We have quite a crowd coming this Wednesday. Just want to say that I'm happy about the recent turnouts. One thing we have to consider though is because of the crowd, we have to try to give everyone a chance to speak. We will start the meeting with introductions and chit chat, but once we begin discussion of the book, may I ask that everyone speaks in turn and not among yourselves. We want everyone to get a lot out of the meetings as well as to have a chance to contribute. Thanks for being considerate!!! I probably didn't even have to say this. This is a very courteous group, but sometimes we forget. See you there!
0 · February 22
[Sidebar] If you've the time to spare, a suggestion:
An interesting exercise, and one which will definitely affect how you read a book, is to try writing the first chapter of the type of book you most like to read [historical novel, romance, sci-fi, mystery, thriller or
what have you.] You'll quickly come to appreciate what's involved in developing a plot, delineating characters, writing dialog and setting a scene.
Based on my own experiences, it's a bit humbling. But I believe it's worth the effort. Reading's as much of a skill as writing. Unfortunately, little attention's been paid to it.
0 · February 23
If anyone would like to continue a discusion on a book, there's an almost unused forum page available at:
It has some quirks in the sign-in procedure, but I can help if you've a problem. You must sign in to post, but you can set up your account with a completely fictitious identity. The format is one which permits thread structures -- good for on-line 'conversation.' I'll start an 'Outliers' line. See ya there?
0 · January 31