Sabrina's Place: Writing Critique: Face in the Window

  • December 7, 2013 · 2:00 PM

Hello Pens!

We had a great cozy little get together this Saturday to talk about the Halloween prompts as well as one of Clee's chapters.  Welcome Diane!  I'm glad to see your forward about your upcoming Civil War piece.  Sabrina's haunted house short story had a refreshing take on the idea; that is, in some cases it's more of a nuisance to the poor unsuspecting family than threatening or bloody.  Even though Sam wasn't there, we talked about his story a bit anyway (all good things).  I personally would love to see a longer chronicle of those three skeletons--What was the word? Shambling.  Yes.--shambling off to grand adventures.

Also, if you are interested in helping Carl by editing (grammatical errors/typos only for the most part) Clee's stories, please e-mail me.

The next meetup is set back a bit (I have a feeling that most may have other plans for the weekend following Thanksgiving).  We were missing a number of people, so if you have scheduling conflict with this date, comment below ASAP.  If enough people speak up, we can change it.

I found this prompt from writersdigest.com and decided to go with it.  As you will find, I'm still in a bit of the Halloween mood, but it doesn't have to be horror at all:

"You’re awoken from your midnight sleep in your favorite chair to your dog barking wildly in the living room. Pulling her aside, you look out the window, only to see a face staring right back at you. Whose is it? Why are they there?"

Of course, just because this is written in second person, does not mean it has to be a story featuring you nor does it have to be in any particular point of view.  It's just meant as a set-up.  (By, the question: "Why are they there?" should be "Why is he/she/it there?" since there appears to only be one face. I wanted to quote it correctly, but that part bugs me.)

Anyway, feel free to write about this or anything else you wish and submit it by 11/29.  I know that's not a great time, but we also have an extra week between meetings this time.

As always, please come to the meeting prepared to receive and give out feedback.  Looking over the stories and thinking about them in depth ahead of time can really enrich the discussion of the piece.  I will be more than happy to look at work submitted after the 11/29 deadline, but it's not expected that everyone will have had time to read it.

Once again, thank you Sabrina for your continued support by allowing us your kitchen and living room.

If you need directions to Sabrina's place, please let me know.

See you all soon!

-Ashley

P.S. If anyone has made it this far, I have made a Facebook group for us.  I don't mind which one we use, but I would prefer to only maintain one of them.  I'd like to put it to a vote:

If we could only have one website, would you rather use Meetup or Facebook?

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  • Ashley M.

    A couple of things:

    1) I won't be at the meeting. I will be out of town. I didn't get it on my calender, and I wasn't reminded until this weekend. Sorry. I'll still try to give feedback on stories through the forum.

    2) Does anyone understand the Facebook rules well enough to know if they have rights to the things we upload (not just pictures, but other file types)?

    December 3

  • Matthew H.

    A few questions: 1) Are there any rules of etiquette particular to this group, or do standard workshop rules apply? 2) Do we need to respond to the prompt or can we bring our own projects? 3) What's the page limit for submissions/uploads for the groups? I don't want to submit a 7500 word short story if everyone else is submitting a 1500 word prompt response, ya know?

    November 20

    • Ashley M.

      1) The rules are pretty loose. We basically take one story at a time to talk about; everyone gives some feedback (preferably both positive and negative). Usually the writer is quiet until the end unless he/she gets a direct question, but it's not really strictly enforced. The rest of the meeting we talk about writing in general or other related topics until time's up. 2) You do NOT have to respond to the prompt. It's there for those who want it. 3) We currently have no submission length limit. We have had 2 page stories as well as 35+. If you want everyone to have a chance to look at your long submissions, get them in early. That being said, usually the submissions are under 7 pages.

      December 3

  • Celia M.

    It's happened again! I always seem to have something else scheduled on meetup day. One of these days, I still hope to make a meeting. Sorry!

    December 2

  • Sabrina

    Doug, it's still at my house. We decided not to list my address for "all to see." Just being cautious. Hope to see you there!

    November 30

  • Doug K.

    Have we figured out a location yet?

    November 30

  • Ilenya M.

    If the Facebook group is a closed group so non members do not see our work, I would be fine with Facebook. Will need directions on how to upload writing beyond the normal posts.

    November 26

  • Matthew H.

    I'm totally brand new to the group (hey!), but if you're going to use one or the other and want a vote, I'd probably check Facebook more often.

    1 · October 30

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