Sunday, July 15, 2007

Pencils! Points: June 26, 2007

Hello folks!

Well, I'm back from Goddard-Land, and as I noted in an earlier mailing, it was quite the ride. I think I've learned more about how to view, improve on, and see my own work in one week than I have in the last three years combined. And I TOTALLY enjoyed the Pencils! July 24 meeting. It was great to be back among all of you.

At any rate, MANY THANKS TO JOYCE for running what sounded like a terrific meeting!! And to all the others who helped. And now, this week's edition of PENCILS! POINTS.


WE NEED TO HAVE A COUNT ON THE PENCILS! 4TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY AT CAROL'S so she can give the caterers a count. THE RESPONSE FROM ALL OF YOU HAS BEEN GREAT!! If you haven't RSVP'd either way (yes or no) yet, please do. And I encourage everyone to come! We've made it four years, and we've got some surprises in store.

Former Pencils! member Tammy Ritter has started a new literary journal, Whatever Literary Journal. Let's all support her efforts and send in our stuff! She's given me flyers with more information, which I'll hand out at tomorrow's meeting. Meantime, here's a link to the mag's website: Congratulations, Tammy! Be sure to spread word of her new publication to other writers you might know outside Pencils! and refer them to the magazine's website for submission guidelines. Best of luck to all those who submit!

And now…on with the show. Unfortunately, I'm not sure of the order in which things were presented, but here's the low-down!

1. Joyce presented Chapter 9 from her novel Venus Ascending. "She looks like a wounded bird," Murray thought, wanting to shelter her and make her well. "I'll be here for you," he promised."

2. Judith was up with more of her novel, which has been retitled: Noblesse Oblige. "On a weekend in September, the project made its debut. Danni and his volunteers manned the truck, passing out containers of gourmet food to a group of vagrants who lived on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world."

3. Henderson—whom I believe is on vacation now for the rest of July, so we'll look forward to seeing him again in August!—was up with more of The Eight-Fold Way. "His long lean hawkish face and bare arms were ablaze with patriotic feelings and ripples of concern for the nation's safety. The patterns almost concealed his prominent nose."

4. Gerry re-worked his short story "The Plan," and brought it in to share the re-writes. "He could even smell her perfume, sweet and fresh as the flowers at their wedding. And he could see their future together, a cozy little bungalow in Hawaii. Just Angela, the sun, the sand, the sea, and an insurance check with six fat zeroes left of the decimal point."

5. Sharon brought another piece, "Calla Lilies." "I'm sorry for your loss," he had said on the phone when I first called to make arrangements. But he wasn't, of course. I was certain of that. His words had no more feeling than if he had read a line from the Yellow Pages."

6. Carol was at it again with a humorous piece she wrote in reaction to an ad featuring the former Wonder Woman.

Happy writing! Hope to see you all at the Tuesday, July 24 meeting!

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