Houston Science Fiction / Fantasy Writers Monthly Meetup

  • June 9, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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This is a general discussion and social meetup.

Topic: Summer days and summer heat in Houston - stay cool and stay indoors at your keyboard! Will the seasons and traditions of a future culture look different to us? Does your fantasy world follow a traditional mid-latitude agricultural calendar? How do the weather and the environment influence the stories we tell?

We will of course, also read and discuss the writing exercise if there are any takers. (See prompt below!)

Optional writing exercise prompts: blast, wind, rope OR "this is true" 

About our Meetup generally: PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A CRITIQUE GROUP. Currently we gather for a low-pressure chance to socialize with other folks interested in writing science fiction, fantasy or horror. Topics tend to range from "why I'm here at this group and what I like to write" through specific questions about writing process and problems to discussions of sf/f/h works and debates on ideas of general interest relative to writing sf/f/h. We post an optional writing exercise, and if there are takers, we read and comment on their work.

To participate in the exercise, write a science fiction, fantasy or horror piece[masked] words in length based on the prompt below. If the text of the prompt is in quotes, the full text should appear somewhere in your exercise. If the text of the prompt is not in quotes, the concepts should appear in your exercise, but the phrase itself is not required. Bring 10 typed/printed copies to the meeting for people to read. If the prompt inspires you to a piece that is longer than 2000 words, bring 10 copies of the first 2000 words as your exercise submission. If you'd like, be sure to bring a copy of the complete work in case a member wants to read the whole thing.

Some of our members are seeking critique circle opportunities. Several critique groups have developed from the main meetup.  Ask during a meeting if there are any meet-and-greets upcoming, or any groups accepting new members.

Optional writing exercise prompts:  blast, wind, rope OR "this is true" 


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  • Chantell

    Great to meet everyone. I will be there next month for sure! Hope to get to talk to more folks. Keri, thanks for the prompts for next month. I wrote just under two thousand words today using the three words and the phrase! Hope more of you do the exercise for next month. :)

    June 10, 2014

  • gene

    I had to miss the "building a website" discussion at the Bungalow and at the convention. Is it likely to occur again?

    June 8, 2014

    • Keri

      Very likely, especially if we have requests for it and our facilitator is available. :-)

      June 9, 2014

  • Keri

    Hey guys, I am running late (waiting at the pharmacy, exciting) so socialize on your own until I get there. I know it will be a difficult assignment but you can do it. I'll be there with nametags and announcements as soon as I can.

    June 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to work that night, so I'll probably cut out a little earlier than usual...

    June 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Never mind. Too much to do this week :P

      June 9, 2014

  • Dominick D.

    Sorry to miss this one. I truly enjoy these meetings. I look forward to them every month!!! I'll be at a novel writing workshop in Kansas.

    4 · May 18, 2014

    • Tom B.

      Way to go, Dominick! Hope to hear something about how it went when you get back. --Tom

      June 5, 2014

  • Dusty S.

    Count me as a maybe with special guest, Tiny Overlord.

    1 · June 4, 2014

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