It has been my pleasure to co-chair the Luncheon Literary Society meetings for the year of 2015. It was my job to send out e-mails to invite members of this writing group to the next meeting and then to facilitate the meeting.

During 2015 we have met for lunch at several different restaurants including Jackson’s Cafeteria, Golden Corral, McAllister’s (on Herlong Ave), and Luigi and Sons Italian Restaurant, all in Rock Hill. We have also met at the home of Peter Hildebrandt on two occasions. I also had to cancel one meeting because of weather conditions.

It has been a good year. Writing is sometimes a lonely profession, but when writing friends gather around a table to share a meal and their latest work, great friendships are forged. We’ve read, laughed, cried, critiqued together, brought together by the love of the written word.

Here’s a shout-out to our members who have published works and/or blogs:

Judith Barban–Crown of Jewels (poetry); Poplar River (novel); Meredith’s Wolf (novel)

Kim Blum-Hyclak–In the Garden of Life and Death: A Mother Daughter Walk (poetry)

Beth Crosby–blog:; “Wordsmithing” column, York County Magazine.

Ed R Green–Hope: The Sapphire Prison, Book One (novel)

Peter Hildebrandt–The Rest Is Silence (novel)

Barbara Lunow–Are We There Yet? (non-fiction); Star Drops and Spider Hair (poetry, to be published Jan 2016)

Jean Wheeler–Gayle’s Awakening (novel); Search for Reality (non-fiction)

Donna Wylie–Dark Corner of War (non-fiction, to be published)

Signing off now, I am your humble servant, a poet at heart, who is working on a poetry chapbook and/or a short story collection and/or a murder/mystery, Martha T. Robinson.

LLS’s 5th-Year Celebration Rap

This rap was written and performed by Judith Barban at our celebration meeting, Saturday, August 1, 2015. Check out Judith’s website at :

Before you read, visualize an Italian restaurant and get a syncopated beat of a rap going in your mind.

We’re a traveling bunch

that meets for lunch

we gather and we read

and I must concede

that everybody’s writing

is quite exciting

when we critique

we find what’s weak

and we make it strong

doesn’t take us long

we welcome each correction

’cause we strive for perfection

consider each suggestion

without any question

in this next year

we’ll write without fear

’cause we know we got friends

who’ll help with amends

and if you don’t relent

you’ll end up in print

if all goes well

you’ll have a book to sell

so stay in the loop

stick with the group

’cause it’s the LLS

that’s the key to success