Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Meeting of 28 January 2009

Another packed turnout – 22, including another new joiner. It was Pat’s birthday and Jane had baked a cake, which was delicious (no mention of the number of candles…). Happy birthday, Pat!

Brian kicked off with the dramatic conclusion of his story about Juan in the foreign legion; good description of scenes but would benefit from more character’s internal emotion. (Coincidentally for me, last night I watched Follow That Camel.)

Glad to report that Alan is here for 13 weeks during which time he hopes to progress his longest work; we were reacquainted with the characters and now await further developments next week. Jane gave us a bucolic scene from childhood – a veritable word picture, in water colours. Douglas captured the voice and mind of a criminal to good effect. Rita presented a true appraisal of two gay men adopting a girl in New York and this has potential in the magazine market to generate considerable debate.

Geoff has hit upon an intriguing idea. His short story was entitled 22 and it was hilarious. The idea? Possibly The Book of Numbers. A story revolving around each number up to 36 – the number of chapters in that book in the Bible. Just a thought.

I read out the beginning of my western Blind Justice and received some useful pointers. Glyn gave us the first half of his story about a soldier in Afghanistan, which promises to be brutal next week. Lastly, Rob gave us his article on Horace ‘Jim’ Greasley, the ex-POW author of Do the Birds Still Sing in Hell? Horace was 90 on Christmas Day 2008; an amazing man.

Unfortunately, time ran out so several neglected members will be first up for their readings next week.
- Nik

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