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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
March 26, 2015

He said it . . .

“[Ernest] Hemingway may not have been the nicest person in the world, but his work gave me a new way of thinking about writing — the value of weeding out adjectives and adverbs. He was, above all, a master at the art of not saying.”
– Erik Larson, journalist and writer of nonfiction books (1954-)

Who’s up next . . .

March 31: Fifth Tuesday . . . meeting at Mystery To Me Bookstore

April 7: Alicia Connolly-Lohr (chapter 15, Coastie Girl), Pat Edwards (???), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Mike Rickey (poems), Cindi Dyke (chapter, North Road), Millie Mader (chapter 62, Life on Hold), and Andy Brown (chapter, The last Library).

April 14: ???

April 21: Lisa McDougal (chapter, Tebow Family Secret), Amber Boudreau (???), Mo Bebow-Reinhard (???), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Alicia Connolly-Lohr (chapter 16, Coastie Girl), Judith McNeil (???), and Jerry Peterson (chapters 16-17, Rooster’s Story).

Fifth Tuesday . . .

It’s less than a week away, yes, March 31 at Mystery To Me Bookstore. (more…)

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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
March 18, 2015

She said it . . .

“Description must work for its place. It can’t be simply ornamental. It usually works best if it has a human element; it is more effective if it comes from an implied viewpoint, rather than from the eye of God. If description is colored by the viewpoint of the character who is doing the noticing, it becomes, in effect, part of character definition and part of the action.” – Hilary Mantel, British writer of historical fiction, has won two Booker Prizes (1952-)

Who’s up next . . .

March 24: ???

March 31: Fifth Tuesday . . . meeting at Mystery To Me Bookstore

April 7: Alicia Connolly-Lohr (chapter 15, Coastie Girl), Pat Edwards (???), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Mike Rickey (poems), Cindi Dyke (chapter, North Road), and Jerry Peterson (chapters 14-15, Rooster’s Story).

April 21: Lisa McDougal (chapter, Tebow Family Secret), Amber Boudreau (???), Mo Bebow-Reinhard (???), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Alicia Connolly-Lohr (chapter 16, Coastie Girl), Cindi Dyke (chapter, North Road), and Judith McNeil (???).

Fifth Tuesday . . .

Two weeks away, March 31 at Mystery To Me Bookstore. This is a potluck event, so what are you bringing for the feasting table?

Have you written your challenge piece? Here’s what we want you to do, create a list of six writing prompts that you will read to the group. Go for laughs. The instruction from second-and-fourth group is that the prompts must be amusing, at least enough to help fight off sleep. Here’s an example offered by Ruth Imhoff: How to survive the Zombie Apocalypse! (more…)

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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
March 2, 2015

She said it . . .

“Writing, you’re trapped in the alphabet, and you’ll be there until you die.” – Patricia Lockwood, poet (1982-)

Who’s up next . . .

March 4: **Yes, this is a new night, a Wednesday night!

Alicia Connolly-Lohr (chapter 12, Coastie Girl), Pat Edwards (???), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Mike Rickey (poems), Millie Mader (chapter 61, Life on Hold), and Andy Brown (chapter, The Last Library).

March 10: ???

March 17: Lisa McDougal (chapter, Tebow Family Secret), Amber Boudreau (???), Bob Kralapp (???), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Alicia Connolly-Lohr (chapter 13, Coastie Girl), Judith McNeil (???), and Jerry Peterson (chapters 11-13, Rooster’s Story).

Fifth Tuesday . . .

Yes, it’s only five weeks away, March 31 at Mystery To Me Bookstore. Do you have it on your calendar? Are you going to be with us? It’s a potluck event, so plan now for what you are going to bring for the feasting table. Second-and-fourth group hosts.

TWS alumna Susan Gloss Parsons is our special guest for that evening. She will share her experiences in getting her first novel published by Morrow. (more…)

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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
February 4, 2015

 He said it . . .

“You know, sometimes people say to me, ‘Why do you choose to write that creepy stuff?’ And I usually say, ‘What makes you think I have a choice?’ ” – Stephen King, novelist/short story writer (1947- )

 Neither snow nor sleet nor dark of night . . .

 Yes, Madison got three inches of snow yesterday afternoon and evening, making a mess of rush-hour traffic. Nonetheless, four first-and-thirders proved they had no fear of winter’s worst and trekked into B&N.

Kashmira Sheth and Amit Trivedi (chapter 12, novel) – This story, set in 1947 India after the partition of India and Pakistan, is about the love of two young people frustrated by circumstances over which they have n o control. The major discussion centered on when is the best time to provide a detailed description of a character, when the character first appears in the story or when the character becomes important to the story? (more…)

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Writer’s Mail
Week of April 1, 2014

April editor . . .
Andy Pfeiffer is Writers Mail editor for this month. Got news or got feature stuff or something you’ve found on the net that will help writers? Send it to Andy.

Minutes from Tuesday . . .
Nine of us gather around the table, tolerating Amber showing them pictures of New Zealand before they get started.

Millie Mader shares Chapter Fifty-Two of Life on Hold with the group. Andy wonders how Erin walks right in and gets hired on the spot. Pat assures us there weren’t (and still aren’t) a lot of formalities. Pat thought the chapter moved forward. Jerry wondered what the physical feeling of mellowing out felt like. Andy felt one character would be more insistent. Millie has set us up for her main character to take a car trip rife with sexual harassment. John reminds Mille that she’s the character’s author, not her mother.

Andy Pfeiffer shares a few chapters (13-15) from The Void. Judith questioned one character’s comment on another’s behavior. Amber wanted one character to be speechless. Pat wanted chapter thirteen to cut back on the mentions of beverages and also the word ‘cute.’ Pat has a technical question relating to Chapter Fourteen and doesn’t think what happens there makes sense. Andy B. felt he left the chapters knowing everyone’s motives a little too well.

Amber Boudreau reads the first three chapters of a new novel, Stone. Andy P. wants some kind of introduction to the person telling the story as it’s in the first person. Andy B. thought the narrative was enough to keep him going. John suggests the nurse could give a hint in that instance. Pat suggests cutting the last line of the second chapter. John reminds the group that opening the book with a character in amnesia is a situational cliché.

Bob Kralapp shares Chapter Three of “Hole in the Wall.” Pat liked that the character went and held the gun, but still wants her brother to get rid of it. Judith has a question about a customer. Jerry points out that the character only puts one foot in the tub and not both when she dries her feet off after. Jerry suggests that the gun might be valuable and wonders why a collector wouldn’t want it. Pat notes that Bob has really nice verbs, but Jerry suggests removing some descriptors.
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Tuesdays With Story
WRITER’S MAIL for October 18, 2012

“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.” ― Agatha Christie

First-and-third assembled again at Ye Olde B&N Book Shoppe . . .
(courtesy Jerry Peterson)

Seven regulars and guest Susanne Fortunato gathered around the tables up in the bargain books section of B&N Westside, Tuesday evening, to consider the offerings of four writers:

– Lisa McDougal, chapter 7 of Follow the Yellow . . . A lot of discussion for guest Susanne’s benefit of the characters Ben and Krista and why their relationship is as it is. Jen Wilcher said Ben has to react when Harold first orders him to step out onto the porch for a talk. Harold is gruff and that’s not his nature. Jerry Peterson suggested Krista has to react when Ben gets into a heated phone conversation with his buddy and the foul language flies. Pat Edwards said nothing really happens between Ben and Krista in this chapter. “Everything is nice,” she said. “There has to be conflict of some kind to keep readers reading.”

– Millie Mader, poem “Our Sighting of the Highwayman” . . . This started as a narrative for the Fifth Tuesday writing challenge. Several asked Millie to rewrite the narrative as a story poem to better tie together the front piece and end piece excepts from the epic poem “The Highwayman”. After Millie read it, Pat suggested Millie’s section needed something to establish that her part of the story poem takes place today – Millie’s group is getting out of a car, for example – to contrast it with the epic poem which takes place several hundred years ago in England. Rebecca offered compliments for the meter and rhyme that Millie maintained in her portion of the poem.

– Pat Edwards, book of the soul . . . Pat writes of her exploration of the concept of the soul as she tries to understand her inner anger that on occasion boils to the surface. “I don’t like the you I’m reading about in these pages,” Rebecca said. “I have to like you if I’m to care for you.” It was a jarring read, but Pat’s judicious use of quotes from philosophers and others provided insights at moments in which they were needed. “You don’t know how I saved these quotes up for precisely this book,” Pat said. (more…)

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