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Writer’s Mail
July 17, 2005

 “I kissed her, a long hard kiss. Because baby didn’t know it, but baby was dead, and in a way I couldn’t have loved her more.”  The Killer Inside Me, Jim Thompson


Notes from July, Week 3,  2015

Second and Fourth: No notes were sent so here’s a super over-dramatic review of what happened.

It was a hot and sultry Tuesday night. The kind of night you wouldn’t want to leave a dead body lying around to cook in the suffering heat. Several souls gathered at Barnes and Noble that night, a safe place as it would seem, to discuss various writings submitted throughout the week. Things started off well enough, each person respectfully listening to the first reader, patiently waiting their turn to ravage the group with their tasty treat of literature. Suddenly, the lights went dim and all was dark, including the outside. It was if God himself had flipped the switch off. A strong, powerful wind blew the doors open. Books and people flew through the air, smashing into anything in their path, but our fearless members in Second and Fourth weren’t having it. No unholy freak force of nature could prevent them from finishing their meeting. Everyone scrambled to grab pens and paper, laptops and tablets to read their work during this hell rising event, shouting over the screams and howls of flying patrons and 100 mph winds. Finally, when it was all over, the wind had stopped, and the light returned, Second and Fourth stood proud and vowed that no matter what evil gets thrown at them, they would always finish their meeting after the last person has read.

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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
February 11, 2015

She said it . . .
“Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.” – Colette, author (1873-1954)

Who’s up next . . .
February 17: Lisa McDougal (chapter 26, Tebow Family Secret), Amber Boudreau (flash fiction), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter 12, part 2, novel), Alicia Connolly-Lohr (chapter 11, Coastie Girl), Millie Mader (chapter 60, Life on Hold), and Andy Brown (chapter, The Last Library).

February 24: ???

March 3: Alicia Connolly-Lohr (chapter 12, Coastie Girl),, Pat Edwards (???), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Mike Rickey (poems), Judith McNeil (???), and Jerry Peterson (chapters 9-10, Rooster’s Story).

Fifth Tuesday . . .
It’s only seven weeks away . . . March 31 at Mystery To Me Bookstore. Second-and-fourth group hosts. And this is a potluck event, so plan now for what you want to bring to share. (more…)

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Tuesdays with Story
WRITER’S MAIL for September 30, 2011

Writer’s Quote
‘In an abundant society where people have laptops, cellphones, iPods and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books.’ – Harper Lee

Tuesday Night at BN:
… didn’t really happen. Three people showed up, and among those three, none of us had submitted anything for this week. We had a lovely time chatting, though.

Who’s Up Next?
October 4: Rebecca Rettenmund (journal entry), Barb Sorensen (???), John Schneller (chapter, Final Stronghold), Jennifer Hansen (chapter 4, Shadows of Yesterday), Liam Wilbur (chapter, Scott & Rory), Jim Cue (part 2, short story), and Greg Spry (chapter 12, Beyond Cloud Nine).

October 11: Cole Ruby (chapter, Champions), Terry Hoffman (chapter, The Tome), and Jack Freiburger (chapter, Path to Bray’s Head), Carol Hornung, (Sapphire Lodge), Holly Bonnicksen-Jones (Coming Up for Air), Jen Wilcher.

October 18: Greg Spry (chapter 12, Beyond Cloud Nine), Judith McNeil (???), Aaron Boehm (screenplay/part 12, Hell Cage), Millie Mader (chapter 29, Life on Hold), Pat Edwards (poems), and John Schneller (chapter, Final Stronghold).

Fifth Tuesday (more…)

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“It is a general rule of fiction that characters who are presented as neither wholly admirable nor wholly despicable are much more interesting and satisfying than those whom the author presents as either perfect or appalling.” – Allan Massie, Scottish journalist and novelist (1938–)

Tuesdays With Story Writers Mail, June 10, 2010
by Jen Wilcher

Tuesday Night at the Bookstore
Eleven folk gathered at Barnes & Noble Tuesday to discuss fantasy, fiction, poetry, and dragons with English accents. . .

Jen Wilcher presented And So We Meet Again. Might need to explain just a little bit more who these characters are – why two English and one Japanese main character? Seto doesn’t act particularly Japanese. Being fan fiction, Carol said she was able to follow it pretty well, even though the characters weren’t familiar. Jack suggested fleshing out the characters a bit, make them more engaging. Holly wanted to see more action and description applied to the characters and the events around them.

Kim Simmons jumped right into the conflict of her new novel, The City of Winter, with a shipwreck. Anne suggested not using the main character’s name quite so often since she’s the only one in the scene. Jack said to set the scene with the character IN the scene, not referring back to her all the time. Describe what’s going on around her, her actions, etc. Holly wanted more back story – a reader could pick this up first, and needs some idea of who these characters are and what happened before. Terry really liked the way the scene started in the middle of the action.

Terry Hoffman read from The Journal. We wondered how would Aunt Ace refer to the owner of the house? Probably not “your mother’s house,” but “Jeannie’s house.” Create some unease in the main character – she’d react internally but not necessarily verbally to some of Aunt Ace’s comments. Anne said the dialog with Doug was a little sparse – need some emotional/physical reactions, more than just their words.

Randy Haselow submitted the beginning of his novel Hona and the Dragon. The prologue was kind of stuffy and confusing – Holly wanted more indications of who said what. The story with Hona meeting the dragon was quite fun and refreshing and well done, though the little-girl-speak should probably use “you” instead of “yo” which comes off as a bit, well, urban. . . Kim pointed out that the dragon sounded awfully British! Dan felt the all-cap dragon dialog was distracting. Can make it loud without the caps.

Jack Freiburger read his poem “Introit” (which, he explained, means beginning, or introduction). Anne didn’t like the flood/blood pairing, and Carol pointed out that the word “flood” comes up later, and it felt a little distracting. What did the last line mean? We got a sense of drowning, or a sense of “no one has spoken of this, no one should ever speak of it” and yet it was the introduction to a series of poems doing just that, so it was interesting. (more…)

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