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Writer’s Mail
January 11, 2013
By Pat Edwards

“Winter is nature’s way of saying, “Up yours.” ― Robert Byrne

2nd and 4th Update
Fresh off the holidays, we were ready to get back to work, with one rewrite, an ending, a middle-still-going-strong, a beginning, and a new short story.

We welcomed one guest, Bill Eisinger, who is looking for a critique group for his fiction.

Jen Wilcher started the evening off with a rewrite of Chapter 1 of The Hogoshiro Chronicles. Carol liked the rewrite, especially the internal dialog between Hibiki and the little bug-thingies inside her. Holly questioned the use of the word “deceptively” in describing one character’s appearance. Let the reader find out how deceptive it is. Jack wants more description of the village and house. What kind of defenses will it have? Rebecca questioned the idea that the characters were nervous – they are warriors, after all. Bill would like some more sensory descriptions of the marketplace – smells and colors.

Terry Hoffman presented the last chapter of The Great Tome (there is an epilog yet to follow). Holly simply said, “That is one scary book!” Lots of discussion on the size of Lake Michigan and the smallness of the piers and boats in question. Katelin said the fate of the Tome isn’t entirely clear. Rebecca thought the ghost of Mitchell might have taken the book. Overall it was described as emotionally intense, a good ending. Some discussion followed on whether or not to use the Pillar of Salt reference – it does fit because the character is always looking back and that’s what gets her in trouble, but to just drop it in there doesn’t serve the story well.

Rebecca Rettenmund read Chapter 18 of the Cheese Logue. Carol was concerned that the discussion of Sept 11th news coverage wasn’t completely explained – everyone took off work and went to the boss’s house to watch it. Also watch the timing – the breakup with the boyfriend appears to have happened on the same day! Holly wanted some juicy revenge on the heartless boyfriend. Jen wanted the award name STEMS to be explained. When asked if there was too much telling, Jack said the story paces well enough that it moves forward all on its own and telling doesn’t slow it down. (more…)

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Writer’s Mail

Writer’s Mail
January 2, 2013
By Pat Edwards

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.” – T.S. Eliot
Happy New Year, writers! Because the holiday fell on Tuesday this year, 1st and 3rd first meeting of the new year will happen on the 15th.

TWS.com blog report
Tuesdayswithstory.com (and tuesdayswithstory.org – redirected to the .com domain) is technically a blog, not a web page. This week we received a report for 2012’s activity on our blog – a state of the union, as it were. https://tuesdayswithstory.com/2012/annual-report/ Very interesting!

This annual report reminded me to remind you all to review and update your personal web pages and blogs we link from TWS.com It also made me wonder, do we need a Facebook page? Should we Tweet, even if we’re not twits? Should we engage other media? Is our presence enough? A Google search initially brought me to TWS. A search today shows tuesdayswithstory.com at the third result. Let me know what you think. Like our blog, Facebook and Twitter, etc., are still free!!

12 Greek Words You Should Know
by Daniel Scocco
Along with Latin, Greek is probably the language that most influenced other languages around the world. Many English words derive directly from Greek ones, and knowing their origin and meaning is important. (more…)

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Tuesdays With Story
WRITER’S MAIL for December 28, 2012

Good Words from Way Back

After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang down.
After midnight, we’re gonna chug-a-lug and shout.
We’re gonna stimulate some action.
We’re gonna get some satisfaction.
We’re gonna find out what it is all about.
After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang down.

–From “After Midnight,” song written by J.J. Cale in 1966, made famous by Eric Clapton in 1970 (complete lyrics at http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/After-Midnight-lyrics-Eric-Clapton/75E32C0A25AB514148256877003316FD, notes from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/After_Midnight_[song]).

December 24 Meeting: “Not,” Nor January 1 Either
But we hope you’re writing anyway, every day. Our next meeting is Second-and-Fourth group’s return to Barnes & Noble West on January 8. Meanwhile, there’s….

Post-Christmas Party Rescheduled: Now January 12
Our annual post-Christmas gathering at Jerry and Marge Smith Peterson’s Christmas Castle in Janesville, originally set for January 5, has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 12. Time’s the same — arrival at 1:00 p.m. or so. The plan is to feast at 1:30 p.m., then break out the games we’ve brought. (more…)

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