Saturday, November 13, 2010

New time - New place...

Quick note: A new meeting time and place have been scheduled for the Scribbler's meetings.

Second Saturday of the month.
Culvers in Wautoma - Back booth
10:30 am. to 12:30

Writing prompt for the Nov. 13, 2010 meeting -  "Confessions of a "something-aholic." 

Happy Writing!

If I hear of any changes, I'll post them as soon as I can.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Scribbler temporarily puts her crayons away...

Hello fellow Scribblers,

Just a note to let all of you know this Scribbler will be putting her crayons away for awhile instead of diving myself crazy trying to fit everything in. I've decided I need to concentrate on my work until we get through all we need to get through since the accident. I hope you continue to meet whenever and wherever you can and that you will send me things you write as a result of the meetings. I would really appreciate being able to sit down at my work desk and open an email that contains one of your wonderful stories. I can't think of anything that would brighten my day more than that!

I won't apologize for my absence as life does twist and turn, and often in ways you don't expect and this is one of those twists. I will miss you all for the time being, and hopefully you'll still be lurking at the edge of the playground, waiting to connect again when my life turns back to normal!


"I hear the train a comin', she's comin' round the bend..."

 Johnny Cash

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Scribblers are taking a break!

Next meeting scheduled for Tues. Aug. 24 (no meeting in July due to busy schedules)
 Scribbler prompts:
Interview another writer (goes like this: Pat P. interview Carl, Carl interview Lauretta, Lauretta interview Sue, Sue interview Barbara V, Barbara interview Julie, Julie interview Pat P.) Interview in person, by phone or via email and then write about what you learned about the person.
(Even if you can't be at the meeting, please send the interview to another writer so we can see what you did!)
Prompt 2:
Write a heated argument you may have had with your parents, real or make believe.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Next meeting June 22, 2010, Tues. 11-1 at Hancock Restaurant

Write a poem, short story or essay using one or both of these prompts:

"Mark your calendars."
Beyond the box...

Hope to see you at the meeting.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

New Contests

New Poetry Contest
Cash Prizes
Closing Date July 30, 2010
The Poetry Institute of Canada announces its seventeenth annual open poetry contest, for Fall 2010. Following its successful 2009 contest, it will again award cash and other prizes to poets.
Any poet, previously published or not, may enter this contest and be a winner. The contest is open to all poets of any age. Any subject or style of poetry or prose poetry is acceptable and there is no entry fee. New and unpublished poets are encouraged to send in their work.
The poem should be original and consist of 24 lines or less. As well as the opportunity to win a cash prize, the best poems received will be published in a beautiful hard cover Anthology of Verse.
To enter, please send one original poem only to: Poetry Institute of Canada, P.O. Box 5577U, Victoria, BC V8R 6S4. Or email to:
Name and address should be included on the same page as the poem. Typed or neatly written poems please. Entries should be marked no later than July 30, 2010.

New Short Story Contest
Cash Prizes
Closing Date July 30, 2010
-Short Stories – Essays – Anecdotes
(Fiction or non-fiction) Entrant must be over 18 years old.
You can win cash prizes and have your writing published.
Send us an account of your recollections, memories, grass roots experiences or amusing incidents.
Writing is limited to 850 words.
As well as the opportunity to win a cash prize, the best pieces of creative writing will be published, in a top quality Anthology. This volume will showcase the best work received.
Any writer previously published or not, may enter this contest to be a winner. New and unpublished writers are encouraged to send in their work. Any subject or style is acceptable and there is no entry fee.
The work must be original and typed or neatly handwritten. Name and address must be included on the front page of the work (one entry per person). Work should be no longer than 850 words on 8 1/2” x11” paper and postmarked no later than July 30, 2010. Authors will be contacted by letter.
Send your entry to:
Adult Short Story Contest, P.O. Box 5577U, Victoria, BC V8R 6S4 or email to:

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Next meeting is May 25th. 11-1 at the Kettle Restaurant in Hancock.

 I wasn't able to attend the last Scribbler's meeting, but Pat P. informed me that the suggested prompts are:

"I squirm to the quick release...: (a snippet of poetry from Lauretta's poetry calendar!)

"Things I never told my parents."

The Scribblers meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Kettle Restaurant in Hancock from 11:00 - 1:00 pm.

It sounded like the 'girls' had a lot of fun writing their obituaries. From what I heard, we have some very talented and imaginative writers in our midst! 

    Wednesday, April 14, 2010

    April 27th Meeting

    I wasn't able to attend the last Scribbler's meeting, but Pat P. informed me that the suggested prompt is to write your obituary!

    The Scribblers normally meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Kettle Restaurant on Hancock from 11:00 - 1:00 pm.

    Thursday, February 25, 2010

    Mar. 23 meeting coming up!

    Feb. 23, 2010

    The Scribblers met at The Kettle Restaurant at 11:00 and shared their stories about the ‘swimming pool.’ Each story was different, some had endings, others were experiments in creating scenes and developing characters. It prompted a discussion about the differences between character driven stories and plot driven stories. No one titled their story so we did a five minute exercise in titling our stories. This is what we came up with: Sue -Three Guys, Lauretta - Night Swim, Julie - Blood Trail, Carl - Wet Dreams. Pat didn’t do the prompt but said she was content to listen. Julie and Carl shared their response to the poetry prompts and came from completely different directions on those.

    The next meeting is scheduled for Mar. 23 (4th Tues.) at The Kettle Restaurant from 11-1 pm. The prompts are:

    Write a poem about ‘lessons from a child.’

    Write a poem, story, or essay about “Along the road…” and/or write about someone you envy. Start your story with “I wish I didn’t envy ________(fill in the blank) so much but I can’t help it.”

    cardinal photo by Julie Eger

    Tuesday, January 26, 2010

    February 2010 Meeting

    Scribblers Meeting January 23, 2010 Hancock Restaurant.

    Attendees: Pat, Sue, Lauretta, Julie.

    Sue read a story about Mary Elizabeth who had a mastectomy, a story with a clever twist at the end. Pat read a story about a woman who suffered from schizophrenia, also a story with a clever twist at the end. Julie read the first two chapters of a larger piece she’s working on, trying to convey ‘parallels’ between a ten-year-old girl and a first time murderer. Lauretta enlisted Sue, Pat, and Julie to ‘cold read’ two very entertaining short plays she had written. Then the group did a poetry exercise where they each wrote 2 lines jumping off from an impromptu starter line, and then took turns reading their lines to see if it created a poem that made sense. They will work on those two poems for next time, writing a title for one, and rearranging the lines of the other. The two poems are included at the end of this entry.
    The prompts for the next meeting - Feb. 23, 2010 (4th Tuesday) – 11:00-1:00 at the Hancock restaurant are:

    Sum up your writing career in one sentence.


    You and a friend break into your neighborhood swim club late one night for an after-hours dip. While splashing around in the pool a dead body floats to the top. It turns out to be someone you know. Write this scene.

    Group Meeting Impromptu Poems (just in case you’re interested in working on them as stated above…)

    Think of a title for this poem:

    Dishes clattered in the back of the restaurant.
    The couple sat in silence, cups of cold coffee in front of them.
    Many voices, lots of noise, no words,
    the crash of crockery hitting the hard floor rocked the room.
    She stared at her plate.
    Butter melted over the top of the steaming pancakes.
    It was an old time cash register, punches and bells.
    Dammit! Now I’ll have to go to the Good Will again.
    The men at the other table wouldn’t stop laughing.

    Rearrange the lines in this poem to make your own poem. Feel free to make small changes to some of the lines to make them fit your poem.

    1.Lemon tea and the stink of vomit and here you are.
    2.Up to your nipples in crying kids, dirty laundry, crabby men.
    3.All your plans for the day have come to this, mopping up the bathroom floor again.
    4.Crawling on your hands and knees toward sanity.
    5.I reached for the stale cookie and wondered why we only visited Grandma when she was sick.
    6.Door bells, telephones, Calgon – Is this all there is?
    7.But Mom, you told me the lemon tea would settle my stomach – so it’s all your fault!
    8.I think I’ll open the window.
    9.The orderly passed the open door, muttering to the mop and bucket he was carrying.

    Also, please feel free to leave a comment about whether you can attend, a note about something you'd like to share with the group, etc. by clicking on and entering a comment on the comment link below.

    Monday, November 30, 2009

    Next meeting to be in January 2010!

    The next Scribbler's meeting will be at the Hancock restaurant on Jan. 26 (Tues.) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (the 4th Tuesday)
    The prompts are: "touching shoulders and/or the torch."

    There were no reports as to any new prompts so we will stay with the prompts from last time. And of course, we encourage you to bring anything else you're working on that you would like to share.

    Also, please feel free to leave a comment about whether you can attend, a note about something you'd like to share with the group, etc. by clicking on and entering a comment on the comment link below.

    Wednesday, November 11, 2009

    November Meeting

    The next Scribbler's meeting will be at the Hancock restaurant on Nov. 24 (Tues.) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    The prompts are: "touching shoulders and/or the torch."

    Carl and Barbara were the only ones who attended the meeting. There were no reports so will stay with the prompts from last time.

    Wednesday, September 23, 2009


    photo by Julie Eger
    The next Scribbler's meeting will be at the Hancock restaurant on Oct. 27 (Tues.) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    The prompts are: "touching shoulders and/or the torch."

    Pat, Sue, Carl, Ken, Lauretta, and Julie attended. Pat asked for feedback on the beginning of her novel. Sue read a story about her son leaving home and is thinking of working on the presentations of her work. Carl read a flash fiction story he wrote about losing a loved one to dementia. Ken shared a poem about Riley at the zoo (a rhyming poem!) and part of the "Jane" story he is working one. Lauretta is continuing her story about the missing street musicians. Julie shared a story about a poor girl's family who wouldn't eat a turtle because it cried.

    Saturday, August 29, 2009

    The Scribblers are making waves...

    Lake Superior photo - Five Mile Point by Julie Eger

    The next Scribbler's meeting will be at the Hancock restaurant on Sept. 22 (Tues.) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    The prompts are: "a broken music box, and/or sunrise in winter." Please bring some new ideas for prompts as we are still collecting them!

    Ken introduced us to his son, Greg, who listened politely and added some great feedback. He also commented that he would like to see more 'metaphor' in our work. It was great to get that kind of feedback.

    Sue read a story about a jewelry manufacturer stuck in an airport in China, trying to figure out where she should go when she didn't understand the language. Julie read a story about a woman with an inoperable disease. Barbara FV read a story about a couple stuck in a relationship based on habits. Carl shared more of his Jane story, prompted by Barbara months ago. Ken read four poems, all based on the prompt, "Where do I go from here?" Our favorite was the one about too many rings. Lauretta continued her story on the detective trying to solve the mystery of the missing street musicians.

    Tuesday, August 4, 2009

    August Meeting

    The next Scribbler's meeting will be at the Hancock restaurant on Aug. 25 (Tues.) from 9-11 a.m.
    The prompt is: "Where do we go from here?" Please bring some new ideas for prompts as we used up the last one!

    The food was good, the readings were as excellent as the company and the conversation. Lauretta is continuing her 'Jane' series. Ken wrote a poem that sparked discussion about 'religion.' Carl shared a poem about pulling petals off of a daisy. Julie shared a story about a spirit wolf. Barbara shared a 'river' story, which surprised all of us. Nan shared a clever poem that lead one to believe it was about love but it was really about tennis.

    Submission Accepted!

    Every once in awhile it happens. Someone submits a poem and it gets accepted. See for Julie Eger's poem 'Grandfather."

    Tuesday, June 30, 2009

    We've picked a new place to try!

    Breakfast photo by Julie Eger (it isn't exactly a kettle, but I think you get my drift!)

    Scribbler's July Assignment and new meeting day announced - the 4th Tuesday of the month (9-11 AM) at The Kettle in Hancock.
    For July 28 - write a love or anti-love poem and/or about 'animal.'

    At a glance meeting dates:

    July 28
    Aug. 25
    Sept. 29
    Oct. 27
    Nov. 24

    Tuesday, June 9, 2009

    Once again the search is on...

    Oh where, oh where will our group meet next time?

    The plan is to meet at The Kettle Restaurant in Hancock on Saturday, June 20 from 9-11. There is a room in back where we hope to meet. The assignment is to write a poem, essay, or short story about 'origin' and/or 'something missing.'

    Come prepared to discuss meeting times, days, and places as we are searching for a new place to meet.

    Thursday, May 21, 2009

    WOW! Contest

    flowers in winter photo by Julie Eger

    I entered this contest. Check out the results for my "Mama's Wish Comes True" entry in the Women on Writing website link below! Have fun browsing the site.

    Thursday, May 14, 2009

    Meeting for May 16th has been cancelled!


    I have just found out that the Four Star Family Restaurant is closed so there will be no Scribblers meeting on Saturday, May 16th!

    The group is in the process of making other arrangements that involve changing the meeting place or time. There has also been discussion on combining the poetry group with the writing group and meeting during the week instead of on a weekend. All input and new ideas are welcome as we re-group! Please email me with any comments.

    I apologize for the late notice but I just found out on May 13th, the restaurant was closed.


    Sunday, April 19, 2009

    Scribblers open the gate to new ideas...

    Gate photo by Julie Eger

    The next Scribblers meeting is scheduled to meet Saturday, May 16, 2009 from 9-11 AM at the Four Star Family Restaurant in Wautoma.

    The suggested assignments are to write a poem, short story or essay about either or both of the following prompts: origin or something missing.

    We also decided to include a “Discipline Challenge” which will start on April 25, 2009 for those who wish to participate. The challenge is to sit for 5 minutes each day and write what you observe. You do not have to be in the same place every day, but you must observe and write for at least 5 minutes each day. The writer who completes this assignment for the most days in a row will receive a Journal, graciously donated by fellow writer Sue Dietz.

    Lauretta, Ken, Julie, and Sue met for the meeting. They took turns sharing what happened when they attempted last month's assignment of observing something for five minutes and recording what they saw. Julie read "Hunting For a Poem," a poem about trying to find a poem in the list of things she recorded from observations from her front porch. Lauretta shared some of her observations, and an idea for a story about moles. Sue shared four days worth of observations from various places and there were some good story ideas in what she recorded. Ken shared his observations taken from the Wautoma Wetland Park, and feels there is an idea brewing, but it hasn't quite come full circle yet.

    Sunday, March 22, 2009

    Great Poems Get Accepted!

    Barbara Fitz Vroman, member of Toad Hollow II Poet's Society and Sand County Scribblers, has written a poem, Ode to November, that appears in the eleventh anniversary expanded issue of Free Verse Issue #99/100 - 2009, page 29.

    Flugelhorn Solo and Winter Wood, two poems authored by Toad Hollow II Poet's Society and Sand Country Scribbler member Ken Tennessen, can be found in the eleventh anniversary expanded issue of Free Verse Issue
    #99/100 - 2009, page 23.

    photo by Julie Eger

    Saturday, March 21, 2009

    Scribbling in March 2009

    photos by Julie Eger

    March 21, 2009

    The assignment for April 18th is an assignment involving discipline. For seven days, consecutive or not, take time out of your day to sit outside for at least five minutes and write down your observations and then see where your observations will lead you. Be prepared to share your notes of observation.


    Feb. 10 2008 4:00 PM
    The wind is so cold it hurts the inside of my nose when I breathe. The wind comes in gusts and swirls the snow. For a moment the smoke in the neighbor’s chimney climbs straight up, and then the wind cranks it side ways, toward the west. The sun is a bright yellow spot sitting on top of the Norway pines. My fingers sting and it’s hard to push the keys on the keyboard of my laptop. I’ve been outside for three minutes. The wind chill is 45° below zero and I have frost in my nose.

    Sometimes we want to go in a straight line but something redirects us like the wind changing the direction of the smoke. As hard as we try to go where we think we want to go, something gets in our way, changes our mind, or presents us with a person or information that makes us look to a new direction. Wise people embrace the detours in their life.

    The next meeting will be April 18th, third Saturday of the month, at Four Star Family Restaurant from 9-11 in Wautoma.

    Julie, Ken, Barbara FV, Barbara FW, Carl, and Sue attended the meeting. Nan and Lauretta sent pieces to be shared. Lauretta's story was about a young girl finding a magic doorknob in an antique store. Nan wrote about the doorknob of the room from which the Lindbergh baby was taken from. Carl wrote about every doorknob leading to a new adventure and also about his grandfather's old license plate. Julie read a story about aliens that involved a bowling ball but did mention a doorknob. Ken wrote a clever story with many twists and turns about a crazy old woman with an enticing license plate. Barbara FV shared a piece about how writing can add to the decline of a society.

    Friday, March 13, 2009

    Family Circle 2009 Fiction Writing Contest

    Grand prize - $750
    2 runners-up - $250
    To enter send your original (written by entrant), unpublished, fictional short story of no more than 2500 words to:

    Family Circle Fiction Contest, c/o Family Circle
    375 Lexington Avenue, 9th Floor
    New York, NY 10017

    All entries must be typed, double-spaced and page numbered on 8x11 paper and must include your name, address, daytime phone number and may include your email address (optional). No purchase necessary to win. Contest begins March 1, 2009 and ends August 31, 2009. All entries must be postmarked on or before August 31, 2009 and received by September 7, 2009. Entries must be original (written by entrant), unpublished and may not have won any prize or award. Up to two (2) entries per individual will be accepted, but each entry must be a unique short story. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, or the District of Columbia, age 21 or older. Void where probhibited. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation.

    Sunday, March 1, 2009

    writers journal contest

    Check out this link for story competition guidelines and deadlines. Who knows, you might have a story sleeping in a drawer or notebook that would be perfect to enter!

    Postmark Deadlines & Starter Phrases:

    April 20, 2009 Through the window of the taxi...
    June 20, 2009 It looked like a...

    Thursday, February 26, 2009


    This is what happens when you submit! Our own Nan Gellings' stories, "The Hostage Situation" and "The Nest" were accepted by Green Prints Magazine and appear in the Spring 2009 Issue No. 77! Way to go Nan!
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