November 5, 2011
By Pat Edwards
“I do much of my creative thinking while golfing. If people know you’re working at home they think nothing of walking in for a cup of coffee, but wouldn’t dream of interrupting on the golf course.” – Harper Lee, 1926 –
Tuesday evening at the bookstore . . .
Nine First-and-Thirders and two guests gathered around a children’s table at B&N because New York Times bestselling Madison writer Jennifer Chiaverini was holding forth in the big public area, talking about her newest Elm Creek Quilters novel, “The Wedding Quilt”, the 18th book in the series.
Five writers presented chapters, mini-chapters, poems, and short stories. Here we go:
– Rebecca Rettenmund (chapter 2, The Cheese Logue) . . .
A visitor, Beth, said a paragraph where I was thinking to myself was too wordy, and had too many questions. Aaron agreed. Millie was confused that Isaiah didn’t seem very close to me. She didn’t know we were dating. She also agreed that Isaiah seemed too negative in the first chapter. Everyone looooved the poem about The Mighty Cheese Curd. Pat thought I used good active verbs and tried rapping my poem. Some of my sentences could be chopped into shorter, more precise sentences instead of linked with too many conjunctions. Pat knew what it felt like driving with little portals cut out of the ice. Jen suggested that I should remind the reader what Renaud’s Syndrome was again. (more…)