Wednesday, March 27, 2013

BTR's Featured World of Ink Network show: Families Matter on Student/School Safety



Join BTR's World of Ink Network Featured Families Matter show March 27, 2013 at 6pm EDT - 5pm CDT - 4pm MDT - 3pm PDT as the hosts Kecia Burcham, Irene Roth and Virginia S Grenier discuss the recent issues all families are talking about...student and school safety.

NASRO President Kevin Quinn will be joining the show to talk about the importance of having the presence of school resource officers in schools, their duty to protect children on campus and the prevention of school violence.They will be addressing the issues of guns in schools, bullying and what parents and schools can do to help keep this crisis from growing.


The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) is dedicated to providing the highest quality of training to school-based law enforcement officers in order to promote safer schools and safer kids. NASRO, the world’s leader in school-based policing, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1991 with a solid commitment to our nation’s youth. NASRO is an organization for school-based law enforcement officers, school administrators and school security/safety professionals working as partners to protect students, school faculty and staff, and the schools they attend.
To learn more about NASRO visit http://www.nasro.org/
 

The Families Matter show can be listened to every 4th Wed. here on the World of Ink Network.

About the Hosts:
Kecia Burcham works as a middle school counselor and holds a Masters Degree in education/school counseling as well as being a certified trainer in the "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" curriculum. She is also a certified NLB life coach, business coach, master weight loss coach and social/emotional intelligence coach. She has worked in the field of education/psychology for 20 years.
Irene Roth is a freelance writer for teens, tweens and kids. She has published over 150 Ezine articles on different topics that are relevant to self-esteem and self-confidence for girls. She is in the middle of writing three E-books for teens and tweens.
Virginia S Grenier is a partner of the World of Ink Network with Marsha Casper Cook. She is a Mom's Choice Honoree, an award-winning author and editor, and also speaks at writing conferences, book festivals and schools. She has appeared on other radio networks to share her expertise and guest blogs monthly.

To find out more about theWorld of Ink Network Hosts and what we do, visit http://WorldOfInkNetwork.com

Tune into the show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork/2013/03/27/familes-matter-show--guest-nasro-president-kevin-quinn

Monday, March 25, 2013

HWG Spring Workshop: Do you Want to be an Author or a Writer Writing Boot Camp

Do You Want to be an Author or a Writer

May 18, 2013
Writing Boot Camp

Location:

Vista Ridge Estates


Community Building


1331 N Dixie Downs Rd.


St George, UT 84770



~Keynote Speaker~
Jack Remick is a poet, short story writer and  novelist. In 2012, Coffeetown Press published the first two volumes of Jack’s California Quartet series, The Deification and Valley Boy. The final two volumes will be released in 2013: The Book of Changes and Trio of Lost Souls. Blood, A Novel was published by Camel Press, an imprint of Coffeetown Press, in 2011. You can find Jack Remick online at http://bobandjackswritingblog.com/  or http://jackremick.com




~SCHEDULE~ 

8-8:30am          Registration
8:30-8:45am      Welcome/Opening
8:45-10:45am    Jack Remick: The Three S’s—Story, Structure, Style     This is a hands on workshop  using timed writing. Prefer longhand with pen and paper.
Bring a one page passage from Work in Progress.
Suggested reading: Writing Down The Bones; The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery
11-11:45am Barbara Funke: Your Brain is a Playground—Creative Thinking
11:45-1:00pm Lunch
1-1:45pm Traci McDonald: Shadowing—Developing Living Characters
2-2:45pm Jon Thompson: Making  Story Life
3:00-5:00pm Jack Remick: First & Lasts—Characters and Their Objects Bring a one page passage from Work in Progress
The First time X appears, the next time X appears, the Last time X appears…
List of Characters with associated objects.
5-5:30pm Closing

REGISTRATION

LUW/HWG Members       $30
Non-members                   $40
High/College Students       $15 (w/student ID)


Early bird registration discount

$10 off the LUW/HWG and Non-member fee if you register before April 20, 2013.


(Lunch is included)


You can pay at the door the day of the workshop, mail in your registration or pay online at http://heritagewriters.tripod.com/spring-workshop.html


About Us: The Heritage Writers Guild (HWG) is a chapter of the League of Utah Writers (LUW), a non-profit organization dedicated to offering friendship, education and encouragement to the writers, poets and illustrators of Utah.

Learn more at http://heritagewriters.tripod.com

Friday, March 22, 2013

Interview Friday with Author Scott R. Caseley

I am excited to introduce Debut Author Scott R. Caseley on my blog today. While Isosceles is his first novel, he wrote and directed a dramatic feature, co-wrote and directed a documentary and wrote for an online magazine. He’s also a trained voice, stage, and screen actor. In addition to his creative pursuits, he is passionate about healthy living. He follows a mostly self-directed fitness quest consisting of weight training, walking, swimming, yoga, and hula hooping.

When not working out, he also enjoys cooking healthy gourmet meals as well as playing board games with family and friends with plenty of coffee brewing to keep the fun going until the wee hours of the morning.



VS: Welcome to my blog Scott. It really is a pleasure to have you here today. To get things started with you interview, can you share how long have you been writing?  

Caseley: Since the second grade, my first short story was about nature and had a lot of personification though when my teacher told me that then, I didn’t know what the word meant. But I’ve been telling stories a lot longer than that. I used to have two imaginary friends when I was four or five, and I’d record their adventures on a tape recorder.

VS: It seems writing and telling stories has been a big part of your life. What inspired you to write your book Isosceles after all this time?

Caseley: A number of people passed away in a relatively short period of time as my college years were coming to a close and in the first couple years that followed. I started to think of various questions about death what it means to lose someone, what it means to be dead, not just for the individual that passed but for those left behind. And, when that person dies unexpectedly, why do they suddenly become enigmatic even if we may have known them implicitly? When I started the first page of the story years later, I felt those questions needed to be answered somehow, by relatable people at the time of life where these questions and their personal answers will take them from one stage of development to another.

VS: I think many, including myself, have been in your shoes asking these questions so I think it is great you did decide to publisher a book to touch on this topic. Now finding the time to write can be a challenge for some. What is a typical writing day like for you?

Caseley: I usually begin my day thinking of a couple goals to accomplish writing wise. Then while eating my breakfast, I jot down some notes either on my computer or on a notepad. I step away from them for about an hour or so, let them sink in, and do some sort of exercise, yoga, treadmill, or weights. After my post-workout shower, I start to write something based on my notes either prose or poetry. Then I begin writing for anywhere from two to eight hours. It doesn’t have to be structured, unless I’m working on a deadline. It’s just getting the feelings in my head and heart down onto the screen or the page before me. When it’s all expelled, that’s when I know the day is done.

VS: You are very lucky to have time to let the written word just spill out of you. I can’t say my day gives me that kind of time, but I hope one day it does. Well you have written an amazing book. Can you share with us a little about your current book, Isosceles?

Caseley: It is a mystery that is not a traditional whodunit, but more of a whyhedidit, my own term for this sort of thing; though I know, I’m far from the originator of this theme. My main character Sean needs to find out why his best friend Trey has taken his life at the beginning of the book. To discover the answers, he’ll have to go back thirteen years to when they first met and how their friendship and a woman named Madeline, who constantly came between them, each played a role as well as other factors such as his schooling, his parents, and numerous other issues one encounters during their formative years. Along the way, Sean will also learn more about himself and what kind of friend he really was to Trey. In short, discovery of unearthed feelings about those around us and within ourselves.

VS: What a great explanation of Isosceles. I hope those reading our interview today will check out my book review as well. Okay Scott, what did you find to be the most challenging part of writing Isosceles?

Caseley: Finding common ground and an understanding between three individuals that when you first meet them seem so completely different from each other. Over the course of their childhood and into young adulthood, the common ground they reach beyond these differences needed to bring them together in either platonic or romantic bonds that could be lasting and/or tested through the best and worst of times.

VS: Wow, really? When reading your book it seemed you just naturally knew what their common ground would be throughout their lives. Well you did a wonderful job and rose to the challenge. I’m curious, what part of your book do you feel really stands out to you personally?

Caseley: My favorite scenes in the book would have to be the moments when Sean is off by himself analyzing the situations or people that are in his life. At first he’s not trustful of his own feelings because he’s been bullied and picked on, but then over time, he comes to accept himself as a worthy person. I think that’s something that many people can relate to.

VS: Yes, I agree and one many teens face. Now here comes the big question. What character is most like you?

Caseley: Probably the character of ‘Sean’, the narrator of the piece is closest to me, mostly during his elementary school years. I was never good at sports as a kid and I turned to reading history books as my escape. I imagined I’d be better off hanging out with historical figures in a different time period rather than embarrass myself during a pickup baseball or basketball game in the schoolyard during lunch period.

VS: Do you have any other works in progress? Can you share a little about them?

Caseley: I like to constantly try new challenges and I found my latest inspiration while reading the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. It had this compelling style about it, various points of view and characters weaving in and out of each other’s storylines. She said in an interview that she was attempting this style called polyphony, a device that has musical roots but according to Wikipedia was reintroduced as a literary technique identified by Mikhail Bakhtin. I’m using it to tell a contemporary romantic caper adventure spanning across New England.

VS: Sounds interesting and I’m sure will be a great book from what I’ve seen of your writing in Isosceles. Which brings me to my next question, what do you think are the basic ingredients of a good book?

Caseley: Character is what I always start with. When they first appear in my mind, it’s like someone new at school or at the workplace. They’re just wandering around and eventually I’ll start to see traits and then develop a backstory for them. Then, when I finally interact with them, I can see that my initial impressions could have been way off. In fact, I’d say how close you are or how far removed you are from the ‘reality’ of who they are is like figuring out how much you put into your mixing bowl, blender, notebook, or iPad; a heaping tablespoon, or dollop, or a sprinkle here and there.

When they begin to open up, I become like a journalist or a therapist in your head listening to them tell their story and the people around them that have made their life what it is. Let them tell you what’s going on, let them tell you what they’re about, and then you’ll know how they want the story told. Whether they are a talker or someone who wants you to tell their story but are cautious about letting the whole story out until they build a trust with me as their writer is like deciding to serve your readers a microwaved story or a tale made in the crock pot, the latter allowing the seasonings to take over the whole story in time.

VS: What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?

Caseley: Honesty. I cannot create a character unless they come from some truthful place. This means for me that a character needs to emulate traits I’ve seen in others or in myself and these behaviors are not set in stone in the beginning. Your story should have them go through some sort of transformation, even if they are only in a couple pages of text. Why give a character a place in your story unless they do something, right? It doesn’t have to be remarkable, but it has to be something that makes your reader understand why they are there.

VS: Scott, where can the readers of The Writing Mama find out more about and your writing?

Caseley: I have a page on the MuseItUp site where you can read a short bio on me as well as an excerpt from Isosceles, the link for that is http://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=562&category_id=198&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1&vmcchk=1&Itemid=1.

Plus, I also have a Facebook writing page and that can be found at https://www.facebook.com/ScottRCaseleyWriter. Lastly, I’m on Twitter and my handle is @scottrcaseley.


Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
eBook ISBN: 978-1-77127-239-1
Publication Date: January 2013
Genre of Book: Young Adult- Coming Of Age, Mystery/Romance

The novel takes the reader on a journey through the thirteen-year friendship between Sean McIntyre and Trey Goodsby and up to the tragic end of Trey's life, then goes into what effect his death has on Sean and those closest to the two boys.

About the Book:
When he finds his best friend Trey Goodsby dead and almost completely submerged in a bathtub filled with bloody water, Sean McIntyre is determined to find out if it was an accident or suicide. Did his death accidental or intentional have anything to do with Madeline Edwards, the woman who came between them constantly through their thirteen-year friendship? The tale begins with the death of Trey Goodsby, and explores his relationships with family, friends, his romances, and which of the circumstances he found himself in that led to the tragic event, and the repercussions for those he left behind.

If you have that feeling that you're coming up short...what will it take to feel equal?

Places where available for sale: MuseItUpPublishing.com, Amazon.com, Bookstrand, Omnilit, Kobo, Smashwords and B&N

You can find out more about Scott R. Caseley, his novel and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/c85xoz4

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Book Review Tuesday: Isosceles by Scott R. Caseley


About the Book:
The novel takes the reader on a journey through the thirteen-year friendship between Sean McIntyre and Trey Goodsby. When Sean finds his best friend Trey dead and almost completely submerged in a bathtub filled with bloody water, he is determined to find out if it was an accident or suicide. Did his death accidental or intentional have anything to do with Madeline Edwards, the woman who came between them constantly through their thirteen-year friendship? The tale begins with the death of Trey Goodsby and explores his relationships with family, friends, his romances, and which of the circumstances he found himself in that led to the tragic event, and the repercussions for those he left behind.

Overall Thoughts:
Oh, where to begin on this epic tale of friendship, family, love and death…I think I’ll start with the three main characters of this contemporary tale. I was able to relate to each one and even saw bits of myself. Trey is a typical bad boy on the surface. He gets into his fair share of trouble; however, there is more to Trey…a lot more. Even though we never fully get all his secrets revealed to us as the reader, you know this is a very complicated person deep down. Madeline or Maddie as her family and friends called her is well a bit of witch in my personal opinion. She has her moments were you feel for her, but she reminded me a lot of Jennie (but with money instead of being poor) from Forrest Gump. To me, she was the complete antagonist to Sean and Trey, and their friendship. Now to address Sean, who is the narrative voice of the novel and what most would picture as the boy next door personality. He is sweet and always trying to make sense out of his life and friends.

The friendship and family dynamics were amazing. The families all intertwined with each other. You have mothers passing away, parents divorcing, and adults having to face those who wronged them as their kids try to stay friends throughout it all. Sean, Trey and Maddie, in the middle of it all, have their own issues. It’s a lover’s triangle between them as well as a friendship that shouldn’t be. You have Maddie the rich girl, Sean the average Joe and Trey, the kid who’s from the wrong side of the tracks. Can it even work between them or does this all having something to do with Trey’s death?

I’m not going to answer that question or the question Author Scott R. Caseley asks the reader, “If you have that feeling that you're coming up short...what will it take to feel equal?” You’ll have to read the book to answer both for yourself. What I will say it was an amazing read and one that caused a lot of reflection for me.

Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
eBook ISBN: 978-1-77127-239-1
Publication Date: January 2013
Genre of Book: Young Adult- Coming of Age, Mystery/Romance

Places where available for sale: MuseItUpPublishing.com, Amazon.com, Bookstrand, Omnilit, Kobo, Smashwords and B&N

About the Author: 
While this is his first novel, he wrote and directed a dramatic feature, co-wrote and directed a documentary and wrote for an online magazine. He’s also a trained voice, stage, and screen actor. In addition to his creative pursuits, he is passionate about healthy living. He follows a mostly self-directed fitness quest consisting of weight training, walking, swimming, yoga, and hula hooping. When not working out, he also enjoys cooking healthy gourmet meals as well as playing board games with family and friends with plenty of coffee brewing to keep the fun going until the wee hours of the morning.

You can find out more about Scott R. Caseley, his novel and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/c85xoz4

Follow Scott R. Caseley at
Twitter URL: twitter.com/scottrcaseley
Publisher Website: http://museituppublishing.com

To learn more about the World of Ink Tours visit http://worldofinknetwork.com

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Writing Mama show with Virginia S Grenier and Guest Susanne Jacoby Hale

 
Join the hosts of The Writing Mama show on March 18, 2013 at 2pm EDT - 1pm CDT - Noon MDT - 11am PDT

Virginia S Grenier will be chatting with debut author Susanne Jacoby Hale, a former drop-out prevention teacher from New York and author of Shades of Gray.  Jacoby Hale earned a master's degree from New York University in education and creative writing. Although, when she began teaching in the real ACE program, depicted in Shades of Gray, she had no idea that it would change her life forever. Having been out of the classroom for a few years, Jacoby Hale still felt the need to make a difference in the lives of students.


Susanne Jacoby Hale felt the need to tell the story of a dedicated teacher. She believes  good teachers are often unappreciated, while students’ needs are frequently misconstrued. Sometimes the only thing missing in today’s classrooms is compassion. Her book is the fictional account of a new teacher's experience with one of NYC's most notoriously turbulent schools, while attempting to maintain control over her life outside the classroom.

Susanne Jacoby Hale has been featured on NBC, USA Today, and ABC. More information about the book: Shades of Gray by Susanne Jacoby Hale at http://SusanneJacobyHale.com/

Find out more about the World of Ink Network and its hosts at http://worldofinknetwork.com

Listen to the show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork/2013/03/18/the-writing-mama-show-with-guest-susanne

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

BTR's Featured World of Ink Network show: What is Success

Join the hosts of the What is Success Show Wed. March 13, 2013 at 10pm EST - 9pm CST - 8pm MST - 7pm PST as they talk about the TV shows they are enjoying and the ones they feel need to be cancelled or are happy they have been.
Virginia S Grenier and Bennet Pomerantz are happy to hear from you and what TV shows you're watching too. So call in or post in the chatroom your Favorite or not so favorite shows.
To learn more about the host and the World of Ink Network visit http://worldofinknetwork.com
The What Is Success show airs on the 2nd Wed. of each month. What us to review a movie, TV show or book? Send us your suggestion.