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Member News:

Dec. News: Tom Mach | Ronda Miller | Peg Nichols
Nov. News: Edna Bell-Pearson | Gordon Kessler | Tom Mach | Max McCoy
    | Peg NicholsMark Scheel | Roderick Townley | Wyatt Townley
Oct. News: Sally Jadlow | Vicki Julian | Tom Mach | Tim Pettet
Sept. News: Tom Mach 1 & 2 | Terry Needham |
Aug. News: Gordon Kessler | Tom Mach | Peg Nichols | Roderick Townley
    | Wyatt Townley
News: Jamie Lynn Heller| Terry Needham
News: Jerilynn Henrikson | Sally Jadlow | Vicki Julian | Tom Mach |
     Susie Nightingale | Peg Nichols | Terrie Nichols | Kevin Rabas |
     Tracy Million Simmons | Cheryl Unruh
May News: Edna Bell-Pearson | Ronda Miller | Roderick Townley |
     Wyatt Townley
Apr. News: Tom Mach | Ronda Miller | Terry Needham | Pat Walkenhorst
Mar. News: Tom Mach | Ronda Miller
Feb. News: Tom Mach | Ronda Miller | Wyatt Townley
Jan. News: Roderick Townley | Pat Walkenhorst

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2012 D2 Writing Contest Results:
Congratulations to entrees and winners in this year's District 2 contest:

1st — "Defining Middle Age" - Tracy Million Simmons
2nd — "Lucky Lee" - Susie Nightingale
3rd — "Rabbit, Rabbit" - Cathy Callen

Feature Article
1st — "Death of a Small Town" - Marsha Lytle
2nd — "Sunrise, Sunset" - Joann Williams
3rd — "Exchange Student's American Christmas" - Lorraine McVey

1st — "Random Acts of Kindness" - Susie Nightingale
2nd — " Let Your Avocation Be Your Vocation" - Susie Nightingale
3rd — "Raspberry Conflic"t - Teresa Oliver

Short Fiction
1st — "Pickup Man" - G. E. Murray
2nd — "Supernatural Soap Opera" - Steve Laird
3rd — "Shackled" - Joann Williams

1st — "Winter Light" - Susie Nightingale
2nd — "Haiku" - Diane Palka
3rd — "Autumn Sunset" - Jean Jackson

Narrative Poetry
1st — "Where the High Plains Meet Heaven" - Ronda Miller
2nd — "If Not for the Tears" - Ronda Miller
3rd — "Tip Bucket"- Kevin Rabas

Free Verse
1st — "The Walker" - Tracy Million Simmons
2nd — "BBQ, Southern Illinois Style" - Iris Wilkinson
3rd — "Meeting Schnackenberg" - Ronda Miller

Rhymed Verse
1st — "Ain't Life Grand, Son?" - Lee Mick
2nd — "Is There Anything Else?"- Ruth Bahr
3rd — "Author's Soul" - Vicki Julian

2012 Meeting Wrap-ups:

Dec. 9, 2012 Holiday Celebration
—hosted by Lorraine McVey at her home
Those attending brought snack items to share. Lorraine provided her lovely new home and beverages. KAC members relaxed and networked.

Nov. 10, 2012
This and future Lawrence KAC District 2 meetings will be held @ Bambino's Italian Restaurant, 1540 L Wakarusa, Lawrence, KS, 9:30 AM– noon. We had an open-ended meeting and discussed multiple topics. Members could choose to have lunch at Bambino's after the meeting.

Oct., 2012 District 2 members were encouraged to attend our 2012 KAC State Convention in Salina, Oct. 5–7, Ramada Inn. "Encouraging Words" was the theme of this convention.

Sept. 15, 2012 Day trip to Fort Scott, Kansas, District 2 members met for a joint meeting with the Fort Scott Writers’ Club, facilitated by Joy Melendy, club treasurer. The meeting was held at Presbyterian Manor, Fort Scott, at 11:00 AM.

Aug. 11, 2012 "Loku/Ukol Creative Input" by Ronda Miller. Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, KS 66212. 9:30 AM–noon.

Ronda Miller’s favorite saying is, “Poetry is our most natural connection with each other.”

A Life Coach and author, born in Ft. Collins, Colorado, she was raised on a farm by her grandparents in the high plateau region on NW Kansas where love for the beauty and healing aspects of nature and poetry began. She holds a degree in Human Development/Creative Writing from the University of Kansas, is a Fellow of The Citizen Journalism Academy, World Company, and a Certified Life Coach with IPEC (Institute of Professional Empowerment Coaching) for five years.

She has published her poetry in many different publications. She created the poetic forms Loku and Ukol. She is Poetry Contest Manager for Kansas Authors Club of which she is a member. Her online poetry and articles can be found at: http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/at-random/.

July 21, 2012Summer Garden Party
So many members had such a good time on our retreat that they wanted to keep the good times rolling, so we had a Summer Garden Party at Cindy Belot's home in Lawrence on Saturday evening, July 21, 2012. Facebook reported the party as a big hit!

Writers Retreat, June 2, 2012
Lake Doniphan Conference & Retreat Center, Excelsior Springs, MO

Saturday breakfast was followed by a general meeting. Next, we broke into three groups - fiction, nonfiction, and poetry - with a separate facilitator for each group. In the afternoon after lunch, there were three mini workshops each hour facilitated by a KAC member. The retreat ended in late afternoon, with shared among those choosing to stay overnight. Bill Karnowski was our Master of Ceremonies.

May 12, 2012
District Two Writing Contest Awards Ceremony

Lawrence Public Library Auditorium
, 707 Vermont St., Lawrence.Certificates were awarded and first place winners read entrees. The event was open to the public. Light refreshments were provided. District 2 has two writing contest co-chairs and a committee: Sally Jadlow and Ronda Miller are our co-chairs, while Lorraine McVey, Jack Kline, Diane Palka, and Susie Nightingale are on the committee.

April 14, 2012
Day trip to Emporia, Kansas arranged by Tracy Million Simmons

March 10, 2012 "Write the Skeletons in Your Closet" by Sally JadlowAntioch Annex, Johnson County Public Library, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam, 9:30 AM – noon.

Sally Jadlow has written poetry for forty years and then turned to other genres the past fifteen years. She had been published in Cup of Comfort collections, Bylines Calendars, Echoes of the Ozarks for many years and Midwest Poetry Review, to name a few. She has published a book of poetry and inspirational short stories, Sonflower Seeds. The book was awarded “Best Book of Poetry, 2002,” from Oklahoma Writer’s Federation Conference. The Late Sooneris a historical fiction based on her great grandfather’s diary. He entered the Oklahoma Territory in 1889. God’s Little Miracle Book I and II are her latest books. Her books are available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com in hard copy and in e-reader versions. Sally teaches adult creative writing. Sally is the wife of one, mother of four, and grandmother of thirteen who lives in Overland Park.

February 11, 2012 "How to Create Your Own Micro Book" by Annola Charity. Delaware Commons Cohousing Project Clubhouse, 1222 Delaware, Lawrence, 9:30 AM – noon.
Annola Charity is a local Lawrence writer who specializes in children’s literature. She has self-published several small books that have been sold via mail order, in bookstores, and online. Her art background has helped her create beautiful covers as well. Her experience in the printing industry facilitated her understanding of page layout for hardcopy publication. In her presentation, Annolal shared her knowledge and tricks toward self-producing work and providde attendees with an instructional CD.
also: "Ebooks and EPublishing: State of the Industry in 2012" by Gordon Kessler – also at Delaware Commons, 1 PM-3:30 PM.Gordon Kessler, thriller novelist and ebook author, will discuss the opportunities, advantages and disadvantages for authors who want to make their novels, short stories, memoirs, anthologies and other books available electronically. Discussions included the who, what, when, where and how of ePublishing, as well as promoting and marketing strategies.

January 14, 2012"Networking for Book Publication"with Norm Ledgin at Antioch Annex, Johnson County Public Library

Norm Ledgin’s book-writing began late in life, after careers as a newspaperman and a traffic safety educator. He received Temple Grandin’s help for Diagnosing Jeffersonin 2000 and followed that with Asperger’s and Self-Esteem, since republished in France. (A French author credits Norm with having “changed the world for autistics,” for the book links Einstein, Mozart, and Jefferson with Asperger’s Syndrome). His fictional Border-War themed The Jayhawkeris among Kansas’s “150 best books.” A mystery, Sour Notes, has found traction as an e-book and prompted a sequel-in-progress, Disharmony. His latest completed work, Sally: Mistress of Monticello, awaits publication and possible filming. Rutgers-degreed Norm teaches for the University of Kansas’s continuing education department, lives in Stanley, KS, with his wife of 43 years, Marsha.

Officers of Kansas Authors Club, District 2
for 2011-2012:


Susie Nightingale
Marsha Lytle
Lorraine McVey
Diane Palka

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