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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hopefully, in the new year, the group will also decide what it stands for and what it hopes to offer to the writing community/public. Is it a group that is welcoming to all, with the hope of giving encouragement and improving writing skills, or a group of "committed" individuals who have been attending meetups for some time. If it is the former, I would suggest being welcome, in any type of way, to newcomers, getting to know everyone and what they are working on, and offering real feedback and suggestions to those who take time out of their busy schedules to attend meetings.

    January 13, 2014

  • Demi L.

    Hi Virginia. I agree Bluebonnet traffic is not fun and moving forward I'd prefer going back to Jefferson la madeline. We just need to be sure to reserve it in advance. That's gonna be a decision the group and new organizers will have to make though I suppose

    January 13, 2014

  • Virginia T.

    Thanks for the hard work at finding a new place, but I won't attend at that location - traffic and parking is awful, and Mondays near holidays are even worse. I'm not sure why we can't go back to the previous La Mad location after this week.

    January 13, 2014

  • Andy B.

    Sounds good! I saw that room at La Mad PR over the weekend and thought it looked like a good room. Didn't mention it since it seems like a few people have problems with Bluebonnet traffic. It can be thick at times, but this seems like a good location close to I-10.

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Mary

    Hi all! I've recently joined the group and hope to meet you all tonight at the library.

    January 13, 2014

  • jlo

    This is very promising: La Madeleine at Perkins Rowe has a 30+ room that we can reserve from 6-8 p.m. on alternate Mondays. They were very accomodating and will set the room up for us by making a large table and removing some of the small tables if we wish. I reserved it for Jan. 27. They are booked on Feb. 10, but after that, the reservations book is open on every Monday until the end of time and we can book it that far in advance. I talked to Elisa, one of the managers.

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Demi L.

    they'll give us a meeting room number tonight when first person signs in at desk. I'll try to get there a bit early if possible. but when you walk in the front doors to the library the meeting rooms are off to the right. will try to leave the meeting room door open so people can walk in as they arrive

    January 13, 2014

  • jlo

    LSU Union didn't pan out (fee per use); neither did LSU Barnes & Noble (free room, but not regularly available) nor Citiplace Barnes & Noble (no room).

    January 13, 2014

  • Omar R.

    Thank you, Demi, for securing a room at Bluebonnet Library. That makes sense - this location has been posted for a long time, the room is available and reserved, so rather than change it last minute, lets do that.

    Which meeting room # is it?

    I concur with jlo's proposed agenda. Sounds good, makes sense.

    It'd be great to hear what happens with LSU. See everyone tonight.

    Stay safe on the road, all, rain.

    January 13, 2014

  • Demi L.

    okay I was able to reserve the room at Bluebonnet library for tonight. my opinion is we stick to that location for tonight because that's what's been posted for this meeting for sometime now. new members who might be planning to come in may not have checked the comments and won't know to go somewhere else. La Madeleine was already reserved tonight unfortunately. We've tried meeting outside the back room there before and it didn't go too well.

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • jlo

    As for tonight, I'm open to either La Mad or Bluebonnet, whatever you guys prefer. Wherever we gather this evening, it seems our agenda needs to address two items: a) new group organizers; and b) permanent meeting location. As for La Mad's requirements, my understanding is they require a) reservations; and b) some threshold of food purchase by the group. Season and Ricky could confirm the accuracy of this.

    Today I will contact the LSU Union and inquire about their availability on a permanent basis. My understanding is that if the group benefits students, the Union will provide a meeting room at no cost. I'll check it out and report back tonight.

    January 13, 2014

  • Virginia T.

    Might I suggest...

    Let's meet at Le Madeleine and discuss. Even if the private room is unavailable, the restaurant rarely has more than a handful of diners; space will not be an issue though privacy might, which we can live with for one evening.

    Season and Ricky: Did Le Madeleine require you to reserve that room, and has its status changed? I'm curious to understand why its availability has come into question.

    Regarding the option to meet at a college - if memory serves, the LSU Union is open except during holidays, during which times we won't meet. I don't believe many of us would be willing to go to Southern, nor that a public school or conference room is appropriate. A location with food and beverage seems to best suit our needs, and I believe we will face great difficulty in finding a traditional restaurant willing to set aside a private room for our meager sales. Feedback and suggestions please?

    January 13, 2014

  • Omar R.

    The thoughts that keep us up at night... What about conference rooms at a member's office / workplace? Many meetups I know of are held at an office / workplace, after hours, where someone has / can get permission. Whether there are costs involved or not, I don't know.

    Also, taking the university space idea further, many writers in our group have a middle school / young adult audience. Why not meet in such a place? Is it allowed - why or why not, and how could it be?

    Public schools are just that - public spaces. What happens in a school when school's out (the beginnings of a thriller novel, I'm sure... )?

    Really, what are we seeking? - a quiet place to meet where we can talk, and preferably eat. So many facilities / buildings in existence satisfy that relatively simple requirement. Many of such places are not utilized "after hours". Can someone use them? If permitted, why not?

    January 13, 2014

  • Omar R.

    Now, something I hadn't thought of recently is that campus locations can often be used and useful. I'm not as aware of how the campus environment is around here, but some of them have open parking and some of them have relatively open space reservation / available space, depending on if there is a student or professor that can reserve for you. Even if not a private room on campus, perhaps a student meeting area that is open to the public.

    Obviously there's LSU and
    Southern - I don't know all the universities and community colleges in this area, but it could be something worth looking into.

    As an aside it's a double edged sword because being near a school environment you're going to be around people who have to write and also those who may or may not like writing (or reading).

    Ostensibly those in college would be among the most likely group to read and write. You would think so, at least.

    January 12, 2014

  • Omar R.

    - The usual "good location" (accessible location, parking, easy to find, well known, located near intended audience, well-lit, etc.)
    - a humble start - please, add on what's missing


    In terms of meeting spaces, there are:
    1. Free open spaces (completely open, public)
    - coffee shop dining area
    - fast food restaurant
    - park (spring outdoors maybe?? Weather permitting - or pavilion equipped)
    - some corner in a mall

    2. Paid for meeting rooms
    (I would include restaurants / other venues that have minimum required dollar / meal purchases for room usage)

    3. Reserved spaces (free, but must be reserved in advance, usually public)
    - Bluebonnet and some other libraries have these facilities

    4. First come first serve spaces (some library meeting rooms CANNOT be reserved, but if you're there first, it's yours - also free)

    5. Other classifications I haven't thought of? I know a few in this group are library professionals - your insight and advice would be very helpful and much appreciated.

    January 12, 2014

  • Omar R.

    I don't know if stepping up to moderator is a one way decision or a multilateral one. In either case, I know several people have voiced interest in helping the management and leadership of the group, myself among many other commited participants.

    Some have, on their own, taken proactive steps to actually secure a place, and that shows leadership, in my mind.

    In terms of qualities of an ideal meeting space for BRWW sessions, a short list comes readily to mind:

    - Quiet - Enough that we can hear each other clearly, but not so quiet that our discussions will disturb others - unless a closed / private room
    - Food & Drink permitted / served - its always nice to be allowed to eat and drink
    - Private, within reason - Not Fort Knox, but not an exhibition, either.
    - Reliably accessible - knowing where every meeting will be instead of having to guess / find each week would reduce headaches and stress. We'd spend more time on improving writing than planning where we'll meet to improve writing.

    January 12, 2014

  • Omar R.

    I don't know if stepping up to moderator is a one way decision or a multilateral one. In either case, I know several people have voiced interest in helping the management and leadership of the group, myself among many other commited participants.

    Some have, on their own, taken proactive steps to actually secure a place, and that shows leadership, in my mind.

    In terms of qualities of an ideal meeting space for BRWW sessions, a short list comes readily to mind:

    - Quiet - Enough that we can hear each other clearly, but not so quiet that our discussions will disturb others - unless a closed / private room
    - Food & Drink permitted / served - its always nice to be allowed to eat and drink
    - Private, within reason - Not Fort Knox, but not an exhibition, either.
    - Reliably accessible - knowing where every meeting will be instead of having to guess / find each week would reduce headaches and stress. We'd spend more time on improving writing than planning where we'll meet to improve writing.

    January 12, 2014

  • Marieca

    Has anyone stepped up to be the group moderator at this point?

    January 12, 2014

  • jlo

    Sounds good. Thanks for your efforts. Keep us posted.

    January 12, 2014

  • jlo

    If the library isn't available we could meet in the dining area of La Madeleines. Or at Brew Ha Ha. Or another coffeeshop. It's not ideal, but it would provide a venue to discuss how to move forward.

    January 12, 2014

  • Demi L.

    okay apparently the person I need to reserve the room with at Bluebonnet library won't be in until tomorrow morning 9 a.m. .if it's okay with everyone I'll go ahead and call and try to reserve. personally I'm not a fan of the library either but this late in the game I think we should keep that location if possible since that's what everyone has seen posted fur this meeting.

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Demi L.

    I happened to be at La Madeleine today so i checked their availability for tomorrow evening. its already booked so we can't go there. I'm trying to get in touch with the library now to see if one of the meeting rooms is still open

    January 12, 2014

  • jlo

    I've been out of the loop since the book festival as a result of personal matters and the holidays, so I'm not sure of the group's status. I recall that Season and Ricky wished to step down as meeting organizers at the end of the year and it doesn't appear as if that role has been taken over, yet. I suggest that those of us who still wish to meet gather at a coffee shop tomorrow evening and assess the situation.

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Season V.

    Unless someone wants to step up and secure a place for tomorrow's meeting, we won't have one.

    January 12, 2014

  • Ricky A.

    So as of right now, I don't think the meeting tomorrow is going to happen. I don't believe anyone actually reserved the space in the library. When no one enters a destination, it defaults to the Bluebonnet Library for some reason. I was under the impression scheduling had been taken care of. But I see where Season said two days ago that it wasn't.

    January 12, 2014

  • vshertu

    I agree with you. Bluebonnet Library is very inconvinient. Traffic is not that heavy to reach La madeleine. Not only that but at least you can have coffee and something to munch, since it is a dinner time. However, if they are reserved for some event then it could create problem.

    January 12, 2014

  • Virginia T.

    I hope we are NOT meeting at the Bluebonnet Library. La Madeleine is more convenient and comfortable, and traffic in the Bluebonnet area is a terror that time of the day.

    January 12, 2014

  • Season V.

    As far as I know, no one has set up this meeting yet. :( The Bluebonnet Library is just the default place.

    January 10, 2014

  • Omar R.

    I believe the new official location for subsequent meetings is now at Bluebonnet Library. If I'm not mistaken, a room has been reserved for us. Please, someone correct me if I'm wrong. Happy new year to all!!

    January 9, 2014

  • SandraRosa B.

    Is this meeting actually going to be at the Bluebonnet Library or will it be at Le Madeleine like it's been the past few times?

    January 8, 2014

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