Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Pencils! Points: April 10 & 24, 2007

Hello, all! Wow, what a great month. Everybody seems to be getting busy with new work for spring. Attendance is up and pens are pounding! Here's the announcements/meeting updates for the month of April.

I didn't attend the April 10 meeting, but Joyce was kind enough to snail-mail everybody's work so that I could go ahead and still get the notes out. Thanks, Joyce! And a special thanks to Joyce for moderating the meeting. I know she did a GREAT job!

So, here goes:

SAVE THE DATE NOTES WERE SENT OUT VIA POSTAL MAIL A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO – FOR THE 4TH ANNUAL PENCILS! ANNIVERSARY PARTY. The date is July 28, 2007. Carol is checking into doing an all-in-one clambake, with, of course, some other meats available for those who can't do seafood or meat. The event will be at Carol's house – and it's the official Pencils! 4th Annual Pirates of Five-Mile River Party. Watch for official invitations in the next month or so!

April 10, 2007

Notes on this meeting's readers

-- Judith read more of her novel SHU. "Every prison has such a Potter's Field. There were only numbers on the crosses, no names. Even in death, she thought, the inmates were identified only by a number. Suddenly, she felt the same quiver of fright that she had experienced in the stairwell. Someone was watching her."

-- Ann Lynch brought her new poem, "To Be Known." "Having face value/Grown in stages and/Noticed by wholesome people/Reaping rewards as/The catastrophes are listened to."

-- Henderson presented more of "The Eight-Fold Way.": "The Normals were clearly revolted by us, and the brains. The brain is clearly a part of nature, so that is all right. Our minds, however, may be another thing. Perhaps beyond nature. Like a book. A book is real but the contents are not. The Normals accuse us of creating souls. And only God can do that."

-- Dave read his short piece "Three Little Lessons Learned Too Late." "Eins, Zwei, Drei. As children in Koln we counted on our hands starting with the thumb, then forefinger, then the middle finger. We learned this way because everyone did this, everyone in Germany and all Mitteleruopa, I think."

April 24, 2007

1. We kicked off this meeting with a brief overview of The Hartford Courant Conference. Both Jen and Jerry went, and to hear their varied experiences was really interesting. It sounds like a great conference and something more of us should try to get to next year!

2. Cindi presented her newest work, "Sun Chasing." "Oh spirit under glass,/who drowned me best,/free flowing dream genie/in a pretty glass, I loved you/much, much better than living."

3. Yvonne read a piece called "Love and Other Craziness." "…it crossed my mind that my hair was dirty and I didn't want to die with it that way. I was really stressing about that, until it occurred to me that they would probably take care of it at the funeral home."

4. Sharon, our newest member, read from her piece, "Unloosed." "We both became loners then. I used to sit in the window seat in the bedroom and stare out at the city skyline wondering what it would look like if neutrinos burned like stars. Would they set the night sky ashimmer with tiny diamonds of light? Would they make a pointillistic tableau like a George Seurat masterpiece? Or would the picture be more hazy, like the Milky Way? Or like the last scene in Night of the Shooting Stars? Maybe the towers of the tallest buildings would evaporate in a bejeweled brilliance, neutrinos everywhere."

5. Carol McManus is back again! She brought an oldie but a goodie, "Reflections of a Boomer." This was one she had presented way back in the dawn of Pencils!, and she's been constantly improving it. It was great to hear it again! "But all that aside, my generation changed the world. We protested loudly for what was wrong and fought fiercely for what was right. We banded together so united voices would be heard on issues like the Vietnam War, abortion, endangered species, civil rights, and even the second amendment. The irony of those marches and those sit-ins was that not everyone there knew what they were protesting. Not everyone there believed in the cause. Not everyone there was even there."

6. Tom Barker was last to present with some of a new science fiction piece he's been working on. He didn't bring copies or else I'd print some of it here! It is great also, now, that we have some other sci-fi writers in the group, so there was really some great discussion following.

Quote of the Night

Carol: It sounds like the same shit that was going on in the 21st century is still going on.

Kaye: Yeah, it's like same shit, different day. It really is.

-- on Tom's Sci-Fi piece

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