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, May 07, 2018

Wednesday May 2nd, 2018

We had a rousing discussion to start the meeting. I asked, "How do you choose your genre? How do you write, is it from an outline or off the cuff?"

The answers ran the gamut, from I write what I like to read, to I write what I enjoy writing. Nobody said I write what I think will sell. As far as the second question, our nonfiction writers were most likely to write from an outline while our fiction writers surprised themselves on how the story developed. What fun.

Although only nine members were present this week, the snowbirds have flown north and a few regulars are regrouping, we did have six intrepid souls willing to read and listen to suggestions.

When Ed started off with, "Suspended in space is a room, larger than the universe but smaller than a cubby," we knew we were about to hear something to provoke thought, and we were right. When he added residents named Peter Pan, Alice, and Jiminy Cricket, his three friends who shared his thoughts for years from My Place. He listened and was guided to a successful career. 

Don shared a true-life experience in The Game. His pick-up softball team made up of older men, ranging in age from their 30's to early 50's, were given the opportunity to play against the #2 team in the state, its players were predominately in their 20's and in top physical condition. The starting pitcher stymied the older players for several innings with a pitching style which pushed the envelope as to its legality and the youngsters built a multiple run lead. The older guys failed to score and the cocky young pitcher took himself out of the game with a smirk on his face, confident the old guys couldn't come back. Did they have a snowball's chance in Hades? Wait for Don's next collection of poems and stories to read The Game and find out.

The Outlands Trilogy is Bruce's longtime product and he is in the process of finishing the final book in the trilogy. In this chapter, the City-State Armies are forming up to attack the Outland strongholds. Might it be an ill omen when the commander of the City-State's army harbors doubts about the wisdom of this attack?

As Rene read the second chapter of her latest work we found ourselves in the Bahamas. With a working title of Atlantis, an undersea city is certainly expected but, what about intrigue, spies, misinformation? Attend the next few meetings and find out.

With an author being murdered on a Sarasota street in front of a bookstore, Doug details the skills of his favorite detective, Yale Larson. Can Larson solve the crime? The title of this yarn is Parking Garage, it's a short story loaded with suspense from beginning to end. 

Continuing with a new chapter from The Manipulator, Debbie introduces a new character named Doris, a comely young blond, petite, and curvy. The temptress sets her sights on the city boy who has moved onto a local farm a couple of years earlier. She's young but has an idea of how to use her feminine charms to bring him under her spell. Her design is to get out of town and go to the big city; will the lad fulfill her dream?

As always we left the meeting energized and ready to write. I got so involved in my own stuff, I simply didn't get around to doing this blog until tonight. I'm behind in my posting, no excuses, forgive me, please. I'm back now, so; until next time: Keep on Writing!




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