Apologies for not being to make the meeting this month–major clash of work/life/MA balance and my time machine is in for repairs. I’d like to thank Guy Garrud who stepped in at the last moment to lead and produce the following excellent notes . . .
Last night was good, turnout of four (all for critiquing) and a pleasant time was had. As there was little time pressure we were able to ramble a bit and still have plenty of time for a cup of earl grey / cheeky beer at Marble afterwards. Continue reading
A warm welcome to Graeme Cole who joined us for the first time last night. With eight people attending we had six pieces of work to discuss. Apologies from Guy who wasn’t able to attend after getting himself double-booked with the excellent Tales of Whatever–although he popped along to join us at the pub afterwards.
Thanks to everyone who attended last night’s meeting. A warm welcome to Ben Stroud who joined us last night. With eight people attending, we had six pieces of writing to discuss. Apologies received from Kate via email before the meeting: she’s still ‘looking forward to seeing everyone at the open mike’ by which I think she means either Re:Tale or the next Bad Language (both are well worth checking out).
Lots of familiar faces at last night’s meeting. Great to see a couple of people we’ve not seen for a while.
Also: doughnuts from the Master of Cakery himself.
With eight people attending we had seven pieces of work to critique. We’re now planning for a finish time around 10pm but even with this extension we still didn’t have enough time for all the submitted pieces–so Dave, your piece of work will be the first to be discussed at next month’s meeting.
We now have four novels being discussed in addition to the various short stories we’ve always seen. I’m really enjoying the variety, but I wonder whether to cut our novel writers some slack regards the word count and increase the limit to 4000 words per meeting. What do you think? 4000 words for all pieces of work or just for novel chapters? Or not at all? I’m wondering about that late finish time . . .
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of the riots (or perhaps a sleepy-eyed armadillo peeking a nose out from its shell) we’re back! First of all I’d like to welcome Terri who joined us for the first time last night. Nice to meet you!
Just one piece of sad news: there were no biscuits. But on with the show . . .
The open meeting cancelled on the 10th August due to Those People has now been re-scheduled for the 24th. Hurrah!
There are seven pieces of work in the DropBox at the moment but I’m not sure how many of these will be discussed. Any of the authors who can’t attend on the 24th can opt to have their work archived for discussion at a future meeting (14th September or another one).
7pm start as usual, finishing between 9pm and 9.30pm, then down the pub for a catch-up on the gossip.