Friday, July 6, 2018

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, July 1 through July 6

Good morning, readers, writers, and vampire fans!

Just a few stories this morning but an extra post midday as I catch up from the holiday on sharing calendars and community new.

Why less stories? Because I lost a work day with the holiday, and I spent part of the week (and more today), putting together copy that will run next week when I'm off. For instance, I wrote two extra newsletters, and I'm working on an extra week of event calendars for three publications.

For those on the United States side of the world, I hope you had a joyous Independence Day. For me, it was two rounds of fireworks (July 3 and the rescheduled July 4 to last night due to rain), swimming in the pool at my complex offers for the first time in the four years since we moved here (I'm a little busy), formatting WriteOn Joliet's second anthology and emailing it to Tom for review, AND sneaking in a little BTB editing.

Which brings me to next week.

Whenever I done with today's deadlines (which could be tomorrow, LOL), I am taking an at-home fiction writing retreat.

I have a schedule of goals made for each day, and I'll blog about them each day to keep me focused.

Tomorrow, I'll recap the blog tour, share what I've learned, and offer some tips for others wishing to run a tour. I think blog tours can be advantageous to other professions, too, not just writers.

And now:

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.

Upcoming events: 

These are listed here:

For an expanded version:

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. And for those who came out to WriteOn Joliet's open mic night last night. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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