Another great meeting last night with nine people attending. I’d like to welcome Katherine — we’re looking forward to reading your steampunk stories at future meetings.
Apologies from Shakeel who messaged me the day beforehand (which I then promptly forgot — sorry!) to say that he wouldn’t be able to make this month’s meeting. His submission will be kept in Dropbox to discuss at the next meeting.
Quick reminder to members to please arrive on time if possible. We started about 20 minutes late last night. Saying that, with nine of us attending, we still managed to work through five pieces, though we did finish rather later than usual at around 10pm.
Another busy meeting this month with eleven attendees. Just a quick reminder for potential visitors reading this post to get in touch before you attend to allow us to arrange access to DropBox. You should also familiarise yourself with our house rules. Saying that, it was very nice to meet Graham, who dropped into the meeting. I hope you understood a little of what was going on!
Apologies from Eric who wasn’t able to attend due to a cold. Hope you get better soon. Your submission, which has already been carried over one month, will be carried over again to next month’s meeting.
Before we look at the critiques just a couple of reminders about house rules . . .
This month’s meeting marks a very special moment: our 4th anniversary! There was cake (see below).
Our group continues to thrive and it only does so with your continued enthusiasm and support. I’m certainly looking forward to the next four years. Perhaps we should plan something for our fifth anniversary next year? Group trips to one or more conventions? Perhaps an anthology? Have a think and let me know. We can have a pub chat after a meeting sometime, but if we’re going to do something we need to start planning it now.
A belated welcome to James who actually attended last month’s meeting whilst I was away. Welcome also to Shakeel and Len. Before we look at last night’s critiques a quick note on . . .
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Apologies for the delay in posting for this month’s meeting. I was away from the UK. Thanks to Graeme for the following notes and this photo which I managed to pilfer from Facebook . . .
Eric was first up, with another chapter from “Autumn Man”. Feedback was complimentary about the character development and the horror, but some people felt the sequence with the children could have been extended to make them more sympathetic. Continue reading
Busy meeting last night with twelve people attending, including four new members, so I’d like to welcome Beverley, Liz, Luke and Danny. You all gave the most amazing feedback. Looking forward to reading and discussing your work at future meetings.
Last month was a slightly mad affair, due to the weather, and several members arrived late, myself being the worse culprit. With all this disruption we ended up with three pieces of writing to carry over. We also had three new submissions making for a total of six for this month.
Apologies for my late arrival at last night’s meeting. This was due to the rather exciting weather. It took me nearly three hours to make the usual 35-minute journey into Manchester! I’d also like to pass along apologies from Damien who wasn’t able to attend for the same reason. We both had work in DropBox. I’ve left these in DropBox along with another piece from James. These three pieces will be the first to be discussed at next month’s meeting before we move onto new submissions.
So, we eventually had nine people attending last night’s meeting including three new members. We discussed four pieces of work and two of these were first submissions. As I arrived halfway through I didn’t make my usual notes. My thanks to Graeme who started to take notes in my absence, however I didn’t realise so I didn’t continue after I arrived. Anyway, because of this I’ve decided to omit my usual constructive/sarcastic notes. Hope that’s OK.
So here we are, another meeting, another year! Difficult to believe that our writing group was established back in 2010. The fact that we’re still going strong, after all this time, is quite an achievement.
First of all I’d like to apologise for the temperature at last night’s meeting. It was freezing! Next month, someone give me a nudge and I’ll turn on the heater right from the start. Alternatively, Eric has offered to bring along some logs. I suggest we get a fire going, huddle up, toast some marshmallows and we can finish up the evening with a quick round of Ging Gang Goolie.
Anyway, next up, I’d like to welcome Anjel who joined us for the first time last night. You gave some great critiquing advice and we’re looking forward to reading your work at future meetings.
Before I start, I know I’ve already nagged about this on our Facebook group as well as in the meeting itself, but I just want to remind everyone to get submissions into DropBox one week in advance of each meeting as per The Rules. This month’s meeting was about as early as it gets after New Year — first day of the year was a Wednesday — which probably meant the meeting crept up on everyone rather more quickly than usual. So we had a few late submissions. If you submit late you run the risk of members not having the time to read your work. If in doubt, leave it to the following meeting; better yet, get it submitted a few days earlier.