S.E. Schlosser
December 9, 2006
About S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky series by Globe
Pequot Press, which includes
Spooky New England, Spooky
South
, Spooky Southwest, Spooky New York, Spooky California,
Spooky New Jersey and Spooky Pennsylvania. She has been
telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's
pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted
out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and
the Institute of Children's Literature, Sandy received her MLS
from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music
teacher and a freelance author.

Sandy currently works as a Manager of Special Applications
for Consumer Reports Magazine, where she oversees
product strategy; manages user interface issues; directs
changes to the information architecture of
ConsumerReports.org; and helps coordinate marketing
efforts.
Sandy is the webmaster and writer of an award-winning,
internationally-known web site called
American Folklore that
features retellings of folktales from each state. This site was
created as part of a graduate study at Rutgers the State
University of New Jersey in October 1997 and is used daily
by teachers throughout the world in lesson plans for
students of all levels. Stories from the site have also been
used in college text books and in Masters level programs.
Post Meeting Write-up

Face the Fiction met last night and was an overwhelming success. It
was agreed that we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful
location. The decor was vibrant, festive and comfortable..almost too
comfortable - I think it was about 1:00am when we all finally (very
begrudingly) said goonight!

The evening began with Todd showing his coveted boxed-set of BSG
to a full-house. Conversation and snacking continued until Todd & I
went to go pick up dinner around 5:15 or so. When we returned,
several others had arrived and we all sat down for pizza. Todd
spoiled us with several different choices and we chose them all!! We
cleaned up and prepared for our guest-of-honor,
S.E. Schlosser
around 6:30. Ms. Schlosser was punctual and arrived shortly after
(@6:35).

Special guest speaker,
S.E. Schlosser, who was very nicely
introduced by thank you -- Steve Spinosa, folklorist & fantastic
storyteller, provided us with a special treat. Schlosser is a natural
born storyteller and regaled us with several stories, ranging from a
prankster ghost to a dancing mortar bowl and a brush with evil. Her
presentation was lively, interesting and was flooded with questions.
Some offered up their personal experiences (Remy & Barry), some
asked how Ms. Schlosser goes about researching an area for her
books (Craig, Todd, Joe H), others were interested in how skeptics
were dealt with (Steve H). The questions kept coming, but we finally
stopped being greedy and let her end her presentation - we didn't
let her leave though!! Ms. Schlosser was having such fun with the
group, that she stayed and talked, had coffee and dessert with us
until 11/11:30 pm!! She left with our calendar in hand (she must be
fearless) and plans to attend future meetings!!

Following the presentation, we asked our moderators to step up to
the front of the room so we could show them our appreciation (I'm
sure they felt like victims in front of a firing-squad). We let each of
them know they had our thanks & heartfelt gratitude. We have
wonderful moderators that make our work easier and they should be
given proper due. Barry & Chris H even gave us a rockettes-like
dance of thanks!

We continued the night with coffee (Joe Havasy & I averted disaster
with a leaky coffeepot), more food (Bill is quite the microwave chef),
much conversation and a lot of fun. We were lucky to have Nancy
Denker stop in for a visit before she moves out of the area to Philly.
She asked to kept in the loop and plans on visiting when possible.
Paul D generously took pictures (we will post them as soon as I
receive them) and also brought Kate!! Thank you Paul for the
pictures and Kate. Thanks to Kate for the cool Wendigo story!
Thanks to everyone who brought food Joe H, Liz B, Craig, Brian &
Ana, Steve & Jim, Bill, Gene (if I forgot to mention you, smack Chris
in the head..lol...). Thanks to everyone who made the night such
fun.