DFW Science Fiction Writers Meetup Group Monthly Meetup

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July 17, 2013

This is going to be the start of a weekly experiment for the Sci Fi Writers group. Anyone is welcome to attend, to discuss your projects or any other projects you would like to collaborate with.

 

 

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  • Lee M.

    Meetup 7/17/14 was really good. Looks like we are getting a considerable group.
    I agree with David, though Jeff would need to be on board with changing the venue. I presume the Black Eyed Pea is convenient to his residence, but if Jeff and others agree, a quieter venue like a Barnes and Noble would be great. They stay open late, and they have accommodated a different writers group for some time on Thursdays at the Plano location , so that location is out for us. In that case, they didn't put us in the cafe, but actually back in a corner in the Music section, where we sat on folding chairs. To be honest, the folding chairs that were used there may have belonged to the group, not provided by the Store. The store people were very accommodating, so they may be used the request. Just information. Lee

    July 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm driving the furthest (60 miles), and I'll be there, the major front will be over by 5 PM. Is everyone closer also coming?

    July 17

  • prue

    I'm having trouble downloading and reading documents. David your story downloads but all I get is word doc /html and no story is there a password?

    July 18

    • David W.

      I'm not sure I fully understand what's happening. Are you saving the document and then trying to open it with MS Word (or an equivalent word processor)? Are you opening it in your browser? Is it a word doc (.doc) extension or an html (.html) file?

      July 18

    • prue

      Got it It was a setting on my phone, my bad

      July 21

  • David W.

    Thanks for coming out everybody. From the people I talked to, it seems like weekly meetings are preferable. Those of you who brought work for critique - did you find it helpful? Those of you who didn't (I know some of you just didn't have anything ready but might want to present work some other time), is there anything different you'd like to discuss? I know the meetings are still a little disorganized, but I think it's good to be loose for the time being while we figure out the best way to spend the time. I'd like to have some time set aside for tablewide discussions, though that can be difficult when not everyone arrives at the same time or leaves at the same time. I've liked how the group organically breaks into smaller conversations (necessary, I think, to try and cover everyone's specific works), but I'm open to suggestions, of course. Hope to see you all again next week.

    July 18

    • David W.

      Lauren and Terry, I completely understand that it's difficult to focus in a restaurant. I don't want to change the status quo too much too quickly (especially without Jeff's go-ahead), but I may have an alternative meeting location that would be more conducive to productive discussions / reading, but I need to check on a few things first myself. Alternately, we could look for a coffeeshop, which would be quieter and have better wifi access, though not many are open as late as we need. I'll look into that as well.

      July 19

    • David W.

      Ugh, stupid 1000 character limit.
      Part 2:
      Terry, I agree that it's prohibitive to print out full copies for everyone at the meeting. But if someone reads and edits your draft prior to the meeting, how would you like them to get the comments to you? We can discuss bigger items like themes and style in the meeting, and I know not everyone wants their grammar and mechanics nitpicked, but I for one do appreciate when someone catches a hidden error (and I hope they're minimized; if I upload something it'll have gone through several editing passes already) and would want that marked. We can continue to pass digital copies between each other via e-mail, which I've started doing with some of you, and see how that works. I think it comes down to individual author preference and what kind of help you're looking for.

      July 19

  • Melissa L.

    Enjoyed the stories and the people :)

    1 · July 19

  • Jeff

    Enjoy the meeting tonight, sorry I can't make it. I will take a look at some of the files you all have uploaded when I can.

    July 17

    • Lauren D.

      Hope all is well with your screenplay! Good luck in that contest!

      July 18

  • prue

    got there late, had a good time anyway.

    July 18

  • A former member
    A former member

    Uploaded. Printer on the fritz. cannot guarantee readable hard copy.

    July 16

    • David W.

      Terry, in the future could you please upload in an editable text format? 16 pages is a lot to print out, so I've been trying to convert the document so I can adjust the fonts and margins and save some paper and ink, but the pdf builds in return carriages that can't be automatically parsed out. I managed to get it down to 10 pages, but it would be much easier and more manageable if it were in a .doc. Thanks.

      July 17

  • Lauren D.

    I'll get something uploaded very late tonight. I'll bring some hard copies just in case. It will be short, hehe.

    July 16

  • David W.

    And by the way, I've uploaded a sample chapter of the novel I'm working on to the files section for Thursday as well ;)

    1 · July 16

  • David W.

    Terry - there's a bit more discussion on last week's page regarding writing samples, but feel free to post something on the More->Files section of this group (http://www.meetup.com/sci-fi-writers/files/).

    It might not be a bad idea to bring a few physical samples; I wouldn't expect everyone to be able to read what you upload by tomorrow night. I think we're still figuring out how this works, but with a weekly meeting I think we'll get into rhythm sooner rather than later.

    July 16

  • A former member
    A former member

    how many copies? Can I post and save the paper?

    July 16

  • Cynthia

    thanks for going weekly. I really wanted to come to the monthlys but it always seemed to conflict.

    July 15

  • Lauren D.

    i will actually be able to make this one. thanks for setting this up guys.

    July 14

  • Lee M.

    I think a weekly meeting is great. It keeps me interested in the craft when I see other faces, other people working at it like I do. Be there 7/17!

    July 14

  • David W.

    Thanks, Jeff. Hope this weekly effort works out. Hope to see some, if not all, of you guys back!

    July 14

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