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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
January 29, 2015

““But do you know how old I will be by the time I learn to really play the piano / act / paint / write a decent play?”
Yes . . . the same age you will be if you don’t.”
― Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

Who’s up Next?
February 3: Lisa McDougal (chapter, Tebow Family Secret), Amber Boudreau (???), Mike Rickey (poems), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Alicia Connolly-Lohr (chapter 11, Coastie Girl), Millie Mader (chapter 60, Life on Hold), and Judith McNeil (???).
February 10: 2nd and 4th – unknown
February 17: Alicia Connolly-Lohr (chapter 12, Coastie Girl), Andy Brown (chapter, The Last Library), Pat Edwards (???), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Mike Rickey (poems), and Jerry Peterson (chapter 7-8, Rooster’s Story).

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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays With Story
July 10, 2012

Writer’s Quote:
Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don’t start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
De-accession euphemisms.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.
~William Safire, “Great Rules of Writing”

Sorry, no notes received for Tuesday at the B & N: if received, they will be inserted in the next issue

Who’s up next . . .
July 17: Spike Pedersen (???), Pat Edwards (chapters 3-4, Our Soul . . . or poems), Andy Brown (chapter 1, Lo’s Quarter), Rebecca Rettenmund (chapter 9, The Cheese Logue), Millie Mader (chapter 36, Life on Hold), Lisa McDougal (chapter 3, Follow the Yellow/Ben and Krista), and Pam Gabriel (film script, part 3, “Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt”).

July 31: Fifth Tuesday
August 7: Lisa McDougal (chapter 4, Follow the Yellow/Ben and Krista), Pat Edwards (chapters 5-6, Our Soul), Pam Gabriel (film script, part 4, “Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt”), Judith McNeil (short story part 2, “The Man with the Broken Heart”), Aaron Boehm (film script, part 3, “Stealing from Yourself”), and Jerry Peterson (chapter 7-8, Rage).

Writers Mail editors . . .
Alicia Connolly-Lohr, is our editor this month. In August, it’s Andy Brown. Email editors directly to submit any items you think would be good for the newsletter.

Panera and Fifth Tuesday . . .
Do you have our next Fifth Tuesday on your schedule? July 31?

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Tuesdays with Story
Writer’s Mail

Quote of the week . . .
“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” ~ Barbara Kingsolver

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ~ Anton Chekhov

Tuesday at the B&N . . .
I Am Poem ~
Millie began by sharing her poem, which had to fit a format. Greg, in general, thought it was an accurate description of life from youth to old age. Pat was looking for some more imagery in the middle stanza, and felt the Pearl metaphor should be pushed to the limit. Judith thought there was room for more stanzas. Alicia was looking for more specifics. Rebecca thought the Sapphire Sky sounded 40.

Life on Hold ~
The group encouraged Millie to read from chapter 35. Rebecca liked that the protagonist took charge, and thought the crash wasn’t clear – was it the truck hitting the jeep or the rocks falling on the jeep? Alicia suggested the boyfriend jump out the window rather than run through the hotel to get outside, and thinks there needs to be a buildup to the protagonist using the word “bitch.” Greg wondered why Millie didn’t have one character jump in the jeep and try to drive it out of the way, and can’t picture how the boyfriend is knocked out. Perhaps she could make it clear what noise wakes them exactly. Pat thought the culprit responsible for pouring the gravel wouldn’t hang around when another character’s back is turned, and asks if he’ll be arrested does the arrest matter to the story? Greg suggested setting it up so the driver can’t get away. Rebecca sees the desk clerk having a larger role, with perhaps a frying pan. Pam thinks the trooper chasing the rental car needs more info. Aaron has a problem with the cops leaving someone with a head injury all alone, and a discussion on police protocol follows. (more…)

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