I went to their meeting last night. It was a bit
awkward at first. They were surprised I came. I’m not sure why since they sent me an email inviting me. Then I realized they wanted to discuss the contest and offered to leave but they wouldn’t hear of it. They did discuss it briefly but nothing in detail. The longer I sat there the more I worried about it but really, if you want to discuss the contest, why are you inviting the contestants to the meeting?
Even though it was awkward initially, on the whole my impression was very good. I do plan to go to the meeting next month. I liked their method of giving and receiving criticism and the intimacy of the group. Of course, a lot of people were on vacation so the dynamics may change when everyone comes back but for right now I liked what I saw.
Everyone read a bit from their writing and it was really a great learning experience for me to hear what other people are writing and their subject matter. There is one other young woman who also writes fantasy in the group but she says it is dark fantasy. I don’t know what exactly she means by that but I hope to find out. Another young man is a screenwriter and filmmaker. How interesting! I can’t wait to hear more about what he is doing. An older lady (older than me) writes articles for a living and is a poet. Another lady (about my age, and yes we are older) writes historicals-not sure what kind yet.
A diverse group and I’m psyched about meeting them and learning more. I just about didn’t go and now I’m so glad I did. It was a great meeting and talking face to face with other writers was wonderful.
I did take a bit from the not paranormal short story I’m working on and read it for them. There was a brief discussion over a word I used and, to be honest, it was just thrilling. Am I weird or what? Some people liked the word, some did not but-wow. Just wow. It was awesome and I loved every second. Overall, they liked what I read to them and said they wanted to hear more. Yay!
I need three sets of hands right now: one set to type with and two sets to pet dogs! Rex has been with us the last week while Holly and John are in San Diego. Belle Amie just climbed on my lap and now Jade and Rex are on either side of me wanting in on the petting action, too. Time to go.