May, 2017 Update

I’m a little late on this because I hoped to be able to announce that “The Lost Ticket” was available, but due to some technical difficulties and some spectacularly poor time management on my part, the novelette is not yet available for purchase. The text is done and the cover is complete, but I’ve had some problems assembling the thing to put up on the Kindle store. I will definitely have it done by the end of the month, because I want to promote it at the Printers Row Lit Fest next month. So here’s what I’ve been up to:

    • “The Lost Ticket” will be available from the Kindle store by the end of May. In this story, Danny and Izzy are on the trail of a winning lottery ticket that was stolen from an elderly couple in the neighborhood, a quest that takes them from Riverdale to Little Italy to Division Street. The final version of the cover (minus the text) is here to the right. This will be on Kindle only, as are the previous two in the “Lost” series, and it will be available at Amazon by June 1st.

  • The “Barnstormers” story is coming along a little more slowly than I’d like (primarily because of the time management issues I mentioned above) but I’m liking the results, as are the members of the writers groups I’ve been sharing the story with. The shortened version of chapter 2 that I read at the Tamale Hut is posted in the Short Stories section below. If you want to read the full chapter, all you have to do is join my mailing list. I send out a monthly e-mail with my writing progress and where I’ll be, if there are any literary events that month. I will also be including a new chapter of the story with each e-mail, and that chapter will have all the extra content I won’t have time to read at the Reading Series. And did I mention it’s free, and I won’t share your e-mail address with anyone? Sign up today!
  • This is not my news, but I wanted to share that Stephie will again have her tent up at the Graue Mill Fine Arts Festival in Oak Brook on June 3 and 4, from 10am to 4pm each day. This is a great event, with many talented artists showing and selling their work, with little of the “crafty” stuff that you find in some other art shows. Plus, the Graue Mill is a beautiful place, with a long nature walk and an operating grist mill. (You should buy some of their corn meal. It’s so good.) Weather permitting, it’s a great day out. And did I mention it’s free? Details at the Graue Mill web site.
  • As mentioned last month, I will again be at a table at the Printers Row Lit Fest, trying to cajole total strangers into reading my work. The Fest this year is June 10 and 11, from 10am to 6pm each day in downtown Chicago. I will again be under the Illinois Woman’s Press Association tent.

The next THC Reading Series night will be on Saturday, May 20, and I will be there, reading a shortened version of chapter 2 of the Barnstormers story. The story is designed like a movie serial from the 30s or 40s, with each chapter ending in a cliffhanger, but because of time constraints, the only way I can end each reading in the cliffhanger is to edit some parts out. It should still be exciting, and you can always read the complete chapter by joining my mailing list. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and listen to some interesting stories! We start at 7pm.

Thanks for reading!


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