Thursday, January 9, 2020


In honor of JANO, our January meeting will kick off with a Write-In in Room A at The Library Center on South Cambpell. 

If you need more info on this annual event, click here.  We hope to see you there.

IF the weather permits, (not looking good, Sleuths), we'll write for a couple of hours, then break for lunch as usual. 

But IF the weather doesn't cooperate, we'll have a virtual write in on our JANO group loop, and The Write Place to Create page on Facebook   If you haven't joined this page, you'll need to join on Facebook. 

Either way, we'll be discussing our plans for our big JANO party in February for all those participating. 

Get busy and write.  Remember, you only need to write 1613 words a day to make your 50,000 word goal for January.

Monday, December 2, 2019


Our December meeting will be a holiday party.  Attending members need to bring a pot luck dish to share.

We'll also have a Sneaky Santa game where each participant brings a wrapped gift between $5 &  $10, which can be stolen during the game.

Sleuths' Ink will also have our annual 25-word holiday contest.  

MUST be a member to participate
Story MUST be exactly 25 words.  Word count does not include the Title.
MUST contain or allude to a holiday
NO name on submission.
Stories will be read and voted on at the meeting.
Winner will receive $25

We'll write out goal cards for 2020 (and read them in December 2020 to see how we did)

Elections for 2020 will be held.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

August Speaker/Paralegal, Miranda Hall

I've been a paralegal for 17 years. I have worked mostly in the family law sector. I worked in the Webster County Prosecuting Attorney's office for just over 2 years as a violent crimes paralegal. At that time I worked on murder, suicide, assault and sex crime cases. I was also a back up victim advocate. 
Image may contain: 1 personI was invited to be a state witness at the execution of Rodrick Nunley. That was an unforgettable experience. 
After advocating for a ten year old victim I was demoted due to standing up to my boss and eventually sought employment elsewhere. 
I am currently employed at Schneider Law, LLC. I have had the privilege of working there for the last 2.5 years. 
I currently live with my children outside of Marshfield, Missouri. I am going through yet another divorce due to experiencing first hand what methamphetamine does to a person and their family. 
I spend my free time with my 11 year old twins and with my 4 horses. 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

                                   Saturday May, 11th 
                               Business Meeting 10:00 a.m.
                              Library Center on S. Campbell
                                      Speaker at 11:00 am

                      MAY SPEAKER - TIERNEY JAMES

                       How to write the novel with realism

Tierney James decided to become a full-time writer after working in education for over thirty years. Besides serving as a Solar System Ambassador for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, and attending Space Camp for Educators, Tierney served as a Geo-teacher for National Geographic. Her love of travel and cultures took her on adventures throughout Africa, Asia and Europe. From the Great Wall of China to floating the Okavango Delta of Botswana, Tierney weaves her unique experiences into the adventures she loves to write. Living on a Native American reservation and in a mining town, fuels the characters in the Enigma and Wind Dancer series.

After moving to Owasso, Oklahoma the love of teaching continued in her marketing and writing workshops along with the creation of educational materials and children’s books. Try some of her other books to bring a little adventure to your life.  Speaking at book clubs, school functions, church and community groups are a few of the things Tierney enjoys doing when not writing her next adventure. She also helps beginning writers in their quest to becoming a published author through her workshops and classes.

Books by Tierney James
Enigma Series                                            Stand Alone Novels
An Unlikely Hero                                                   The Rescued Heart
Winds of Deception                                                Dance of the Devil’s Trill
Rooftop Angels                                                       Turnback Creek
Black Mamba
Wind Dancer Series                                    Education
Dark Side of Morning                                               African Safari
Children’s Books
There’s a Superhero in the Library
Zombie Meatloaf
Mission K9 Rescue
How to Market A Book Someone Besides Your Mother Will Read

Monday, April 8, 2019

April Speaker/ Susan Keene on Writing

cropped-Susan-Keene-Facebook-Crop-1.jpgSusan spent years in the medical profession. During that time she spent two years taking x-rays in the morgue at St. Louis County Hospital to help doctors find cause of death of any and all bodies found outside the hospital arena, and spent seven years on the Trauma Team at De Paul Hospital in St. Louis.
Susan lives on a working farm in the beautiful Ozarks.
She has had an eclectic background from which she garners ideas for mystery novels.
She later worked for a national company as a trouble shooter. Her last job with a boss was as a sales trainer.
She retired at age fifty-five to run a pickle factory, Dinah's Kitchen.
Susan's great loves are her daughter and her grand children.  She is an avid reader. Her favorite hobby is to run her metal detector around the farm which is registered as part of the Trail of Tears.

Thursday, December 6, 2018


Don't forget to sign up for THE MEGA WRITE-IN, January 5th, 2019 from 10 A.M until 4 P.M.  Lunch is provided for a $5 fee.  Sign up here.  

About JANO
During January, 2010, Sleuths’ Ink held it’s first-ever JANO challenge. Modeled after the popular National Novel Writing Month in November, JANO begins in, you guessed it, January.
Participants are challenged to write a 50,000-word novel during the month of January. Join us and kick off the new year with a novel.

Two good reasons we picked January: 

1) You get an extra day to write. To complete 50,000 words during January, you only need to write 1,613 words a day.

2) The holidays are over. Winter has set in. What better way to spend a long, dreary month than writing a novel?


Sleuths' Ink will hold its Ninth Annual JANO beginning January 1, 2019. Please join us and kick off the new year by writing a new novel or adding new words to a work in progress.  This even is open to Sleuths' Ink members. 

Rules: There may be no actual writing on your JANO novel until January 1, but you may plot your novel and create character sketches before January 1. On that date, begin writing like mad (no editing) the entire month in order to reach the 50,000-word goal.  

To celebrate JANO members’ successes, Sleuths’ Ink will award three prizes:

First Person to reach 50,000
2nd Person to reach 50,000
Best first sentence. 

Details are forthcoming, but prizes will be awarded at the February meeting. You must be a paid member of Sleuths' Ink by the February meeting to be eligible for prizes. 

On Your Mark!
Start Plotting