Welcome to Stories Served Around The Table June 2020 Recap. Summer is bursting out all over. The foxgloves and hydrangeas took over the side yard, the raised beds hold a bounty of vegetable promises, and the catboat launched (rigging awaits). Schools in my area officially closed remote learning classes for the summer. Graduation parades and drive-in style ceremonies mark the milestones. My home on Long Island is beginning to return from COVID-19 restrictions. A few hiccups have popped up, but overall the slow, careful reopening looks hopeful. Check out the June blog postings. I started to post Daily Bread features that include recipes, historical issues, and my writing process. I hope you like it. Please share to spread the joy. I would love to know your impressions.
During the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders, I polished and produced Journal On! Thoughts Gleaned While Quarantined for teachers to present thematic journaling prompts to their students. I hope that the exercises inspire joy and a daily journaling habit. There is a small stash to give away to teachers and parents who are looking for writing resources. I only asked for a $2 fee to cover the mailing cost and honest comments and suggestions. A free PDF version is also available. If interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Journal On! A to Z Writing Prompts is another work in progress. I plan to offer this theme as a school workshop by September. Once the regional BOCES Arts in Education program opens, I can register as a visiting author, but at this point, one must be flexible. I may have to develop that virtual presence after all.
In other writing news, beta readers are reviewing Daily Bread. I included my parents. Although it is not a good idea to rely on close family members for literary critique, my folks caught inaccuracies and clarity points from the Sicilian translations and terminologies appropriate for the time—a priceless resource. The more objective readers are coming back with glowing feedback, so the book is on the right path. No luck, however, in capturing an agent’s attention.
I continue to fuss with a logo for Stories Served Around the Table. Here are the top two.
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Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.