Friday, June 23, 2017

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, June 18 through June 23

I finally have two weekends off (ish!)

I have also finally finished Henry's story and have begun the final novel in the Before the Blood prequel. Based on the time it took to write the previous novels, I anticipate at least a year before I'm ready for an editor.

This novel will have twenty chapters instead of the others, which have ten, but the pace is brisker and all the research is worked out, so I'm expecting the writing to progress at a faster rate than the previous four novels.

Saturday morning and early afternoon is for writing. And then...

I also plan to finish Bertrand's second book tomorrow afternoon, as it doesn't need much now.

And I also plan to correct the typos in Cornell Dyer and the Missing Tombstone tomorrow afternoon, too.

After those things are done, Rebekah and I have a list of work for the website, which we are planning to tackle after items one and two are done.

Anyhow, that's the view from a Friday of deadlines to first fulfill. After I file three stories and plot my Sunday pages, I'm planning my stories for the rest of the month. I've had the joy of working with two interns, so I'm getting some projects ready for them, too. It's been a very satisfying week.

Somewhere when the work is done, I'm offering feedback on the first chapters of a friend's novel.

And here we are.

The health, faith, and arts and entertainment calendars: where to find them? Under the sections tab on the left hand side of Click on "features" and the topics drop down. Assembled by moi.

Gotta Do It, also by me, runs each Sunday in the People section.

Feature briefs for Monday (pets), 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. I do try to post new content daily.

Another option: I do post the briefs and calendars on Twitter during the week, so you're welcome to follow me at @Denise_Unland61. And of course, I post curated content relating to the BryonySeries at @BryonySeries.

Thank you for reading The Herald-News.

Joliet-area residents share the best advice they received from their fathers

Children, being children, often don’t appreciate their fathers’ wisdom while it’s being dispensed – even if they have fathers like Jim Anderson and Ward Cleaver. But it’s amazing how cherished that wisdom becomes through the years. Read on to see what readers had to say.

An Extraordinary Life: Former Herald-News employee loved his community
John B. Lux followed his father into a publishing career

“He was a great dad, no question about it,” Tom Lux said. “He was a teacher. He was patient. He helped us learn on our own. He helped us learn how to find the answer instead of giving us the answer. He instilled a good set of values.”

Pets of the Week: June 19

Read the caption of each photo to find out about that pet, including where he or she can be adopted.

Chronic illness doesn’t keep these Joliet area residents from living life

I belong to an interesting “club” of fellow warriors, people who live with illness every day. Meet three other members.

Mystery Diner: Loco’s serves great Mexican food

With kids, it’s hard to get exactly what everyone wants.

But a place like Loco’s, with a quesadilla kids’ meal and rice and beans on the side ($4.95 for the meal with a small drink) worked.

Joliet university offers digital audio recording arts camp for youth
USF camp teaches kids how to create their own recordings
By Megan Schuller

High school and middle school students from around the area participated in the camp where they had full access to sound rooms and the professional digital audio software in the computers, which costs roughly $10,000, Jeff Jaskowiak, director of the digital and audio recording arts program, estimated.

Artworks: Joliet Central alum hosts ‘Werkshop’ music series
By Jessica Spangler

June 26 will mark its first appearance at Steppenwolf. Erick Deshaun Dorris created the series in 2016 when was doing an arts residency at D.C. Torium, a do-it-yourself space in the Logan Square neighborhood.

Wessel completes 50-mile walk to help fine arts program
By Jessica Spangler

“The goal is to provide high quality music education to homeschool students at a low tuition cost. We
try to make it affordable for them,” Jonathan Wessel said.

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