PPW News

Memorial for Longtime PPW Member Steven Nelson

steve nelson headshotSteven LeRoy Nelson’s Memorial will be on Saturday, June 2nd, at 11:00 a.m., at the All Souls Unitarian Church. All Souls is located at the corner of Tejon and Dale, close to Colorado College. We will be celebrating his life and his passions: writing, family, and serving others.

Please bring your favorite finger food, casserole, etc., OR beverage. Wine/beer/spirits are welcome.

Your role during this memorial is to honor the passing of a good man, and to celebrate not only his life, but YOUR life, and the gifts you’ve given and received through your connections with others.

I look forward to sharing this celebration of my husband’s life with you, and I am grateful for the love and compassion I’ve received from so many of you. Thank you.

Please RSVP to Georgeanne Nelson if you’re planning on attending: blood_and_thunder@comcast.net.

F.P. Dorchak Releases Psychic as an E-book

PPW is happy to announce that F.P Dorchak’s action/adventure conspiracy thriller, Psychic, has come out in E-book!


Life…we are told…progresses chronologically. Between birth and death we take certain roads…bypass others. There is only one life, one reality.

But what if we have it all wrong?

Enter the world of psychic espionage…where people disappear…lives are destroyed…and facts are manipulated. Where one man stops at nothing to get what he wants, yet doesn’t know what he really has…and one woman’s belief in herself is severely tested….

Where all is never as it seems.

F. P. Dorchak writes gritty speculative fiction. Frank is published in the U.S., Canada, and the Czech Republic. His novels are Voice, Psychic, ERO, The Uninvited, and Sleepwalkers, and his first anthology, Do The Dead Dream? won the 2017 Best Books Award for Fiction: Short Stories. His short stories have appeared in the off-the-grid The Black Sheep; You Belong 2016, Words and Images from Longmont Area Residents regional anthology for 2016; The You Belong Collection, Writings and Illustrations by Longmont Area Residents regional anthology for 2012; Apollo’s Lyre.

Frank can occasionally be reached in séances, and his website. Email works great too: fpdorchak@fpdorchak


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Who wants to help us gear up for the 2019 Pikes Peak Writers Conference?

Who wants to help us gear up for the 2019 Pikes Peak Writers Conference?

We need volunteers at all levels, with jobs large and small. Some require a high comfort level for interacting with the public, and some are well out of the limelight.

Two of the more substantial jobs are Conference Admin and Registrar. The Admin is essential to helping the conference come together, working with the directors, making sure communication if flowing and deadlines are being met. The Registrar oversees every aspect of registration, from using software to design the registration form  to answering registration questions from attendees.

Other jobs include Signs Coordinator, Survey Coordinator and Reg Desk Coordinator. All three require the ability to work well with others, solicit and compile information from directors, and attention to detail. Signs and Surveys have less public contact, but the Reg Desk has a great deal, so we need a real extrovert (or someone who can play one for a weekend).

Brochure Design means we need someone with graphic skills and excellent attention to detail to help construct the brochure to advertise the conference. This could also extend to helping build the conference program.

Tech Team Coordinator will wrangle all our techies, the people in each workshop room who make sure the laptops are playing nicely with the projectors. Must be able to work with a variety of people and have good team-leading skills.

Onsite Volunteer Coordinator is exactly what it sounds like! We get lots of people who want to help, and we need someone to coordinate what, when and where the needs are, and assign volunteers to the tasks.

Allergy Meal Coordinator tracks attendee allergy requests from the registration form, and coordinates with the hotel chef and Green Room Coordinator.

Handouts Coordinator takes all the handouts from faculty, via the Programming Director, and puts them together in a semblance of order. Then oversees distribution to attendees.

Scholarship Coordinator will gather scholarship applications, build a scholarship committee, and work with that committee to distribute scholarship funds for conference.

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact the 2019 Conference Director, Laura Hayden, at Conference@pikespeakwriters.com.

 

Pikes Peak Writers is seeking volunteers for a number of non-board positions

It’s your chance to get involved! Pikes Peak Writers is seeking volunteers for a number of non-board positions. These include:

NCE positions: Write Brain host (once each month), Special Events Coordinator (coordinating 3-5 events per year), and committee member (meets quarterly to plan and brainstorm). If you would like more information, please sent an email to Workshops@pikespeakwriters.com.

The PPW blog needs contributors! Positions include Contributor (write an occasional blog article), Contributing Editor (write a planned series of articles), and Literary Quotes Editor (create and post literary picture quotes). If you are interested or would like more information, please contact editor@pikespeakwriters.com.

The Zebulon Writing Contest needs a few good volunteers.  Entries are electronically solicited from September 1st through Nov 1st, judges are petitioned, and then the real work begins. Through the fall, winter, and the onset of spring, the Query, Main, and Secondary phases need to be coordinated, judges managed, and scores tallied as entries are judged and finalists chosen. Required skills include: Medium level of computer skills, Familiarity with Word and Excel, Graphics skills a definite asset, Comfortable posting on social media (eg: Twitter and Facebook), Live in the Colorado Springs area for boots on the ground at NCE events when required. For more information, email Contest@pikespeakwriters.com.

Social Media:  We are in need of someone who understands social media, has a few graphic design skills, and understands FB ads. Contact Social.KL@pikespeakwriters.com.

PIKES PEAK WRITERS has three board positions opening in September

PIKES PEAK WRITERS has three board positions opening in September. All board positions require a 2-year commitment. The board meets quarterly (4 times per year), usually on a weeknight, for approximately two hours. Occasionally there is a longer weekend meeting.

 

Positions are:

President: The President is the principal executive who supervises and controls the business and affairs of PPW. The President brings issues to the attention of the board, directs discussion and consideration of any issues, and runs the quarterly board meetings.

 

Secretary: The secretary keeps minutes of quarterly and specially called meetings. Also maintains minutes from votes on the officer’s loop in between meetings. Update SOP file. Assist president with election nominations and slate of officers. May be called upon to research past decisions.

 

Non Conference Events (NCE) Director:– Plan and schedule Write Brains and other non-conference events throughout the year, invite speakers, ensure events are advertised via social and other media, coordinate our other regular monthly events, such as Open Critique, Writer’s Night, and Write Drunk, Edit Sober.

 

Anyone interested may also apply for a Member at Large position, which is not an officer position but carries the responsibility of representing the members of Pikes Peak Writers to the board, and helping with special projects.

 

To apply for any position, email a letter of interest to president@pikespeakwriters.com. The letter should include why you’re interested in the job, any volunteer experience-especially with PPW, and an idea of what you would bring to the job. Letters must be submitted by Aug. 30. The board meeting/election will be held on Thurs, Sept. 20, 6:15 p.m. at Library 21C, and anyone who submits a letter of interest for a position should plan to attend.

 

Terry Odell’s Newest Edition, Falcon’s Prey

Falcon’s Prey, is Terry Odell’s newest book in the Buckthorne, Inc series. Congratulations!!


Her Life is in danger … but so is her heart.
Police officer Lexi Becker is being targeted. Afraid her local police department has been infiltrated, she turns to the only man she can trust for help: Marv “Fish” Frisch, her former patrol partner. Danger is everywhere. Someone’s bugged her house. An illegal opioid network is thriving. People are dying. And an even more sinister plan is being put into action. Torn between hiding or coming to the aid of an orphaned child, Lexi leaves Fish’s protection. Will she survive long enough to tell Fish how she feels?

 

From childhood, Terry Odell wanted to “fix” stories so the characters would behave properly. She found this wasn’t always possible, as evidenced when the mystery she intended to write turned into a romance, despite the fact that she’d never read one. Odell thinks of her books as “Mysteries With Relationships.” Her series include Blackthorne, Inc., Pine Hills Police, Triple-D Ranch, and Mapleton Mysteries. Her short story collection, “Seeing Red” is a Silver Falchion winner. You can find her high (that’s altitude—she lives at 9100 feet!) in the Colorado Rockies—or at her website. Also visit her Amazon author page for more books.

 


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Chris Mandevelle Releases Quake

Another Sweet Success for Chris Mandeville! The first novel in her, In Real Time series, Quake was released May 29, 2018.


QuakeTime traveling thieves. A stolen kiss. A wormhole to the heist of the century.
Fifteen-year-old Allie Bennett’s a con artist, a pickpocket, and on her last chance at an end-of-the-line foster home. She learns her mom—who disappeared when she was ten—isn’t a crazy but is actually a time traveler, and Allie’s one, too. She joins a crew of time traveling thieves and goes back to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to pull the heist of the century and find her mom. But time travelers are hunted, her crew might be killers, everyone has a secret agenda, and she must pull off the con of her life to make it out alive.

 

Chris MandevilleCHRIS MANDEVILLE writes science fiction/fantasy and nonfiction for writers. She served as president of Pikes Peak Writers for five years, and is now the Conference Director for Superstars Writing Seminars. Her books include Seeds: a post-apocalyptic adventure and 52 Ways to Get Unstuck: Exercises to Break Through Writer’s Block.

Find her young adult time travel novel, Quake, on Amazon and her website.


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PPW Prez Says, 2nd Quarter 2018

Readers, today we hear from Bowen Gillings, president of Pikes Peak Writers. Look for the Prez Says Column each quarter as Bowen keeps Pikes Peak Writers informed.


Prez Says

Report on the June 2018 PPW Board Meeting

Hello! Your Pikes Peak Writers Board of Directors met on June 7th to cover a full agenda and here is what’s fit to print for you, dear reader.

I will lead with one of the last items we discussed: volunteering with PPW and PPWC (conference). If you do not know, Pikes Peak Writers is run entirely by volunteers. That means everything we do, every event you attend, or post you see online is made possible by dedicated individuals generously giving of their time and talent.

We need more volunteers.

Many members have volunteered for a long time—some for a very, very long time—and they are getting tired, which is understandable, inevitable, and expected. We would love to get some new blood in the mix. PPW needs volunteers to help out with functions ranging from social media and marketing to membership management, volunteer coordination, and helping run the organization as members of the Board of Directors. All of our volunteer needs can be found on the website at https://www.pikespeakwriters.com/about/key-volunteers/ and at https://www.pikespeakwriters.com/about/support-ppw/volunteer-opportunities/.

Speaking of the Board, elections are in September. Open positions will be President, Secretary, NCE Director, and Member at Large. Serving on the Board does take some time and dedication. Reach out to any one of us for a sense of what it takes. But, believe me, it is worth it when you see how PPW positively affects the writing community.

Members at Large (MAL) are voting members of the Board who hold no additional Board duties. MALs help out as eyes, ears, and voices contributing to Board decisions. Often MAL is a good start if you’re curious about helping lead this great organization. Up to eight MAL positions may be accepted on the Board this year.

Stacy Jensen has done an outstanding job as our Board Secretary, but is not seeking reelection. Linda Tschappet has gone above and beyond as our Non-Conference Events Director and now is working with Laura Hayden on running the 2019 Conference. So, she’ll be busy. Both ladies have won our Volunteer of the Year Award for their services.

I have enjoyed my 18 months as your president. However, it is time for someone else to take over the reins. I will stay on the Board in the voting position of Immediate Past President until 2020. Also, I am running programming for the 2019 Conference. So, like Linda T., I will be busy.

Nominations for Board positions must be in by the end of August, 2018. While you do have to be a PPW member to run, no prior experience with the Board is necessary for any open position. If you are interested in running, submit a one-page letter detailing your position of interest, your qualifications, and a short bio to president@pikespeakwriters.com or secretary@pikespeakwriters.com. Write “Board Nomination 2018” in the subject line. 

The Board also reviewed the 26th Annual Pikes Peak Writers Conference. What a rousing success it was. Anyone who attended knows that PPWC 2018 set a new standard in fun, networking, learning, and general literary awesomeness. 

What many of you don’t know is all the hard work that went into making it such a great event. Kudos to conference director Karen Fox and her amazing staff of volunteers who gave it their all to make sure every attendee had a great weekend. Our thanks as well to keynotes Jonathan Maberry, Mary Robinette Kowal, Laurelle K. Hamilton, and Bob Mayer, and to all the faculty, agents, and editors. I have added being a co-emcee with Mary Robinette Kowal to my bucket list. Those who came to conference know why.

We also discussed how to honor PPW members in memorium. This past year saw the loss of two visibly involved members, Ron Cree and Steve Nelson. Finding ways to honor them without setting further precedent that may hamstring the organization in future was the focus. To that end, the Board decided to return the scholarship fund back to it’s general name of Pikes Peak Writers Conference Scholarship Fund and create two scholarships under it dedicated to Ron and Steve and available to writers who meet certain criteria. More details on these will come shortly. Once finalized, they can be found on the website’s scholarships page.

Many other topics were discussed and, to save space, I will address them in the form of a no-nonsense bullet list:

  • The Board appointed a representative to work with the Webmaster to help streamline our transition to new Internet platforms and tools.
  • A second phase to our Writing is Art partnership with Cottonwood Center for the Arts is under way. March 2018’s showing exceeded expectations. Keep checking the website for new submission guidelines.
  • The Board is looking for someone to take the lead in creating a PPW Anthology. Anyone interested in details can contact president@pikespeakwriters.com.
  • We are dissolving the PPW Yahoo! Group. This legacy item served us well for 16 years, but has become a dinosaur seeing little use save for people promoting their own material. It will be gone by the end of August. Those affected are invited to checkout our Pikes Peak Writers Connect group forum on Facebook.

Thank you for engaging with Pikes Peak Writers. If you have questions about PPW and how it works, please reach out to me. The address is president@pikespeakwriters.com.

Thank you.

Bowen Gillings

President

Pikes Peak Writers

Sweet Success Comes in Triplicate!

Congratulations to Todd Fahnestock on the recent publication of Wildmane, Book 1 of the Threadweavers series which came out on May 15, 2018. The triple success is the entire trilogy will follow soon. The GodSpill will release on Tuesday, June 19 (today!), and Book 3, Threads of Amarion, will be released on Tuesday, July 17. Todd is on a roll with one book a month.


A brooding demigod. A young magician. A race to restore magic to the lands.

Long bereft of magic, the human lands are dying, and humans are devolving. Their legendary protector, the demigod Wildmane, has given up on them.

When a monster sent for young Mirolah slays her adopted sister instead, Mirolah is pulled into a quest to bring Wildmane out of his self-imposed exile and restore magic to the lands. Undead threadweavers rise to stop her and cage Wildmane. To beat them, she must learn more about herself and threadweaving than she thought possible. And she must do it quickly…

 

TODD FAHNESTOCK is a writer of fantasy for all ages. His bestselling The Wishing World series began as bedtime stories for his children. His latest epic fantasy series, Threadweavers, which includes Wildmane, The GodSpill and Threads of Amarion. Stories are his passion, but Todd’s greatest accomplishment is his quirky, fun-loving family. When he’s not writing, he goes on morning runs with his daughter and practices Tae Kwon Do with his son. With the rest of his free time, he drives the love of his life crazy with the emotional rollercoaster that is being a full-time author.

These epic fantasies are available on Amazon and at the Tattered Cover. Published by Parker Haden Media, they are suitable for ages 13+ (ISBN: 978-1-941528-62-4, 506 pages, softcover).
You can contact Todd at: todd.fahnestock@gmail.com or visit his website


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Sweet Success for Avery Daniels

Congratulations to Avery Daniels. Her Resort to Murder mystery series continues with the second book, Nailed, an adult cozy mystery.


Julienne LaMere is snow bound in the middle of the Rocky Mountains with a killer striking at will. Julienne gets to attend a Resort Management conference at a prestigious ski resort in the Colorado Mountains. What should be an enjoyable getaway attending workshops by day and shopping and enjoying the resort by night comes to a screeching halt when a loud-mouthed guest is murdered plus the roads and town shut down for an epic blizzard. “Essence of a page turner.” King’s River Life Magazine.

 

AVERY DANIELS was born and raised in Colorado, graduated from college with a degree in business administration and has worked in fortune 500 companies and Department of Defense her entire life. Her most eventful job was apartment management for 352 units. She still resides in Colorado with two brother black cats as her spirited companions. Avery volunteers for a cat shelter, enjoys scrapbooking and card making, photography, and painting in watercolor and acrylic. Her love for reading was inherited from her mother and grandmother and grew up talking about books at the dinner table.

You can reach Avery by email: mysterysuspense1@gmail.com or visit her website.
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Audio book will be out soon.


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