Friday, March 11, 2016

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, March 6 through March 11

Got a bit back into the fiction saddle this week. A light bulb moment this weekend showed the deficiency: I was trying to write scenes with characters I didn't know well. I liken it to attempting to write a feature story without interviewing anyone.

So this week, I dug out the ye olde character questionnaires and began the process of becoming introduced to these new people in my head. It's a slow process, but ideas are spinning, very heartening.

The slow process will extend into the weekend. Although I am not on call, I will be out of the office two mornings this week (speaking at a high schoool on Monday and accompanying my oldest son on a personal errand on Wednesday), so I need to ensure the work gets done. That's in addition to visiting a disabled adult niece on Saturday, someone I love dearly and have not seen for years.

In the meantime, check out the health, faith, and arts and entertainment calendars. Three of them can be found at the link below. Gotta Do It, runs each Sunday and often stays on the home page through the week.

Feature briefs for Tuesday (health), Thursday (faith), Friday (Arts and Entertainment), and Sunday (People) are also edited (texted and photos) by the lady of this blog, but only the stories have bylines.

And if you do peek at these stories, to quote our editor Kate Schott, "Thank you for reading The Herald-News." :)

Three Plainfield brothers attain Eagle Scout, follow father into firefighting
By Jeanne Millsap

Why? And how? Read on.

An Extraordinary Life: Joliet woman gave her time in simple and humble ways

If Emma owned it, she probably gave it away.

Fundraiser for toddler with neuroblastoma to be held in New Lenox
By Jeanne Millsap

 Jase has endured five rounds of chemotherapy, surgery, 13 blood transfusions, a three-week coma on a ventilator, three lung collapses, fungal lung infections, an infected central line in his chest and treatment with methadone for withdrawals from his pain medication.

Members of Eastern Orthodox churches in Joliet reflect on the meaning of Lent

For all its traditions, Lent is ultimately an opportunity for reflection – on our lives, our spirituality, Christ’s passion and resurrection – and renewed encouragement to take up our own cross and walk in Jesus’ footsteps.

Romeoville's Lewis University to tell stories of 3 Latin American women

On Monday, actress Rosa Rodriguez and pianist Byron Sean will perform the show as part of the company Core Ensemble in the St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Center at Lewis University in Romeoville.

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