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Jonathan’s Jottings 3rd January 2017


Jonathan DoddJonathan’s Jottings

7:00pm Friday 3rd January 2017, Costa Ryde. Large Old Paradise Latte, Bakewell tart. Nice.

Next meeting

7:00pm Friday 3rd February 2017, Costa Ryde.


Maggie, Jonathan, Jane, Freda, David, Tony, Fiona, Fran, Fred, Lucy, Martin and  Michelle, but not necessarily in that order.


Sue, Aidan, Claire, Mary, Jenni.

Thank goodness we all have different names.

Maggie’s Announcements

She’s updating the website.

If you haven’t yet done so, please send recent blurb and photo so you can appear in the Members page.

She’s going to split Present and Past Members into separate pages. Please contact her if you find yourself in the wrong category.

The last Achievement Page was in 2014. If you’ve achieved anything in the last two years, please let her know.

She’s going to remove references to competitions, and tidy up our friends and links list.

New members

Fran has self-published a novel called ‘Pencil Lead‘ and a children’s book called ‘How We Choose to Play‘, which she also illustrated, with help from her children. She passed these round with fliers She’s also an artist, and is featured in the Quay Arts Café for the next two months.

Fred has written two and a half novels and about 60 short stories and 60 poems since he retired. He has won at least one short story competition. He describes his style as ‘light’ and is currently writing a family saga based in Bournemouth. He has agreed to email his first novel to Maggie if anyone wants to read and review it.

Current members

David is in Santa recovery. He wrote the December Member’s Musings, about songs that have been important in his life. He had a poem called ‘Pardon My Ignorance‘ about a Teacup Chihuahua rejected by the Daily Mail but we loved it.

Lucy talked about her efforts to market her first novel ‘Swaying‘. She brought fliers for this, and she’s currently completing the first draft of her second novel.

Martin has finished the first draft of his second novel ‘Susurrus’. It contains more horror, and will be considerably expanded from its current 40k words.

Tony has gone back to 1979 and his love of Punk fanzines (rough drafts containing images and writing, in a punk style – think Sex Pistols). He talked about being a punk in Camden and selling zines on the pavement, and he wants to try the same sort of thing. He also talked about contributing to the Dinosaur Isle booklet.

Jane published her 19th book (!) this month and finished three more. She brought the latest one (I apologise for not noting the title) but didn’t hand it out because it’s controversial. She’s having to split her time between working, her degree, and her writing. Phenomenal.

Michelle hasn’t done much writing recently. She was half-way through a novel about highwaypersons in Stuart times, but became disheartened by the need for historical accuracy. Various suggestions were put forward, including ignoring historical accuracy entirely, adding vampires, making it an alternate reality story, and just writing a complete draft before deciding what to do with it. Hopefully she found some of this encouraging.

Freda talked about falling over in dark alleys, bacon sandwiches and Love. She talked about acting and/or writing, her stories and poems, and she said she wants to write two beautiful lines of poetry to be remembered by.

Fiona has reached Australia, the climax of her ghost-writing travelogue itinerary. She has set herself the challenge of reading 17 books in 2017.

Jonathan continues to outpour his column for every week, and is screwing up his courage to start writing another novel.

See you next meeting.

If you’ve been mis- or under-represented, please let me know and I’ll correct it next month.

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