Jon Carroll had a column in the SF Chronicle the other day about his daughter and a baby-sitter. I enjoyed the story but what I really took away was the fingers.
His daughter belongs to a circus group. The original members referred to themselves as the fingers, as in part of a hand. Even now, he said, they'll say, Let's talk to the fingers.
Don't you love that? I do. I'm jealous. That's an interesting title for a group.
I'd already been thinking about a title for my Writing Social group. I send out the reminder every other week, noting that the Writer Social will be tonight. Sounds so quaint and southern gothic. It does not sound like me. Should it sound like me or my gang?
I think it should sound like me and my gang, inclusive of both. I've been toying with ideas. Don't want anything like the Submissions or the Rejects. I don't like the associated connotations. I think Inkstains has been done, and it doesn't reflect our nature, which is more of a typing on the computer milieu. I've heard of some called the Unknown Writers Group, and then there are the more formal group names, like Ashland Writers and Rogue Valley Writers Group. Keyboards sounds more musical than literary.
I've convassed my group for their thoughts. No responses so far.
Along those lines, I'm going to expand the group. My goal for meeting as writers was to meet as writers and chat about life, writing, books, reading, and our work. I'm not out to create a new support group or a critique group. We're writers. That's all that's we're stating, and our only reason for meeting that night.
That's turned off some members. One quit coming. The last time she came, she asked if we were going to 'do some work tonight for a change'? That's not why we're there. I've always said that up front and have reiterated my position consistently. My other writers friends that attend understand and agree.
With all that said, I've decided I want to throw it open to more membership. My other writer friends agree. Thinking that over, I see that I need to ensure that people understand, we're writers meeting socially, not critiquing. Writers there can and do contact one another and ask for critiques but that's not why we're meeting.
Maybe that's the group name I'm looking for: No Critiques.
Of course, I could go the other way and find a name that's more ornate, like The August Ashland Literary Writing & Drinking Circle. Lost Pages appeals to me, as does Sagging Middles, Plot Twists, Dastardly Plotters, and Page Turners.
I don't know. Nothing really satisfying comes to mind. I'll take it up with my group. Ply them with beer and wine.
We'll come up with something.
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