The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Thursday, November 3, 2011

WWWP Critique Group and SD Society or Beth M. Wood is Missing

         Yes, last night was another night of our Wild Women With Pens gathering, where we make suggestions and disturb...well, you know.

         Usually we're a rowdy group. Twice already, the police have been called on us; the neighbors reported loud snorting and guffawing, squeals of laughter, and strange screams, like:

  • "I'm gonna get the top of George Clooney's head tattooed right here!"
  • "Fargo him! Put him in the chipper and chip-chip-chip him away."
  • "OMG! That story on flatulence was...explosive!"
  • "I've never heard of a workout being!  Show me his picture again."
     Last night, we were subdued. Restrained. Proper. However, I can't figure out why the evening was so different. 

     Anyway, in spite of the low decibel level and the still-dry-at-the-end-of-the-night panties, I learned some things and was reminded of something.

1. Six or seven heads are always better than one. Even if someone makes a suggestion that you disagree with, the act of going back and rethinking and rationalizing your word choice/arrangement (usually) strengthens the piece.

2. Working for little or no money is not always a bad thing. If an author writes for an anthology that only pays $5 or $10, it's a way to support the editors/publishers, it's a notch on our publication belt, and you never know what connections you can make.

3. If you eat four pieces of birthday cake with cream cheese frosting, due to the high protein content of cream cheese, you're getting four servings from the "meat" group. Really. I'm serious.

4. When an integral cog in our wheel of fun is missing, it's just not the same...

      Hopefully our next meeting will find us back to normal. Oh, that's right. It'll be another one full of whispered advice. I suppose someone else could step up to the plate and take charge of the bawdy revelry. Linda O'Connell? You've been known to clear tables--at least of full glasses of soda. Are you up to the challenge?

      Just wonderin'... 


  1. The four of you were...(wait, I need to scroll up...)




    I find that very hard to believe. I can not imagine what might have been missing from this revelry that caused such a ... containment of behavior.

    However...I am honored to have been missed. And can't wait to rejoin ; )

  2. Y'all have way too much fun up there. *sigh* And the whole cream cheese thing? You are now my hero. :)

  3. Sometimes you just have to sop up a spilled soda on your seat with your seat.

  4. Sioux you're funny as always. Yes, Beth was missed!

  5. Every word of this is so true. Except I didn't know that about the cream cheese cake but am glad to, seeing as how I ate the other HALF OF A CAKE because everyone else was too mean to take it from me.

  6. This sounds like a fun group! I wish I weren't 2000 miles away...

  7. You seem to have discovered my insomnia writing that my husband says is too racy to publish .... I am sure he would not object if a little soft porn involved a paycheck. I point out to him that i did not share anything that was not true and there were no dimensions involved when I mentioned him. So there.

    Wild women with pens, huh?


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