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Tuesdays with Story
Writer’s Mail
October 26, 2015

“The basic elements of language are physical: the noise words make, the sounds and silences that make the rhythms marking their relationships. Both the meaning and the beauty of writing depend on these sounds and rhythms.” – Ursala K. Le Guin (1929), fantasy and sci-fi author

Judith McNeil Smashwords Author!
Check out Judith’s new book on Smashwords. Note that you may have to open the Adult filter to see the book (a few curse words!).

My Mother Savior of Men by Judith G. McNeil
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 33,300. Language: American English. Published: September 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
The relationship between Charles and his mother becomes eroded when he decides to sabotage her decision to publish her poetry in a book that includes artistic nude pictures of her. He doesn’t realize that this is a proxy attack on her seeming inability to maintain a long term relationship. (more…)

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Tuesdays with Story
Writer’s Mail
October 7, 2015

“The writer has to be responsible to signs and dreams. If you don’t do anything with it, you lose it.” – Joy Williams, from 2014, The Paris Review

Notes from 1st and 3rd
Kashmira submitted some poems from Turban Boy. Jerry and Lisa thought they will make a good edition to my other poems. Bob liked one part about friends being tangled up in your life. Cindi wanted to see all the poems.

Jerry (short story, “Floater”) – “Is that the end?” Bob Kralapp asked of the end of the story. “Yes,” said Jerry, “you know what’s going to happen after the brothers confess to the murder.” To keep “Floater” a short story, he said he had to make decisions on what to leave out. Jerry agreed that opens the possibility that “Floater” could be rewritten and expanded into a longer story or even a novella.

Lisa – Millie wondered why did Izzy need to go to the hospital. Kashmira liked the ending, found it intriguing. Thinks there needs to be more inner thoughts from Adam about how he’s feeling about Jessica and Izzy. Also, there should be more sexual tension between Adam and Izzy. Cindi, thought chapter flowed well. Some parts in phrasing could be changed. Jerry thinks Adam and Izzy are together because they had sex and that Adam’s going to have a big problem (later) getting rid of Jessica. Johnnie Walker too strong for two people to get have sex afterwards and should be changed to a bottle of wine from Aldi’s. Make Izzy a bit more hungover. (more…)

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Tuesdays with Story
September 20, 2015

 

“Half my life is an act of revision.”– John Irving

 

Notes from September 2015, Week 3

Lisa MP, Tebow Family Secret, chapter 38-39: Mo thought chapter 38 should stay. POV of Geoff confusing. More discussion about what Tebows are doing while Ahna is missing. Judith says condense chp 38. Liked 39, Good sense of Izzy’s family. Pat agrees 38 should stay, but thinks Geoff comes off as a prick. Assistant should whisper information about Ahna. Thought chapter moved along well. Kashmira believes chapter 38 reinforces the Tebows motive and is intriguing. Thinks chapter 39 needs to have Izzy interact with kids more. Jerry can tell a clear distinction between Ahna and Izzy.

Millie, Epilogue for Life On Hold:  Lisa corrected CNN info because that network was not in existence during the time of the epilogue. She also believes this should be further along in their lives. Pat think maybe have others describe what’s happening. Comes across as a list of things instead of a story. Pat and Jerry don’t believe an epilogue is needed. Group agrees this doesn’t add much to her story and that her last chapter was a better ending. (more…)

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Writer’s Mail

WRITER’S MAIL
Tuesdays With Story
August 20,2015

 

Aug. 18th Meeting

Jerry Peterson’s chapters 9-12 from his crime novella, Killing Ham, drew two comments of significance.  First, when Carsarota steps on a Matchbox car with his bare foot, while coming down the stairs in the dark, it has to draw more than an ouch and a muttered swear word.  Casarota has to yowl, said several, because it really hurts.  Second, the title… “When I first saw the title,” Pat Edwards said, “I thought it must have something to do with the Bible story of Ham.”  In chapter 11, someone bombs a truck carrying hogs to a slaughter plant, thus the title, “Killing Ham.”

Lisa’s The Tebow Family Secret, chapters 34 and 35 were well received.  Jerry commented that the horse accident in Chapter 34 didn’t seem realistic.  He said that a buck wouldn’t run towards a horse as it would view the horse as a predator.  He also mentioned that if Izzy had hit her head on a rock, she may have been knocked unconscious and probably wouldn’t have remembered all of the details of her previous life at once.  So Pat suggested that Izzy should fall on dirt and that possibly the horse would be startled by a snake.  Everyone liked Chapter 35, mentioned that the ending definitely was a page turner. (more…)

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Writer’s Mail
July 17, 2005

 “I kissed her, a long hard kiss. Because baby didn’t know it, but baby was dead, and in a way I couldn’t have loved her more.”  The Killer Inside Me, Jim Thompson

 

Notes from July, Week 3,  2015

Second and Fourth: No notes were sent so here’s a super over-dramatic review of what happened.

It was a hot and sultry Tuesday night. The kind of night you wouldn’t want to leave a dead body lying around to cook in the suffering heat. Several souls gathered at Barnes and Noble that night, a safe place as it would seem, to discuss various writings submitted throughout the week. Things started off well enough, each person respectfully listening to the first reader, patiently waiting their turn to ravage the group with their tasty treat of literature. Suddenly, the lights went dim and all was dark, including the outside. It was if God himself had flipped the switch off. A strong, powerful wind blew the doors open. Books and people flew through the air, smashing into anything in their path, but our fearless members in Second and Fourth weren’t having it. No unholy freak force of nature could prevent them from finishing their meeting. Everyone scrambled to grab pens and paper, laptops and tablets to read their work during this hell rising event, shouting over the screams and howls of flying patrons and 100 mph winds. Finally, when it was all over, the wind had stopped, and the light returned, Second and Fourth stood proud and vowed that no matter what evil gets thrown at them, they would always finish their meeting after the last person has read.

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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
June 25, 2015

 

The first word . . .

“I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may – light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful.” – John Constable, painter (1776-1837)

 

Fifth Tuesday!

Yes, our next Fifth Tuesday is less than a week away . . . June 30 . . .  Panera’s on University Avenue. This is an order-off-the-menu dinner evening.

Your writing challenge: Write a two-sentence story . . . beginning, middle, and end in just two sentences. The subject? Your choice.

Email you mini-mini-masterpiece to Jerry Peterson, jerrypetersonbooks@gmail.com , by Sunday evening, June 28.

 

Who’s up next . . .

June 30: Fifth Tuesday!

July 7: Pat Edwards (???), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Alicia Connolly-Lohr (chapters 23, Coastie Girl), Millie Mader (chapter 64, Life on Hold), Judith McNeil (short story, part 2, “Seriously”), Andy Brown (chapters, The Last Library), and Jerry Peterson (short story, part 2, Alone at the Hanging Tree). (more…)

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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
June 18, 2015

Who’s up next . . .

June 23: Karen Judd (chapter 1, To Journey Amongst the Unknown).

June 30: Fifth Tuesday!

July 7: Pat Edwards (???), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Alicia Connolly-Lohr (chapters 23, Coastie Girl), Millie Mader (chapter 64, Life on Hold), Judith McNeil (short story, part 2, “Seriously”), Andy Brown (chapters, The Last Library), and Jerry Peterson (short story, part 2, Alone at the Hanging Tree).

July 21: Lisa McDougal (chapter, Tebow Family Secret), Cindi Dyke (chapter, North Road), Alicia Connolly-Lohr (chapters 24, Coastie Girl), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Bob Kralapp (short story, part 4, “Flamingo”), and Jerry Peterson (chapters 9-12, Killing Ham).

Fifth Tuesday!

Yes, our next Fifth Tuesday is less than four weeks away . . . June 30. We will gather at Panera’s on University Avenue, so this is an order-off-the-menu dinner evening.

Your writing challenge: Write a two-sentence story . . . beginning, middle, and end in just two sentences. The subject? Your choice. (more…)

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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
May 28, 2015

He said it . . .

“If you tell the reader that Bull Beezley is a brutal-faced, loose-lipped bully, with snake’s blood in his veins, the reader’s reaction may be, ‘Oh, yeah!’ But if you show the reader Bull Beezley raking the bloodied flanks of his weary, sweat-encrusted pony, and flogging the tottering, red-eyed animal with a quirt, or have him booting in the protruding ribs of a starved mongrel and, boy, the reader believes!”
– Fred East (1889-1981), writer of westerns

Who’s up next . . .

June 2 : Pat Edwards (???), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Cindi Dyke (chapter, North Road), Millie Mader (chapter, Life on Hold), Alicia Connolly-Lohr (chapters 20-21, Coastie Girl), and Andy Brown (chapters, The Last Library).

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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
May 13, 2015

He said it . . .

“Timid writers like passive verbs for the same reason that timid lovers like passive partners. The passive voice is safe. The timid fellow writes ‘The meeting will be held at seven o’clock’ because that somehow says to him, ‘Put it this way and people will believe you really know.’ Purge this quisling thought! Don’t be a muggle! Throw back your shoulders, stick out your chin, and put that meeting in charge! Write ‘The meeting’s at seven.’ There, by God! Don’t you feel better?”
– Stephen King (1947-), horror/sci-fi/fantasy novelist

Who’s up next . . .

May 19: Lisa McDougal (chapter 29, Tebow Family Secret), Amber Boudreau (chapter, Stone), Mo Bebow-Reinhard (???), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Bob Kralapp (short story, part 2, “Flamingo”), and Jerry Peterson (short story, part 1, “Alone at the Hanging Treee”).

May 26: Jim Salimes (chapter 1, Tones of Home) and Ruth Imhoff (chapter 4, Bridge). (more…)

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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
May 7, 2015

He said it . . .
“When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.” – Stephen King (1947-), horror/sci-fi/fantasy novelist

Who’s up next . . .
May 12: Jim Salimes (chapter 1, Tones of Home), Carol Hornung (scene, The Ghost of Heffron College), and Jeannie Bergmann (2 poems).

May 19: Lisa McDougal (chapter, Tebow Family Secret), Amber Boudreau (chapter, Stone), Mo Bebow-Reinhard (???), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Bob Kralapp (short story, part 2, “Flamingo”), and Jerry Peterson (chapters 5-8, Killing Ham).

May 26: June 2 : Pat Edwards (???), Kashmira Sheth & Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Cindi Dyke (chapter, North Road), Millie Mader (???), Alicia Connolly-Lohr (chapters 20, Coastie Girl), and Andy Brown (chapters, The Last Library).

Our May editor . . .
Jerry Peterson is our editor this month for Writers Mail. Send your good stuff to him. (more…)

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