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Jonathan’s Jottings 10th November 2017


Jonathan’s Jottings

7:00pm Friday 10th November 2017, Costa Ryde. Large Latte, Old Paradise Street blend again, nice cake.

Next meeting

7:00pm Friday 1st December 2017, Costa Ryde.


Maggie, Jenni, David, Martin, Fiona, Anna, Diana, Jonathan, Dave H, Freda, Tony, Aidan and Fran.

Maggie’s Announcements

Maggie made her new updated announcement. She’s going to stay in as undisputed leader, and Jenni is going to be her deputy, sharing the duties and boring bits so Maggie can get on with writing. She was pleased to announce that she has written and submitted a Christmas story for the competition. Everyone was very pleased.

Fred was thanked for his remarkably good musings for November, even though he didn’t show up this month. David has volunteered to write them for December, and Fiona has volunteered for January.

If you haven’t yet done so, please send a short bio-blurb and a recent photo to Jenni so you can appear in the Members page.

There’s still room in the Fair Members’ Shorts page for your short stories or poems or, in fact, any other type of creative output. They have already provided much pleasure.

No New members section, because we’re still full-up.

Achievements, Confessions, and Excuses

David is waiting for a call to be Santa. He has sold several CDs and handed money to the Hospice Shop. Well done. He wrote a poem about a turkey, and sang us a song by Richard Stilgoe about ‘Joyce, the Librarian’

Martin has sent out some of his latest book for us to read and critique. He’s pleased that this time he has created a new world for the first time. He has written 18 chapters and 80,000 words. Maggie Currie has read it so far and has reviewed it positively.

Fiona has been exploring the sights and landmarks of Portsmouth free, as part of an invitation to write about them in various journal and websites. She particularly enjoyed the climbing wall at the Old Dockyard. She has read and reviewed 15 books this year.

Anna went to the Isle of Wight Literary Festival, and watched Krissy and Z in action there. She is editing Book 2, and writing Book 7. Apparently, she has Books 3 to 6 waiting in the wings, but we didn’t know that. There was general astonishment. Blimey! She has three agents looking at her first novel. None have come back to her yet.

Diana has a new printed version of ‘A Special Child in the Family’, if anyone wants to buy one. She has a new grandchild. Her book about plotting, based on plotting an actual book, now has a new order so it feels like it’s in the right shape. She has written 27,000 to 30,000 words so far.

Piers brought in his book, ‘Rivers’, and regretted not bringing more with him, because it was immediately snapped up by Freda. He talked about using Scrivener and Amazon and Kindle, and thinking he had ordered large format by mistake. He talked about his 50-year-old travelogue, and the sameness of many days, and how to avoid describing the breakfast every day.

Jonathan talked about writing a short story and three Christmas short stories and joining NaNoWriMo, and writing 4500 words, then discovering that his role at work had been made redundant, so he was feeling a bit shell-shocked. But very glad to be writing again nonetheless. The short story is in the Shorts section of the website if anyone wants to read it.

Dave hasn’t been for a year, and it was good to catch up on his news. He’s been writing a comic script with Tony about a Tower Block. He has had 2 scripts recently published on Future Quake Press, and another called Something Wicked. He’s writing a NaNoWriMo screenplay, and he talked about writing a comic made up entirely of comic book covers.

Freda has been having printer problems. She has had some requests for poems, and says she needs a secretary, because she has so many pieces of paper that need typing up. She talked about having a photo of her and her son in the County Press.

Tony talked about Comic Con. It was over-subscribed, and the venue wasn’t large enough, and the BBC and ITV turned up to cover it, but nobody from the County Press. He said he had a wonderful time, and sold lots of artwork, and it was a really successful first convention, that was bound to be repeated, although they could do with a larger building. We didn’t know of one on the island though.

Aiden was excited to be going to the Philippines for an extended diving holiday.

Fran has been bubbling along. She had a letter from Harper Impulse after submitting years ago. The letter had a lot of things to say about her work, which had been looked at properly. She was turned down, but there were lots of comments. No news from HQ Digital as yet. She’s working on the new novel, and walking the dog a lot.

Jenni has written two short stories for the Christmas competition. Good luck to her and everyone else who has entered.

End notes

Maggie’s announcement made a happy start to a lively meeting this month. Lot of us are writing and submitting, and we’re all full of ideas and enthusiasm and energy.

Good luck with the Christmas short stories. Sorry, Martin, it’s too late.

See you in December. I can’t wait.

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

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