- Kay announced the project for the GFWG this year -- a publication to debut at The Chronicle Book Fair in November! We last published a collection of our work in 2005, so as Kay said, "It's time." Basic rule is that a piece an author wants published must be workshopped through the GFWG in 2010 to be eligible, but everything else is wide open. We could get some big help in putting it all together form Sandy, who works at the CCE (the Cornell Coopertive Extension. Yes, I had to ask, too). Should look very professional. The as-yet-to-be-formed committee will meet at 6pm, or an hour before the next meeting, on Feb. 18
- We reinstituted an old rule (and one I've been pushing for almost since my return last Nov.) -- authors don't get to talk during their critique. The work must stand on its own. Plenty of other groups use this rule, and if we allowed time for author rebuttal, we're going to have to add another hour to the meeting. And when I say rule, I mean more of a guideline because it's really hard to tstick to.
- Instead of bringing 10 copies, writers will now need to make 12 to account for swelling membership.
Now, on to the critiques. We got further into Zack's always twisted world, continuing with The Dead Machine. Interesting how diverse interpretations and impressions are of his work. Michelle continues to challenge the nonpoets, but hopefully gets some added insight from our two new poets (Alison and the long-lost Montana (welcome back!)). We gave Katie suggestions on how to expand her short story Avalanche! while helping Billy reconcile shifts in his Electra short. We laughed along with Sandy's continued family adventures, and welcomed back Jim, who finally received feedback on his intriguingly titled Godot Strikes Back. Jim gets bonus points for quoting one of my contentions that "all work is autobiographical" during the meeting.
Another interesting, fast-paced gathering. See you in two weeks when we critique works from Billy, Michelle, Zack, Sandy (2), Montana, Cynthia, me, and a first submission from Jerri Lynn. Our production remains strong.