Friday, May 29, 2009

Coming Attractions and More Free Chocolate

Today's forecast for St. Peters, MO: Mostly sunny, high 81 degrees. A lovely last-day-of-school for Michael, who gets out of school at 11:30 then summer vacation begins.

Over the next several days, a lot will be happening around here. I thought my readers might be interested in learning about what's going on in my writing world:

May 30 - Saturday Writers presents, "The First 300." Members of Saturday Writers who have submitted up to 300 words will have their works in progress read and critiqued by editors: Lou Turner, Amy Harke-Moore, and Donna Volkenannt--hey, that's me! The panel and will offer practical comments about what's working with their piece as well as what needs tweeking. Prior to the panel, David "Kirk" Kirkland will give a brief tutorial on "Self-editing." For more details, click on the Events page at .

June 1
- I officially launch a new blog, A Book A Week, at
Each week, baring any serious injuries such as paper cuts, eye strain, or pulled muscles in my typing fingers--or illness or vacations--I will introduce my blog visitors to books I have read. The first book I will discuss is SECRET KEEPERS by Mindy Friddle. Note to all my Donna's Book Pub blog readers: I will continue Donna's Book Pub, where I will post several times a week about writing and books in general. My new A Book A Week blog will focus on specific books --- one each week!

June 5 - Acclaimed Southern writer Mindy Friddle will be interviewed right here on Donna's Book Pub, as part of the WOW Author's Blog Tour. Friddle will answer questions about the writing life, as well as her latest book, SECRET KEEPERS, which I have read and love! Friddle's writing has been compared to Flannery O'Connor and Eudora Welty.

If you missed last Friday's posting, where I did a lot of whining then talked about chocolate, here's some "sweet" news. Every Friday through September, the folks from Mars (the candy company, not the red planet) are offering chocolate lovers the chance to get a Free* Real Chocolate coupon for your favorite Mars brand. Visit their website for details.

Hope you all have a "sweet" weekend--sorry I couldn't help myself.


  1. Wow! Sounds like you're gonna be mighty busy!

  2. Hi Pat,
    Keeping busy helps me stay out of trouble. ;-)

  3. Nothing worse than an Irish Catholic with too much time on her hands (An idle mind is the devil's workshop!) Glad you've got something to keep you out of trouble :-) Good luck with your new blog, Donna. I'll be eating my (free) Three Musketeers in a few weeks (and thinking of you!)

  4. Hey Donna, How did the Saturday Writers meeting go? It sounds like it would have been a great one. Thanks for the tip about the free chocolate. :)

  5. Hi Margo,
    Saturday's meeting went well. Nine members submitted works in advance, and one provided a story at the door. The writing talent of our members is amazing! In addition to those who submitted works-in-progress we had a good turnout and even welcomed a few new members. We missed you, though. Hope all is well with you.
    Stay cool!


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