A really good turn out for the first meeting of 2019. It seems that just about everyone has had a productive time over the Christmas holiday. If the numbers keep rising we’ll have to look for a bigger venue.
Tom was in particularly good form as he has added another fifty or so jokes to his ‘Side-splitters’ collection. He also sold one of his own last year which was translated into three different languages and inserted into crackers across Europe and America. We have added him to our list of ‘successful published authors’ despite a few raised eyebrows amongst the more established writers. Thankfully his buoyant mood meant I only had to rate one of his new jokes on a ‘hilarity scale’ of one to ten.
We came together for the reading of Kat’s poem, which she read with huge emotion and energy. Of course, nobody knew the Colonel had a dodgy ticker at the time but I’m pleased to say he has been in touch to let me know he made a full recovery. This may well be our final meeting at The Angler’s Rest Hotel lounge as the landlord appears resistant to the idea of installing a defibrillator.
Kat is a poet and joined the group in the summer. Yesterday she sent me an email asking for some advice. Kat wants to know if it’s ok to read her latest poem to the group before she enters it into a competition in a monthly magazine.
Being honest my first reaction was relief that she wasn’t asking me for my personal feedback on her poem. I wrote back confirming that everyone is welcome to offer their work for honest feedback and criticism. I didn’t dare mention that a poem with so many expletives (I counted eight in the first verse) may not be suitable for a magazine that is based predominantly on providing patterns for knitting your own cardigan.
The last meeting before Christmas was eventful. As the group has grown meetings seem to have become more prone to histrionics and conflict. The purpose of the group is to welcome aspiring and successful writers, whatever genre they prefer and to share experiences. Criticism of each other’s work is supposed to be honest and provide positive opportunities to improve. Someone should explain this to Gary and Chris who had a heated argument about whose hero is the most believable. The fact that they are both middle-aged men attempting to write chick-lit made the argument somewhat surreal.
Gary: My Emily has known true suffering.
Chris: True suffering? She works in an advertising agency in Knightsbridge! My Sarah works in a chip shop – that’s suffering!
As usual the Colonel (writing his memoirs) calmed things down but managed to offend them both by insinuating that as 50 year old men they may not be the best judges of how the modern twenty something young woman might suffer.
The Colonel may have a point.
This is the first post on the new site. I’m Roger and I’m an aspiring writer or more accurately an unpublished writer – I know I can write, I just don’t yet know whether it’s any good! As a full-time SEN teacher I have never devoted much time to my writing but I’m doing my best to change that. I have started a novel – the first couple of chapters are written and the plot is plotted.