Schedule and Location

Welcome to the Sarasota Writers Group Blog. Meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Nokomis Fire Station, located just a few blocks south of Albee Road (where Matthews-Currie Ford is located) at Pavonia Road. We are on the west, or bay side, of U.S. 41, by the Fire Station's flashing yellow caution traffic light. If you are coming from the south on US 41, we are just north of Dona Bay. Turn on Pavonia and pull to the far end, or west side, of the firehall. Please do not block the fire doors! We meet in the training room on the far side of the complex. Gathering time: 6:00 pm Meeting called to order: 6:30 pm Ten minute break: 7:50 pm Meeting Finishes at 9:00 pm

Monday, August 15, 2011

Two Days 'Til Wednesday

It's almost time for the second August meeting. Seems like I just wrote that for July! I do apologize for not keeping the blog very current anymore. For some strange reason, I've developed a horrendus case of computer block! This coming from one that nearly lived on the thing for ten years. I wish I could say I was working on the next blockbuster epic novel, but I'm afraid that is not the case.

Many of us are out traveling, getting ready to, or enduring some trials and tribulations in other areas of life. I do look forward to our occasional meetings of what we all love and that is writing.

Peter has again suggested and requested that we all take part in 'working with words' by sharing the great parts that drew us to other writings and also how we would use a specific word in both a short, crisp powerful way and how we might be moved to use that same word in a long and seemingly endless grouping of words into a sentence. Authors of the "Classics" didn't always obey the set of rules and regs established by today's editors and publishers.

Conversely, the nature of the publishing business itself has lifted road blocks in place that allow pure 'crap' to end up in printed works. To wit: Self-publishing and Independent publishing which allows for the right price to rule. Many of those we consider to be the 'Great Ones' could not get published by a big New York publisher these days. Or even be inclined to turn into techies in order to do what they love most. It all depends on what an individual wants to achieve. For someone with a voice like Peter, electronic can be a gift. Not so for me. Partly why I've suddenly developed a revulsion for computers. I need an ink bottle and a quill, I think. :)

I'd like to discuss this more. What moves any of us to write? Are we open to constructive criticism or determined to introduce what WE think of as good writing? I've been pondering a word to use for an experiment of the nature Peter suggests OR to write one paragraph using the word in the way it moves you to make your attempt at definition. The word is: chaos. What is chaos?

Kerri and I communicated this week and I am publicly asking her on a date. Seems last meeting her husband beat me to the plate and suggested a Harry Potter movie. Kerri will you meet us at the Firehall on Wednesday? :) I'm teasing Kerri, but my invitation extends to everyone able to grace our group with their presence. There a few new members that I think have so much to offer and rather than risk forgetting or leaving one out, I'll say, "You know who you are." :)

See you Wednesday, August 17th at 6:30 or when you can get there.

Be safe
Be happy
Be writing

Susan