The deadline for submissions has now passed and Paula is
busy editing this year's book. This year's edition promises to be better than ever with our Poetry Contest Winner's poems, our Short Story Contest Winner's story, professional photographs of our members, and of course, all the stories, poems, essays, and memoirs from our members.
Paula hopes to get our submission authorization forms signed at the July 27th meeting.
The setting of a story is where the story is taking place. It may be a room, a town, in a boat at sea, etc.
The setting also includes factors such as the time of day, the time of year, or the year in history.
It includes weather, nature, animals, birds, snow, rain, wind, etc.
It doesn't have to be a real place, you can invent your own town, country, or planet.
Where ever the setting is it must fit with the character. A seaside hut would be a much different setting than an uptown apartment. How does the character fit in the setting?
Spend time getting to know your setting.
Some people get so involved they construct maps of the neighborhood. You may not want to get that involved but be familiar with it.
If the character is a farmer, you should know what is involved in his kind of farming.
If the character is an Olympic swimmer, what is his routine?
If the setting is 1850 Oklahoma Territory, the sites would be quite different from 1850 New York City.
If you make up a fantasy setting, makeup all the aspects of that world.
If it takes place in outer space, is their gravity? How do people get from place to place? Are people even there or are there other types of creatures. What do their homes look like, what do they eat, what is the weather like? How many moons do they have, if any?
Setting is like another character in your story. It should be planned out and known by the author. Even if you never write about where the bathroom is, you should know yourself.
Independence Day celebrates United States independence from Britain. July 4th, 1776 is the day the Declaration of Independence was signed and adopted by the 2nd Continental Congress. This year will mark the 243rd year of American independence.
Independence Day is always celebrated on the 4th of July unless the 4th lands on a Sunday, then it is celebrated on the following day.
This year, while we celebrate with picnics, family reunions, watermelon, fireworks, parades, etc., we should remember our freedom is not, nor has it ever been free.
Americans have fought and died to keep our country free and preserve the freedoms we enjoy.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Additional freedoms were spelled out in the Bill of Rights-the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution:
Freedom of Religion
Freedom of Speech
Freedom of Assembly
Freedom to voice grievances to the government
Freedom of a Militia
The right to Bear Arms
Freedom from Illegal Search of a Person or Property
The requirement of a Warrant showing reasonable cause, only with an Oath, with a specific place, person, and property to be searched.
No person shall be held for a capital offense unless presentment from the Grand Jury.
These are just a few of our freedoms, many of which are in jeopardy of being overthrown by our current Congress. We as Americans need to be vigilant to preserve our freedoms.
The holiday is upon us. Memorial Day weekend - a time to get outside, spend time with family and friends, barbecues, picnics - hot-dogs and apple pie. Flags are flying. Old men march in parades in their uniforms. What's not to like?
Actually, Memorial Day was created as a time to remember those who had fallen in the Civil War. It was called Decoration Day so people would decorate the graves of the dead soldiers. Later, it was expanded to include the fallen in all American Wars. The name was changed to Memorial Day officially in 1967. Did you know, A National Moment of Rememberance, was established in 2000. We are to stop at 3:00 pm on Memorial Day afternoon to reflect on those who gave their lives for our freedoms. One minute of silence for all Americans to remember the fallen. Doesn't seem like much to ask. I had never heard of this National Act of Unity.
As an American, I believe it's the least I can do. I will set my clock for 3pm this Monday. I hope I'm not the only one.
Many of our members are veterans. I appreciate the sacrifices each has made and I'm glad they were able to return home. Thank you, all!
Do you know someone who was killed in a war? Someone who served? Write a story about an experience, a person, a memory, or a fictional account involving Memorial Day, a veteran, a fallen soldier, etc. This can also include stories of parades, barbecues, etc.
Make it under 500 words and it can be submitted for our writing contest.
Write over 500 words and it can be used for Creations 2019.
for more interesting facts about Memorial Day go to -
The Ada Writers' Short Story Contest is Under Way!
The contest is open to everyone. Tell your friends, relatives, and various acquaintances and encourage them to write their stories. This doesn't mean you're off the hook - you still need to write your story!
The Contest began April 30 and ends June 22.
Each story is limited to 500 words.
The requirements of how to submit your story were sent by email by Paula
but if for some reason you didn't get it - let us know, we'll get you a copy of the rules and submission requirements.
The main thing is to get it in on time, sent through the computer, typed double-spaced.
Remember there are prizes for the winners!
So get busy and get those stories written, the sooner the better.