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Writer’s Mail for April 17, 2010
by Jen Wilcher

A cozy cluster of us gathered Tuesday night, ducking the din of the elementary students participating in a Barnes & Noble fundraiser for their school. Good thing we didn’t have any particular steamy or cuss-filled pieces on the table! Though we did have discussions of galoshes and kumquats…

FIFTH TUESDAY! We have a date, we have a place: Tuesday May 31st, from 7-9pm at the Grumpy Troll in Mount Horeb. We are working on a challenge and a guest speaker, a writer from Mount Horeb. The Troll is lending us their upstairs area, and since they are a restaurant, it would probably be best to order munchies and drinks from them. Details arriving soon. The challenge is likely to be an on-the-spot writing exercise. Yes, kumquats and galoshes could be involved… again, details as we uncover them. We will also work out car pools for folks who need travel assistance. Details… you get the picture.

First on the roster, Terry Hoffman read a revamped section of The Tome. Kim Simmons liked it a lot better. But how does Doug connect Rachel’s trip to the library with the book? Jen Wilcher liked the conversation part, and thought the cancer research sections should be expanded; cut back a bit on saving the earth. Carol Hornung thought that maybe the loss of the child could work its way in there. Jack Freiburger pointed out the many triggers a library could have of memories and children. Start with a Save-the-Children ad on yahoo and she’s off. Jack felt there was a lot of extraneous detail about the librarian and the library doors, etc, but Kim wanted more description – she wanted to feel the atmosphere of the library a bit more. (more…)

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Tuesdays with Story
WRITER’S MAIL for December 18, 2010
by Clayton Gill

Good Words from Way Back
At Christmas I no more desire a rose
Than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled mirth;
But like of each thing that in season grows.
So you, to study now it is too late,
Climb o’er the house to unlock the little gate.
–Berowne to the King of Navarre in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Act 1, Scene 1) by William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

Brave New World of Rave New World
Imagine a world in which building your vocabulary in preparation for a college entrance exam involves reading novels specifically written for that purpose. Welcome to Rave New World from the college exam coaches of Sparknotes.com, where…

“It’s the year 2157, and every pleasure that doesn’t turn people into dutiful consumers has been classified as an addiction and outlawed. Jaden Emory’s job is to find out people’s hidden addictions — and root them out. But when rebellious raver Ally Fayre enters the picture, it’s Jaden who becomes addicted… to her.”

Read more of Rave New World: An SAT/ACT Vocabulary Novel at http://www.sparknotes.com/satfiction/ravenewworld/. Sparknotes products are available from Barnes & Nobel in PDF and eBook format.

Reading Recap: December 14 Meeting
There’s nothing like hot apple cider on a cold December night, and several folks indulged as we gathered on the second floor of the Sundance Theater & Café in the Hilldale Mall. Thanks to Aaron Boehm for sweet-talking his manager into letting us hang out there for a couple of hours!

Kim Simmons launched our lively evening with two chapters from City in Winter. The discussion focused on the Jamie character and his city. Dan Hamre wondered what happened to the assistants who had questions — they were dismissed rather subtly. The line, “I broke up the guild because I felt like it” brought mixed reactions from the group. Anne Allen thought the statement wasn’t needed, that it sounded too trite. But Carol Hornung liked it because it revealed the kind of administrator Jamie was. Andrea Kirchman felt Jamie was “a sucky administrator” because he was the only one who could answer questions. Carol wondered about the origin of technology in the city. Members of the group had lots of questions the reader would wonder about — some answers here and there would be helpful. (more…)

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