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|Saturday, June 17th, 2006|
This is a great idea for a community... which, unfortunately, seems to have NO life in it.
Is anyone still out there? What are you guys working on right now? Would anyone be interested in starting up a real live "writers discussion" group in the KC area?
|Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005|
|Thursday, December 30th, 2004|
With the holidays almost over and live shuffling back into steady rotation, I am giving the KC Writers group a nice kickstart for 2005.
I am looking at Saturday, January 7th as a tentative date for a meeting. Time and place are up for suggestion based on the interested. I haven't yet built an agenda, but plan to do so this Sunday.
Please comment if interested.
|Sunday, December 12th, 2004|
I am suspending "official" group meetings until after the New Year. Due to low turnout and not-so-great communication, the group is on hiatus. Feel free to meet amongst yourselves.
|Sunday, December 5th, 2004|
If you will be coming to the meeting on Sunday, please confirm here. I am up to my eyeballs in packing boxes to put away and do not want to drive all the way downtown for no reason when I could be getting my house neat and tidy (though if you are coming, a break would be WONDERFUL.)
|Friday, December 3rd, 2004|
An agenda exists. It's in my old apartment and I pick it up tomorrow afternoon when I turn in my keys. See you all on Sunday, cafe side.
|Tuesday, November 30th, 2004|
I found this at the coffee house I frequent.Submission Guidelines for manuscripts and/or art for the November 2005 issue are found on pages 74-75 in the current November 2004 issue of Kansas City VoicesKansas City Voices
publishes fiction, articles on local points of interest and personal essays with some mention to the Kansas City area. In the fiction, this reference to Kansas City can be as minor as jazz playing in the background of a short story or as major as a trip to the Country Club Plaza. The essays and articles should be about Kansas City. Poetry may have, but does not need to have a reference to Kansas City. No gratuitous sex or violence.Eligibility
Any author, age 18 or older, who has a current mailing address or has ever had a mailing address, in the following counties may submit: Clay, Cass, Jackson, Platte in Missouri and Douglas, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte in Kansas.
SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM December 1, 2004, THROUGH February 28, 2005, FOR THE THIRD ISSUE. Current Mood: depressed
|Thursday, November 25th, 2004|
So I am working on putting together a set of poems to submit to a few online publications and a couple of magazines. I'm also horribly stuck on one piece. This is now in its fourth revision, but I swear I am still missing something. I'm posting it here for feedback.
i need to learn the simple things;
lessons in simplicity are glaringly
from my transcripts in life.
perhaps this is why
my person fails despite my heart's best intention;
man cannot live by love alone, after all.
neither can woman,
and nothing can survive the crush of
i have misunderstood myself,
mistaking silence for a lack of voice and
a void of self.
maybe this is why i allowed myself to be
surely this is how i became a casualty.
i failed to understand that the silence
was the settling of the audience before i began
it is too-little too-late now as i hear the
swell of the orchestra; i no longer have the stage.
there are no promises that i can make now,
no oath i can make with my god as collateral
that will restore me.
i remember being in love;
at least that is what i called it,
the swift intoxication of her eyes,
the indulgence of her hand on my thigh.
but that was not love.
it was a gateway to something higher,
beyond my perception for in the absence of
the sustaining feeling remained.
passion is love's wicked sister after all. she'll make you ache.
dizziness is her side effect that masks a fact:
love makes you hurt inside, its icy grasp making you acutely awake and
of how dangerous it is to be that naked,
of how hazardous trust can be.
i'm still naked, shivering outside the windows of her world.
the hunger, the shame, the ache--i know what love is now,
even as i have a 'say anything' moment
i ache and i love.
the little voice is speaking now,
her words steady even as she struggles,
seeking sound footing in an unsound world.
even as she feels the tears collecting in her eyes as that icy grasp grows tighter.
the human heart is a muscle like all muscles:
you have to stretch it until it hurts.
maybe that is why mine is hurting,
as i stretch and stretch
reaching out to escape the bonds of ignorance
and come out the other side, to take flight.
i will not be the scarlet ibis,
laying broken on the ground.
|Monday, November 22nd, 2004|
Hi! My name is Kelly. I'm a 23 year old. I'm am looking to get involved around town and to really get my act together :) I'd love to make some new friends, so feel free to drop me a line :) Current Mood: silly
|Sunday, November 21st, 2004|
OK, don't let this get you down, guys. I just talked with Katherine and it doesn't look like we're going to be able to make it (again) this afternoon. Katherine apparently has so much work to do before Thanksgiving rolls around and her 44 guests arrive that she can't get away. My story is just that I still don't have a full time job, almost three weeks later, and I'm trying to keep expenses down (I live in blue springs and I'm trying not to come clear into town unless it's for an interview). Hopefully there won't be but one or two more Sundays of this, and I'll be back in the em-ploy.
Again, don't get discouraged. We really are serious about sharing our writing. Just horrible timing this weekend, that's all.
|Saturday, November 20th, 2004|
I'm assuming that our meeting is still on for tomorrow at 4?
Do we want to meet in the bar again, or head back to the restraunt side?
are you going to have an agenda ready?
Am I forgetting any good questions?
|Sunday, November 14th, 2004|
So, today was more of a throw-out-ideas-and-see-if-we-like-them sort of meeting. We talked about getting together some sort of standardized agenda with a few different session topics on it that we can use as a stay-all in case someone forgets to do their agenda, or if there's some problem. This way, we can stay focused and actually come to the group and get writing things accomplish, and leave wanting to go home and write. That's the point of this, right? Right.
I think one of the biggest things is trying to figure out what people want to learn about. Each week, whom ever is in charge of the agenda, will probably want to choose some sort of a learning "topic". Shelly, Michelle and I compiled a sort of ramshackle list of ideas and things that we'd like to start with, and we can always add ideas to this post in the comments, or I can compile a thread over at my board for agenda items. Whatever. I don't have complete noted thoughts, but here's the list I came up with:Learning Topic Ideas
- Finding an Agent
- Naming Characters
- Character Creation
- Character Psychology
- Writing Processes
- Critiquing Resources
- Publishing Ideas and Recommendations
- Creating Character conflict
- Listing of Resources for specific TopicsSession Ideas for the Agenda
- Brag Time
- Question & Answers about Topics
- Reading/Critique Session
Some other things that we talked about, were coming up with a scheduled rotation for who will take over the Agenda, creating a birthday list for the group, and perhaps a different day/time for a holiday group meeting.
I think it'll be up to you to start us out, with all that good stuff you should have on Query Letters, and a whole 'nother week to plan your agenda. Hopefully, this list will help you along with that as well. :)
Well, I didn't get into the anthology, but they said they really liked it and it was a tough choice. So I'm kind of elated while being disappointed. Can I say I'm officially a struggling writer now?
Any suggestions for somewhere else to submit this piece? Kind of literary, built around a food theme. A friend said it was 'chick-litish', but I don't think it's quite that, uh, chicky.
I'm going to go try and figure out how I'm feeling now. Current Mood: quixotic
Another one bites the dust.
I just saw Heith's message. Had breakfast out this morning, and it's decided not to cooperate with my innards. I've been have some serious stomach/nausea issues that don't seem to want to abate any time soon, so I'm going to have to bail this afternoon as well. I'd be more than happy to email my notes on the query stuff I got last Monday if anyone wants them right away - otherwise I'd be happy to report on it next weekend. I'm really sorry to bail, guys. If you want me to throw together some writing exercises or whatever, just let me know. Again, I apologize. Call me if you need anything - 816-931-7487.
I won't be able to attend this afternoon, fellow KC writers folk, I'm really sorry. But Katherine, if you'd be so la-la-la-lovely as to drop me an email with a spot of info as to what I missed and/or any writing exercises you brought with today, I'd be happy to treat them as assignments and report back next week, on schedule. :) Whee!
|Tuesday, November 9th, 2004|
KC NaNoWriMo Meeting
Hello everyone. The next meeting for our KC Metro group will be this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Whole Foods in Overland Park (the same shopping complex as the Borders we met in originally.) I have elected to move to the Whole Foods because it's dining/cafe area is larger and has couches and BIG tables in a more secluded area so we won't bother anyone with our mayhem. Yes, you can get food and drinks there. I'm personally hoping for matzoh ball soup.
At any rate, I hope to see you all there. I will have information regarding the Kansas City Writers group with me at this meeting. I hope to also have our NaNo goodies by then. They were sent out in batches and most of the others who replied at the same time I did have theirs. I'm hoping that this wasn't an oversight like our forum was.
If you plan on attending, please email me using the address listed for the KC ML and let me know so I can have an accurate headcount in the event the goodies do arrive! (For those reading this via livejournal, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thank you all and keep up the good work!
|Monday, November 8th, 2004|
I'm curious on how many people would be interested in seeing regular book reviews. I'm reading like crazy lately, and recently thought up the idea of keeping track of everything I'm reading, and writing out a short snopsis of the book. I'm not sure how interested people would be in seeing these, or even in the types of books I'm reading. Just let me know what you think.
Claiming the agenda.
Unless anyone has any big problems with it, I'm going to go ahead and make next week's meeting mine to organize. I figure I'll have plenty of stuff on query letters, and I'll put together a free writing exercise, too. Oh, and I'll find some critique forms as well. If you guys have some you want to bring it, that'd be cool, too. Just make sure to bring enough copies!
|Friday, November 5th, 2004|
Do we have a plan of attack for our next meeting? Same time, same place?
Just curious. Current Mood: blah
|Sunday, October 31st, 2004|
Went to Cup and Saucer. Sat about for fifteen minutes. Saw no one. Went home.
Discovered that I had neglected to reset my clock. *smacks head*
Sorry guys. I'm a complete retard.