Friday, March 29, 2019

Community News: March 28 and March 29, 2019

Check out upcoming events and the awesome things people are doing.

If you live within the Herald-News' coverage area (most of Will and Grundy counties in Illinois), and you'd like to share your organization's news or upcoming events, email the information to new@theherald-news.com.


The Gaylord Building in Lockport to launch artist program

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/28/the-gaylord-building-in-lockport-to-launch-artist-program/aboexl0/


Auditions to be held for new community theater in Lockport

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/28/auditions-to-be-held-for-new-community-theater-in-lockport/a9raso4/


Students invited to submit artwork for competition

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/28/students-invited-to-submit-artwork-for-competition/ajya48i/


KLA Schools in Plainfield celebrated a week of cultural diversity 

https://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2019/03/28/5431559f10334709ba064fb9fcee6801/index.xml


Plainfield students turn bottle caps into a bench 

https://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2019/03/28/27459d51802b4d59bb57a9b627a80681/index.xml


Planting at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington

https://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2019/03/28/847773561d0345d6838d9a9fff38f14b/index.xml


Food resources in Will and Grundy Counties

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/02/27/food-resources-in-will-and-grundy-counties/ahm9fyy/


April SNAP benefits will be issued between April 1 and April 10 for all SNAP recipients 

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/27/april-snap-benefits-will-be-issued-between-april-1-and-april-10-for-all-snap-recipients/adws0fy/


Trinity Christian School students stock Shorewood food pantry

https://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2019/03/27/77970722c78f44a0b891677476a8caad/index.xml


RECIPES

Use salmon's skin to stop it from drying out, release fat

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/26/use-salmons-skin-to-stop-it-from-drying-out-release-fat/asqd4o/


A bread pudding that's perfect for a relaxed brunch at home

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/26/a-bread-pudding-thats-perfect-for-a-relaxed-brunch-at-home/au6ntm9/


Ditch the pan: Braising is a great way to add flavor to cod

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/26/ditch-the-pan-braising-is-a-great-way-to-add-flavor-to-cod/akbb54/


Tame your spaghetti monster with this easy garlicky dish

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/26/tame-your-spaghetti-monster-with-this-easy-garlicky-dish/ardm1w0/


Rethinking pasta primavera to make it taste like spring

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/26/rethinking-pasta-primavera-to-make-it-taste-like-spring/ajiihsl/


Memories in the Kitchen: Bites and Nibbles from "Bryony"

https://www.bryonyseries.com/bbbs


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Illustration by Christopher Gleason for "Staked!" Follow him at www.artworkbytopher.com.

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, March 24 through March 29

Quick updates!

If all goes well this weekend, the third installment of Before the Blood should be available early next week.

I still have BryonySeries soy candles for sale. I'll have books and candles with me at WriteOn Joliet's next open mic night. This will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 4 at the Book and Bean Cafe, 3395 Black Road in Joliet. Everyone is welcome to come out, drink great coffee, read their works, or simply sip and listen.

WriteOn Joliet will also host a display of collaborative works at the downtown breanch of the Joliet Public Library during the month of May. The event will culminate with a "meet and greet" from 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 30. During this time, the community will have a chance to meet local authors, purchase their individual works, and/or WriteOn Joliet anthologies. WriteOn Joliet will also release a special anthology on that date, a collection of creative works based on one silly prompt: "What if a  baby cheetah showed up on your porch and asked for a sandwich?"

A new Bertrand the Mouse book is available HERE.

That's all for now. Have a great Friday readers, writers, and vampire 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 http://www.theherald-news.com/. 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 www.facebook.com/BryonySeries. 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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/writeonminooka/?ref=bookmarks. We're based in Joliet, Illinois, but we love to meet and interact with writers outside our area, too.

Upcoming events:


Books and Such

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

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.



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 http://www.theherald-news.com/. 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 www.facebook.com/BryonySeries. 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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/writeonminooka/?ref=bookmarks. We're based in Joliet, Illinois, but we love to meet and interact with writers outside our area, too.

Upcoming events:


Books and Such

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

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.


Born with a passion for flowers
Kay Kopecky brings her expertise to annual floral demonstration


Kay Kopecky said: "You have to be born with it. You can't tell someone how to bend and curve a calla lily if they don't have some sense of artistic knowledge or feeling when it comes to this."

https://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2019/03/22/52cc6fdeb85c4bfca356d83f11e881ad/index.xml


An Extraordinary Life: An open mind and a loving heart
Carol Palmer of Jackson Township was a brilliant underwriter and supportive friend to all

Margo Cox said: "She was, first of all, very open minded. I could tell her anything and she was nonjudgmental. Nothing was off-limits. I could throw any idea by her and she'd be very rational about it. She never told me, 'That's wrong.' She'd give me very open reasons why this is a not a good idea, but there was never a time when she said, 'No, don't do that.'"

https://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2019/03/19/290ba7245925451593ffff3342286248/index.xml


Giving their visual best for God
Rockdale Catholic church completes interior beautification project

"Liturgy should be a feast for the senses," Rev. Michael W. Magiera, the church's pastor, said.

https://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2019/03/25/dc60a8f615244acc9a511542c7eed6d9/index.xml


Can 'some bunny' help the Easter Bunny help?
Joliet foster mom hosting Bunny Bash 2019 to provide fun for all kids

Janet Palkon said, "Easter can be tough for kids who are in foster care. So we want to bring them an Easter basket volunteers at the event will make."

https://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2019/03/26/8cebb1bcc1184c5e9513eec3369dacf0/index.xml


Dabbling in ceramics for a cause
Community invited to make and decorate bowls to help #Joliet Junior College students 

"There's always an innate sense of fear at having to perform," Eric Gorder, associate professor of art, said. "And so when you go into a group of an expectation of having to make something, everyone gets a little nervous. But when no one's done it and everyone is at the same level of experience, it makes it a little more fun."

https://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2019/03/26/a056db6ebe6c4a1d87a4b058a55c0c37/index.xml


Artworks Plainfield boutique owner launches her own brand of jeans 

And each tag reads: "Wear these jeans with a smile, may you carry a piece of my angel with you."

"That represents my mom," Jennifer Joho, owner, said. "And how good of a person she was and how she raised four of us kids to be very strong. I just had to put that out there."

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/26/artworks-plainfield-boutique-owner-launches-her-own-brand-of-jeans/agb8kcn/


LocalLit book spotlight: 'Daraga's Quest' by Colleen Robbins of Joliet

Although the book is fantasy, the characters in "Daraga's Quest" encounter challenges young people today may encounter, which may cause teens – and adults – to reflect on their own choices.

https://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2019/03/29/3edcd0ad5bb349c5a7c9e9623b8ac3e1/index.xml




Illustration by Matt Coundiff for "Visage." Follow him at www.facebook.com/artbymattcoundiff


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Community News: March 26 and March 27, 2019

Check out upcoming events and the awesome things people are doing.

And then scroll down for links to page of local authors.

If you live within the Herald-News' coverage area (most of Will and Grundy counties in Illinois), and you'd like to share your organization's news or upcoming events, email the information to new@theherald-news.com.


Local students make dean’s lists for fall 2018

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/26/local-students-make-deans-lists-for-fall-2018/ausjavi/

New study shows marijuana legalization has impacted road safety 

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/24/new-study-shows-marijuana-legalization-has-impacted-road-safety/ascsl7w/


Childerguild gives $315,000 for women’s and children’s services at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox 

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/24/childerguild-gives-315-000-for-womens-and-childrens-services-at-silver-cross-hospital-in-new-lenox/apofx39/


Silver Cross in New Lenox to host Diabetes Alert March 26 

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/25/silver-cross-in-new-lenox-to-host-diabetes-alert-march-26/aazbzle/


Morris Hospital Foundation offers health care scholarships

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/25/morris-hospital-foundation-offers-health-care-scholarships/ajh2eqo/


LOCAL AUTHORS


"Books for the whole family."

Kenneth Lee McGee and his wife of forty-five years live in the Plainfield, Illinois, area, are active in their local church and spend many hours indulging their grandchildren.

https://kennethleemcgee.com/


R. Michael Markley Books and Blog

Mike lives in the Chicago area with his wife, Kristine, on four acres of land. He is a former member of the Christian Writer's Guild and a publisher of his own newsletter.

http://rmichaelmarkley.com/


Writing and "The Process"

James is a career analyst who has lived a double-life for the past two decades as a creative writer, exploring the world beyond facts and figures.

http://www.writingandtheprocess.com/


Tom Hernandez Books and Blog

Tom Hernandez's writing explores marriage, family, relationships, identity, aging, parenting, faith, social justice and politics.

https://tomhernandezbooks.com/


"Holly Coop Books"

Holly Coop resides in the Midwest with her family. She is an author and an artist. She enjoys writing spiritual and inspirational poetry and motivational quotes @writerbeeme @writerbeeme

https://hollycoopbooks.com/


Check out Duanne Walton's many vidoes: from Svengoolie to "cons" to "openmicnights

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDHYqoo9Fgvf95CkGFpf7Sg


Glascoe Writes Poetry

"I am writer, poet (I feel the need to separate the two), and a massive nerd."

https://glascoewritespoetry.com/?fbclid=IwAR1IgH6Sw0YJmg9sjuVSFoUm45hsyKSvMKcMwd95t3h0_wY93FCjQfhwRjI


Sue Mydliak (Sue Midlock)

Sue has been writing for over ten years. She's published nine books: for children, about vampires, southern short stories, and is working on a story about a green witch.

https://suemydliak.wordpress.com/


"Positively Tuesday"

Photos and inspiration from writer/photographer Maureen Blevins @mauverneen

http://maureenblevins.blogspot.com/


"Boomhood—A Baby Boomer’s Free-Range Childhood" 

This is a flash-back, whimsical and fun account of Robert Hafey of Joliet baby-boomer’s childhood.

http://boomhood.com/


Sharon M.E. Houk

Sharon M.E. Houk is an author of children's books, short stories, essays, articles, poetry and plays. She lives in Joliet, Illinois with her imaginary Irish wolfhounds.

https://sharonhouk.blogspot.com/


Life In The Middle

Vanessa Stephens is an aspiring writer who spends much of her time writing flash fiction, short stories, working on her debut novel, or spending time with her family.
She lives in Joliet, IL with her husband and daughter.

https://www.vanessajcstephens.com/


NEWSLETTERS

Sign up for the Will County Go Guide

http://www.theherald-news.com/newsletter/will-county-go-guide/#//


Sign up for the LocalLit Short Story Newsletter

http://www.theherald-news.com/newsletter/locallit/


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https://www.bryonyseries.com/munsonville-times



Illustration by Kathleen Rose Van Pelt for "Bryony."

And Then This Happened

Last night, Rebekah and I attended a presentation on KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) at the Joliet Public Library.

We're not new to KDP or self-publishing overall. We've been self-publishing books since 2011, and we have used a couple different companies.

However, we ARE much more familiar with Createspace and have encountered some issues with a few titles (mostly the Bertrand the Mouse picture books) that Amazon migrated from Createspace to KDP, necessitating a few phone calls.

So, since the presentation was free, we attended, hoping for a deep exploration of KDP. Instead, the presenter walked participants through the basic steps, which was a good introduction for people who are new to self-publishing.

I should mention here that Rebekah is not always on board in the moment about helping me out with some of the technical aspects (at which she excels). And when I mentioned about attending this program, she didn't exactly balk, but she didn't do handsprings either.

Ordinarily, she would still be at work when it started. But she had some professional development that day and knew she'd be home early. So we signed up.

Now on many nights, we go walking in the evening. And last night was a perfect night for it. So we were mildly disappointed at missing it. During the break, Rebekah bought M and Ms (which she shared with me) and a cold bottle of water for me.

We had a brief discussion at leaving and then decided to stay. We had, after all, just bought the M and Ms.

During the section of the talk on KDP's cover creator, and how some of the templates won't let you continue without an author cover on the back (which is a no-no for me), Rebekah shared with me how she bypassed it on two of my recent books. The result is at the very bottom of this post.

Afterwards, I talked to one of the participants who had a few questions. And I provided her with information about WriteOn Joliet.

While I was talking to her, the library did a drawing for a Kindle Fire. And suddenly, Rebekah was very happy she had attended.



Finally, the "author photo" does appear on the last two Bertrand the Mouse books. And here it is!



I'm going to leave it as an "editorial decision" on Rebekah's part. No objection from Bertrand!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Last Saturday at The Book Market

One of the questions I often ask fellow indie authors is how much they sold at a particular event.

It's less about being snoopy and more to assess our overall expectations, marketing efforts, and areas of improvement.

I had very little idea how most of this worked when I began publishing eight years ago, and many of the rules have changed since that time.

I'm certain every artist hopes, deep down, that they'll knock sales and customer response out of the park.

Last night on Twitter, I saw in my feed a rather "lean and blunt" company that has one purpose: to pay writers $200 to $2,000 for all the rights to manuscripts (in certain genres) they can't sell. I'm not certain how legitimate this company is, but I'm sure it gets plenty of inquiries. And I was curious enough to briefly consider writing slush in those genres and pitching it.

The struggle to sell art is nothing new. Now that I can look up this knowledge online, I've found a number of my favorite authors (literature that's now considered classic, authors now deceased who were favorites in my childhood) either didn't sell in their lifetime or worked hard at it during their lifetime, with some books selling better than others.

Even Eoin Colfer, the author of Artemis Fowl, when I interviewed him a few months ago for The Herald-News, had this to say, "I've written over 40 books. Sometimes you have success with that and sometimes you don't."

I'm not gong to stretch this post out like social media click bait, But I did want to give Saturday some context and provide some information that might be useful to other indies like me.

I sold just over $75 worth of books and just under $50 worth of candles in three hours. For a small event at a small venue on a sunny Saturday afternoon, I feel I sold surprisingly well.

Most of the people who bought are people I know in some way, and those people came to The Book Market on purpose to buy one or more books and/or some candles (my candlemaker has lung cancer, and our goal is to sell the entire stock).

But I did receive some interest from people who stopped by the table, and one never knows where that will go.

I'm not certain how other authors might rate the outcome, but I consider the day a success (despite the photo of my kids playing on their phones) and here's why.

1) I am gradually reducing the candle volume, bringing me closer to the goal. And I actually sold far more candles that I thought I would, so that was an unexpected bonus.

2) The people who bought books on purpose, since they bought on purpose, may actually read them. If they enjoy them, they may recommend them, to a friend, which furthers the reach. If they don't, that's OK, too, It's part of effort of finding the readership. And their support, with their time and their money, is worth far more to me than words can fully express.

3) Some of the books were gifts. See number two.

4) Just hosting the event brought about awareness through flyers, news releases, and a little media exposure, for me and the store.

5) The Book Market made a percentage from the sales of my books. Not enough to close up shop and retire, but hey, sales are sales.

6) The owner always seem happy to see me and didn't seem happier to see me go. ;)

As authors and artists, we struggle to find our foothold, and sometimes we don't find it at all. But somewhere between obscurity and world renown are places we can set realistic goals and then take small doable steps to attain them.

Last Saturday, I felt, hit the right spots.





Monday, March 25, 2019

Community News: March 24, 2019

Check out upcoming events and the awesome things people are doing.

If you live within the Herald-News' coverage area (most of Will and Grundy counties in Illinois), and you'd like to share your organization's news or upcoming events, email the information to new@theherald-news.com.


Pets of the Week: March 24

https://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2019/03/18/e60fb2db61c04b5686e660475be36874/index.xml


Wildlife photography seminar set for April 13 in Manhattan

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/22/wildlife-photography-seminar-set-for-april-13-in-manhattan/ax6ph7u/


NAMI Will-Grundy to offer classes

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/25/nami-will-grundy-to-offer-classes/axyl1qo/


'Woman of the Year' submissions sought 

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/22/woman-of-the-year-submissions-sought/a68xafc/


"Light the Fire" Women's Empowerment Conference returns to Joliet theater

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/25/light-the-fire-womens-empowerment-conference-returns-to-joliet-theater/asrayni/


VIDEO White Dove of the Desert image explained 

https://www.theherald-news.com/video/id/e81363c2-3c3d-407f-bd3e-633946d478d0.html


VIDEO: A Leaf and a Poem

https://www.theherald-news.com/video/id/9626bbde-24b5-48b1-b8d3-0ef838209d23.html


Local arts and entertainment: March 25 through April 1

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/18/local-arts-and-entertainment-march-25-through-april-1/anze57r/


Local faith events: March 25 through April 1

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/18/local-faith-events-march-25-through-april-1/abfjm8t/


Local food events: March 25 through April 1

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/18/local-food-events-march-25-through-april-1/alnru32/


Local health events: March 26 through April 2

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/18/local-health-events-march-26-through-april-2/aum4ost/


Gotta Do It: March 25 through April 1 

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/18/gotta-do-it-march-25-through-april-1/aqhbm3e/


Local pet events: March 25 through April 1 

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/18/local-pet-events-march-25-through-april-1/av3eflv/


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Illustration by Matt Coundiff for "Visage." Follow him at www.facebook.com/artbymattcoundiff 

Short on Sleep, Long on Love?

Last night I pulled long night to make sure one of my adult sons, who is sick and had to pull a long shift yesterday and then drive forty-five minutes home at midnight, got home safely.

Both of us have an early rising today, me to work, and him in a day-long refresher class to renew a certification. So we were a couple of sleepy kindred spirits.

I did get some work done, so it wasn't a total waste.

And the house is clean, the third installation of Before the Blood is ready for Rebekah to give it a look-over and reupload, and I have (finally) have new shoes. This may sound silly, but Timothy threw my old gym shoes away at the store they were so bad, and I've worn a broken pair of flats for the last year. Don't ask.

The irony as I struggled to stay awake is that the caffeine kicked in by the time he made it home.

Yeah.

Tomorrow: an update on last Saturday's event.

Happy Monday, readers, writers, and vampire fans! :)


Photo by Timothy Baran

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Community News: March 22 and March 23

Check out upcoming events and the awesome things people are doing.

If you live within the Herald-News' coverage area (most of Will and Grundy counties in Illinois), and you'd like to share your organization's news or upcoming events, email the information to new@theherald-news.com.


Minooka Women's Club celebrates 100th anniversary

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/20/minooka-womens-club-celebrates-100th-anniversary/a6xmla0/


2019 Illinois spring trout fishing season opens April 6

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/20/2019-illinois-spring-trout-fishing-season-opens-april-6/a12572u/


Joliet schools host African American wax museums

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/07/joliet-schools-host-african-american-wax-museums/ag0camu/


Frankfort 1st-graders celebrate Dr. Seuss birthday

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/20/frankfort-1st-graders-celebrate-dr-seuss-birthday/ae3a3it/

Ber Bernie's Book Bank donates books to #Joliet students

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/20/bernies-book-bank-donates-books-to-joliet-students/aew4bl0/


Manhattan-Elwood Library District readers honored

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/20/manhattan-elwood-library-district-readers-honored/apqvkpq/


Joliet author leads Troy Shorewood assembly

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/20/joliet-author-leads-troy-shorewood-assembly/aufhuqd/


Thompson Instructional Center students in Joliet recognized

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/22/thompson-instructional-center-students-in-joliet-recognized/a1inbie/


Joliet Junior College to host annual Night of Stars

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/22/joliet-junior-college-to-host-annual-night-of-stars/am5qlwe/


Joliet West High School Future Business Leaders of America team excels in first competition 

https://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2019/03/22/1a33300c41724806adde30a1d46f2eaa/index.xml


Joliet Catholic Academy announces February Students of the Month

https://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2019/03/22/307f471aea3d4466ad00bd2d6fee10d0/index.xml


NEWSLETTERS

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http://www.theherald-news.com/newsletter/locallit/


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https://www.bryonyseries.com/munsonville-times






Illustration by Matt Coundiff for "Visage." Follow him at www.facebook.com/artbymattcoundiff 

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Community News: March 21, 2019

It's all about the food today!

Check out these five recipes, a story about different ways to prepare fish, and one link to the BryonySeries cookbook


Take a break from canned tuna 
Try some new ways to enjoy fish this Lent

 I asked two of my adult children who work in the food industry for a few of their favorite fish recipes. Rebekah Baran shared the salmon dip recipe with me; Timothy Baran shared the rest. All the recipes are easy to prepare.

https://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2019/03/20/6956426485ba4c058fa8c70fbeb94608/index.xml


Mix up your pasta and meatballs with some lamb and orzo

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/19/mix-up-your-pasta-and-meatballs-with-some-lamb-and-orzo/absnii1/


Kids and adults alike will delight in making 'zoodles'

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/19/kids-and-adults-alike-will-delight-in-making-zoodles/abnbl10/


Respect your artichokes by pairing them with a vinaigrette

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/19/respect-your-artichokes-by-pairing-them-with-a-vinaigrette/a56dh5i/


What's good for lunch, brunch or dinner? This asparagus tart

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/19/whats-good-for-lunch-brunch-or-dinner-this-asparagus-tart/a841ojm/


Poppy seed muffins with rich, full flavor - and less sugar

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/19/poppy-seed-muffins-with-rich-full-flavor-and-less-sugar/awchlvk/


Memories in the Kitchen: Bites and Nibbles from "Bryony"


https://www.bryonyseries.com/bbbs


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Illustration by Matt Coundiff for "Memories in the Kitchen: Bites and Nibbles from "Bryony." Follow him at www.facebook.com/artbymattcoundiff 

Friday, March 22, 2019

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, March 17 through March 22

Today: deadlines and plenty of them.

Tonight: family dinner:

Tomorrow: Ever hear of the play Bell, Book, and Candle? Well tomorrow, it will be Denise, Book, and Candle.

Lots of books. And lots of candles (Just one "me.").

As WriteOn Joliet continues with its Author of the Month program at The Book Market in Crest Hill, one author had to step back, so I stepped up to close the gap.

I will be at the book store from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a wide selection of my books, including titles not yet up on the website. I have books for all ages, so please stop and browse, both my titles and the wide array of new and used books The Book Market offers.

I will also be selling homemade soy candles in five BryonySeries scents (bryony, purple rose, Sue's Diner, Lake Munson, and Simons Woods). My candlemaker has lung cancer, so my goal is to keep selling entire the entire stock is gone and she has all the money from her efforts.

I will also have coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Drinks and conversation are free, so please stop in and say, "Hi!" I would love to meet you in person.

The Book Market is located at 2365 Plainfield Road in Crest Hill. If you have any questions, please message me at bryonyseries@gmail.com.

Have a wonderful Friday, readers, writers, and vampire 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 http://www.theherald-news.com/. 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 www.facebook.com/BryonySeries. 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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/writeonminooka/?ref=bookmarks. We're based in Joliet, Illinois, but we love to meet and interact with writers outside our area, too.

Upcoming events:


Books and Such

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

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.


Beyond candy bars and magazine
Mattress sales are the trendy new way for Joliet area school programs to fundraise

"That's the beauty of it," Mike Kotze, the general ways and means chairman for the Lincoln-Way Music Boosters, said. "We don't have to do much. Our other events call for a lot of student and parent volunteers. You don't want to wear people out asking them again and again and again. With the mattress sale, we just have to get the world out and the company takes care of everything else."

https://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2019/03/12/81ba61000b6d4d0c8b00e42cb2be902e/index.xml


Baran-Unland: Meet 2 extraordinary moms

Many of us are blessed with wonderful mothers. But what a greater blessing to be blessed with two.


An Extraordinary Life 'She was my pillar of strength'
Joliet educator and musician left a legacy of love and artistry


Former student Emily Beal said, "She had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone."

https://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2019/03/17/9a005206c7cc49e1b418fc09f6014627/index.xml


Blessing Box supporter seeking volunteers in Joliet area

JC Afternoon Inspiration: Kelly Kenison said: "You don't want to ask for help. People are judgmental. I wanted to make it make it easy and accessible."

https://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2019/03/19/0eee3a28fb7e46b2889258cb4f8ab972/index.xml


Take a break from canned tuna Try some new ways to enjoy fish this Lent

 I asked two of my adult children who work in the food industry for a few of their favorite fish recipes. Rebekah Baran shared the salmon dip recipe with me; Timothy Baran shared the rest. All the recipes are easy to prepare.

https://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2019/03/20/6956426485ba4c058fa8c70fbeb94608/index.xml


Baran-Unland: Why food – or its lack – part of the Lenten season

Sometimes, the greater asceticism is not about abstaining all together, but eating a little and then stopping. 

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/20/why-food-or-its-lack-part-of-the-lenten-season/al1095e/ 



Using scents and colors to bring happiness to all

Local floral designers will create onsite at 20th annual show in Manhattan


 "Flowers can even give people a moment of happiness during a time of sadness," Karen Johnson, floral designer, said. "It truly is a timeless gift that I believe will never go out of fashion."



Artworks: The places where creative people go
Joliet area has resources for artistic fellowship and creative development

I've also since discovered the joy of camaraderie among others who also enjoy spending hours alone crafting words few people will probably ever read.



LocalLit author spotlight: Irina Zlatogorova of St. Charles

Zlatogorova said: "The featured story is a combination of my travel reflections with a splash of humor after attending the 10-day silent meditation retreat at the Illinois Vipassana Meditation Center located in Pecatonica, Illinois."

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/11/locallit-author-spotlight-irina-zlatogorova-of-st-charles/au42r3e/

Thursday, March 21, 2019

BryonySeries Throwback Thursday: Meet Bertrand

Thursday, August 22, 2013
Meet Bertrand

In Staked!, I introduce you to a new character: Bertrand, a gray attic mouse. And what does a mouse have to do with a vampire story?

Ah, well, hmmm....

Anyway, Sarah Stegall, web adminstrator emeritus for BryonySeries, suggested a series for children based on Bertrand and his adventures. All the stories will begin with Bryony telling Anna a story about Bertrand.

And yes, there's a very good plot reason for all of the above.

So Sarah shared the idea with a friend that crochets animal ornaments. The friend was very happy to make two Bertrands, one for me and one for Sarah.

Our Bertrands should arrive next week. Once they do, Sarah and I will begin photographing Bertrand in a variety of scenes and circumstances, ala Dare Wright. Anyone remember her Lonely Doll series from ages ago?

My grandson Lucas has even suggested a few story ideas. We can't wait to begin.

Editor's note: Bertrand the Mouse now has six titles that are currently published with several more waiting their turn. Here is a link to his latest on Amazon

For more Bertrand the Mouse adventures, follow him on Instagram at @bertrand_bryonyseries.




Posted by Denise M. Baran-Unland at 6:37 PM 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Community News: March 16 and March 20, 2019

Check out upcoming events and the awesome things people are doing.

If you live within the Herald-News' coverage area (most of Will and Grundy counties in Illinois), and you'd like to share your organization's news or upcoming events, email the information to new@theherald-news.com.


Minooka graduates competing in roller games
Fundraiser planned for March 23

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/13/minooka-graduates-competing-in-roller-games/a7gnjdb/


Channahon soldier exemplifies International Women's Day


D.202 high school journalists do well at Minooka Invitational


Minooka senior Named Rotary Club 'Student of the Month' for February




Lincoln-Way AFJROTC participated in Wreaths Across America


Minooka Community High School hosts AP Scholar recognition breakfast


Plainfield teachers helping Haitian teachers



Joliet school recognized as a National Title I Distinguished Schools 

https://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2019/03/14/fc5ec8ff16e24c2192a4b823a5fae602/index.xml

Lincoln-Way students recognized for achievements

Open Mic Night 2018 2: Vanessa Cooley Stephens

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Community News: March 19, 2019

Check out upcoming events and the awesome things people are doing.

If you live within the Herald-News' coverage area (most of Will and Grundy counties in Illinois), and you'd like to share your organization's news or upcoming events, email the information to new@theherald-news.com.


Plainfield church to host Spring Musical Concert 

https://www.theherald-news.com/lists/2019/03/18/bd0980ffec204193831ee0b91529b269/index.xml


Joliet cathedral to celebrate Tenebrae

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/18/joliet-cathedral-to-celebrate-tenebrae/at5d6dm/


Channahon church to host 'Music and Desserts' 

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/18/channahon-church-to-host-music-and-desserts/aulloq9/


Morris orthopedics group opening Ottawa office 

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/18/morris-orthopedics-group-opening-ottawa-office/acf3rq3/


Manhattan woman with ALS honored 

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/18/manhattan-woman-with-als-honored/aqllnis/


Wilmington boy promotes organ donation 

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/18/wilmington-boy-promotes-organ-donation/a3h7kef/


Joliet school raises money for heart health

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/18/joliet-school-raises-money-for-heart-health/a99smc7/


Joliet church to host murder mystery, dinner 

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/19/joliet-church-to-host-murder-mystery-dinner/avpz9b6/


'Woman of the Year' submissions sought 

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/19/woman-of-the-year-submissions-sought/awhhd9k/


Summer STEM program coming to Joliet area 

https://www.theherald-news.com/2019/03/19/summer-stem-program-coming-to-joliet-area/aj8n292/


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Illustration by Kathleen Rose Van Pelt for "Bryony."

More Productive Than I Thought

Saturday was so restful, I didn't realize how much creative work I accomplished until I reviewed my weekend list and checked off the boxes.

The third installment of Before the Blood is copyedited and ready for reformatting.

A special "cheetah" anthology for WriteOn Joliet is also ready for reformatting and upload.

A very short story called The Witches Spell is in the hands of my WriteOn Joliet collaborator, who liked it and is taking the concept from there.

Three to five-minute selection for WriteOn Joliet's next open mic on April 1 is selected.

A brand new Bertrand book (Bertrand Spends the Night) is uploaded, ordered, and (fingers crossed) available for purchase on Saturday.

Timothy is still reading Cornell Dyer and the Eerie Lake. But then, he did frame all that artwork. ;)

I'll expound on the cheetah anthology and the collaborative project for another post, closer to May, which is when WriteOnJoliet will host a special event.

I also walked nearly 20 miles between Saturday and Sunday. :)

But it felt good to start Monday mentally recharged.