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San Antonio Writers meetup

For this meeting, we suggest you write a story about April Fools.  It could be one of any number of genres: drama, romance, science fiction, comedy, thriller, etc. 

However, please note that you do not have to write on the suggested topic. Instead,  you can bring anything you're working on. Writers will read their work at the meeting, not to exceed about 1200 words in length. We offer a light critique. Our intentions are to share and encourage.

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  • joe m. d.

    Thanks, Gene for explaining the "Good to see you" notes. If you have time sometime, what does the button do that says Mute? I associate that word with sound.

    April 5, 2014

    • Gene

      Joe, I really don't know !

      April 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      If you click Mute, you will no longer see notifications concerning a specific conversation.

      1 · April 8, 2014

  • joe m. d.

    If you see on our website where I said to anyone
    "Good to see you" be assured that I do not know when I said it, nor did I check a box saying that. Not that it is a bad thing to say in most cases. I am just wondering how an entire group [except me] would decide to write the same line?

    April 2, 2014

    • Gene

      After each meeting is over there is a good to see you button listed next to each person's name who are listed as attendee s

      April 2, 2014

  • joe m. d.

    Could someone explain to me when and where members say [or write] "GOOD TO SEE YOU" ? Some names I do not recognize.
    Have you wondered the same thing?

    1 · April 1, 2014

  • joe m. d.

    When you open our Writers Meet Up Website there is a line of words towards the top of the page that read - Home - Members - Photos - Pages - Discussions - More -.
    If you rest the pointer on More, and click on Files you will be able to read short stories posted there by members. [ Such as Gene, Gerald, Deb, Joanna, Joe Hudson, and even myself - among many others ]
    I was clicking around on these files when I saw a short story by Nancy Taylor Johnson called “Rusty Nails”. She posted it in January of 2012. I do not remember her, but I was intrigued by the title. I thought the description of the nails was awesome. The nails narrated her story. Though neglected they eventually found their purpose. I thought that is the way life is at times.
    Similar to the old saying, “if only these walls could talk”.
    I seem to like a story where an inanimate object tell the story.
    I liked the clarity with which the author writes, the description, and the meaningful symbolism.

    1 · March 31, 2014

  • Melinda C.

    The Brook Hollow Library is in the same vicinity---on Heimer, just a little down the street.

    March 31, 2014

  • Gene

    Does the library have a private room we could reserve? Or is it first come first served on any given day?

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Joe T. H.

    A library is not a bad choice, and I think most would have hours that work for us.

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • joanna m.

    Yes, welcome back, dear Gene! As for a future meeting place for our group, IF the Brook Hollow library is fairly close to La Taza, I'd be in favor of a quieter place to read our work, sometime in the future.

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Robert H.

    I did miss out on the last meeting, but was curious if someone could tell me when our next meet up is and where?

    March 28, 2014

    • Gene

      April 13 at La Taza

      March 28, 2014

  • Anthony G.

    “There is no greater agony
    Than bearing an untold story inside you.”

    1 · March 27, 2014

  • joe m. d.

    Gene was to return to San Antonio yesterday. I am sure I speak for all of us. Welcome back! We missed you.

    March 26, 2014

    • Gene

      Thanks, Joe! Good to be back. Missed you guys too

      2 · March 26, 2014

    • Kae C.

      Glad you're home safely, Gene!

      2 · March 26, 2014

  • Anthony G.

    Barnes and Noble at 281 and 410 or the one at 281 and 1604 will have us
    and Brook Hollow Library will do so as well
    Does it really needs to be La Taza ?

    March 26, 2014

    • Melinda C.

      The Brook Hollow library or the B&N by 1604 would be fine.

      March 26, 2014

  • Melinda C.

    If discussing socialist ideas doesn't ignite a conversation, then what does? As long as the conversation is respectful and people actually consider diverse opinions.

    2 · March 15, 2014

    • Catherine H.

      I think a library would be a good choice if we can find a centrally located one and it costs each of us no more than the coffee purchased each week as a thank you to La Taza for letting us use the space.

      March 26, 2014

  • Anthony G.

    I did ask once if We could change the place like the library Closes at 6:PM or Barnes and Noble just an opinion

    March 25, 2014

  • joe m. d.

    The problem with noise from the bar is also a courtesy issue. Sometimes at karaoke people do the same thing. They talk in a full voice while only a few feet from the singer. I don't think the man at the bar on Sunday even had a clue that he was so loud. I could hear him better than the readers.

    1 · March 25, 2014

  • joanna m.

    Joe, for me, at least, the issue of non-attendance is one of courtesy. I think it just plain rude to not even RSVP "not attending", even if something comes up at the last minute!

    2 · March 24, 2014

  • joanna m.

    Good, very supportive, with interesting pieces, BUT too much noise from the "bar"! Maybe next time we should request the big screen as a buffer?

    1 · March 24, 2014

  • joe m. d.

    Hope I didn't imply that someone did not get to read their writing yesterday. In past meetups this issue has been discussed with some passion.
    I could be wrong, but hasn't there been a waiting list for the past several meetings?
    Several times before I have been blocked from attending meetings because there were no available seats. [ At least according to the sign up count ]
    Note: this is not a passionate issue for me.

    1 · March 24, 2014

  • Debs M.

    Excellent, as usual. Everyone got to read their work.

    2 · March 24, 2014

  • Anthony G.

    So much Talent and everybody had a chance to read Really enjoyed it

    2 · March 24, 2014

  • joe m. d.

    It was interesting that several members at Writers Meet Up yesterday mentioned the writing being done on the W.R.M. web site that says “Start a Conversation”. [ Even though this time it says How was the Meetup?] We all like to talk when we meet, so it seems to me that this space could be a carry over of what you would naturally say if you were there.
    For instance the habit of some people to sign up for W.M.U. , and then not show seems to be an important issue with several members. The main problem is that it prevents anyone who signed up a little late from attending.
    Can I play the devils advocate without being stoned? If all twenty “signed in members” showed up, more than likely everyone would not get to read what they brought to read. That person might be you. So is someone not showing though they said they would really all that bad ?
    Anyway, from comments I received yesterday I assure you what you write in this space will be read. How cool is that?

    1 · March 24, 2014

  • Susan M.

    Great as always.

    March 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to cancel this week. I woke up with a scratchy throat yesterday that is no better to worse today. I hope to see you guys next time.

    March 23, 2014

  • Melinda C.

    Jim Jones did. The same can't be said for Koresh or Jeffs.

    1 · March 20, 2014

  • joe m. d.

    I was moved by a documentary I saw on Netflix called “Sons of Perdition", [or Sons of Hell]. It does not have a great rating as a production goes, and I can understand that, but when something hits that close to home its rating is not so important. I was in a cult for four years so anything about David Koresh, Jim Jones, or Warren Jeffs gets my attention.
    It has always been my opinion that cult leaders such as these started off with good intensions. What is remarkable to me is how these leaders use similar tactics though totally different. Do you think these leaders started off with good intensions?

    March 20, 2014

  • Anthony G.

    If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.

    Benjamin Franklin

    1 · March 18, 2014

  • joe m. d.

    Do you have a pet peeve? It might be something you could write a paragraph or two about. I have several.
    One is when drivers speed up to pass me when they are going to exit. They pull in front of me and slow down to make the turn. Why don't they slow down and exit without making me brake for them as the slow down. I have a few more. What bugs you?

    March 18, 2014

  • joe m. d.

    There are no parameters or rules that I know of except the requirement to respect others and their opinion.

    March 17, 2014

  • Anthony G.

    Are We Talking about Social Democracy Social Security, Medicare Free Basic Education or Only Hard Core Socialism
    Here is the definition of Socialism so there is no confusion .
    A political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.

    March 17, 2014

  • joe m. d.

    Gene, tried to write you a response, but obviously do not know all the buttons on this site well enough. Please excuse me if I mess something up.
    Me a philosopher?
    Maybe like Confuses who said, "blessed is he that runneth in circles for he shall become known as a big wheel.

    2 · March 17, 2014

  • joe m. d.

    I woke up the other day, and was feeling good. I had plans to write a page for writers meet up. Later that day that is exactly what I did, and I really liked the way it turned out. The day was warm, and I was able to cut the grass. That made me feel good. A friend stopped by, and we talked for an hour or so. The day was pleasant, and it was just one of those days where everything goes well. “You know ; you have had such days before!”
    That evening we went out to eat with some friends. My buddy was talking about something exciting that had happened to him that day. I was feeling so good about my day that I decided to add to the conversation and tell what an awesome day it had been for me. As I thought about it I drew a complete blank. There was nothing exciting or remarkable about my day. Since then I have had that experience repeat itself several times.
    I finally concluded that our day does not have to be earth shattering to be great.

    2 · March 16, 2014

  • joe m. d.

    I do think our government is the best in the world because it works with the personality of humans. There are more lofty ideas for government such as everyone sharing equally, but they do not work well.
    That is what I took away from a college government class. Do you agree?

    March 16, 2014

  • joe m. d.

    I have been noticing this space to write in on the writers meet up website.
    It asks if I would like to start a conversation. I am sure you have seen it as well. I have no real idea who would read what is written here, but maybe it would be a way of having something written actually read by someone? I wrote in the space a few days ago, to test the watters, but it did not start a conversation. I have several ideas for something short to write.
    This being one of them. So to inspire a conversation maybe some provocative ideas should be posed. How about ,“what is one of your pet peeves about the writings of your piers? ”
    Surely you have a gripe? Maybe you like only poetry that rimes? Someone told me once that they despised my writing about Metro City because it represented socialism, and everything they hated. Just so you understand I am not a political person, and did not intend to promote socialism.
    Please respond if you feel the urge.
    Joe

    2 · March 15, 2014

    • Kae C.

      This is the space I meant to use to comment on the socialism topic, but my reply is above. Pet peeve about the writings of my peers: hmm. I really like it all. I wish sometimes our word limit was less so that we could discuss each piece in more depth. I realize that's tough because an entire short story usually runs to at least 2500 words. Kae

      1 · March 15, 2014

  • joe m. d.

    A friend of mine recently made a comment to me .
    They said, “ all good stories have one thing in common they have a mystery at their core.”
    I thought that statement over and decided that I agree. However: I think most bad stories have a mystery at their core as well. How many times have I watched a movie to the end just to see what will happen? Many times I have kicked myself for doing so, but the mystery kept me watching. Life itself runs on mystery. Every day we face new challenges. Can we prevail? That is the mystery that keeps us interested.
    I told my friend I agreed with him, and he wanted to add to his statement. He said, if all stories are a mystery why do “they say” some stories are novels, and some are mysteries?
    What do you think I should tell him?

    2 · March 11, 2014

    • Kae C.

      I'm too tired to form an independent opinion right now, but your friend's comment rings true to me. All life is a mystery that we're continually trying to solve, and books are a mirror of life. Kae

      1 · March 15, 2014

  • joe m. d.

    It seems to me that we do enjoy some socialist things such as calling the fire department if our house is burning down. Or the police if we are being robbed. We are not traditionally sent a bill for such services.
    However; I saw on the news where that is not always the case.
    It is interesting that actors portraying doctors are perceived as having accurate medical knowledge. Sometimes that same association can be tagged onto a writer. If a writer writes about a specific subject readers naturally feel they have strong opinions about it. From my experience that is not always the case.

    1 · March 15, 2014

    • Kae C.

      Hi, Joe!!! I wanted to thank you again for the beautiful tea light wood sculpture. I would have written an email immediately, but forgot until tonight, when I was cleaning out my laptop bag, where I had it.

      1 · March 15, 2014

    • Kae C.

      I pressed to make a new paragraph, but my post showed up as entered, instead. The next thing I wanted to say is I would never think of you as a socialist. You're an upstanding American, and a kind-hearted, generous one. Last thing: clearly I don't frequent this comment site too often. I didn't see your comment the other day. Have a great week! I'll be emailing you about the wood sculptures. Kae

      2 · March 15, 2014

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