It was a spirited meeting, which welcomed yet two more new members -- Katie Kuhn and Billy Neery, and the return of 2/3 of the previous months newcomers -- Ann Marie and Cynthia (see previous post for predictions...). The group is once again growing, putting previous worries about membership aside. I only am impressed with the way the membership interacts, perhaps returning to, and perhaps exceeding, the proficiency and insightfulness of two years ago. We retain a number of veterans -- Kay, Zack, Brian, Joe, and me, with two newly seasoned members in Michelle and Sandy. All in all, a good bunch, with different interests, backgrounds, and talents.
So onward. We read the first three pages of Zack's sci-fi piece, of which he has 11o already written. I'm sure his submissions will come fast and furious and I only hope we as readers can keep up. Despite questions about the piece, it is a solid start. Sandy submitted a Thanksgiving essay that shows promise, perhaps even as two essays. Given some meat (sorry!), it will be a full-fledged essay with more depth than her rushing-to-meet-deadline submission allowed. Joe then read aloud another section for his memoir, I think in some ways proving my point about how reading a piece changes the way it is accepted. Still, on-the-fly suggestions were made and hopefully prove useful. Joe has so many wonderful memories about a bygone era, it's hard to keep track of them all.
The GFWG is plowing ahead with its new meeting schedule come next month. Some kinks and bugs were worked out at the last night's get together. Hopefully any to come will be solved with the same consensus and efficiency.
Next meeting -- three weeks, January 7th, 7pm, at Crandall Library. I am very excited by this change and believe that we, as a group, are up to this new, blistering pace!