Thursday, December 17, 2015

Just Make Me A Sammich

 Just Make Me A Sammich

Just Make Me A Sammich: Absurd Observations from a Wild Mind

By Don Ake

Just Make Me A Sammich is a collection of humorous essays from a wild mind, Don Ake. He explores a wide variety of topics, finding the absurd in the simple things and hilarious perspectives on more complex topics. His warped sense of humor will repeatedly catch you off guard. Sometimes politically incorrect, sometimes a bit naughty, but always witty. It is literally laugh-out-loud funny, story after crazy story.

The Prodigal

 The Prodigal

The Prodigal 
By Brett Tipton

This story takes the Parable of the Prodigal Son and places it into the 21st century. Caleb, the younger brother, takes his inheritance and lives a riotous life. Joshua, the older brother, stays at home and studies to become a Messianic rabbi. This modern day rendition is sure to bring new insight into the classic parable.

Monday, December 7, 2015 Basics for Beginners Basics (Beginners)

Was there a time you felt like you wanted to start blogging about something you're passionate about, but then decided not to because it seemed too complicated?  Don Abbott is here to help you out. Come out and join us for " Basics" class "FREE" on Thursday, December 17, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Kenmore Branch Library in Akron, Ohio to get yourself up and running as a newbie blogger.

If you have an idea for a blog such as a business, a family project, your writings, your photography, your travels, your recipes, your anything and you just don't have the know-how. Well, here's your chance!

This class will step you through the process from start to finish, getting a domain, getting hosted, picking themes, adding pictures/text and more!

The beauty of WordPress is that it's inexpensive, easy to learn and incredibly scalable to make it as simple or sophisticated as you want. You will be up and running in no time!

What Don will cover:

*What is WordPress? (Free vs. Hosted)

*Signing up for a Wordpress account

* Picking a Domain Name

*Working with WordPress Themes

*Creating Your First Blog Post

*Adding Photos and Text

*Working with WordPress Widgets

*Upgrade Possibilities

**Prerequisites: Experienced computer users with a solid knowledge of  basic computing skills. No HTML or prior web design experience necessary. Please have multiple browsers installed on your computer (ex. Chrome and/or Firefox)**

** Please RSVP- Limited Seating

Location: 969 Kenmore Blvd.
Akron, Ohio 44314
(330) 745-6126

About Don Abbott: The Snarky Gardener (aka Don Abbott) is a gardener, blogger, author, educator, speaker, reluctant activist, and permaculture practitioner from Kent Ohio. Professionally he’s a software developer but spends his spare time producing food at Snarky Acres, his rented .91 acre urban farm. His blog – – assists others with growing food in Northeastern Ohio and beyond. He is also the founder of the Kent Ohio chapter of Food Not Lawns. In Spring 2015, he received his Permaculture Design Certification from Cleveland Ohio based Green Triangle. The Snarky Gardener also loves referring to himself in the third person. Please like him on Facebook as he likes to be liked.

For more information you can contact Don the Snarky Gardener at


Kora Sadler at

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Delights 

On Thanksgiving Day we're thankful for
Our blessings all year through,
For family we dearly love,
For good friends, old and new.

For sun to light and warm our days,
For stars that glow at night,
For trees of green and skies of blue,
And puffy clouds of white.

We're grateful for our eyes that see
The beauty all around,
For arms to hug, and legs to walk,
And ears to hear each sound.

The list of all we're grateful for
Would fill a great big book;
Our thankful hearts find new delights
Everywhere we look!

 By Joanna Fuchs

Wednesday, October 28, 2015





1. You must be a current Writers Group member to submit work for possible publication in  the 2015 anthology. You must also be a current Writers Group member at time of publication for your work to be included in the anthology. Editors may make exceptions at their discretion. 

2. Members may submit up to two pieces of work for consideration. A separate submission  form must be completed for each poem. Deadline for all submissions is November 15th,  2015. Work shall be submitted in Microsoft Word or rich text file (Electronic submissions only; hard copy submissions will not be accepted.)

3. Members must pay ten dollars ($10.00) for each submission, with payment due no later than NOVEMBER 30th, 2015. Members are not guaranteed inclusion in the anthology.  The Editors of the anthology have the final say about acceptance and may reject any submission for any reason. If a submission is not accepted for publication, the  submission fee for that work will be returned. Work will be not be accepted if it is too long or there are too many errors.

4. The Writers Group Anthology is not a genre-specific anthology; we are looking for great  stories. Therefore, most genres are considered, including Speculative Fiction, Western,  Young Adult, Young Adult Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Sci-Fi,  Mystery, Crime, and impossible-to-classify works that blend elements from  multiple categories. 
Short Stories:  Short Stories up to 12,000 words will be considered. 

Fiction:  Fiction up to 12,000 words will be considered.

Poetry & Prose: Poems from 3 to 100 lines will be considered.

Flash Fiction:  The ideal length for Flash Fiction submissions is about 500 to 750 words, but pieces up to 2500 words may be submitted in this category. 

Vignette:  The ideal length for Vignette submissions is about 500 to 1000 words, but pieces up to 2500 words may be submitted in this category. 

Creative Non-Fiction:  Creative Non-Fiction up to 9,000 words will be considered.

5. The Writers Group Anthology is not accepting the following submissions because we’d like to reach the widest audience possible. The 2015 anthology will be geared toward the adult and young adult. 
FanFic: There are so many competing copyright issues we do not have the resources to validate rights, and it is therefore our policy to decline all work which makes use of another creator’s universe or characters, including fictionalized scenarios featuring public personalities.

Erotica:  This anthology does not accept pure erotica, explicitly sexual content, or works where sex acts are the primary focus of the piece. If it’s incidental to a great story we’d be willing to consider your work.

Violence:  Gratuitous descriptions of injury, abuse, or attack are discouraged. Conflict is integral to a good story, and may include fighting or death, but we do not seek gory blow-by-blow itemizations of violence in progress. We also avoid stories of rape, both explicit and implied, whether the characters understand it as rape or not.

Previously Published Work:  The goal of The Writers Group is to publish great writing & poetry the world has never seen from both established and up-and-coming writers and poets. We also consider a work previously published if it has appeared in a high-school or college anthology, or in the published results of a writing contest, etc. 

We consider works that can be easily found through an internet search to be previously published, including stories and novels published to your own blog. Work must not be something that is being considered by another publisher.  By submitting your work, you warrant that you have retained a copy. TWG will not be responsible for keeping any copies of work submitted.  
6. Word Count: Indicate the word count of the piece after your name. We use the free online word count tool at ( ) We use this tool because it does not require any specific software, and does not submit or store your text to any server.

7.   Author must sign a release form that acknowledges: By submitting an Entry, you represent and warrant that your entry: (a) is your original creation; (b) has not been copied in whole or in part from any other work; (c) has not previously been published; (d) does not violate or infringe any copyright, trademark, privacy or publicity right, or other proprietary or intellectual property right of any person or entity; (e) is not defamatory, libelous, obscene, or otherwise illegal; and, (f) is your sole and exclusive property. You further represent and warrant that you have complete, worldwide distribution rights. Author understands that he/she retains the rights to his/her work, but any royalties and/or profits from the sale of the anthology go to the The Writers Group.

8.   Email your work to: as an attachment.  Include "ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSION" in the subject line of the email. 

9.   Include a short biography of yourself (no longer than 150 words) with the work submitted. This  biography may be edited by the anthology editor. It is the editor’s intention to include the short biographies at the end of the published anthology. Include any titles you want with your name. For example, John Smith, MD.

10.   Make your check or money order payable to The Writers Group. In the memo line write:  2015 Anthology Submission. Submit your check to Kora Sadler, or mail it to:


13. Author's Release Form(s), with an original signature, must accompany payment for submission(s).  A signed Release Form is required for EACH submission.  Payment must be submitted no later than November 30th, 2015.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Writers Group Meeting August 22 2015

  •  to 
  • Akron Kenmore Library

    969 Kenmore Blvd, Akron, OH (map)
  • Meeting Room On The Right :-)
  • If you’ve just finished a story and you need some feedback or if you’ve been wanting to come to meetings forever and are just curious to see what your fellow writers are up to, The Writers Group is for you.
    Each member will share their work in a friendly, low-stakes environment where everyone understands the hurdles of writing. As a reader, you’ll get an immediate response to your work and be able to ask focused questions of the group.
    In the group, you’ll get to see what your fellow writers have been up to and improve your own writing by analyzing others’ work.
    More than that, it’s an opportunity to get to know your fellow writers better!
    Writers will be scheduled primarily on a first-come, first-served basis to read their pieces. Please keep pieces under 10 minutes to give everyone a chance to read.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Free Ebook: The Universe has a Helpline and You’re On Hold

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By Brett Tipton

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Peggy peers across the piano black lacquered desk. “So, why do you think we should hire you as head scriptwriter for Right Now Television?” “Well, I've written three New York Times Best Sellers and I've won the Pulitzer Prize.” “Okay, what are those for?” “Books.” “You do know people no longer read books?” “Of course I know. That's why I'm here.” “I see on your resume you studied history.” “I have a Ph.D. in History from Harvard.” “Well, history's not going to get you far here.” “I know. I know.” “Hey, now this is interesting.” Peggy shows Julie a picture on her tablet of a wild party. Julie is holding a bottle and has a lampshade on her head. “Could you tell me a little more about this?” “Oh, I knew I shouldn't have made that Spacebook post. Look, it was just one wild party my junior year.” “Our background check says you were arrested for public nudity.” “Oh, no! Look, I was drunk. These frat boys dared me to streak across the soccer field. It was only one party.” “Public nudity. Now, that's the kind of thing that makes for good television.” “What?” “And drunken stupidity. That will sell great to TTN.” “The Teaching Network?” “Where did you get this lampshade?” “I think I bought it at a pawn shop in Cleveland.” “Oh! Now, see, this is the stuff of great television.” “Wait? You're not interested in my Ph.D. from Harvard or my Pulitzer Prize?” “Did you meet anyone interesting in prison?” “Well, it wasn't prison, um, . . . oh yeah. They had me locked down right between a serial killer and a crack head.”

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Writer’s Group Comes to Akron

Fiction writers, poets, screenwriters, and wordsmiths of all genres now have the chance to network, get feedback on their work, and find fellowship and community with the arrival of The Writer’s Group, a gathering of language lovers from the northeastern Ohio area.

Led by Akron resident Kora Sadler, the group currently meet at the Kenmore Library for a time of sharing and discussion of writing. Participants bring selections of their work of up to ten minutes, which the group then reads aloud and discusses. While sharing your own work is encouraged, members are welcome to contribute to discussion and observe as well.

The Writer’s Group welcomes all writing styles and genres and already sports a diverse group of participants, from counselors to teachers to medical professionals, who travel from as near as a few blocks from the library to as far as Youngstown and Alliance for meetings. They also provide a useful pool of knowledge regarding submitting work to literary journals, self-publishing, and creating and promoting blogs and ebooks to help members make their goals of professional writing a reality.

“I’m a professional freelance writer and our group gives me the chance to do something working from home doesn’t afford the opportunity for: hanging out with other writers and talking about our craft. It’s incredibly encouraging and liberating to be around like-minded people with a passion for writing,” fiction writer Kori Morgan said.

Meetings aren’t just limited to the sharing of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, though. Participants have also presented a variety of other creative forms of work, including original songs, stand-up comedy, artwork and dramatic readings.

Screenwriter Brett Tipton says that the group’s “anything goes” format is what sets it apart from other organizations of its kind. “We never know what we’re going to hear,” Tipton said. “We do know that exceptional things will be read and shared – but we never know what they’re going to be.”

Reading original work isn’t the only thing the Writer’s Group has planned as they gain steam in the Akron area. Forthcoming activities will include “Shut Up and Write” nights, where participants gather with beverages, snacks and computers to work on their writing projects, a Meet the Writers showcase of members’ written, visual and performance material and a writing workshop and seminar, which will be open to the public for a fee, is also planned for the summer, where Tipton and Morgan will speak about creating original screenplays and fiction.

“This group provides a positive environment that promotes and generates creativity,” fiction and nonfiction writer Amy Trebisky said. “We have different styles […] Since we are open-minded to the art, we are able to critique and genuinely enjoy each other.”

The Writer’s Group welcomes participants from ages 18 and older and meets on select Thursdays and Saturdays throughout each month at 969 Kenmore Blvd. A schedule of upcoming meetings can be found online at: The group offers a laidback atmosphere that welcomes late arrivals. For more information, contact Kora Sadler by phone at (234)-564-3891 or e-mail

“The group inspires me to keep my writing going and even challenge myself to try new styles,” fiction writer and history teacher Greg Milo said. “It also holds me accountable, in a good way -- I always want to come to the group with something new to share, something better than before. And man, is it a blast.”

Sunday, March 8, 2015

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