Friday, March 9, 2018

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, March 4 through March 9

Today: deadlines

Tomorrow: fiction, alone in my room and in public from 3 to 5 p.m. at The Book Market in Crest Hill. This is the first time I've tried writing in a public space, although I know other writers like to do so, at coffee shops, restaurants, libraries, etc.

But I figured this might be a good way to chat with other writers who have questions about writing, editing, and self-publishing in a low-key way while making progress on my own work. So if you're out and about, stop by!

And now, where to find features in The Herald-News, me on social media, and links to this week's main stories.

Non-bylined features:

Monday through Saturday I assembled my non-bylined works - brief posts and calendar listings - into one convenient file and posting them on Facebook in the evening, so readers can easily choose the ones they want to read.

One can also find those event listings, the Gotta Do It calendar, as well as the pets, health, faith, and arts and entertainment calendars, under the sections tab on the left hand side of Click on "features" and the topics drop down.  Gotta Do It runs under "people."

Community news? Again, under the sections tab, under features, and by topic. Updates are posted on these days in print and web (and some only on web on other days as I have the time): Monday (pets), Tuesday (health), Thursday (faith), Friday (arts and entertainment), and Sunday (people).

Social media:

Daily updates: I do post the briefs and calendars on Twitter during the week, so you're welcome to follow me at @Denise_Unland61.

BryonySeries stuff: I post curated content relating to the BryonySeries at @BryonySeries. And assorted related content at And of course, please follow the adventures of Bertrand the Mouse on Instagram at bertrand_bryonyseries.

If you're a writer anywhere in the world, you're welcome to jon WriteOn Joliet's Facebook page at We're based in Joliet, Illinois, but we love to meet and interact with writers outside our area, too.

Books and Such

Information on my books (including where to buy) along with upcoming events is at

Thank you for reading The Herald-News. And for reading this blog. And if you've read (or plan to read) any of my books. Your support is greatly appreciated.

An ExtraordinaryLife: 'He portrayed what we all want to become' 
Joliet man lived, breathed education 

"Everyone knew and respected him," Dr. Ray Bersano of Arizona said about his brother Jerry Bersano. "Kids would come up to him all the time and want to shake his hand. Parents were always talking to him. And then his colleagues: everybody who knew him thought the world of him. I don't think anyone could find anything bad to say about him."

MysteryDiner: JBD White Horse Inn in #NewLenox a place where Rosie knows your name 

I figured out quickly, though, why it felt so homey.

Can you help a Joliet brother out? 

The friary at St. John the Baptist Church in Joliet has gotten older.

And so have the five friars who currently live there. The youngest is 42, and the rest are in their 60s and 70s, said Brother Ed Arambasich, guardian.

Unfortunately, the two are not aging well together.

Mokena Tinkergarten leader holds classes for kids outdoors

“I think they need to be outside for hours a day, to be honest,”  Amanda Herman said. “Even in cold weather.”

 Artworks: Plainfield woman says quilting is 'a lovely outlet'

 “I can’t imagine not quilting,” Sandy Piatak said. “I never have a bored say. I’m never depressed. I think it keeps you sane. It’s a lovely outlet. Every project you complete is such a good feeling.”

Illustration by Matt Coundiff for "Visage." Follow him at or @MattCoundiff on Twitter

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