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Writer’s Mail for Tuesday July 8th, 2014

“If you want to write a fantasy story with Norse gods, sentient robots, and telepathic dinosaurs, you can do just that. Want to throw in a vampire and a lesbian unicorn while you’re at it? Go ahead. Nothing’s off limits. But the endless possibility of the genre is a trap. It’s easy to get distracted by the glittering props available to you and forget what you’re supposed to be doing: telling a good story. Don’t get me wrong, magic is cool. But a nervous mother singing to her child at night while something moves quietly through the dark outside her house? That’s a story. Handled properly, it’s more dramatic than any apocalypse or goblin army could ever be.” 
-Patrick Rothfuss

Five writers gathered at Barnes and Noble Tuesday July 8 to read and critique two stories.

Jen read from Chapter 1 of her untitled novel.

Rebecca and Katelin wanted more reaction from the character Hibiki as she sees the blue veins for the first time. Wouldn’t she have some reaction from seeing something completely out of the ordinary? The reaction could be slight. Joel and Liam tracked with Jen’s intention to show that Hibiki isn’t processing anything while doing the Akido moves. Rebecca wanted the appearance of the blue veins to be more prominent and obviously magical, because it’s the most interesting part of the scene. Katelin suggested moving the description of the veins to a new paragraph to draw attention to it. Rebecca and Joel pointed out a few grammatical corrections. Joel suggested added a scene prior to this one to introduce the character so the ready knows why she is taking the test.

Liam read from chapter 1 of his novel. (more…)


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March 3, 2011
Writer’s Mail
by Cathy Riddle

Quote of the Day. . .
“Expectation is what colons and semicolons are all about; expectation and elastic energy. Like eternal springs, the colon and semicolon propel you forward in a sentence towards more information.”— Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss.

About the EITR (the Elephant In the Room) . . .
Writers and storytellers observe and comment on the world around them. That’s our job and calling—to notice the big things and little things. Can’t miss that Madison, the city where our group meets at Barnes & Noble, is in turmoil now over unions, collective bargaining, a budget bill and political power grabs.

Just today in west Madison, at a routine physical appointment at the UW Health, this editor noticed a tiny lapel pin that read “AFSCME,” worn by a pretty young nurse preparing to draw her patient’s blood. A pass-the-time polite conversation ensued:

Patient (seated, holding bare arm out): So you’re in Afs-mee. I see your pin there.

Nurse (whispering): Yeah, we all are here. And my husband belongs to the ess-eee-eye-you. (She swabs the vein site and tightens a rubber band around patient’s upper arm.)

Patient: The S-E-I-U. And that stands for…

Nurse Hold still. (She procures a needle and touches the extended arm): Good veins here. (Furrows her brow.) “SEIU. S. S. The S is…You know, I can’t remember what it means! God, I should know that. (Inserts needle.) Don’t move.

Patient: Is it the society of emergency…? (more…)

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