Friday, September 24, 2021

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, Sept. 18 through Sept. 24

Good morning!

Despite having worked just four days this week, I have eleven stories to share with you today and a few not yet posted, so watch for them over the long weekend.

The final three parts of the six-part series about the finding of the remains of a World War II Army veteran and bringing them home for burial more than seven decades after he went missing posted this past week and those are part of the eleven.

You can also read all six installments here.

For a recap of last weeks at-home writing retreat, read this post.

Here is a recap of projects-in-progress on the fiction front and my goals for this weekend.

I'll reconnect with Call of the Siren (the second book in the Limbo series) tonight by reading through last week's work. And then I'll start working, in a very upu close and granular way, on all the areas I've sectioned off. I have no timetable for getting this done because this is where the quality of the writing counts.

We have two books in progress for The Adventures of Cornell Dyer series to share (Cornell Dyer and the "Mistical" Being, co-written by Rebekah, who is recovering from surgery) and Cornell Dyer and the Calcium-Deficient Bones (co-written by Timothy), which is almost ready for editing.

Our artist Sue Midlock is nearly done with the chapter heading illustrations for "Mistical Being." Sue is still experiencing some issues from her surgery in June, so the art is coming along slowly. Please keep the good thoughts/prayers coming for Sue. 

Timothy is currently outlining another Cornell Dyer story. This one is another parody and features a character named Sherman Homes.

A few weeks back, Sarah had a crazy dream that sounded perfect for An Adventure of Cornell Dyer mystery. But she wants time to draw some sketches, a map, and write the "rules." It's called Cornell Dyer and the House of Broken Portals.

Bertrand the Mouse has returned, and you can read about it herehere, and here

Jennifer Wainright (frontispiece artist for Lycanthropic Summer) has completed two portraits for  "Girls of the BryonySeries" series for tween girls. It's beautiful and it shows that artist Jennifer Wainright can draw anything from werewolves to portraits! 

She was working on art for the third book (I have eight planned in all and two in progress). Jennifer is also recovering from a motorcyle accident, so please send up good thoughts for her, too!

Now back to the eleven stories. Simply click on the link of the story that looks interesting to you. Happy scrolling!

But before the stories, I have a list of additional resources and information. Please check them out, too -

Finally, if you'd like to find more kindness in your life, consider this book.

And have a great Friday!


Sue's Diner is a fictional restaurant in the fictional Munsonville that only exists in the BryonySeries.

Each Sunday, we post a new recipe. The recipe is either featured in one of our cookbooks or will be featured in an upcoming cookbook.

Check out the recipe here.


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

If you'd like to officially join WriteOn Joliet, we have two tiers of dues. We also have a marketing arm that's getting longer every year, well, except this year. Check us out at

I also suggest this book: Little Book of Revision: A Checklist for Fiction Writers. It's exactly as it says. Each page some with one suggestion for revision. The rest of the page is blank, so you can add your own notes. All proceeds benefit WriteOn Joliet.

If you need support in your writing, I highly recommend this Twitter group: #5amwritersclub. I  joined it last year. Writers support each other on Twitter and meet every three weeks at 5 a.m. (4 a.m. CST - needless to say, I am often late!) on Zoom.

If you need editing or help with self-publishing, check out


If you need an artist for a project, I offer these recommendations.


Sign up for the Will County Go Guide and Sign up for the LocalLit Short Story and Book Review Newsletter at

Sign up for The Munsonville Times by emailing us at The newsletter still isn't official yet, so we don't have an actual link on the website - but we are working on it! 


Daily updates: I do post the briefs 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.


For books and more information about the series, visit


A full month of virtual events can be found at


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.


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Illustration by Matt Coundiff for "Visage."

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