December Meeting Recap

posted Dec 5, 2017, 11:11 AM by Bruce Rowe
No guest speaker this month, but that gave us a chance to hear many stories from our writers. 
  • Another 400 copies of Away for the Holidays provided to USO San Diego.
  • We're getting close to publishing of our second book of VWG member stories, Listen UP! The manuscript is out to story contributors for version checking and edits. Please return by Dec. 8.
  • Randy provided a lesson on the importance of comma placement. He cited a letter written by Alexander Hamilton with the salutation "To my dearest, Angelica" that illustrates this point. There is an ongoing discussion over whether the comma was a mistake or not. If not, it changes a standard greeting to one that possibly reveals a much more intimate relationship between he and Angelica, his wife's sister.
  • On to the stories:
    • Dante shared a new excerpt from his memoirs about his early days in Vietnam... with 362 days still to go.
    • Joe shared a brief quote, but then later in the meeting told us about his "other" life as an actor and assistant director on the film The Stepmother (1972). Look him up on IMDb.
    • Charlie read us the tale of Ram Bam, a rather unwise choice of vehicle he bought to replace another aging pickup.
    • Garry brought some thoughts on slogans for parenting.
    • Vernita shared her story of faith, which has been a source of courage and persistence in the face of many life challenges. The story will become a chapter in a book for women about facing fear and obstacles in life.
    • Lee read new poems, in particular one about PTSD that was a conversation starter for sure.
    • Tom read a bit of his new story "Night Fire." Read it and dozens more of his published works online at The Vista Press.
    • Glenn intrigued us with a few chapters of his fictional account of a chance meeting with the Stringers. The family seemed nice enough, but ultimately might switch the story up from "good Samaritan" to "what did I get myself into?"
    • Randy has five new stories for ListenUp! from his veteran and military students at MiraCosta College. He read one from a woman who went from corpsman to pursing a career in pediatrics.
Join us next month for an interesting, interactive discussion and a chance to share your writing.
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