Thursday, October 25, 2012

Great Event

Yesterday we set up shop at the Askennonia Health Fair.  It's a great venue to access all kinds of services for seniors, so if you or a loved one may be looking for a helping hand in the future, be sure to watch for the annual event each October.  We had a fantastic time, met a lot of very interesting people,and sold a whack of books.  Many were purchased as gifts - it's never too early to start Christmas shopping!

Pat added an interactive feature to our presentation this year by conducting a ten minute writing exercise for interested attendees.  I sat in with five participants, and their efforts left both Pat and I convinced that there is a lot of unexplored talent out there, not to mention fantastic stories to be told.  The prompt was "I remember...", with a building that stands out in memory as topic.  All the writers reached far back in time, sharing wonderful and interesting glimpses of the places and times they still love.  We encourage all of you to pass your stories on to your younger family members and friends, either in writing or verbally.  They are truly treasures that should be preserved.

Next up is our meeting on the 30th, followed by a workshop with Brian Henry.  Happy scribbling!

Monday, October 22, 2012

An Exercise

Last April our group did a wonderful exercise to help us become better at thinking of titles for our short stories. We were each given a word and then asked to make as many titles from that word as we could in ten minutes.
The words were: Tomb
My word was Tomb and I came up with some pretty interesting titles. For the homework due at our next meeting we were asked to come up with the first sentence for one title inspired by the each of the five words (one chosen from each member there that day). This was how mine turned out.

The Missing Tomb

The wind blew harshly across the deserted cemetery, whipping fallen leaves against the gravestones that dominated the landscape.

Steel Lace

Lacey McGubbin was a tough woman, some would say she was as hard as steel, stubborn to a fault.

Gum Under the Table

In Midhaven Middle school it was a well-known fact that the students passed messages in the gum under their tables.

Old Tooth, New Tooth

Sammy sat in the uncomfortable chair his mother had placed him in upon their arrival at Dr. Klein’s office.


Sammy sat nervously in Dr. Klein's waiting room, this was his first trip to the dentist and he was afraid they would find so many cavities that all his teeth would need to be removed.

Murder in the Tea Room

It was two o’ clock in the afternoon and the Pride Park tea room was bustling with clientele.

Now you give it a try! Use the words we did or any five you can think of and see how many titles and beginning sentences you can come up with. Good luck!