Thursday, June 14, 2007

Pencils! Points: June 12, 2007

GREAT MEETING! And now, on with the show!


Welcome first-timer Maria! Let's hope she returns and feels confident enough to share in future!

Reading policy reminder: We never know from meeting to meeting how many readers we'll have. In an effort to ensure that everyone gets a chance to read, please come prepared to limit your reading to either FIVE DOUBLE-SPACED PAGES or TWO AND A HALF SINGLE-SPACED PAGES. You may, however, bring more—as was the case this week, we had time for more—in case we have too few readers, in which case, we'll be happy to read and comment on as much as time allows. Please keep in mind we're only stressing this in an effort to keep things even. Thanks!

THE PENCILS! FOURTH ANNIVERSARY PIRATES OF FIVE-MILE RIVER PARTY IS ON-TARGET FOR SATURDAY, JUNE 28. This year's committee—Lon, Carol, Kaye, and Jen—got the details down and snail-mail invitations will be going out this week. I do not have addresses for several of you, so once they go out in the mail I'll be sending out the details via e-mail as well. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS YEAR WE'LL REQUIRE AN RSVP OF EITHER YES OR NO, AND IF YOUR ANSWER IS YES, YOU MUST STICK TO IT! This is because each person will be paying for either a full-out Clambake and American-Style BBQ, so we'll be stuck paying for no-shows. As always, significant others and family members are welcome. WATCH YOUR MAILS FOR DETAILS!

And now, on with the show:

  1. After several disclaimers, SHIRLEY opened the meeting! It was good to hear her work after such a long hiatus. She presented a piece called "The Kindest Cut": "There was a thunder of 124 pairs of loafers and saddle shoes stomping on the polished wooden floor of the gym."
  2. Joyce brought us up-to-date on the latest installment of Venus Ascending, her novel. I don't have a copy, but one neat phrase was "news that she couldn't keep her marriage together." Nice way of stating all of the feelings of failure that comes with divorce; good work!
  3. Jerry entertained us with another clever two-hundre-and-fifty-worder for the Alfred Hitchcock magazine contest. "The corpse seemed to grin in the moonlight, but Murdoch grinned back at the briefcase clutched so possessively to the old man's chest."
  4. Kaye presented one of her acceptance letters from Goddard—that came with a bumper sticker. Great marketing idea!
  5. Lon was back with a short piece of his "Working Late." "Irwin broke off, flattening out his voice and his sadness as only a man surrounded by men can do. Sean looked away, his eyes misting."
  6. Judith has put in an overhaul on the opening chapter of SHU, and it's a great improvement!

"Is that bread?" Molly asked.

"No, stupid. This isn't bread. It's what's called The Loaf, the dinner people in SHU get," the guard answered, "when they're bad."

  1. Henderson closed us out with more of "The Eight-Fold Way." "I am myself outraged at what has happened," said Professor Alberte, head of the Political Science department at Normal University. He was fanning himself with a piece of paper…"What's wrong with the air conditioning?"


Tom: If you use betraying, then you don't have to say 'he betrayed.' Two for one!

Jen (to Kaye): If it were one of your stories, she'd burn down the school at the end.

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