Owerton Challenge Issue 107, E003 Blue Horse Toy

Source: Owerton Challenge Issue 107, E003 Blue Horse Toy

Advertisements

Fellowship of the Scribblers

FoTS1004

Good-day:

Rusty Knight here, from InUPress, I am coming to you with renewed vigor.

As I have been slowly recuperating from overload of running two businesses, which has kept me full steam ahead for a while. I have, with the down turn in the economy, found business has slowed considerably for my repair business, granting me more time to work on projects that were set aside, also more time to relax and rest up.

Some projects on the burners are; writer’s convention in High Prairie and starting a writer’s group in Peace River as a Second Chapter of Fellowship of the Scribblers.

These would be supported and promoted by InUPress.ca. I look forward to going forward with testing their viability. Anyone agreeing with them, please email me at rusty@inupress.ca with your thoughts and suggestions, include contact information if you like to be included in the development of these ideas.

Thank-you for your time,

Yours,

Rusty Knight & InUPress.

IUP Logo 2

October 7 2015 Meeting Minutes

General Meeting October 7 2015

Minutes

Date: October 7 2015

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: High Prairie Public Library

Attendees:

  • Eathel Carmichael
  • Rusty Knight
  • C S Burgar
  • Brian Hill

Meeting notes: Rusty Knight opened the meeting, calling to order at 7:15 pm

Discussion: ‘Publishers: Traditional vs. Self-publishing’ by Rusty Knight

A short general discussion was held with notes provided on the pros and cons between traditional and self-publishing. The biggest news seemed to be that the author is wholly responsible for marketing of their product in both cases. Fellow members were not aware of this and had several queries about this aspect in particular.

Next meeting: ‘Accountability’

Discussion ended: 7:50 pm

Peer review:

Author: Brian Hill

Piece: 1, writing again

Review: Open

An animated discussion on Brian’s growing and varied styles and abilities progressed. Encouraging Brian to continue to explore new avenues as his work improves with each piece. His characterization is strong and his organization of his pieces is improving.

Author: C S Burgar

Piece: Kevin Greystone

Review: Open / 5

C S has been shy with her work and we eagerly waited for this piece. It came to us late. But we read through it and found the characters strong. Though some continuity needs work and more explanation of events and terms were questioned. Technically strong, the piece was well worth the wait.

End of reviews: 8:35 pm

Closing discussion, Rusty Knight’s piece will be carried through to next meeting with a new piece from Brian Hill and Eathel Carmichael. We tentatively set the year end gathering for December 16th at Peavine Restaurant with dining and a gift exchange for the group.

Meeting Adjourned: 8:55 pm by Rusty Knight

Meeting Schedule:

October 28 2915

  • Rusty Knight Inevitable Unicorn: Uncle Heron
  • Eathel Carmichael?
  • Brain Hill?

November 18 2015

  • C S Burgar?
  • Brian Hill?

December 2 2015

  • Eathel Carmichael?
  • Rusty KnightInevitable Unicorn: Night brigade

December 16 2015

  • Peavine Restaurantgift exchange and dining

September 16 2015 Minutes

Date: September 16 2015

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: High Prairie Public Library

Attendees:

  • Eathel Carmichael
  • Rusty Knight
  • C S Burgar
  • Brian Hill

Meeting notes: Rusty opened the meeting at 7:05 pm

Discussion: ‘World Building: Culture’ by C S Burgar

A discussion was brought forth on the effects development; of culture, time, setting, values, geography and so forth, have on writing. How they help evolve writing and stories with the characters in them. What details to set on your beat sheets and files to help write the character background for all the characters in your stories, to help determine how they interact and react. Their values and actions, what they have available to work with. This system of development works for all fiction writing. As the talk was presented a discussion was involved.

Discussion ended: 8:15 pm

 

Peer Review:

Author: Eathel Carmichael

Piece: Princess of the Animals: Chapter Twelve

Review: Level 5

Found to be improving overall still typographical errors, grammatical and spelling issues.

 

Author: Rusty Knight

Piece: Inevitable Unicorn, Dalan and the missing Priests

Review: Level 5

Not the strongest piece, riddled with typos, grammatical errors and some spelling issues.

End of Reviews: 8:50 pm

No further discussion

 

Meeting adjourned: 8:55 pm by Rusty Knight

Next Meeting October 7 2015

Schedule:

October 7 2015

  • Rusty KnightInevitable Unicorn: Uncle Heron
  • C S Burgar?

October 28 2015

  • Brian Hill?
  • Eathel Carmichael?

May 27 2015 Minutes

Date: May 27 2015

Time: 7:00 pm to 7:42 pm

Location: High Prairie Public Library

Attendees:

Eathel Carmichael

Rusty

Brian Hill

 

Meeting notes: open meeting at 7:11 pm by Rusty

Discussion: no discussion held

  • Opened up possibilities of other discussions
  • Discussed pasted items

Discussion ended: 7:28 pm

Peer Review:

Author: Rusty

Piece: Unicorn Grandfathers

Review: Level 5

Found acceptable, good story line, issues with comma is the weakness.

 

End of Review: 7:34 pm

Confirm Schedule:

  • June 17 2015
    • Brian Hill June 8 2015 Open review
    • C S Burgar – ?
    • Eathel Carmichael Princess of the Animals, Chapter 10Level 5 Review
    • Rusty Unicorn Home Fires Level 5 Review
  • July 8 2015
    • Emily Jamieson?
    • C S Burgar?
  • Propose the next meeting for August 26 2015

Recommended Reading: ‘Gregor the Overlander’ by Suzanne Collins; an action packed fantasy for youths in an underworld on the brink of war.

Meeting Adjourned: 7:41 pm by Rusty

May 6 2015 Minutes

Date: May 6 2015

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:36 pm

Location: High Prairie Public Library

Attendees:

Eathel Carmichael

Rusty

C S Burgar

Brian Hill

Emily Jamieson (Skype)

Meeting notes: open meeting at 7:13 by Rusty

Discussion: an open discussion: What is a short story?

  • The discussion defined a story story and its components.
  • We wondered about different types or varieties of short stories and discussed this.
  • Does a series of short stories still qualify as short stories? The answer is yes.

Discussion ended: 7:26 pm

Peer review:

Author: Brian Hill

Piece: April 15 2015

Review: Level open

We found two styles of writing were used. There was a switch part way through, but the overall writing we were all pleased with the piece. This is strong clear writing. Good work.

Again, a good stretch for Brian, with his branching out again into another new area. Well done.

Author: Emily Jamieson

Piece: The Touch of the Forest

Review: Level 5

The story has strong character development, with strong story flow. There are questions on aspects of story developments, particularly on how some of the situations came about. How the antagonist came to the conclusions and actions he did. There are very few technical errors.

Great work.

End of Reviews: 8:14 pm

Confirm meeting schedule:

  • May 27 2015    
  • Rusty – Unicorn-Grandfather – Level 5
  • Brian Hill – ?
  • C S Burgar – ?
  • June 17 2015
  • Eathel Carmichael – ?
  • Rusty – Unicorn-Home fire – Level 5
  • July 8 2015
  • Emily Jamieson – ?
  • C S Burgar – ?

Propose following meeting for August 26 2015

Recommended Reading: ‘The Rule of Three’ Eric Walters: A story of what happens to our society if computers suddenly stop functioning. See for yourself in this novel for young adults.

Meeting adjourned: 8:27 PM by Rusty

April 15 2015 Minute

Date: April 15 2015

Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: High Prairie Public Library

Attendees:

  • Eathel Carmichael
  • Rusty
  • Brian Hill
  • C S Burgar
  • Guest: Eric Walters

Meeting Notes:

Open the meeting at 7:00 by Rusty

Discussion: The planned opening discussion was not held as we had a guest for the meeting.

We had author, Eric Walters. With ninety-seven books published and over one hundred awards to his credit we were able to spend the entire meeting in discussion with Eric.

Eric discussed his writing process, experiences in the writing world and with publishers. Also we were given glimpses into his experiences in life and his work with charities such as the Kenyan orphanage, Creation of Hope, he helps fund and manage.

He has walked across Kenya with children. Walked across the Sahara desert and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Just to name a few. He braved a Canadian blizzard in research for a book, with nothing more than shorts and deck shoes to know what it would be like to try to survive in such conditions.

He informed the group of some of the pitfalls and rewards of working with publishers and other writers. Eric extended to us the benefits and drawbacks of marketing. Remarking on the hard work and dedication it takes to be a fulltime writer and reap the rewards.

To Eric we extend out thanks and appreciation from our group, Fellowship of the Scribblers, as well as the High Prairie Public Library.

May your journey continue as fruitful long into the future with the Creation of Hope.

End of Discussion:8:30 PM

Next Discussion: What is a Short Story?

Peer Review:

Author: Eathel Carmichael

Piece: Princess of the Animals: Chapter Eight

Review: Level 5

The piece is a great improvement over previous work. Eathel’s work is still marred technically and needs editing. The storyline is strong. The characters are good. There are a few missing links in the story.

Improving Eathel, good work.

End of Review: 8:50 PM

Confirmed Meeting Schedule:

  • May 6 2015
    • Brian HillApril 15 2015
    • RustyUnicorn : Grand-fathers, Level 5
    • Emily JamiesonThe touch of the Forest
  • May 27 2015
    • Brian Hill?
    • C S Burgar?
  • June 17 2015
    • ?
    • ?

Recommended Reading: ‘Walking home’, Eric Walters: A families struggle to walk over one hundred miles across Kenya to a new home. The publisher is donating $1.30 of each book sale to Creation of Hope.

Meeting adjourned: 8:55 PM by Rusty

March 25 2015 Minutes

Date: March 25 2015

Time: 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM

Location: High Prairie Public Library

Attendees:

  • Eathel Carmichael
  • Rusty
  • Emily Jamieson  (Skype)
  • C S Burgar
  • Brian Hill

 

 

 

 

Meeting notes:

 

Open the meeting at 7:01 by Rusty

 

Discussion: an open discussion on Faith in writing, what is allowed in fiction?

 

The discussion was varied. Ranging from use of religion or faith, by various authors or writers; to how readers might feel about different uses of such topics. The feeling that we came to is that the only person who knows what is allowable is the individual reader. As each reader has a different opinion on what they will accept or how they view a piece of writing. Each piece of writing is viewed differently by different readers. We agreed to give our opinions on when we think each of us is crossing the line of decency in our submissions to each other, as a courtesy to the group members.

 

Next meeting discussion: What is a short story?

 

Discussion ended at 7:19 PM

 

Peer review:

 

Author: C S Burgar

Piece: The Finger Tip of God: Book 1 – The Tomar Prophecy

Review: Level 4

 

Rusty opened the review noting there were very few editing technical errors. The group followed this with noting the only real critique being for improvement to, show more then tell in the second paragraph. The group liked the piece and feel it is well done. The writing flows well. There are strong characters that are well defined. There is a good story line.

 

Good work C S.

 

Author: Emily Jamieson

Piece: Chapter Four

Review: Level 5

 

This piece was well done, only one editing error indicated. There is strong character descriptions. There is strong story flow. Some of the group missed previous writings to this piece, thus they did not fully follow the story. But they found the piece engaging. In discussion with Emily we were able to confirm her questions on direction she was intending. Her descriptions are strong and well placed. Her written intent matches her mental intent.

 

Good work Emily.

 

End of Reviews 8:15 PM

 

Confirm meetings set for: 

  • April 15 2015 
    • Brian Hill ?
    • Eathel CarmichaelPrincess of the Animals: Chapter Eight, Level 5
  • May 6 2015
    • Rusty Unicorn-Grand-fathers, Level 5
    • Emily Jamieson?
  • May 27 2015
    • Brian Hill?
    • C S Burgar?

 

 

 

Recommended Reading: Spirit Animals, Series: ‘Book One: Wild born’ Brandon Mull: A kids series of children bound to animals on whose shoulders which the fate of the kingdoms of Eradas rest.

Meeting Adjourned: 8:20 PM by Rusty

March 4 2015 Minutes

Date : 03 – 04 -2015

Time : 7:00 PM – 8:36 PM

Location : High Prairie Public Library

Attendees :

  • Eathel Carmichael
  • Rusty
  • C S Burgar
  • Brian Hill
  • Emily Jamieson (Skype)

Meeting Note :

Open meeting 7:00 pm by Rusty

Discussion:  an open discussion on Time Travel Paradoxes

Odd, how paradoxes make or break various writings. Believability is the key. To be believable it has to be explainable. If a writer is not able to explain their paradox the reader won’t bother reading. We found many examples of paradoxes that were explained, that otherwise are unbelievable, yet we can believe because of the explanation so we read or watch. Multi verse, time bubble, alternate planes, etc. all are used and we can accepts, but unless the writer explains them we don’t read or pay them any amount of attention. So as writers if we want to play with time, change things in time, or even go back in time without changing things, etc., we need to have an explanation for the reader. Or the reader will reject our writing and us as writers. We can alter reality but we better explain how or why, right away.

 

Next meeting discussion: Faith in writing, what is allowed in fiction?

Peer Review :

Author : Brian Hill

Piece : Feb 11 2015

Review : Open

Noted Brian broke out of his usual writings. Excellent topic, relevant. Great flow. Focused and consistent. Job well done.

Author : Eathel Carmichael

Piece : Princess of the Animals, Chapter Five

Review : Level 5

Noted marred by technical errors. needs a lot of editing. Confusing in several areas. Too many characters in a few scenes. Scenes need work with  wording.

Great plot, Unique story and good flow.

Author : Rusty

Piece : Unicorn Apples

Review : Level 5

Noted marred by several technical errors. two confused scenes. Minor editing issues.

Unique. Strong character definitions, Good flow and well designed. Stands alone as a short story but feels also as part of a larger story.

End of review: 8:28 PM

Set meetings for future:

  • March 25 2015
    • C S Burgar‘unknown’
    • Emily Jamieson Chapter Four
  • April 15 2015
    • Brian Hill‘unknown’
    • Eathel Carmichael‘unknown’

This meetings recommended reading: ‘The Crazy Game’ Clint Malarchuk, a biography ‘How I survived in the creases and beyond’ a wonder in the survival of individual drives.

Meeting adjourned: 8:36 PM by Rusty