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Tuesdays with Story
WRITER’S MAIL for August 27, 2011

Good Words from Way Back
“Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.” –from Le Petit Prince (1943) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944).

Fifth Tuesday: Writing Challengers
Pat Edwards notes that nine have entered the Fifth Tuesday Writing Challenge — “That is so unlike me!” – and sent or promised their stories, poems, or essays for reading on Tuesday, August 30.

Our Writing Challengers are: Brandy, Clayton, Greg, Jennifer (Rafini), Jerry, Judith, Liam, Millie, and Rebecca.

We’re starting at 7:00 p.m. at the country estate of Chris and Joe Lacey (49 London Road, near London Depot, north of Cambridge and east of Deerfield).

This event is potluck, so bring food to share. Also, bring lawn chairs and pointy sticks. And, if you need a ride from Madison, contact Clayton before 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Reading Recap: August 23 Meeting
The Second-and-Fourth group met at Barnes & Nobel Westside. Thanks for Holly Bonnicksen-Jones for the following summary.

Katelin Cummins read the synopsis of her book, Battle of Sista (Part 1), the first of a series of four books. Cole suggested that the “power rocks” sound too generic. The rocks should have a name that relates to a specific place in the world she has created or have some significant term. Jim suggested looking into ley lines (alleged alignments of a number of places of geographical interest, such as ancient monuments and megaliths, natural ridge-tops, water-fords, etc.) and using that concept somehow in her book. Rebecca asked why the teens need the rocks if the power is really inside of them. Katelin explained that the villain, Traiken, thinks the rocks hold the power, but as the story unfolds, it is found that the power is absorbed by whoever finds the rock first. Holly brought up the term “gorp” as typically meaning trail mix and so Katelin may want to call one of the races she created another name. (more…)


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