We had a fantastic presentation by Andrew Robinson, Regional Director for Central Florida, Florida Writers Association, on publishing in the new age. Andrew, known as AJ, and his wife Joanne, known to most FWA members as the tireless couple who run the bookstore at the Florida Writers Convention, graciously attended our first meeting in February. They drove over from Orlando, and were well received by our group. Our thanks to AJ and Joanne, who have offered to return in the future for lectures. AJ broadened everyone's concept of publishing options, and opened a few eyes about what can be done in this era of redefined publishing.
After an intensive question and answer session, we took a short break and resumed the meeting with George Collias reading the letter from Bennett Cerf regarding the censorship of “Ulysses.” How easily we forget how far we've come in freedom of the press in just our lifetime. George Collias's second book, Myahmuh, A Novel Of Miami, Florida, has been published. Take a look at George's website, georgecolliasbooks.com, for information on ordering the now available book. George has also been published in Running Out of Ink's e-zine. His humorous article, My Accent – Lost and Found, is featured in the current issue at: http://www.runningoutofink.com/my_accent.html.
Don Westerfield read his delightful "In the Kingdom of Wishalot," followed by Mary Ryne's great piece "Embellishments." Again, my apologies to all who read, my notes are totally incomprehensible. I do know Bill Elam read the next chapter of "She Traveled With Him," and Joanne read the next chapter of her "Saga of a Sea Hag." Other than that, I don't have much.
We had twenty-four in attendance, and I know we had a grand time, thanks to the great presentation by AJ, and the warm reception our group gave him and Joanne.
I'll see everyone next Wednesday, and I will do my best to take better notes.