I met with my friends yesterday for a gab fest. We talked about writing, life, other people and we ate. A lot. But it was soooo much fun! We try to get together once a month and I can't imagine why we didn't think of doing this sooner. We all need this time together so much. It's a way to blow off steam, reconnect with others, let our hair down a little and have some fun.
We also critique each other's works. Right now, the group is working on my new work in progress. Though I know what I sent them was a basic draft, when I got back some of their comments, I had to kick myself at some of the stupid mistakes I made. But I also know I'm not the only one. Three of the members of the group are multi-published - and even they goof once in a while. It's good to know I'm in good company.
But the work in progress is a stretch for me. It's a contemporary urban fantasy - something I've never done before - and it has at least one scene that didn't stop at the bedroom door (or in this case bathroom - as in tub with lots of steam and lather). Again, not something I've ever written before. The entire work is a stretch for me and it's mostly due to these friends. They challenge me to do better; to write better; to go beyond my neat little box and open up to new experiences, new ways of looking at things.
Friends like these don't come along every day and I cherish them. Especially since they make me laugh.
Today's author birthdays: William Congreve, Charles Lamb (Elia), William Allen White, Boris Pasternak, Berthold Brecht, Roxanne Pulitzer
Today's thought: "It's easy to lose the energy that you need for a long piece unless the characters are surprising you and showing you something new every week or even every month or every other paragraph, however often it comes." - Alice McDermott
Today's teaser: Given the following, create a short story or scene:
My nutty relative
in the woods
No. 2 pencil