Another nice interview and a reminder

Locals around Clearwater will be able to read the paper copy of the lovely article Penny Leuthard wrote about my latest novel, Where Two Rivers Meet.  Many thanks, Penny.  I appreciate all the coverage the press has given me, from Annandale Advocate, Monticello Times, to Kelly Cordes from WJON, to The Patriot News article that was just released.

I also want to remind everyone that I’ll be speaking at the Civil War Roundtable at the Stearns History Museum.  The title of my presentation is (Oh, I know it is a mouthful!)  Minnesota Main Street Women: The Civil War and Dakota Conflict Through the Eyes of the Protagonists and Characters.  The directors assure me that the event is free and “guests are welcome.”  I will also have my books with me to sign and sell.

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JUST A REMINDER: In 5 short days, I’ll be talking to the Civil War Roundtable at the Stearns History Museum. I think it starts at 3:30, but I’d make sure to be there a few minutes before. Also, the title of my presentation is “Cynthia Frank-Stupnik’s Main Street Women: The Civil War and Dakota Conflict Through the Eyes of her Protagonists and Characters.”

I know that is a mouthful. The event starts at 3:15 on Tues, February 13.

Hope to see a few of you there!




Launching “Where Two Rivers Meet”

Not many people remember her. Yet, she stepped out of her safe and normal to take a chance on change. A recent widow, she could be taken care of by her family, or she could hope to find a mate to take care of her and her son.
Abigail Robinson Camp had a desire for adventure and a spirit to chance it on her own. Yet, in 1885, a trip from Vermont to the wilds of Minnesota Territory held enough challenges but being the only female taking care of a log-cabin hotel surrounded by a camp full of men kept her on her guard and busy. Early town people kept the stories about her strength and wisdom alive despite the many deprivations they all faced.
Come this Sunday, January 14th, 2024, at 1:00 to hear a bit more about Abigail’s story. Help us celebrate the GIRLS as she joins Jennie Phillips, “Scruples & Drams,” and Maude Porter, “Pins & Needles,” as we launch my third in the trilogy of Minnesota Main Street Women, “Where Two Rivers Meet.” We will share a few stories, a little history, and some refreshments, including the celebration of cutting the cake, always the highlight of my parties.

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“Where Two Rivers Meet”: Book Launch

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I am pleased to invite you to the launch of “Where Two Rivers Meet” on Sunday afternoon, January 14th, at 1 p.m. We will meet at the United Methodist Church in Clearwater, Minnesota. Come join us for a little music, and a little talk about Clearwater history, Minnesota Main Street Women, especially, the protagonist of the new novel, the first woman of Clearwater, Abigail Camp Porter. We will share some prizes, a chance to see all my books, and of course, an opportunity to share a piece of cake.

Holiday Cheer!

One week away!   I’ll be in the hallway waiting for you. I love this event, the makers who are part of this unique event, and our host, Danielle.
I can’t promise that “WHERE TWO RIVERS MEET” will be there with me, though. The book is finished but at the publishers. Proof it is on its way is below!!! Don’t worry. l’ll devise some type of scheme to get you a book somehow, someway, and as soon as possible.
I’ll be bringing a new look, including a logo, to promote my Minnesota Main Street Women trilogy, my past writing, and my future.
As soon as I know the date of delivery of “Where Two Rivers Meet,” I’ll also set up a book launch date.
I want to thank all of you. The book has been long in coming, and that I’m sorry about. But through your encouragement, and you know who you are, thoughts, and prayers, I recovered from a series of sicknesses that almost took me out completely. Miracles do exist. I came back to the book and new direction I was taking with it. Thank you. I hope to see you soon.
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Finally finished

I feel like a rudderless ship, a childless mother, a banana-less banana bread (I wish I knew of more idioms). I’ve sent my latest novel, “Where Two Rivers Meet” to the publisher. I don’t know if I should jump for joy, sing, or look for a new project (I have plenty of things to do.). I feel like celebrating, but food is in the crockpot for supper. I have the weirdest feeling.  I am also changing a few other items: a new business card, new informational poster, and a a new way to display my books.  In addition, I will be making some changes to my webpage (IF I CAN!) .
A little preview drawn by son Todd of what is to come:
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A bit of history and a good question


Buffalo, Minnesota, and the rest of the state will be hot and steamy tomorrow, but I’ll be there for the 40th Arts and Crafts Festival.  From 9-3:30.

One week later, you can find me at another of my favorite events.  Downtown St. Joseph, MN, hosts a wonderful art event, Millstream

The weekend after Labor Day, Saturday AND Sunday, Sept 9 and 10, I’ll be sitting under my large umbrella at the Rice, MN, Arts and Crafts event,

I’m proud to be counted among this group in Mankato, as well. The Deep Valley Book Festival is an amazing  event for  published authors. This event is Oct. 7.


More events to come but keep November 11, 2023.  I’m hoping to launch Where Two Rivers Meet, my prequel to the two other Main Street Women novels. Place, time, and new information coming soon.

Clearwater Heritage Wednesday Get-Together

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The doctor put away his needles. I am on the mend. Join me next Wednesday, August 2nd, for a little presentation, a bit of conversation, a few tales, and a tidbit of gossip in my Minnesota Main Street novels and “Around Clearwater.”

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An update

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Just an update….I hoped to have “Where Two Rivers Meet” launched in August. I am so close to the end and have been for two months. Unfortunately, a twist of fate took place beginning around Easter. My husband, sister, and I were hit with Covid for the first time. We all suffered one way or another, but I think Frank got off the easiest..he took a 3-day nap and woke up better. Both sister and I really came down with it. I ended up at the ENT with a staff infection in my sinuses. That was April. Feeling somewhat better, a few of us went to some antique and occasional sales in Central Minnesota. I fell face down in a chicken coop. Put a lot of stress on my already burdened arthritic body and ended with a nasty shiner. Sometime around Memorial Day, I started having TMJ issues. Went to doctors and even Urgent Care. Lots of medicine but nothing took the pain away for too long. Finally went to the dentist after three weeks. The endodontist found a nasty abscess. Oral surgeon loaded me with novocaine and pulled the very sick tooth. was pulled, only for me to feel well for two days before dry socket took over. Just ended the week of antibiotics for the took infection when I started having severe side pain. We raced to Urgent Care only to be sent to the hospital. I had a temp of 103 and bladder and kidney infections that had gone to sepsis. The worst pain was to come overnight in the hospital. Sat after CT scans, doctors found a kidney stone blocking everything between the kidney and bladder. The staff raced me to surgery to have a stent put in.
I am home and trying to heal, knowing after a month of antibiotics, I face another surgery to remove stent and stone. I am feeling less pain, but working to fight the exhaustion.
I have a number of events coming up, two new I am excited about:
Thurs, July 20, I’ll be selling and signing at Munsinger’s Arts in the Park.
Aug 2, I will be presenting, signing, and selling during Clearwater’s History week. I believe more information will be posted but I think it is at 6ish on the 2nd at the Lyons Center. (Clearwater, MN)
Buffalo Arts and Crafts takes place August 19, 2023 at 9 (Buffalo, MN)
Millstream Arts and Crafts will be Sunday, August 27, in St. Joe, MN. 11-5
I hope to see you there. I’ll have more news about “Where Two Rivers Meet.”