarcerated

2nd Place “The Man in the Mirror” WOW! Press Award (prose) 3rd place “Savvy Savior”

National Federation of State Poetry Societies
Utah State Poetry Society Heritage Award (free verse dedicated to the Cherokee Nation)

1st Honorable Mention “{And the Heavens Cried”

White County Creative Writers Conference
Lyric Poetry (ode form) 2nd Place “Ode to Poo”

 

BAXTER LIBRARY

Facebook for Beginners Class: October 20, November 17, 10:30 to noon

From Susan Varno: I took this class in September. For years, I have tried to figure out how Facebook works. The woman who taught the class projected her Facebook page on a screen. She went through every aspect of setting up a page and how it works. It was terrific. Now I understand. I am going to take the class again because I have new questions. Unless you already understand Facebook, I urge you to take this class. You must have a Baxter Library card. If you live in another county, a Baxter Library card is only $30 a year. You must register for the class either at the library on online through  http://baxter.boundless.ly/ click on “Programs” then “Calendar” then find the date and click on “Facebook for Beginnings.” It will take you to the sign up page.

 

Library Used Book Sale

Thursday, November 17 and Friday, November 18 

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 19 (Everything 1/2 price until noon, after noon $2 per bag)

8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

OF INTEREST TO WRITERS
From Christine Edwards: 
Both the articles above are great about explaining word count and the thought process behind the different genres and ages.
 http://www.litrejections.com/word-count/
http://www.betterstorytelling.net/thebasics/storylength.html


 

TWIN LAKES WRITERS WEBSITE

Send Cherie Neal items to post on our website; your photos, short writing or poems,

information about books you have for sale. If you want your bio or your contact information on the

Twin Lakes Writers website, send Cherie cherieneal@hotmail.com a short bio (under 100 words)

including any links to your own website, Facebook page, or where your books can be purchased.  

 

NEWSLETTER INFORMATION

Please send me information about what you're writing, also any information you think our members would find useful or interesting including MARKETS, CONTESTS, CONFERENCES, WEBSITES, bits of whimsy, helpful information, etc.

 

Susan Varno, Newsletter Editor

PO Box 71, Dolph, AR 72528   870-297-4223            mailto:svarno@hughes.net



EMMIT DOLAN ACKLIN

By Susan Varno

Emmit Dolan Acklin researched and wrote local history, especially about the Norfork area. He also wrote his memories of growing up here. I knew him as a member of Twin Lakes Writers. He was the most talented storyteller I ever read. From July, 2006, through September, 2007, some of his reminisces appeared in this “Not So Long Ago” column. Over the past two years, the Baxter Bulletin published several of his history articles on their front page.

My friend Emmit died October 27 at the age of 82. He always wore bib overalls, and he was laid out dressed that way. I want to share my memories of this wonderful writer who cherished the past and helped to preserve it.

To family and friends, he was known as Dolan, but his pen name was Emmit. He was born March 20, 1934, in Martin Springs, Arkansas. His family moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico, for a few years but were back in Norfork by 1940. The family returned to New Mexico in the 1950s where he met his wife Bettie Ruth Reynolds. They were married for 64 years.

Emmit’s bio page appeared in the Twin Lakes Writers anthology IN OUR OWN WORDS published September, 2008. It reads in part, “Emmit began work in the oil fields of New Mexico in 1952, then spent ten years with Boeing Aircraft before going into navigational lock and dam heavy construction. He’s worked from Alaska to Florida and many states in between. Since retiring, he’s written his autobiography (THE WOLF WAS NEVER FAR AWAY), two books on local history, two novels and dozens of short stories.”

Since 2008, Emmit has written more books including MELVIN, LUNA AND THE LYRIC THEATRE, the fourth in his LIBERTY book series about the history Norfork. If I remember correctly, he was invited to help go through some of John Quincy Wolf’s papers. Emmit also edited and published a collection of Civil War letters from a soldier to his family. He helped a crew dismantle the John Wolf cabin near Sylamore and rebuilt it on the historic Wolf House property. He also helped restore and preserve an overgrown cemetery near Norfork.

In 2008, Twin Lakes Writers member Wiley Joe Russell nominated Emmit for an Arkansas Arts and Humanities Council award for his efforts to “preserve folk history.” Russell received a letter from the Humanities Council saying Emmit’s nomination made it to the final round of judging. They asked him to nominate Emmit the next year.

At Twin Lakes Writers meetings, Emmit would read whatever memory piece he was working on. We were all loved his stories. Once, he said he worried that his work wasn’t “grammatical”. He had tried to get the sentence structure and punctuation right, but just he wasn’t sure. We all insisted he change nothing. He had what is known as “a voice”. You could hear his Arkansas words and speech patterns in his writing, the authentic “voice” of a back-country gentleman.

One of our members, Josephine Montgomery, is from England. She was so delighted by Emmit’s writing she asked permission to send some of his remembrances to her brother in

England, who either owns or frequents a pub where they have open mic readings. Emmit agreed, and Josephine’s brother read Emmit’s work. The pub audience demanded an encore and asked Emmit to send them more stories.

At one writing club meeting, Emmit revealed that when he wanted to think about writing, he would sit in his Willy’s Whippet touring car (manufactured from 1926 until 1931) “parked” his front yard. This historic vehicle connected him to the past.

The "Not So Long Ago" Column is provided by the 20/20 Group (PO Box 152, Calico Rock, 72519). For more information, contact David Sugg, President, 870-297-8760 or dksugg@centurytel.net the group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Calico Rock City Hall Community Room.











TWIN LAKES WRITERS NEWSLETTER

http://www.twinlakeswriters.org/

 Dear Twin Lakes Writers members:

Please  know that there will be a visitation

for Emmit Acklin tomorrow, Saturday the 29th

from 6-8 PM at Roller Funeral Home, 25 CR 27

(just off Highway 5 north) in Mountain Home. 

Emmit's funeral will be at the Galatia cemetery on Sunday the 30th at 2 pm,

Highway 5 south, 4 miles south of Norfork on South side of the road. 

Link to obituary and map and directions to Roller and to Cemetery

http://www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/services.asp?locid=24&page=odetail&id=43105

 

 


Meeting: Saturday

NOVEMBER 12
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall

401 E. 9th Street (Highway 5 and College)

Mountain Home

Gray blue building that used to be a store. The sign on 9th Street reads “Fellowship Hall.” The College Street sign reads “Unitarian Universalist Church.” Park either in front or back. Enter through glass door on 9th Street (Highway 5)

E-MAIL ME INTERESTING INFORMATION YOU COME ACROSS  

             TELL US WHAT YOU ARE WRITING, SUBMITTING AND PUBLISHING

TWIN LAKES WRITERS FACEBOOK PAGE

From Susan Varno: Are you interested in creating a “Facebook Page” for Twin Lakes Writers? I created one for The Storybook Project/Calico Rock, and I would be willing to creating one for our group. We could all post messages about what we are doing (books published, contests won, books working on, conferences attended, etc.). We can also post photos. I would post a reminder about each monthly meeting and our Blackbird get together. If this is successful, we may consider taking down our website. I will bring this up for discussion at our meeting this Saturday.

SEPTEMBER TLW MEETING

Thirteen people attended our meeting on September 10. Alice Hill attended for the first time. She is from Bull Shoals. She is writing an historical novel about the last lynching in Kansas. Sarah Golden and her father Sean Goldenattended again. They are both writing and publishing books. Chuck Butkus reported that 77% of women say they have read at least one book last year, 68% of men have.

BLACKBIRD CAFE Naomi Ortiz attended our September meeting. She has written a book about her spiritual experiences.

EMERY RED CANOE CONTEST  

Alice Hill won the Emery Red Canoe. Her topic for next time is:

A childhood event resulting in an adult epiphany

The Red Canoe is limited to 500 words (or less). The next contest will be held at the December meeting.

BRUNCH AT THE BLACKBIRD CAFE 

OUR GET-TOGETHERS WILL NOW BE THE LAST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH

Our next Brunch will be Tuesday, October 25 from 10:15 a.m. until noon in Knox Room B. Knox Room B is the third door on your right as you enter the Library lobby. If you don’t find us in Knox B, we will be in the smaller conference room on the outside wall to your left in the main library. Join us for conversation on any and all topics.

BAXTER LIBRARY

Facebook for Beginners Class: October 20, November 17, 10:30 to noon

From Susan Varno: I took this class in September. For years, I have tried to figure out how Facebook works. The woman who taught the class projected her Facebook page on a screen. She went through every aspect of setting up a page and how it works. It was terrific. Now I understand. I am going to take the class again because I have new questions. Unless you already understand Facebook, I urge you to take this class. You must have a Baxter Library card. If you live in another county, a Baxter Library card is only $30 a year. You must register for the class either at the library on online through  http://baxter.boundless.ly/ click on “Programs” then “Calendar” then find the date and click on “Facebook for Beginnings.” It will take you to the sign up page.

Library Used Book Sale

Thursday, November 17 and Friday, November 18 

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 19 (Everything 1/2 price until noon, after noon $2 per bag)

8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 Every month, the Donald W. Reynolds Library has outstanding programs and exhibits. If you have a library card, you receive a quarterly flyer of their upcoming and ongoing programs and exhibits. To take part in a program you must have a Baxter Library Card.    http://baxter.boundless.ly/         

ASUMH PERFORMING ARTS SERIES

ASUMH offers several free concerts and performances over the next few months. You must order tickets even for the free events. Visit https://thesheid.com/  for information and to order tickets.

MEMBER NEWS

From Alice Hill:  I felt very welcome at the Twin Lakes Writers group last Saturday. Thank you all! Additionally, I was stimulated and entertained. Members were kind, helpful and willing to share their knowledge.

Something I'd like to share is a link to Glimmer Train - http://www.glimmertrain.com/index.html

The Red Canoe is proudly displayed in my living room.  I will bring it back with me next month.

http://www.glimmertrain.com/

WRITING MARKETS AND CONTESTS

Nimrod: International Journal of Poetry and Prose

University of Tulsa                                            https://nimrod.utulsa.edu/manuscripts.html

Summer 2017 contest theme is

Leaving Home, Finding Home

Deadline November 5, 2016

TWIN LAKES WRITERS WEBSITE

Send Cherie Neal items to post on our website; your photos, short writing or poems, information about books you have for sale. If you want your bio or your contact information on the Twin Lakes Writers website, send Cheriecherieneal@hotmail.com a short bio (under 100 words) including any links to your own website, Facebook page, or where your books can be purchased.  

 

NEWSLETTER INFORMATION

Please send me information about what you're writing, also any information you think our members would find useful or interesting including MARKETS, CONTESTS, CONFERENCES, WEBSITES, bits of whimsy, helpful information, etc.

Susan Varno, Newsletter Editor

PO Box 71, Dolph, AR 72528   870-297-4223            mailto:svarno@hughes.netype your paragraph here.

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