For the next 2 weeks, the RAW blog will be taking a little summer break.
There are a few reasons for this, like the fact that I will be away on a writing retreat for a week. But mostly, I’m hard at work starting up the new Reading As Writers critique group, RAW Critters. I’m quite impressed by the interest I’ve gotten from members of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region. It looks like many of you are like me and find the online thing more realistic a commitment. There is definitely an advantage to meeting in person: The discussions writing circles can get into are often spontaneous and lead to the type of unplanned enlightenment facilitated by face-to-face contact. There are advantages to exchanging feedback online as well, but more importantly, for some it comes down to belonging to an online group or not belonging to any group at all. Feedback on one’s work is vital, so let’s take it wherever we can find it!
Want something else to read in the meantime?
I would invite any site visitors to check out the past issue of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region’s newsletter The Word Weaver. The May/June 2013 issue features some great content, such as a recap by WCDR member Tobin Elliott on our February speaker, author Lena Coakley, and her talk on her Seven Tips About Story. If you’re a member of the WCDR, then you’ve already got access to the July/August 2013 of The Word Weaver, so be sure to check it out!
On my summer reading shelf:
That’s what I have planned, but I can’t be sure if I’ll get to each of them, and I can’t guarantee I won’t be switching titles as I give in to my “new book crush” tendencies.
What are you reading this summer?
(See you in August! Also, Books & Bevvies returns in September. Date TBA.)
What a great ride it’s been! If you are just tuning in now, make sure you catch up via the links. The comments are every bit as good a read. We started with self proclaimed unprofound, but in actuality very profound, M.E. Girard as she tripped nostalgic on the music of her youth, and how the different generations see Canadian music. Then we tried on some 80′s headgear with Loverboy, stomped the scene with Stomping Tom Connors, and finally we were anything but sedated with the Ramones as Tobin Elliot ran us through the gamut of Canadian Music and it’s impact.
And here we are, at facilitator number three… me, Dale Long, literary thriller, comedic prat fall artist and general Jack-of-all-trades. Eloquent, Tobin? I don’t think so, but then being on the inside looking out is a whole different veiw than being on the outside, trying to see in.
Dave Bidini caused quite a stir when he came into the WCDR breakfast. He took us on a wild ride - dropping the f-bomb, then discussing a section in his book where a musician plays the guitar with with John Henry (ouch!), but after all – Bidini’s a rocker, so we got what we came for. He was a great speaker and I picked up a copy of his book hoping it would be more of the same. It’s safe to say I’m not disappointed. I’m loving On a Cold Road – how about you?
Discussions are about to start, and RAW has three shiny new faces that are stepping up to facilitate online chats on Bidini’s book about life on the road as a hardworking Canadian Band. I’m excited to get started – so let’s begin with introductions shall we? In order of their facilitating appearance, please meet:
M.E.Girard is a fiction writer and a YA Fiction buff, with a penchant for short fiction as well. You can check out her blog at: http://www.megirard.com/
Tobin Elliott writes horror, and says he writes ugly stories about bad people doing horrible things. Check him out (if you dare) at: http://tobinelliott.wordpress.com/about/
Dale Long, a fiction writer, also likes to scare the living daylights out of readers and is currently writing a gothic horror. You can go visit him at: http://drlong67.wordpress.com/about/
So discussions will start sometime this week…but feel free to start ranting now. No really…do it now. On a Cold Road by Dave Bidini…what did you think RAW readers?