I HAVE MOVED. PLEASE JOIN ME AT MY NEW LOCATION – AUTHORCHUCKMICELI.COM

Hello Friends,

This will be the last blog post on my “Something Significant” site.

In case you have been wondering why I haven’t posted on my Something Significant blog for some time, I apologize for not writing sooner. Back in August I was feeling overwhelmed by the need to keep up with the various social media I was on. I found that I was spending so much time publicizing about my writing that I had very little time to actually do writing, which is why I started down this road in the first place. I also realized that most of my blog posts were focusing on my writing activities rather than on personal opinions or helpful information.

With the help of my son, Jason, I consolidated all of my author information on a single site: my author’s website at AuthorChuckMiceli.com. In addition, I moved my monthly newsletter to the Mailchimp.com platform, which allows me, even with my limited technical expertise, to include much more in the way of pictures and graphics and to easily syndicate the post to my other social media sites.

If you have valued receiving my monthly “Up and Coming” posts, would like to continue them and haven’t been lately, please visit my website at AuthorChuckMiceli.com and go to my Events page. There you will find all of my posts since August and a sign-up form to receive the monthly updates automatically to your e-mail. You should be able to go directly to that page on my site by clicking on the the link below:

AuthorChuckMiceli.com/Events

If the link doesn’t work for you, you can simply copy the address and past it into your browser to get there. The sign-up form is at the top of the page.

Thank you for being part of my author/blog community and at this wonderful time of the year let me take this opportunity to wish you and yours all the joys of the holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year,

Warmest Regards,

Chuck Miceli

 

Up and Coming – July / August 2016

Hello Everyone,

I welcome your input regarding these postings. If there a particular area you would like more information on or something you would like to see included, reduced or removed please contact me. If you or someone you know would like to be added to my regular e-mail list, simply send a request to AuthorChuckMiceli@gmail.com and I will be happy to make the addition.

For New, Aspiring or Established Authors

If you are available, consider joining me and over 100 other authors at the New England Author’s Expo in Danvers Ma. This year, Chris has organized a series of workshops during the setup and networking time specifically for authors and publishers. I will be joined by authors, Mandi Lynn and Stephanie Queen for an open discussion on, “The Business of Being an Author.” The doors are open to the public for free admission from 4 to 9 pm and will include a series of special presentations by guest celebrity authors. Information and registration is available on the website at: http://www.newenglandauthorsexpo.com/.

Amanda’s Room:

I was scheduled to meet with Richard LaPorta of Husky Trail Press to initiate the republishing the Amanda’s Room Reader’s Edition through Ingram under the Hitchcock Lake Publications imprint. Unfortunately Richard pulled his back and I became immersed with other projects so that meeting has had to be rescheduled. More to come.

I often get letters from people who have read Amanda’s Room but not all of those comments make it to Amazon.com or one of the other review sites. Just in case, I’ve decided to include some of them here, because frankly, they are one of the best parts about writing. Here is the latest one from Michelle R.

Hi Chuck,

I apologize for the delay in sending you this note.  I met you in the airport and purchased your book “Amanda’s Room” in late April.  I read the book in 3 days.  It was a true page turner and I could not put it down, often stealing 30 minutes here and there until I finished it. Please let me know if you have any additional books.  I would love to read them.

Thanks Michelle.

Thank you for the kind words Michelle. My next book, Injured Angels, is still in the works. I’ll post when it’s available.

Injured Angels

Speaking of Injured Angels, I was challenged by fellow author, Leesa Freeman, to post on Facebook the first lines of each of the three first chapters of my upcoming book. I’ve also included my response below:

(Spoiler alert: My upcoming book, Injured Angels, will be authored under the pen name, Charlotte Mitchell, since it is being told in the first person by my female protagonist.)

  1. “May I Have This Dance?” It seems unbelievable now but three lifetimes ago, it started just that way.
    2. Frank was an optimist. When he told Harvey that I was the future Mrs. Russo, he had no way of knowing how the past and the future would conspire against us to keep that from happening.
    3. That wasn’t all there was to it. I loved Frank and there was no way I was going to stop seeing him.

Upcoming Events:

Presentation and Book Sale / Signing, July 27, New England Author’s Expo (NEAE) : Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St, Danvers, MA 01923

July 27, 2016 marks the tenth year of the NEAE annual event and the fourth year I will be participating. Run by Chris Obert, author and owner of Pear Tree Publishing, the NEAE attracts authors, publishers, illustrators and other writing professionals from throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut and other New England states. The location of the event is a posh, amazing venue. It also provides a terrific opportunity for networking with the other participants and with radio and cable television hosts and celebrity authors. Information and registration is available on the website at: http://www.newenglandauthorsexpo.com/.

Book Discussion for Amanda’s Room at Paul Gregory’s Restaurant, 148 Center Street, Southington, CT. is scheduled there for September 14, 2:00 – 4:00 pm. This is a follow-up to the Book Sale and Signing that took place on June 15. Paul Gregory’s is now another regular outlet for sales of Amanda’s Room. If you have already read the book and would like to join in on the September 14 discussion, call Paula at the restaurant Monday through Friday till 3 pm and tell her you plan to attend. The number is 860-621-9999.

New E-mail format and AuthorChuckMiceli.com Website:

My major activity lately has been working with my son, Jason, on revising and updating my website, my e-mail formatting and the rest of my social media. Several of the sites have new, more consistent names, new / updated information and added functionality. We still have a long way to go but the new ones should be more dynamic with better graphics and the new website should be a delight to visit. Expect more interesting and useful information in the near future. More to come.

Well, that does it for now. I hope this finds you and yours happy and well. Until the next time,

Warmest Regards,

Chuck

 

Up and Coming – April / May 2016

Hello Everyone,

 

Please note that because of the lateness of this notice, I will be including events from April and May and will provide an update in May with additional details on some of these items.

Injured Angels:

With all of the activity around Amanda’s Room of late, Injured Angels has had to take a back seat. I did, however, do a significant amount of work during my vacation with some surprising results. Here’s a little inside scoop. When it is published, you will probably not find it under Chuck Miceli, but rather under the pen name Charlotte Mitchell. That is because, during my recent rewrite, I came to the conclusion that in order to fully explore my protagonist’s emotions and behaviors, I wanted and maybe needed to be in her mind and skin, so the entire story is being told as a first person account by my main character, Maureen Russo and I am thrilled with the difference it makes. More on this to come.

 

Amanda’s Room:

The movie: The screenplay is written. I was hoping to pitch it to some studios while I vacationed in California but that didn’t happen. As with Injured Angels, that project has had to take a spot on the back burner while I attended to more pressing issues. I am actively seeking a producer interested in discussing the project. Please note: This is not a low budget movie. To be successful, the film would need to rely heavily on computer generated graphics. Interested persons please message me via Linkedin: cmiceli or Facebook: authorchuckmiceli

The book: By mutual agreement, California Times Publishing (CTP) and I have terminated our contract. It took a while to complete the transition, but the CTP editions of Amanda’s Room have been unpublished and the Hitchcock Lake Publication editions are once again on Amazon and BarnesandNobel.com. I hope to meet with Husky Trail Press in the near future to republish Amanda’s Room Reader’s Edition.

Hard-cover Edition: I am in discussions now with printers for a special hard cover collector’s edition of Amanda’s Room. When printed, I suspect unsigned copies of this edition would retail between $25 and $30 plus shipping. If any of you on my mailing list are interested in pre-ordering an autographed collector’s copy, please let me know. I plan to have the cost lower than normal retail and hopefully can make signed copies available to you for around $20.

 

Upcoming Events:

Book Club Kit Raffle: April 27, 5:30 – 8 pm -The Waterbury Exchange Wine and Beer Tasting – La Bella Vista, 380 Farmwood Road, Waterbury, CT.

This is a great event with multiple local vendors providing free tastings of their wines and beers, loads of food tasting stations and a silent auction, all in a wonderful elegant atmosphere. Advanced tickets are $35 per person and can be obtained from Cathy Chaikowski at 203-598-2438. For the second year, the exchange will be auctioning off one of my book club kits for Amanda’s Room. Each kit contains five copies of the book, story and author information sheets and instructions for organizing the book club meeting, all contained in an attractively wrapped basket. Once everyone has read the book, the organizer contacts me and I meet personally with the group members to discuss the “story behind the story.” There are also instructions on obtaining extra copies for additional people who wish to join the group. It makes for a great, fun-filled evening. If that sounds appealing for one of your groups, I can supply complete kits for $40, which is less than the cost of three books alone.

 

Book Sale and Signing: April 30, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – The Connecticut Festival of Indie Games –  Elm City Games / The Grove – 756 Chapel Street, New Haven CT.

This is a fun-filled day for the whole family. For only $10 per individual or $15 for the family, you can spend the entire day playing board games developed by one of more than 30 local indie game developers. You can try playing as many as you like and if you find one you love, you can purchase it directly from the developers. Who knows, you might just discover the next Monopoly or Magic. I’ll be on hand all day selling and signing copies of Amanda’s Room. For more information and to register, go to their website: http://www.ct-fig.com/

 

Book Sale and Signing: May 6, Exact hours TBA – Paradies Lagardere Travel Retail Shops – Bradley International Airport – Windsor Locks, CT.

Traveling for business or pleasure on the Friday before Mother’s Day? If you’re flying in or out of Bradley International Airport, look for me on the concourse and stop by to say hello. The final arrangements are still being worked out but I will be there on May 6 selling and signing my books and I am thrilled that Paradies Lagardere Travel Retail will be carrying Amanda’s Room for sale after the event. I will provide the specific times for the book signing and the exact store location(s) in my May update.

 

Book Sale and Signing:  May 14 and 15, 10 am – 6 pm – Made in Connecticut Expo – Farmington Polo Grounds – 152 Town Farms Road – Farmington, CT.

This is one of my favorite annual events. Over 300 companies and businesses all featuring items made in Connecticut. There is no better event to sample all that Connecticut has to offer. The fair is expected to draw between 35,000 and 40,000 people but the grounds are so expansive that it doesn’t feel crowded. Saunter past the tents, sample food, beverages and goodies (you can smell the chocolate and pastries aisles away), shop for arts, crafts and Connecticut made products and visit our book booth to examine books in a wide variety of genres from nine Connecticut authors.

 

Book Discussion: May 15, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Southington Mini Diner, 1765 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT

This is something brand new I am trying. Two new restaurants are now carrying autographed copies of Amanda’s Room for sale. Since people generally go there, not to purchase books but to enjoy a meal and conversation, I am hosting discussions with those who have read the book and are interested in the “story behind the story.” The Southington Mini Diner is one of our favorite places to eat at any time of the day. If you have already read the book but would like to join in on the discussion, call the Mini Diner and tell them you plan to attend. The number is 860-276-8237. Ask for Theresa or her son if they are around as they have been helping plan this.

 

Book Discussion: May 26, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Davinci Coffee Shop, 1627 Meriden Road – Wolcott CT 

This is the other restaurant that has just started carrying Amanda’s Room. Davinci normally serves breakfast and lunch only and specializes in gourmet Italian coffee, tea and a variety of sandwiches and pastries. It is a very comfortable, intimate atmosphere. Once again, I will be hosting a discussion of the book for any who have read it and would like to participate. If you have already read Amanda’s Room and would like to attend this discussion session, call the proprietor, Lucy Minnocci, up until early afternoon to let her know you’ll be coming. The phone number is 203-528-3711.

I hope this finds you and yours happy and well. Until the next time,

Warmest Regards,

Chuck

Up and Coming – January 2016

This update will be brief. It comes late into the month for me but 2016 has had an unusual and somewhat challenging beginning. After my father-in-law suffered a heart attack and fall several weeks ago, he passed away on New Years Eve. In the interim, an upper respiratory illness I’ve been fighting for some time worsened, leaving me fatigued. We held a memorial service for Tony on Tuesday and on Thursday morning, I received a call that my 94-year-old mother-in-law fell and was taken to New Britain General, where I spent most of the day with her. Thankfully, nothing was broken and she is back now in her independent living facility again, although struggling physically and emotionally with her loss. In the process of assisting her, however, my infection worsened and by Friday I was spiking a 103.5 fever with cough, chills and uncontrollable shivering. I am now on antibiotics, steroids and various other medications and am on the mend but very fatigued.

None of the above is to lament over how 2016 has started. All of what has happened is simply part of living and my life is still infinitely more blessed than I can merit. It is simply an explanation that life has priorities and right now the care of my health and my loved ones must come before other things like writing and marketing my books. If you recently finished reading my current book, “Amanda’s Room,” I hope that you found it enjoyable and worth your time.
I believe challenges like those I have experienced lately are helpful in clarifying what is truly important in life and I welcome the reflection that such periods bring. Nevertheless, I hope that your year has begun in a less demanding manner.
I’ll provide a regular update in February, hopefully with news that will be useful and interesting. Till then.
Warmest Regards,
Chuck

 

Up and Coming – October 2015

Welcome to my monthly update and thank you for your interest in my writing activities.

Here are the September highlights:

Welcome New Readers from the Big-E – I’m thrilled to have you join us. I hope you find these monthly e-mail updates interesting and useful.

Amanda’s Room

California Times Publishing (CTP) Edition – My Edits are Done! – After reviewing and incorporating over 100 pages of computer-generated edits, I have now finally finished making the changes based on their editor’s comments, which were detailed and insightful. I expect the resulting improvements will be obvious in the new edition. For those who decide to reread Amanda’s Room, I expect you will feel like you are reading the book for the first time.

Celebration Will Be In OrderIn addition to a new soft-cover and e-mail versions of the book, California Times Publishing is preparing a new book trailer, a new audio-book and a first-time-ever hard-cover edition of Amanda’s Room. To say I am excited about these developments would be a gross understatement. I am thrilled! To celebrate the “second coming” of this novel, I am thinking about a re-launch event somewhere here in Connecticut. I haven’t started the planning so I don’t have any specifics yet, but I will let you know in upcoming updates as things shape up. One thing I do plan on doing is ordering a supply of the first-edition hard-cover books to sign at the event. I will let you know the price of these books when it is determined and will plan on taking pre-orders for those who would like a signed collector’s copy from the launch.

And the Journey Toward Hollywood Continues – In addition to finishing the editing of the new CTP edition, this month I also finished editing Carl’s screenplay for movie. I loved his ideas and incorporated several of them into the new book re-write. Carl estimates it will be about eight weeks for him to finish the changes and to reduce the length of the screenplay to an ideal size. Then we will be ready to pitch it. Carl already has some contacts with studios he works with but we are open to presenting it to other producers as well. If any of you know of a studio or producer who may be interested in reviewing the screenplay, please contact me and we will be delighted to send them a copy.

Reader’s Edition and the Big-E  – I ordered an additional 50 copies of the new Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition to bring with me to the Big-E, where I offered both editions for sale. The results were amazing. Reader’s appreciated having a choice of versions that matched their reading preferences. Those who enjoyed the introductory weather-related quotes and discovering the links between them and the story and characters chose the full edition. Those who wanted a straight read that did not take them out of the story chose the Reader’s Edition. As a result, I sold out of more than 100 books by my last day at the Big-E and had to re-order more books for other signing events.

Angels Unaware

Back to the Bristol  Senior Center – Today, October 1, I returned to the Bristol Senior Center, the primary local for the new novel and the place where I wrote most of the draft. After getting feedback from New York agents and editors that the book was not yet ready for publication, I began the process of re-imagining it and I will start re-writing it at the Bristol Senior Center beginning next week.  Although this will significantly delay the release, I beg your patience as I am convinced it will be a far better read for it.

And Stage Lights – Still a Question – As I mentioned last month, parallel to my rewrite of Angels Unaware I enrolled in a playwriting course with the intention of writing a short play featuring one of the scenes from the book. Thus far, the time required for other projects has made this one impossible to pursue. I hope to have some definitive information on this initiative in my next update.

Events

Madison Craft Show – Madison CT – Oct 3 – 10am – 4pm – I had to cancel this event because of my book sellout at the Big-E. Other wonderful Connecticut authors will be there and I encourage you to stop by and peruse their book offerings.

Apple Harvest Festival – Harvest the Arts – Southington CT – Oct 11 – 10am – 2pm – Once again I will be on Center Street in Southington signing my books during this annual celebration of the arts. Joan LaRose will be joining me. Joan is a longtime Southington resident and a gifted poet whose book of poems, Journey, was published last year.

Timeless Creativity – Southington Care Center – 45 Meriden Ave. Southington CT – Oct 11 – 2pm – 4pm – This is the third year for this annual celebration of the art and creativity at the Southington Care Center in conjunction with the Harvest the Arts program. Residents, staff and volunteers of the center will be sharing poetry, memoirs, photography and art. I have been co-coordinating the poetry group at the center during this period and the group members will be reading their poems. I encourage any of you in the local area who can make it to attend this important event. Many of the residents at SCC are well into their 80s and 90s, and others are confined to wheelchairs with debilitating conditions, yet the participating members prove that while the body may falter, the mind can remain vibrant and create works of profound beauty. If you have a church group or youth group that can attend together, it would mean a great deal to these hard working and talented individuals. Refreshments will be served, there is ample parking adjacent to the hospital parking lot, and I will be reading two of my award-winning and unpublished poems.

7th Annual Cromwell Craft Fair – Crown Plaza Hotel – Cromwell CT – October 25 – 10am – 4pm – I will be at this indoor craft fair event selling and signing my books. This will be a great opportunity to get a jump on your holiday shopping.

Television Interviews – I have been fortunate to be interviewed on several local access television programs. After each program, the studio has sent me a DVD of the taping but because of my lack of video production expertise, I had no way of posting the information to the web for public viewing. Many thanks to my daughter-in-law Jennifer, of Miceli Productions LLC (MiceliProductions.com), for doing the video magic needed for me to post those interviews to U-Tube for all to see. You can view any of my posted interviews on U-Tube by following the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJl9eGUwY1DQv4e_LXBlbLA

Book Review – How does this sound for a novel. A person named Amanda, who slept in a pink painted bedroom, dies an untimely death. Her death leads another young woman to an abandoned mansion in a rural community that, from outward appearances, looks haunted. Our heroine is convinced that there is more to the story of the house than what others accept as truth but the more she delves into the house’s history, the more dangerous the situation becomes for her and those around her. Amanda’s Room? No.

I have just finished reading Killarney Traynor’s wonderful first novel, Summer Shadows. As I read it, the coincidental similarities between her book and mine gave me many moments of added delight. Traynor’s novel is a book worth savoring and I have posted an extensive review on Amazon.com and Goodreads. Check out the review and then check out the book. Traynor will be releasing her second book soon and I would expect we will be hearing much more about this talented writer in the future.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UCONN Waterbury Campus

President of OLLI at UCONN for the 2015/2016 Academic YearThe new OLLI fall semester is now underway. Feedback on the fall classes has been excellent and we have had several outstanding speakers during our lunchtime OLLI Café program. On September 30, OLLI program coordinator, Aleta Staton, and I made a presentation to the Connecticut Retired Teachers Association that was enthusiastically received. To obtain more information about this terrific program visit our website at http://olli.uconn.edu/

***SPECIAL NOTE  TO INTERESTED AUTHORS, TEACHERS, PRESENTERS AND OTHERS WHO LOVE TO SHARE***:  Do you have a special knowledge area you can share? Are you a recognized expert in your field? Have you developed a skill set in a unique hobby, field or avocation? OLLI members are alert and energized and they participate in the classes we offer for the pure enjoyment of learning. They are eager to explore all that life has to offer and greatly appreciate those who are willing to share their expertise. If this is you, we at OLLI would like to talk to you. Contact us and tell us what you might be interested in sharing with our members. We will send you information about the program and the particulars of teaching an OLLI course. We will also include a copy of our current course catalogue and guidelines for submitting a course proposal. You can learn more and request an information packet by contacting the campus by phone at 203-236-9924 or via e-mail at osher@uconnn.edu. If you have additional questions, you can e-mail me directly and I will be happy to discuss the opportunities further.

A Special Request – If you’ve finished reading Amanda’s Room and have not done so, I’d love to hear your reaction and would very much appreciate your adding your rating and review to those already posted.

Most reviews are posted on Amazon, and you should be able to get there directly from this link: http://www.amazon.com/Amandas-Room-Chuck-Miceli/dp/1475291973

If you are a Nook reader, you can post your review here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/reviews/amandas-room-chuck-miceli/1109800880?ean=2940148886969#reviews-header

And if you are an avid reader, you can share your thoughts, rating and review with other readers on Goodreads at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6492170.Chuck_Miceli

 

Know someone who has not read Amanda’s Room yet? Copies are available at the following:

 

On-line

Amazon.com (Paperback, Kindle and Audio book), http://www.amazon.com/Amandas-Room-Chuck-Miceli/dp/1475291973

BarnesandNoble.com (Paperback and Nook), http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/amandas-room-chuck-miceli/1109800880

Smashwords.com (Multiple e-book formats), https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/131678

Paretreepublishing.net (Paperback).

 

Libraries –

In Connecticut: Southington, Willington, Bristol, Forestville, Oxford, W. Hartford (Faxon Branch)

In Massachusetts: Dudley, Woods Hole

In Pennsylvania: Laughlin, Pittston

 

If your public library carries Amanda’s Room and is not listed above, please notify me and I will add them to the list.

If your library does not carry Amanda’s Room and would like to, please let me know and I will be happy to send them a free copy for their collection.

 

Local (In Connecticut)

The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial Hospital Campus, Gift Shop, 81 Meriden Avenue, Southington, CT 06489

Tops Market, 887 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT 06479, (860) 628-8794

The Southington Chamber of Commerce, 1 Factory Sq # 201, Southington, CT 06489, (860) 628-8036

Grace’s Restaurant, 1678 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Milldale, CT,

The Bristol Senior Center, 240 Stafford Ave. Bristol, 06010, (860) 584-7895, has copies available to loan to their members.

 

Thanks and Good Reading

Chuck Miceli,

 

Up and Coming – September 2015

Welcome to my monthly update and thank you for your interest in my writing activities.

Here are the September highlights:

More Poetry – On August 4, my poem, “Miner’s Lament,” was awarded Third Place in the Nonrhyming Poetry category for the world-wide Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Encouraged by that news, I sent a second poem, Escape, to the Naugatuck River Review Narrative Poetry Contest. My thanks to Debbie Kilday, President of the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association, for alerting me to the contest. I am also looking for a publication in which to publish Miner’s Lament.

Amanda’s Room

Still More Edits – After reviewing and incorporating over 100 pages of computer-generated edits from California Times Publishing (CTP), I have now received the human editor’s comments. I asked Jeff Napolitano, my contact at CTP, to tell the editor to look deeper than style edits alone and provide feedback on anything that would get in the way of the reader’s enjoyment of the book. The editor took me seriously as evidenced by my reaction to her comments. Once I overcame my bruised ego, I got back to work and I am actually enjoying the challenge and the resulting improvements in the book. For those who decide to reread Amanda’s Room, I expect it will feel like reading the book for the first time.

And a Whole New LookCTP sent me several options for the new book cover and we worked together to tweak the final design. They loved the original cover designed by Mike and Jenn at Miceli Productions but we decided to go with a different treatment to go along with the completely updated book. I’m including the new cover design here. I think it captures well the feel of standing directly outside of Amanda’s Room.

CTP Amanda's Room Final Cover Light

And the Journey Toward Hollywood Continues – I am now editing Carl’s screenplay for Amanda’s Room at the same time as I am doing the updates of the novel. This is working very well since not only am I looking to include key elements of the book in the script, but I am also incorporating some of Carl’s ideas, especially his treatment of a more active presence of the spirit of Snakes Finley. The result is a more compelling story for both the movie and the new book edition.

Angels Unaware

No. The Angels are Not Ready for Prime Time – On August 15, I met with two with New York literary agents and a publishing company editor at the Unicorn Writer’s Conference in New York. They had all read the first 40 pages of Angels Unaware and discussed their impression of the book with me. The feedback was that the book needs more work. While part of me was initially disappointed, their feedback was accurate and consistent. I have already begun the process of reimagining the book and although it will significantly delay the release, I am convinced it will be a far better read for it.

Stage Lights? – Parallel to my rewrite of Angels Unaware (and that title might also change) I have enrolled in a playwriting course and will be working on writing a short play featuring one of the scenes from the book. This should give me a good feel for which sections of the book to select for development into a full-length play. The instructor’s intent is to produce several of these brief plays and present them in a public forum so I am hoping to offer you the chance to get a taste of what the full play might feel like following my course. More on this to come.

Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition 

What’s Next? – Richard and I were to meet on August 12 to move this project further but Richard’s fell ill and the meeting did not take place. We have ordered additional copies of the book and I will be offering them for sale at the Big-E and other events.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UCONN Waterbury Campus

President of OLLI at UCONN for the 2015/2016 Academic YearI have begun my duties as OLLI President and have already made several public presentations. People have asked me about the challenge and I have responded that I find public speaking and program management more natural than writing. I have spent most of my career managing staff, volunteers and programs and I find speaking in front of large groups more energizing than draining. I look forward to working with all of the OLLI members, administrators and staff toward making great strides in this terrific program. You can obtain more information about OLLI at UCONN visiting our website at http://olli.uconn.edu/

***SPECIAL NOTE  TO INTERESTED AUTHORS, TEACHERS, PRESENTERS AND OTHERS WHO LOVE TO SHARE***:  Do you have a special knowledge area you can share? Are you a recognized expert in your field? Have you developed a skill set in a unique hobby, field or avocation? OLLI members are alert and energized and they participate in the classes we offer for the pure enjoyment of learning. They are eager to explore all that life has to offer and greatly appreciate those who are willing to share their expertise. If this is you, we at OLLI would like to talk to you. Contact us and we will send you information about the program and the particulars of teaching an OLLI course. We will also include a copy of our current course catalogue and guidelines for submitting a course proposal. You can learn more and request an information packet by contacting the campus by phone at 203-236-9924 or via e-mail at osher@uconnn.edu. If you have additional questions, you can message me directly and I will be happy to discuss the opportunities further.

Connecticut Authors Day – September 1 – Thanks to the diligent work and dedication of June Hyjek and other officers of the Association of Publishers for Special Sales – Connecticut (www.bookapss.org/) Governor Malloy declared September 1 as Connecticut Author’s Day. In celebration of this distinction, I joined other APSS authors at the Mark Twain house on September 1. Connecticut government dignitaries, the state’s Poet Laureate and members of the press joined as we celebrated the contributions of Connecticut authors and the important role of literature in today’s culture.

Every Dollar Feeds Kids (EDFK) Annual Bike Run – Sunday, Sept 13 – 10 A.M. – 4 P.M. Wolcott American Legion, 1253 Wolcott Rd, Wolcott, CT – This may seem an odd entry for my writing update, but if you look on the copyright page of Amanda’s Room you will note that a portion of the proceeds go to this organization. I have been involved with EDFK since its inception and I am past Board Chairman for the organization. Our mission is simple: to raise money to feed hungry children in the U.S. and abroad. If you have a motorcycle (or not) and want to have some great food, fun and enjoy the fabulous scenery of the Connecticut countryside while supporting a worthy cause, join us. For more information about the organization and the event go to: http://www.edfk.org/EDFK/HOME.html

Television Interview by Jan Lewis on Be My Guest – Upton MA – Wednesday, Sep 16 -Jan Lewis will interview me and my fellow author and friend, Casey Morley, on her cable television program, Be My Guest. The program will air locally in the Upton MA area and nationally and globally on the internet and U-Tube. More information to follow.

OLC Book Club discussion, Farmington, CT – Sep 18 – As a writer, one of my favorite activities is meeting with groups that have read my book to discuss their views, answer their questions and provide the “story behind the story.” On September 18, I look forward to doing just that with the members of the OLC Book Club in Farmington, CT. Special thanks to Nancy Castonguay for arranging this get-together.

Eastern States Exposition 2015 – Agawam MA Once again, I’ll be back at the Big-E for this annual New England event at one of the biggest fairs in the country. I will be in the Connecticut building signing and selling my books on the following days and times: Sat 9/19 10am -2 pm; Mon 9/21 10am -2 pm; Weds (CT Day) 9/23 4-6 pm; Sat 9/26 10am -2 pm; and Mon 9/28 12-4 pm. If you are at the fair during any of these periods, stop by the Connecticut building, say hello and, if interested, explore book offerings by me and other Connecticut authors.

Madison Craft Show – Madison CT – Oct 3 – 10am – 4pm – While this event is in October, because it is so early in the month, I am including it here. I will be there signing and selling my books.

Know someone who has not read Amanda’s Room yet? Copies are available at the following:

On-line

Amazon.com (Paperback, Kindle and Audio book), http://www.amazon.com/Amandas-Room-Chuck-Miceli/dp/1475291973

BarnesandNoble.com (Paperback and Nook), http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/amandas-room-chuck-miceli/1109800880

Smashwords.com (Multiple e-book formats), https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/131678

Paretreepublishing.net (Paperback).

Libraries –

In Connecticut: Southington, Willington, Bristol, Forestville, Oxford, W. Hartford (Faxon Branch)

In Massachusetts: Dudley, Woods Hole

In Pennsylvania: Laughlin, Pittston

If your public library carries Amanda’s Room and is not listed above, please notify me and I will add them to the list.

If your library does not carry Amanda’s Room and would like to, please let me know and I will be happy to send them a free copy for their collection.

 

Local (In Connecticut)

The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial Hospital Campus, Gift Shop, 81 Meriden Avenue, Southington, CT 06489

Tops Market, 887 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT 06479, (860) 628-8794

The Southington Chamber of Commerce, 1 Factory Sq # 201, Southington, CT 06489, (860) 628-8036

Grace’s Restaurant, 1678 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Milldale, CT,

The Bristol Senior Center, 240 Stafford Ave. Bristol, 06010, (860) 584-7895, has copies available to loan to their members.

 

Thanks and Good Reading

Chuck Miceli,

 

Up and Coming – August / September 2015

Sorry for the delay. This update will cover the remainder of August and most of September. Here are the highlights:

Drum Roll Please – Writer’s Digest Annual Competition – On August 4, I received the following from Writer’s Digest: Hi Chuck, Congratulations! Your poem, “Miner’s Lament,” was awarded Third Place in the Nonrhyming Poetry category for the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. To say that I was thrilled would be an understatement. Given that this competition is open to writers worldwide, to receive a third place award is a very big deal. My personal thanks to Peter Mulholland who taught the OLLI poetry class for which I wrote the poem and who encouraged me to submit it to a writing competition.

My father was a coal miner who died of the black lung at my age. This poem is a tribute to him, as will be my next book, Black Hell Drowning. Sorry, but I will not be posting the poem online yet as I intend to submit it for publication. After I do, I’ll post it for all to read.

Amanda’s Room

Amanda’s Move to California Continues – I reviewed and incorporated over 100 pages of computer-generated edit recommendations from California Times Publishing. As a result, Amanda is now slimmer and a faster read than ever. Now she is in the hands of their human editor and I am awaiting that report. While the process is exhausting, I’m thrilled with the scrutiny. My goal is to do quality writing and through the feedback I’ve received from them and from you, my readers, I am constantly learning how to write better. The publisher also sent options for the new book cover. I selected one, provided some recommendations and I am awaiting their final design. I am anxious to share it with you when it’s ready.

As Does Her Journey Toward Hollywood – I am continuing my review of Carl’s screenplay for Amanda’s Room. One of the most thrilling experiences in writing is when the reader sees things in your book that you, the writer, did not. While I created Amanda’s bedroom to serve as a battleground for good vs. evil, Carl has extended that metaphor by creating a more active presence of the spirit of Snakes Finley. The result is a more compelling story. More on this to come.

Angels Unaware

Are The Angels Ready for Prime Time?  I have finished the new chapters for Angels Unaware and in particular, fleshed out the background of one of the book’s main characters, Frank Russo. Research plays a crucial part in writing fiction and this research took me in directions I never anticipated. Readers will accompany Frank as he struggles to survive in the Pacific theater of WWII. They will also learn, as I have, about the fascinating and heartbreaking story of the Himeyuri students, a group of high school girls who provided nursing and medical care to Japanese troops on Okinawa during the final months of the war. My thanks go to Joan LaRose, who recommended that I pursue Frank’s story line further. I think that she and other readers will find it adds greatly to the book.

 We’ll See What the Experts Have to Say – On August 15, I am meeting with two with New York literary agents and a publishing company editor at the Unicorn Writer’s Conference in New York. They have all read the first 40 pages of Angels Unaware and will be discussing their impression of the book with me. We will see if my writing impresses them enough to secure their interest in publishing the novel.

And Stage Lights? – Now that the novel is finished, I need to cull out the sections that could work for the play. As I mentioned previously, I have already discussed the project with an equity theater and they are waiting for the completed manuscript. If they agree it could make a successful play, we will discuss plans for securing a playwright and developing the stage production. More on this to come.

Amanda’s Room – Reader’s Edition 

What’s Next? – I met with Richard LaPorta of Husky Trail Press just prior to leaving for vacation to discuss where we’ve been, where we are now and where we will go in the future with this edition. Richard and I are meeting again to move this project further. In the meantime, I have ordered additional copies for upcoming signing events (See below).

Unicorn Writers’ Conference – Saturday, August 15 – 7:30 AM-8:00 PM – Reid Castle at Manhattanville College. As mentioned in earlier updates, I will be attending this conference and meeting with agents and editors there about my new book, Angels Unaware. More to come.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UCONN Waterbury Campus – There are several major developments at OLLI at UCONN. This amazing program provides high-quality, low-cost educational services to mature learners throughout Connecticut and beyond. For information about the OLLI program, its offerings and to register online go to: www.olli.uconn.edu

It’s Official – President of OLLI at UCONN for the 2015/2016 Academic YearUCONN’s Director of Community Outreach, Brian Chapman, made the formal announcement today that I have accepted the appointment. I am a long-time participant in OLLI, have great respect for the OLLI program and I am honored to fill this position.

OLLI Open House – August 18 – 9 A.M. – 1 P.M. – UCONN Waterbury CampusFree and Open to the Public! Come join us for this opportunity to explore what OLLI at UCONN has to offer you. Learn about the program offerings, schedule and costs, hear from out Keynote Speaker, Jonathan Kellogg, former Executive Editor of the Republican-American, and choose to attend two of the 15 sample classes offered. To register, go online at: olli.uconn.edu/special-events

Voices and Visions 2015 is Published – The fifth volume of the OLLI annual arts and literary review is finished. I have chaired this journal’s editorial committee for the past three years. I am very proud of this quality publication, of the diligence and creativity of the editorial committee, and of the outstanding contributions of OLLI members in areas of visual arts, prose, poetry and photography. You can receive a free copy by attending the OLLI Open House on August 18 or you can request one from OLLI at UCONN by contacting the campus by phone at 203-236-9924, or via e-mail at osher@uconnn.edu   

Every Dollar Feeds Kids (EDFK) Annual Bike Run – Sunday, Sept 13 – 10 A.M. – 4 P.M. Wolcott American Legion, 1253 Wolcott Rd, Wolcott, CT – This may seem an odd entry for my writing update, but if you look on the copyright page of Amanda’s Room you will note that a portion of the proceeds go to this organization. I have been involved with EDFK since its inception and I am past Board Chairman for the organization. Our mission is simple, to raise money to feed hungry children in the U.S. and abroad. If you have a motorcycle (or not) and want to have some great food, fun and enjoy the fabulous scenery of the Connecticut countryside while supporting a worthy cause, join us. For more information about the organization and the event go to: http://www.edfk.org/EDFK/HOME.html

Television Interview by Jan Lewis on Be My Guest – Upton MA – Wednesday, Sep 16 -Jan Lewis will interview me and my fellow author and friend, Casey Morley, on her cable television program, Be My Guest. The program will air locally in the Upton MA area and nationally and globally on the internet and U-Tube. More information to follow.

OLC Book Club discussion, Farmington, CT – Sep 18 – As a writer, one of my favorite activities is meeting with groups that have read my book to discuss their views, answer their questions and provide the “story behind the story.” On September 18, I look forward to doing just that with the members of the OLC Book Club in Farmington, CT. Special thanks to Nancy Castonguay for arranging this get-together.

Eastern States Exposition 2015 – Agawam MA Once again, I’ll be back at the Big-E for this annual New England event at one of the biggest fairs in the country. I will be in the Connecticut building signing and selling my books on the following days and times: Sat 9/19 10am -2 pm; Mon 9/21 10am -2 pm; Weds (CT Day) 9/23 4-6 pm; Sat 9/26 10am -2 pm; and Mon 9/28 12-4 pm. If you are at the fair during any of these periods, stop by the Connecticut building, say hello and, if interested, explore book offerings by me and other Connecticut authors.

Know someone who has not read Amanda’s Room yet? Copies are available at the following:

On-line

Amazon.com (Paperback, Kindle and Audio book), http://www.amazon.com/Amandas-Room-Chuck-Miceli/dp/1475291973

BarnesandNoble.com (Paperback and Nook), http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/amandas-room-chuck-miceli/1109800880

Smashwords.com (Multiple e-book formats), https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/131678

Paretreepublishing.net (Paperback).

Libraries –

In Connecticut: Southington, Willington, Bristol, Forestville, Oxford, W. Hartford (Faxon Branch)

In Massachusetts: Dudley, Woods Hole

In Pennsylvania: Laughlin, Pittston

If your public library carries Amanda’s Room and is not listed above, please notify me and I will add them to the list.

If your library does not carry Amanda’s Room and would like to, please let me know and I will be happy to send them a free copy for their collection.

Local (In Connecticut)

The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial Hospital Campus, Gift Shop, 81 Meriden Avenue, Southington, CT 06489

Tops Market, 887 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Southington, CT 06479, (860) 628-8794

The Southington Chamber of Commerce, 1 Factory Sq # 201, Southington, CT 06489, (860) 628-8036

Grace’s Restaurant, 1678 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Milldale, CT,

The Bristol Senior Center, 240 Stafford Ave. Bristol, 06010, (860) 584-7895, has copies available to loan to their members.

Thanks and Good Reading

Chuck Miceli,