|Blogobot says resistance is futile|
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I mean, I believe you are all human too, but I have only met you virtually. The possibility lurks you are a cyborg/robot thing sent from the future where I never publish the really amazing book I have inside me. You are hell bent on helping me get it published so the resulting alternate universe is freaking awesome!
Have I mentioned reading the Hunger Games this week has consumed me and confused my sense of reality? It also threw my posting schedule out of whack. I'm bummed she wasn't the heroine I imagined. No, she was a real person instead. I imagine that's why the story is so good. But I digress...
Yes, I met with a writing group at my local library! There were 7 of us. A variety of genres sat around the table- poetry, steampunk, mommyism, memoir, children's. We introduced ourselves, and the moderator shared information about upcoming events. I had no idea so many writing events took place within a drive from me. I am so happy to be in with the in crowd.
We also read pieces and offered critique (which has been a hot topic lately- here and here.) I have done critiques before, but they have been online. Before hitting send I had time to think twice and review the feedback in total. These readers were fleshy. And right across from me. And it was happening right now. I hope I did okay - offering solid insights and not looking like a jerk. I suppose if my library card gets revoked, I will know I missed the mark.
The $20 for babysitting officially killed my $10 writer budget, but I plan to attend again. Maybe I can even get to know the librarians through this group. I find providing a professional introduction challenging when I am in charge of the two children running through the racks yelling and spilling goldfish (that they must have found somewhere because clearly I wouldn’t bring food to the library.)
So what I want to know is: do you adjust your critique when you are in person?