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President’s Page

OUR PREVIOUS/MOST RECENT MEETING

Information about our most recent meetings is available via a link on the “Welcome” page.  (To the left)

Visit the “Programs” page (to the left) to learn about our next meeting and other writer related events.

 

We now post current and most recent columns from our President, our Editor/Web-master, and any member or guest who wishes to contribute to ensure everyone sees them.

(Newest is at the top)

FROM OUR PRESIDENT

 

Happy New Year!

 

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Description automatically generatedThe start of a new year—in this case, 2023—has traditionally been a time of planning for the year ahead.  Some people call it making resolutions.  I prefer to think of it as setting writing goals.  It’s a little less intimidating and dictatorial to me, and it actually works better.  Here are a few insights and suggestions I have applied in the past:

1.     Every good and successful goal is specific and has a completion date.  (The word “deadline” is scary and too negative for me.)

2.     Write your goals down, seal them in an envelope, and don’t look at them again until December 31, 2023.  (You will be pleasantly surprised.)

3.     Take time to set realistic, achievable goals for yourself.  (Don’t make it so hard that you defeat yourself before you even get started.)

4.     Make sure the goals you set are yours, not ones you think someone else would want you to accomplish.  (In the words sung by a long-ago singer, “You can’t please everyone, and so you got to please yourself.”)

Have a wonderful rest of 2022, and enjoy the renewal the concept of a new year can bring.  I will see you at the February 9th meeting.  I hope all of you enjoy the meeting on January 12th at the Shadle Library.

Sue Eller President

FROM OUR VICE-PRESIDENT

 

Hello fellow writers/authors,

 

Before all else, I'd like to take a moment to remember Stan Parks who passed away in June at the age of 98.  He was a solid and enthusiastic presence at most of our meetings and a remarkable man of character.  I did not get to spend as much time with him as I would have liked, but I am grateful to have met him.  If you are reading this, I ask that you please take a moment to remember him and maybe say a quick prayer.  Thanks.

 

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Description automatically generated with low confidenceNow, heading into 2023, our lovely President, Sue Eller, will be out of town for our first meeting of the year.  This means, my friends, you are stuck with me in the lead.  I'll do my best, but any help/reminders/input is welcome.

With that in mind, Sue and I have been wanting to hear from all of you.  What we are looking for is a 10-minute presentation to be given after our regular speaker finishes up.  We'd like to hear about your personal writing experiences/lessons learned/expertise.  If you would like to address the group at any of our upcoming meetings please see me and I'll put you on the calendar. 

I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season and to see you soon.

 

Marilee Hudon Vice President

 

 

FROM YOUR EDITOR, WEB-MASTER, TREASURER

         

          I hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas and or Holiday Season and a Happy New Year Celebration.  If you traveled anywhere, I hope you were not super inconvenienced by all the problems we saw every day via the news.

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Description automatically generated with medium confidenceAs always, our December meeting was fun, as we got to hear several of our members read a bit of their work to us.  If my count was accurate, we heard from ten of our fellow writers.  It would be great if that number were to increase next year.

It would also be nice to see a larger number of members at our monthly meetings.  We have the largest of three meeting rooms at the library and can welcome many more than normally show up.  If you haven’t been for a while, come on by and check us out. 

  Over the past few months, I’ve been trying to feature books by our members on the cover of SASP NEWS, and I’ve been trying to do so in member order, as we appear on the Members list on the web-site.  Las month I stepped away from that as I wanted something appropriate for the Holidays.  This month I have again opted for something that should fit in with the season.  Next month should see us back on track.

Now that 2023 is upon us, it’s time to pay your dues if you haven’t already.  Your dues need to be current for you to be listed on our Members Page on the web-site, and to have a link to your Member Web-Page. 

          Paying dues is easy.  You can pay at any SASP meeting, or you can send a check or money order for $15.00 to:

Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers

P. O. Box 18573

Spokane, WA 99228-0573

          I check the mail weekly, and if we receive any dues payments, I take those payments directly to our financial institution for deposit.  I also try to notify anyone who pays that the dues payment has been received… usually by way of e-mail.

          If your personal situation means paying dues will pose a financial hardship, please contact a SASP Officer or Advisory Board Member.  We will see what we can do to accommodate you. 

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FROM OUR PRESIDENT (Previous)

 

 

The Weather Outside is Frightful

 

Well, fellow writers, I could use all the old clichés about winter weather, but I think the radio stations have already done that.  My message to you is, “Take heart!  The shortest day of sunshine is fast approaching, and soon the days will begin to seem longer, although each day will still consist of 24 hours.”

Enough about time and the weather.   Let’s talk about our December meeting.  It’s a time to share a short excerpt from a work in progress, or a teaser from a book we’ve already published, or whatever is relevant to the group and you are willing to read aloud. Please keep your turn at the microphone to about five minutes.  Dave will have a signup sheet ready when you walk in the door, so be brave and bring something to read.

The December meeting has always been a less formal event and a time of fellowship with friends.  In that atmosphere, we hope to allow plenty of time for visiting, munching on cookies and other treats, and listening to others’ words of wisdom or whimsy.

We will have a short business meeting to discuss the January speaker and have a drawing for our usual book giveaway.  Being one of the worst offenders, I decided that for penance I should host a short exercise in writing book reviews.  Bring a pen.  I’ll provide paper.  We can then give the results to Dave, who can post them on our website.  Don’t worry.  I’ve allotted only 15 minutes for the exercise.

I look forward to seeing your smiling faces Thursday, December 8, at the Shadle Library.  The room opens at 1:00 p.m., and we have to be cleaned up and out of there by 5:00 p.m. Stay warm, stay safe, and I’ll see you then.

Sue Eller, President

 

FROM OUR VICE-PRESIDENT (Previous)

 

Attention authors!

This month's meeting is all about us.  Everyone who wishes will be given time to read from their latest or greatest works.  We do this every year, however, as we are now partnered with the library, the public has more access to us.  With that in mind, I suggest that anyone who will be reading from any published books bring a few copies to sell in case your reading catches someone's fancy. 

Drive safe, stay warm, and we'll see you soon!

M.J. Hudon, Vice-President/ Public Relations

 

FROM YOUR EDITOR, WEB-MASTER, TREASURER (Previous)

         

          Merry Christmas!  Happy Holidays!  Happy New Year!  It’s that time of year again when we expect Holiday celebrations, snow, and of course our annual open mic session.  This popular event is fast becoming a SASP tradition, as it allows our members (and guests) to share a snippet of their work with the rest of us.

If you are interested in sharing something, you may want to practice before- hand and time yourself to make sure you don’t go over the five minute time limit.  While we don’t plan on timing to the second, we want to ensure that all who wish to read something have an opportunity to do so.

  I stepped away from our members list sequence for this month’s featured cover, as I wanted something appropriate for the Holidays.  Next month should see us back on track.

It’s time to think about dues for 2023.  You need to be current in your dues to be listed on our Members Page on the web-site, and to have a link to your Member Web-Page. 

          Paying dues is easy.  You can pay at any SASP meeting, or you can send a check or money order for $15.00 to:

Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers

P. O. Box 18573

Spokane, WA 99228-0573

          I check the mail weekly, and if we receive any dues payments, I take those payments directly to our financial institution for deposit.  I also try to notify anyone who pays that the dues payment has been received… usually by way of e-mail.

          If your personal situation means paying dues will pose a financial hardship, please contact a SASP Officer or Advisory Board Member.  We will see what we can do to accommodate you. 

Dave McChesney 

 

           

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