The Guild held its Annual Business Meeting on April 17. Per SCWG Bylaws, the membership elects the Board of Directors at the meeting. Immediately after the meeting, the newly-elected Board met to choose the Executive Committee, consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The results are as follows:
President: Joanne Fisher
Vice President: Christopher (Kit) Adams
Secretary: Heather Montgomery
Treasurer: James Nelson
Director-at-Large: Ashley McGrath
Director-at-Large: Patricia (Pat) Aylward
The Guild thanks Cindy Foley for all her years of service, and the tremendous assistance she provided to President Joanne Fisher during her first term as President. The Guild also thanks Robbie Konczynski for his dedicated service, and the guidance he provided during his tenure.
Finally, we welcome Ashley and Pat as new Board members.
On April 3, a scaled-down display of SCWG anthologies and members' books was set up at the Franklin T. DeGroodt Library. The Guild is setting up monthly displays at county libraries. If you would like your book to be featured in a display, or if you would like to set up a display in your local library, please contact us here. (4/3/21)
Franklin T. DeGroodt
Our president Joanne Fisher, Jay Heavner, and Jessica Broyles all had booths at the festival. Everyone sold books and interacted with readers, and it seems to have been a success. If you couldn't be there, you were missed. If you want to sell books, this is a good venue to do so, and to get the Guild known in the community. The next one will be in November. Stay tuned! (3/27/21)
Fox Lake Spring Festival of Crafts 2021
Our President, Joanne Fisher, was contacted by the Palm Bay Public Library, 1520 Port Malabar Blvd. NE, and asked if the Guild would be interested in being showcased in the library's display case. Of course, Joanne jumped on the opportunity, placing many books from the Guild and members into the display case. Please visit the display, which runs from now until the end of February.
The vaccines have finally arrived, offering us a way out of this dreadful COVID-19 pandemic. Sadly, the coronavirus is still surging worldwide, so now it’s a race between infections and injections. We all hope that science will ultimately prevail.
When enough people have received the jab, and we start approaching herd immunity, what will the world look like? Will we reset our “new normal” back to the way it was, or has society fundamentally changed? When will we stop using masks? When will social distancing become a thing of the past? How will your daily habits change?
The forthcoming anthology, AFTERMATH, is a direct sequel to PANDEMIC. It is a collection of stories about people’s expectations for life after COVID-19. The Black Death gave rise to many structural changes in European society in the 14th century. The Spanish Flu outbreak in 1918 led to the Roaring 20s. What will the end of COVID-19 bring to us? What lessons have we learned to prepare ourselves for the next inevitable pandemic? How will we deal with the avalanche of long-term mental health issues? When will the economy recover? What will happen to education and the students who lost so much with remote learning?
• One submission per person (fiction, non-fiction, essays), no longer than 8,000 words. The submission cannot be previously published or currently under review elsewhere. Submissions must be sent as an email attachment in MS Word format to email@example.com.
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• Contributors maintain copyright on their submission, but the overall copyright of the anthology rests with the publisher.
• AFTERMATH will be published by Anthology Alliance and distributed through Amazon.com in Kindle and print formats by July 2021.
• Authors selected to appear in AFTERMATH will receive a free copy of the print version of the book.
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NOTE: This anthology is sponsored by Scott Tilley, Ph.D., and is not a Space Coast Writers' Guild activity.
Scott Tilley is president and founder of Precious Publishing, an emeritus professor at the Florida Institute of Technology, president and founder of the Center for Technology & Society, president and co-founder of Big Data Florida, Senior Fellow at the American Security Council Foundation, past president of INCOSE Space Coast, and a Space Coast Writers’ Guild Fellow. His recent books include Systems Analysis & Design (Cengage, 2020), Perspectives on Systems Engineering from Florida’s Space Coast (CTS Press, 2020), and PANDEMIC (Anthology Alliance, 2020). He wrote the “Technology Today” column for FLORIDA TODAY from 2010 to 2018. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Victoria (1995). Visit his author website at http://www.amazon.com/author/stilley. Contact him at email@example.com
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