Nevada SCBWI

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Third Sunday Folks

A place for people meeting 2:00pm at Borders (Reno) the third Sunday of each month. Here we can hash out plans, form sub-groups, and support one another.

Members: 17
Latest Activity: Apr 10, 2010

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Comment by Susan M. Botich on November 23, 2008 at 3:08pm
I'm looking forward to seeing how this work in addition to our Borders get-together times. I think this can really help us all be more efficient with our critique time. Great idea! :-)
Comment by Peter Taylor on November 30, 2008 at 3:31am
Don't worry, I won't be turning up at your meetings. Apparently I had to join the group to reply to Julianne's post.
Have fun!
Peter :)
Comment by Ellen Hopkins on November 30, 2008 at 7:30am
Ah, no worries, Peter. We welcome honorary members here, like we have honorary Nevadans who live elsewhere but who we feel are a part of our group here. I hereby make you one of those, too.
Comment by Julianne Dillard on December 2, 2008 at 12:27am
It'd be great if you could show up at a meeting, Peter! You'd be welcome!
Comment by Peter Taylor on December 3, 2008 at 5:53pm
Thanks, Julianne and Ellen!
After I'd posted about 'work tips' I regretted that it sounded as though I was bullying you into recording word totals each week. I'm sorry -you just have to do what you can, when you can, when you've four kids. This week's been a right off for me with the big house clean up before we go on holiday on Sunday. I did do a bit of research today. Research counts as writing! Writing emails is good writing practice.
Comment by Peter Taylor on December 3, 2008 at 6:00pm
We have large Borders' stores in Australia, too. I'll have to sneek a photo and see how they compare.
Comment by Peter Taylor on December 4, 2008 at 12:48pm
Oops - please excuse the spelling errors in the last but one post. It sent itself off before I was ready. I meant to check it and add that my suggestions were really written because I need to heed them. I get much more done when there are deadlines or when writing buddies 'force' me to write and chase word totals.

One of the things I fret about is endings to stories. Do you always know how a story will end, when you start?

Ex-British Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Joe Bugner, lives in Australia, about 40 miles away from me. I saw in the local newspaper that his house got burgled while he was away at a fight, and I used this as the stimulus for a story. A boy finds a watch in a drain. The watch belongs to his racing car driver idol who has been robbed and the boy tries to return it personally, but faces all kinds of problems. After a couple of years of writing, I still didn't have a satisfactory ending. Then, I was just about to board a plane to return to Australia from a holiday in England. The check-in clerk at London's Heathrow Airport was chatty and asked me what I did DownUnder. I told him I was writing a children's book and how I got the idea. Then I looked at his name badge. I was talking to Joe Bugner's son and the problem of the story ending was solved. (It'll never get published. It's far to 'politically incorrect' - but it's been fun.)

As part of my training to be a teacher, I did a three week stint in a small town called Thornaby, in the late 1960's. 5 years ago, here in Brisbane, new neighbours moved in next door. The man was an ex-'Thornaby Grange' student I'd taught then, and his wife had lived a few doors from my wife when they were children in a town 400miles from where we live now. Maybe that'll be used in a story sometime, too.

When I was a child, I had a dream that wasps were coming out of my mouth. I told my mother about it and we laughed. 5 hours later I'd been stung and taken to hospital with a massive alergic reaction. Hmmm.

Best wishes,

Peter:)
Comment by Julianne Dillard on December 5, 2008 at 11:00pm
I'm at the point with writing that I find the beginnings tough--I'll look forward to when the endings are my challenge! Reading about how your real life "incidents" offer story ideas/solutions is inspiring. I just have to recognize the moments in my life that might work...and mine the past. I always felt like I had too "white bread" a life to offer that much to pull from. But I see that's probably not true now--and I have a feeling that four kids will provide plenty of, um, material. :)
This month I'm giving up on getting much writing time in--I'm in the midst of writing and reading final exams and am lucky to have time to do much of anything. I wonder how folks in the Sunday group would feel about counting the Christmas party as our gathering this month... Or we could talk about who might want to meet up on the 20th? I think I'll be too much of a nutcase. :)
Comment by Lisa Larson on January 8, 2009 at 7:31pm
Julianne, I'm new to SCBWI and this group and I have a question: I see that the "Slow Group" (I might have the name wrong) is posting chapters for others to read and comment on and I remember this was brought up in our November meeting. Is that something that the "Third Sunday" group does as well? If so, where? If not, no worries, I'm just curious. Thank you! ~Lisa
Comment by Ellen Hopkins on January 8, 2009 at 7:33pm
You can start posting work for critique by going to the Start Discussion link above. In Slow Group, they post by the name of their book and chapter number. So "Circle Journal, Chapter One."

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