Vol. 3, No. 6 April/May '02
  21   Sunday Brunch
DoubleTree Hotel @11:30-2 PM

Speaker:Dr. Ken Iserson

Topic: "Demon Doctors"
(see article - this page)

Menu: Fruit Cup, Cobb Salad with Diced Chicken, Egg, Tomatoes, Green Onions, Cheddar Cheese & Guacamole over Lettuce, Dressing, Rolls & Butter, Chef's Choice of Dessert, Coffee & Iced Tea

  19   Sunday Brunch
DoubleTree Hotel @11:30-2 PM

Speaker: Jean Gietzen

Topic: "Seasonal Writing"
(see article - this page)

Menu: Fruit Cup, Meatloaf Topped with Mushroom Gracy, Mashed Potatoes, Fresh Seasonal Vegetables, Rolls & Butter, Chef's Choice of Desert, Coffee & Iced Tea

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Extra! Extra!
SSA 2002 Writing Contest

Doctors Gone Wrong

   "When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge." Yet, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle only hinted at the horrible deaths that nineteenth-century physician-killers were meting out to an unsuspecting public. Although the twentieth century saw a marked increase in the numbers of physicians who were both serial killers and mass murderers, each new revelation never fails to fascinate and horrify a public trained to trust their bodies - and often their lives - to physicians.
   At our April 21 SSA luncheon, Dr. Ken Iserson, author of Demon Doctors: Physicians as Serial Killers (Galen Press, Ltd., Tucson, AZ, April 2002) will relate the true stories of physicians who tortured and killed their patients, friends and families for profit, thrills and pseudo-scientific investigations. Dr. H. H. Holmes, built his "torture castle" in Chicago's Hyde Park; Dr. Marcel Petiot, was diagnosed "insane" before going to medical school - and eventually to the guillotine; Dr. Linda Hazzard intentionally starved patients to death; and Dr. Harold Shipman, killed at least 150 healthy patients before he was finally caught in 1998. If you were reluctant to visit a doctor before . . .
   Make reservations at 546-9382 by Wednesday, April 17th.

An Author for All Seasons

   On May 19, Jean Gietzen will share the journey of a family Christmas story from its genesis in 1943 to the best seller list in the year 2000. Her presentation will take us through a step-by-step process for using Writer's Market to increase your sales, examining the number of magazines in a section, rights purchased, how many use seasonal articles, when to submit, the price of a sample copy (and why you need one), how to get and use guidelines and what percentage of articles are by freelance writers.
   Jean received her first rejection slip from Metro Goldwyn Mayer at age twelve. Thirty-five years later, Jean began selling seasonal poems, stories and personal experience articles. Her work has appeared in Reader's Digest, Catholic Digest, Writer's Digest, the Chicken Soup and Chocolate for the Soul series, and numerous small-press magazines.
   Make reservations at 546-9382 by Wednesday, May 15th.


Lynnette Baughman's play, Justification, was given an informal group reading by Los Alamos Little Theater, New Mexico, in February and will be read soon by Black Box Theater Company in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The one-act is based on an actual trial in Detroit in 1925, with Clarence Darrow as defense attorney.

Wynne Brown had a beautiful poem in the Accent Section of the Sunday Star, February 10, 2002, titled "A State of Sound." Wynne also recently completed a commission to write six fascinating short articles for the Center for Image Processing in Education (CIPE). The articles were based on interviews Wynne conducted with educators across the U.S about their use of image processing technology with high school students. The CIPE Update newsletter containing Wynne's articles is published twice each year and is used as the company's main marketing tool.

Becky Coleman, PhD will have her first article entitled "Weight Loss - Sacred or Profane? New Research on Women's Psychospiritual Process of Healing Obesity" published in the April issue of Tucson's Equilibrium newspaper. The piece briefly introduces two key findings of her research on women healing relationships with body, food, and weight. Equilibrium is published by Blackwater Publishing and distributed throughout Tucson at no cost. Becky can be reached at becky@o-c-e-a-n.com.

Ray Hartung's novel, The Fifth Quadrant, twelve years in the making, has been released by 1st Books Library. Ray's suspense novel shows the American people a dramatic slice of life witnessed over a span of fifty years. Ray is currently working on a two more novels, The Eighth Insignia, and a mystery set in Tucson at San Xavier Mission. The Fifth Quadrant is available at Reader's Oasis, 3400 E. Speedway Blvd #114, Tucson, AZ 85716, Tel: 319-7887 and Antigone Books, 411 North 4th Avenue Tucson, AZ 85705, Tel: 792-3715

Don Harty's short article "In Germany you MUST OBEY THE RULES!!" is a travel tale about a funny incident at Frankfurt Airport. This is a milestone for Don, his first paid-for published article. To find Don's article go to: www.kinetictravel.net
   From the main page, search for the list of articles about Germany. Don was paid just $10.00 but, he says, "It's a start! I have been attending "Wrangling with Writing" most years since 1992, but lose the flame each year. This year I have dusted off the manuscript of my book and just sent off a poem to a paying source. No more freebies. I am worth it. The energy I got from the 2002 conference will last all year!!"

Kenneth Kennon's Prisoner of Conscience: A Memoir shares a journey of conscience that led to a prison cell for a grandfather in his sixties. The prisoner speaks from a journal, and other prison writings, providing insight into people of conscience in America. It is presently available from www.xlibris.com or ph: 1-888-7-Xlibris, and soon at booksellers.

Sharon Landeen's short story, "Mrs. Malaprop's Kin," is featured in the newest Chicken Soup book, Chicken Soup for the Grandparent's Soul. "Mrs. Malaprop's Kin" is a humorous bit about Sharon's oldest grandson goofing up his words. This is Sharon's third Chicken Soup story. Sharon will be signing her work on May 5th, 2pm at the Barnes and Noble Foothills Mall store.

Fran Lenzo's new book, Halo My Dear Angel...A Journey Of Miracles, is now available through www.xlibris.com or directly from Fran at www.frangelicasplace.org. This is the story of Fran's experience with breast cancer, an angelic encounter, and the way both affected her life and the lives of many others. Fran's essay, "Less IS More," which won an Honorable Mention in the 2001 SSA Writing Contest, has been selected for publication in Stronger Than You Think You Are, focusing on individuals who have overcome challenges in their lives. It is being published by PMG Press in October, 2002.

Susan Cummins Miller will be signing copies of her new mystery novel, Death Assemblage, published by Texas Tech University Press. Susan's mystery is set in northeastern Nevada and is the first in a series featuring geologist Frankie MacFarlane.
Susan's signing schedule:
Clues Unlimited, 123 S. Eastbourne, Tucson, Sunday, Apr 7, 2002, 2 P.M.
Reader's Oasis Books, 3400 E. Speedway 114, Tucson, Saturday, Apr 13, 2002, 2-4 P.M
Antigone Books, 411 N. 4th Ave., Tucson, AZ, Friday, Sept 27, 7 p.m.

Marilyn Pate, Memoir Teacher, wrote "Tucson, My Home Town," a nostalgic mini-piece, for Loving Arizona in the Sunday Accent section of the Sunday Star newspaper.

Connie Spittler's writing workshops were featured at two women's gatherings last season. A poetry workshop "The Poetry of Life" at Thresholds, at Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA. and one of her life story workshops "Mothers, Grandmothers & Others" at the Council of Grandmothers, held at Rex Ranch, Amado, AZ. Connie's short story, "Fine Lines," won a silver award at the Southwest Writers Conference, Albuquerque, NM in the other genres category. I have been leading storytelling sessions for the last ten years. As writers, we know the stories we have to tell are important. In each storytelling gathering, this is affirmed.
   Connie also has a story, "Through the Window Pane," in the newest Chicken Soup book, Chicken Soup for the Grandparent's Soul. Connie will be leading an audience participation session of storytelling from short personal anecdotes about grandparents and grandkids as a special attraction at Barnes & Noble for their special book signing event for Chicken Soup for the Grandparent's Soul on May 5th, 2pm at the Foothills Mall.

Carroll Rinehart will be signing his new book, The Benchmark for the National Standards in Music Education, published by Music Educators National Conference on Saturday April 13th, at the Nashville Tennessee Music Educators National Conference. Carroll has also started his own publishing house for music education materials called Sounds For Success Music Press. For more information contact: e-mail: crine1924@worldnet.att.net or ph: (520) 325-6705

Lori Rohlk Pfeiffer's first book, The Insiders' Guide to Phoenix, 2nd Edition (co-authored with Paul Morris) was released last year by Globe Pequot, at about the same time her baby, Max, was born. Lori's second book, Agri-Fab: A Miracle in the Making, was also released last year by Heritage Publishers and she rewrote Teaching Chemistry to Students with Disabilities for the American Chemical Society. Lori's now writing a regular dining review for Scottsdale and East Valley magazines. She's also seeking concrete suggestions for effectively juggling baby care and writing.

Lucy Simons will be signing copies of her book, Soul Food, at Borders Books in Paradise Valley on April 19, 2002 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Paradise Valley Borders is located at 4555 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix, Arizona. Please join Lucy for this event.

Michael S. Wade's new book, Leadership's Adversary: Winning the War between Leadership and Management, has just been published by Nova Science Publishers. In Leadership's Adversary, Michael uses Churchill, Hitler, Thatcher, JFK and Eisenhower as examples to shows how the conflicting demands of leadership and management impacts the effectiveness of executives. The book is available through Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

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