Let’s Can Hunger Fall Festival raised hundreds of canned goods for food pantry

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Thank you everyone who supported our Let’s Can Hunger Fall Festival on November 5, 2016. We were able to raise hundreds of canned goods, and toys. The food went to Bloomingdale’s Food pantry, and the toys went to a local church’s giving tree.

I want to thank George and Tina Foley, and family for all of their hard work to make the Bloomingdale Homecoming an incredible success. Thanks to their partnership with me, we hosted a tremendously successful event that can help a lot of people in the community. I also want to thank Mayor Ben Rozier for opening the ceremonies with a great patriotic speech encouraging people to get out and vote.

Let’s Can Hunger started in 2011 as a grass roots food and support drive to help the West Broad Street YMCA. In the years since then, I have partnered with local businesses to raise canned goods. I can thank my Mom and my Dad for this because they helped me to volunteer at my church’s food pantry when I was 13. I used to help as a stock clerk, loading and unloading groceries, breaking down boxes, sweeping floors, or whatever the pantry asked me to do.

We hosted a successful food drive in the spring thanks to partnering with Tony & Robyn Privette, from Land of Misfit Toys, and family by sponsoring the Let’s Can Hunger at the 2016 Savannah Mega Comic Con. We raised hundreds of canned goods that were donated directly to Loaves of Fishes in Pooler, and to the Bloomingdale food pantry.

Bloomingdale Bears’ Homecoming combined with the Let’s Can Hunger Fall festival, bringing hundreds of people to the event. We had dozens of vendors with a huge assortment of goods and services. There were crafting vendors, bakers, clothes vendors, book sellers, jewelry vendors, personal care vendors, toys,  and even the folks from Guyton Paranormal Society, helping people discuss unknown and unnatural events.

I had the awesome opportunity to discuss the Savannah Quill and Let’s Can Hunger on The Bridge WSAV show on Friday, November 4, 2016 thanks to Kim Gusby and Reneé LaSalle. you can watch the segment here.

DJ OB-1 Benobi Ben Umbreit entertained the crowds, and played some awesome music. Everyone loved his music, especially the cheerleaders and kids. Sunny Side Inflatables

With the focus on helping the community raise non-perishable foods, school supplies and cloths, and toys for the holidays, we also wanted to get a head start on fitness goals. John Williams, from Fabricated Fitness, gave a free fitness bootcamp to get folks started. Sheena Allen, from HYPE Fit with Sheena, gave a free Zumba party.

I posted all of the photos on FB here  and there are some good ones on Savannah Morning News Spotted here.


Welcome Seth Greenwood!

seth-greenwoodWe would like to welcome Author Seth Greenwood to The Savannah Quill!

Seth Greenwood is a soldier by day, scriptwriter by night, residing in South-eastern Georgia where he is moonlighting his latest project with Canadian artist Angela Zhang; a neo-noir comic book mystery called “Gale”. Seth’s creative journey began in elementary school where he and his friend Joey Jones would make extensive plans to parody existing cartoon comedies. They had no idea what copyright infringement was and as with most kids with short attention spans and fickle imaginations, none of these ideas actually stuck.
What did stick, was a burning desire to escape the reality of a small-town life. If he wasn’t writing poetry or short story dramas in Geometry class he would be trying his hand at acting in theater arts, But it was not until 2013, while stationed in South Korea when a 27 year old Seth Greenwood finally found his true love for writing comic book scripts. It may seem strange that a writer without any  working knowledge of comics at all would choose this method of storytelling. Yet when a fellow soldier asked him to help in the development of a comic book, he agreed and absolutely fell in love with the medium shortly after. Unfortunately that first project fizzled out and the artist could not commit as much time  to the project as needed. This left Seth exploring other options like screen-writing.
One night he posted an example of a screenplay he had began writing when he got a message from Angela Zhang complimenting his work. From there she offered to collaborate with him if he ever wanted to do a noir style comic. His last reply to her? I think i know just the one. They have been committed to making “Gale” a success ever since.

TWITTER: @gale_comic
INSTAGRAM: @thegalecomic

Welcome Ellie Raine!


Author Ellie Raine

We would like to  welcome Ellie Raine to the Savannah Quill.

Ellie Raine is a writer and oil/digital artist.  She loves dream-like, fantasy stories that take you to different worlds and offer new perspectives, and so that is what she creates in her books and paintings.
She lives in Georgia with her loving husband and animals, and when she isn’t working on the next book in the NecroSeam Chronicles, she is painting fantastical scenery that drives her inspiration.
Her next installment comes out November 7, 2016.

The Savannah Quill welcomes Doce Blant Publishing!

Yarr! If ye be loving pirates, ye be loving this lot!

We are excited to announce Doce Blant Publishing will be joining us at the Savannah Quill book convention. (March 11, 2017) Author Marti Melville and Barnacle Bill Bedlam and others are coming to our book convention/ book festival in Savannah.


Doce Blant Publishing at B&N Burbank, CA during Author’s Con 2016

Doce Blant Publishing believes in creativity. Working together with our authors, we strive to support bright and imaginative minds through traditional publication. Doce Blant Publishing™ is a small house press created to support authors and readers. Member of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the Independent Book Publishers of Association (IBPA).


Marti Melville

Marti Melville is an American novelist and screenwriter known for her debut novel series, The Deja vu Chronicles.  Marti has expanded her writing to include screenwriting with each of her books adapted for film.  She has also written a series of children’s chapter books designed to encourage young imaginations through creative play.

She has a background in dance, music and acting as well. She continues to write novels, introducing the idea of fictional probability linked to historical events.   Marti currently resides in Southern California.



Barnacle Bill Bedlam and Sam

Barnacle Bill Bedlam, a rowdy and contemptuous, two-bit rogue with a reckless thirst for adventure, began to chronicle his Tales years ago. His youth was spent as a traveling troubadour before he unearthed his true passion for sailing tall ships and battling with black powder weapons and cutlasses. 
Wanted for ‘Piracy of the High Seas’ with countless acts against the Crown and general lawlessness, the Barnacle remains in hiding.  It is only on occasion we receive a hint of his miscreant ways by receipt of another of his Tales. This book is the next testament that Barnacle Bill Bedlam still sails the Caribbean seas … whereabouts unknown.

Let’s Can Hunger Fall Festival

lets-can-hungerWhat: Let’s Can Hunger Fall Festival 
Where: Taylor Park (Bloomingdale Recreation Center) 1824 Pine Barren Rd, Bloomingdale, GA 31302
When: Saturday November 5, 2016 10 am until 3 pm
Cost: Free admission
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/338380913175191/


Media Contact: Adam Messer, thesavannahquill@gmail.com 912-667-3696

Please join us for the first ever Let’s Can Hunger Fall Festival hosted by The City of Bloomingdale Recreation Center Saturday November 5, 2016. We are collecting non-perishable food, school clothing & supplies, and toys for the holidays. The donations collected will help local families.

Let’s Can Hunger started as a grass roots food drive in 2011, and every year partners with local businesses to help collect food, school clothes & supplies, as well as toys for the holidays. Past donations benefited local charitable organizations such as the West Broad Street YMCA, Loaves of Fishes, Toys for Tots, and local church food banks. 100% of donations are distributed back into the community.

This year’s fall festival features a vendor/community yard sale at Taylor Park combined with Bloomingdale Bear’s Homecoming parade! Family fun activities include DJ OB-1 Benobi playing music, Fabricated Fitness training a free fitness boot camp, and Sheena Allen giving a free Zumba party with HYPE Fit! With over 40 vendors already booked, there will be holiday gifts and shopping opportunities.

In addition to the entertainment, the concession stands will be open as well.

Everyone is encouraged to bring donations: non-perishable food, school clothing & supplies, and toys for the holidays. There is a 2 can suggested donation for ZUMBA.

We are seeking an in-kind donation for bouncy houses (or a monetary donation to rent them).

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/338380913175191/

We look forward to seeing you at Let’s Can Hunger Fall Festival on Nov. 5th!

Adam Messer


The Savannah Quill

“Connecting writers and readers to promote literacy.”


Please join us March 11, 2017 at Savannah Hilton Garden Inn


Stuart Jaffe’s thoughts on writing.

Hello everyone!

Our friend Stuart Jaffe wrote this for our newsletter. I wanted to share it because I think it is great advice for writing!



For The Savannah Quill newsletter

by Stuart Jaffe

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Stuart Jaffe

Most advice on writing is worthless. This isn’t because it’s wrong but rather because writers are individuals following an artistic pursuit which, by its nature, cannot be governed with set rules.  However, I do have two thoughts to share with you all that may help as you discover your own writing path.

First, momentum. Whether you write every day or once-a-week, whether you set word count goals or go until you drop, whether you put words to page in a frantic outpouring or in methodical order, the fact is that we all need momentum.

I tend to write every day provided I’m actually working on something. At this moment, for example, I haven’t written fiction for about three weeks because I’ve been researching my next Max Porter novel. Since the Max Porter novels take real Southern history and mix it with the supernatural, I have to spend extra time researching historical events. Thus, my writing momentum is near dead at the moment.

Once I start the actual writing, the first few days, I’ll be lucky to push out 300 words. It’ll be arduous.  But if I stick to it (and I will), then each day gets better. The momentum builds. Soon I’ll be back to my regular daily 2,000+ words. I’ll finish writing for the day, and the rest of the hours by brain will keep writing, so that the next morning, I’m ready to go with new ideas and new words. The momentum keeps it rolling.

The second thing I want to share is what I call the One Rule. See, there are no rules in writing except this: If it works, it works.

That’s it. Simple.

It doesn’t matter what the “rules” say you should and shouldn’t do. If you can make it work, if you can get readers to understand and enjoy what you’ve written, then the “rules” are meaningless and wrong. Example: The “rules” would say never write a book that’s in 2nd person, present tense, and non-linear. The “rules” say it won’t work.

But in the 1970s, Edward Packard came along with what would eventually be called the Choose Your Own Adventure series. Those books are in 2nd person, present tense, and certainly non-linear. He made it work, so it doesn’t matter what the rules say.

If it works, it works.

Mark your calendars!

The Savannah Quill profile picHello everyone!

I hope this message finds you well!
In consideration of upcoming events, we rescheduled the book convention to Saturday March 11, 2017. We just received confirmation from the hotel for the date.
Thank you for patience and we will send out a new press release as soon as it is available.

Thank you!

Thank you!Thank you for understanding about rescheduling the convention. Hurricane Matthew caused a lot of devastation. We are working to get everything back in order here in Savannah. We are very grateful that a lot of people were safe and sound, and we are praying for those who experienced loss.

We will announce the new convention date as soon as possible, and we appreciate your patience while we are waiting to find out as well.