On Wednesday, August 11, 2010, the Magic City Writers met and reviewed my fifth chapter entitled Through Persuasion and Force,….
The meeting was small again. Kathryn, Lindy, and myself. Nicole was unable to attend, as was our hoped for new member Emily.
And now onto the food.
Let’s Torture Alex by Mentioning What We Ate
Since we were meeting at 6 pm, we ate dinner before the meeting. We went for a low key meal. Kathryn picked up some breaded chicken tenders at Publix, garlic mashed potatoes, and garlic cheese toast. For snacks we had some crackers with a nutty flavor.
An Now What We Did
I had rewritten Through Persuasion and Force,… from scratch and was feeling pretty proud of it. Normally this would be a sign of impending doom, an invitation for an ego bruising recitation of what was wrong with the chapter.
This time, it turns out I had some reason to feel proud. The chapter was the longest I had ever submitted, but took far less time to review than my previous submissions. The entire meeting lasted less than an hour and half, whereas normally it takes us four hours (or more) to go over a work in detail.
It was agreed that this was the best chapter I had written to date. Yes, there were flaws to be addressed, but not nearly as many or as severe as my earlier attempts.
Without going into details, I was advised by Kathryn and Lindy to fix the problems they pointed out, then not edit this chapter again. It can be considered complete.
This is a personal milestone. Never before have I received so positive a review.
The Remains of The Day
Afterwards I retired to write this post, while the others went their separate ways. Lindy had places to go, and Kathryn needed to finish working on her submission for next time.
We tentatively set the date for the next meeting to be Wednesday August 25th at 6:00 pm. Again the plan is to eat dinner first, followed by reviewing Kathryn’s submission.
Until my next post, take care and have fun.