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  • Mahendra R.

    Fi, some trivia -- I have been member of the club since it opened and there were no crows then. Only about ten years ago they were introduced into the Dubai fauna either accidentally or maliciously. And as we wind up for the day after a round of golf the scene you describe is raucously incongruous. .......The piece can do with some tightening of the lines (e.g. crockery and cutlery are not needed; just the clatter of cutlery conveys poetic mood). The 'gravelly Hispanic' jangles - almost bigotry. It can only mean boors in this context since they also indulge in cruel sport of scaring the birds. Just use the names, maybe even typically British. That will do fine.

    November 29, 2012

  • Heidi

    November 25, 2012

  • Jesse M.

    Argh! Sorry all. Important appointment got moved to Saturday. Not something I can miss. Must miss out on the Critique Group tomorrow. Very sorry to anyone who has read my uploaded material. For next time.

    November 23, 2012

  • Fi

    Just posted 'The Grapes of Math'; not much time to review it I know but as ever I've kept it pithy.

    November 20, 2012

    • Mahendra R.

      Pith is probably a derivation from pit and in most cases the pit holds the DNA of the fruit. Hence pithy meaning the "what is left after the chaff is blown away" usage. In most writing there is a lot of chaff to be blown away. In almost all cases pith is discarded and burned as in sugarcane pith which fires the boilers of sugar factories. There the "essence" is juice aka sugar. Anyone willing to dig deeper?

      November 21, 2012

    • Mahendra R.

      Hi Fiona, let us milk the cow and forget the fruit, to mix metaphors. There isn't time to do a line edit but briefly: whisky-soda/G&T/scre­w driver/rum and coke all yield a 4-6% net alcohol. So lets give the wine drinkers a heave-ho. Jokes aside, although the concept is a non-starter, why not a spritzer? (Blasphemy?) ...The piece meanders too much and could do with reducing bracketed asides and further, since the title promises humour take out the self-defence and add elements of an essay. More when we meet at the next conclave.

      November 22, 2012

  • Jesse M.

    Uploaded 6 pages. Three small segments of something I am working on called Apple Pie.

    November 21, 2012

  • Heidi

    Okay so for the 24th:

    1. Two against Thebes pt1
    2. The Raven
    3. Zitgeist
    4. The Grapes of Math

    November 21, 2012

    • Heidi

      It's alright by me, but I can't speak for the other people who might need time to read. :)

      November 21, 2012

    • Heidi

      Generally the more time I have to think about a piece, the better feedback I can give.

      November 21, 2012

  • Jesse M.

    Hi. Just found and joined your writers' group. Hoping to make it to the critique group on the 24th. Do people usually submit work for their first meeting? Or is it etiquette to come check it out first before submitting?

    November 17, 2012

    • Heidi

      Cool

      November 17, 2012

    • Jesse M.

      Great. Thanks, Heidi. I'll put something up, and download the other pieces. Cheers!

      November 19, 2012

  • Mahendra R.

    Heidi, uploaded some comments.

    November 15, 2012

  • Mithun M.

    have uploaded a poem The Raven

    November 11, 2012

    • Mahendra R.

      Mithun, uploaded comments on the Raven. Just don't say Nevermore.

      November 15, 2012

  • Heidi

    Uploaded my submission: http://files.meetup.com/192477/two%20against%20thebes%20p1.doc

    Part 1 of a novella. It's far too long to bring the whole thing, so doing it piecemeal.

    1 · November 11, 2012

  • Heidi

    File uploading: Go to http://www.meetup.com/dubaiwriters/files/edit/ , upload your file, MAKE SURE you set it for ONLY MEMBERS OF THIS MEETUP GROUP.

    Then post a link or notice in this comments trail to say you've done it. You will be able to find other people's work listed here: http://www.meetup.com/dubaiwriters/files/

    November 11, 2012

  • Heidi

    General Guidelines:

    1) If you want to bring something for us to critique, please upload it about a week ahead of time. That gives us a chance to read it and form our thoughts.

    2) We will try to get to everyone's, but if we have too many, some may get bumped to the next meeting. If you upload early you'll probably get priority.

    3) Please read/DL stuff ahead of time! If you don't have time that's still alright, no reason you can't come, but please read the comments trail, as in about a week I'll post the list of what we'll be reading/critiquing, I'd like people to have mostly read everyone else's.

    4) Please don't let this scare you out of posting something, or coming. ^^ These rules are just to help make sure everyone gets a fair shake.

    November 11, 2012

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