Monday, August 24, 2015

North Coast Writers event on 8 September

: Fourth Friday Readings...

Bring a friend for an evening of 5-minute open mic readings.  Or, read one of your writings (poetry, fiction or memoir).
Arrive around 6:00 to enjoy a coffee or cold drink from The Bistro Cafe, then choose your favorite seat in The Media Room at The Lodge.
FREE EVENT.  An inspiring evening!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Three, new, 100 word stories with the prompt "Favorite Quote".

“The pleasure is only momentary, and the position is ridiculous.”  My old pal, D., had this to say about sexual coupling.  He is right.  For the amount of psychic energy and cost of a dinner and a show, the output is far more than the input.  The formula: PE+D^2(S)=O-P proves my point. D. is English, and doesn’t say much, but he might have said: “"There are a number of mechanical devices which increase sexual arousal, particularly in women. Chief among these is the new Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible." , but this is attributed to P. J. O'Rourke, not to my friend.

D. came into the family room. His wife, Maureen was drinking coffee and looking lovely.  D. looked uncomfortable, and tugged at the fly front of his jeans. “Damn Hotel Covell pants.  No ballroom. ”  The Covell was a vintage,, small hotel in the center of town, and did not have room for a ballroom.  This struck me such that I remember this quip to this day.  His wife laughed so hard she spat out coffee.  D., as always, had a slight smile on his face as he always did when he realized his impromptu, but clever joke, was a hit.

"An abrupt beginning is much admired, after the fashion of the clown's entry through the chemist's window…then whack at your reader at once, hit him over the head with the sausages, brisk him up with the poker, bundle him into the wheelbarrow, and so carry him away with you before he knows where you are."  H. G. Wells offered this excellent advice about writing an essay. Surely, it is filled with surreal imagery, but makes the point about writing a strong essay or a tale you might find on these pages. I’d like to hit all my readers with sausages.

Your voice...

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Monday, August 3, 2015

Wrapping up summer with Open Mic

Greetings fellow writers and friends of Writers on the Spit.

We are wrapping up summer with a Fourth Friday Reading on August 28 -- a gala OPEN MIC READING.
Pick out your best poem or short-short story and come read.  Do rehearse your five-minute reading as they are timed.
Enjoy an evening with talented writers.

We have a new Writers' Table where you can place flyers/postcards about upcoming events, workshops and any services relating to writing. 

NEW FOR PUBLISHED AUTHORS/POETS: Bring your book and sell it before and after the event. You are responsible for selling your own book (no cashier is provided).  An opportunity for buyers to get a signed book! 

Our new venue at The Lodge (Media Room) is comfortable, spacious, great acoustics, plus a Bistro where you can purchase a light supper or coffee.  Arrive early. BRING A FRIEND.

Examples of Semantic Changes

Examples of Semantic Changes