Friday, February 7, 2020

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, Feb. 2 through Feb. 7

Good morning!

Here is the weekly roundup of my feature stories that appeared in The Herald-News this week.

Two stories that are in today's print edition won't appear online until later today. When they do, I will update this blog. So please check back here (or The Herald-News website) later today.

Last night, I had dinner with Colleen Robbins before WriteOn Joliet met (and celebrated its eighth birthday with cake). Colleen returned the proof copy of Phyllis' memoir with her list of changes. I'll tackle that this weekend and then reupload and send the book to Phyllis' granddaughter to pass around the family. This was my first ghost-written, creative non-fiction project, and I'm hoping to accepting more projects in the future.

On the fiction side of things, I'm planning to work on The Phoenix (the first book in the BryonySeries Limbo trilogy) and Lycanthropic Summer (my standalone werewolf novel, also part of the BryonySeries) this weekend. Looking forward to it!

And don't forget! Our annual Calkins Day celebration is this Thursday at the Book and Bean Cafe, 3395 Black Road in Joliet - inside the Joliet Public Library.

In honor of the day, WriteOn Joliet is hosting a humor-themed open mic event with a gust appearance by the Steward himself. Come out to read, listen, or both. Either way, I'm sure you'll be entertained and laugh a lot (either at us or with us).

Have a great day readers, writers, and BryonySeries fans! :)

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): 

 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:

Once Timothy Baran is done updating this page, these will listed here:

Check out the progress he has made so far. Each square is hand-built. And be sure to "hover" your hand over the first square. Note: this only works (so far) with the desktop version.

But he's also made A LOT of changes to the website. So be sure to roam around a bit.

Books and Such

Information on my books (including where to buy) along with upcoming events is at If you have any questions, email me 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.

From our church to your school
Faith Lutheran provides 10 mentors for students at Joliet school

An Extraordinary Life: 'His door was always open’
Joliet fire chief considered everyone else's needs before his own

No need to cry for Cherry Pie's eyes
Joliet rescue corrects condition in dog and 2 of her pups

‘A 20-minute standing ovation for the veterans’
Lockport history teacher seeking 150-plus veterans for appreciation night

LocalLit book review: 'Worship is More Than You Think' by Jennifer Abbott of Channahon

Shorewood HUGS sells out its annual #chocolate ball

VIDEO: Hugs and more at chocolate ball in Joliet

'A good gourmet meal made by a chef'
Joliet soul food restaurant offering special pop-up dinner for Valentines Day

Think 'digital' when buying Valentine's Day gifts

Artworks: There's no place like homemade
Gather the kids together and make gifts for ValentinesDay

These boys leave no stone unclimbed
Plainfield twins competing in #rockclimbing event this weekend

LocalLit spotlight: ‘Stories of a Sheltered Suburbanite’ by Colleen H. Robbins of Joliet

Illustration by Matt Coundiff for "Visage."

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