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December 2019 Fun Tidbits and Facts

First Sentences

Here are some first sentences of National Novel Writers Month participants:

“The parliamentarian droned on, and Tavin didn’t bother to hide his yawn.” Renee Gaylor

“I just made it home before the sun began to rise.” Sarah Shuttleworth

“Thomas raised his eyebrows when he saw them in the same vehicle and Tori’s sitting where it had obviously spent the night, but refrained from making a comment.” Vea Anna Hooker

“It was here that my condition didn’t matter.” Sarah Hamilton

“Ayala looked around the forest and wondered what was happening.” Frances Armstrong

(In homage to Lucy Maud Montgomery’s one sentence first paragraph in Anne of Green Gables…)

“Janalyn Renee Brooks lived just where the north Kirbyville highway widened from one lane to two, framed in tall pine trees tangled with yellow jasmine, and graced by a pond that had its source from an underground spring that ran beneath the pasture between her house and the old Harrison place; it was famous for sustaining the brambles of dewberry bushes that formed an intricate maze that extended into the woods, with shady hiding places for rabbits, children, and sometimes snakes, depending on the time of year; but by the time the bushes reached Brooks’ Repose, they were an orderly, well-trimmed and maintained source of jams and jellies, for not even a dewberry bush could grow on Mrs. Brooks’ three acres without proper respect and reverence; they probably knew that Mrs. Janalyn was sitting at her window, keenly observing the activities that occurred, from ponds and dewberry bushes and children irregardless, and that if she decided anything was out of order, she would not settle for it until she had sorted out the reasons and rhymes thereof.” Jody Bailey Day

“Reality can be a different experience for everyone.” Rachel Nix

 

 

Things Heard at Meeting

“I’m an old man but I still have a lot to learn.

“Nobody has any time in November.”

“I’m not even old and it’s happening to me!”

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November Newsletter Fun Tidbits and Facts

Things Heard at Meeting

“You feel pretty creepy when you get down to what it is.”

“He took some liberties”

“I threw a horse biscuit at a girl once.”

“It would be easier if I could be Dr. Suess!

“You’re not writing any of this down, are you?”

 

Mission Statement – The mission of Critique Café Chatter is to spotlight the talents and writing efforts of the members of Critique Café Fort Stockton Area Writers Group. Contributing members of this newsletter hope to reach out to others within the community who enjoy creative writing and the literary arts. In the spirit of our sponsor H. Edward Petsch Arts and Music Memorial Fund, we are striving to stimu- late the arts within the Fort Stockton, TX area.

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October Newsletter Fun Tidbits and Facts

Coming Soon!

The Best of Critique Café Volume 8 Children’s Edition

Featuring Children’s Stories for all ages. Cover Art provided by the winner of our Cover Art Contest, soon to be revealed.

Book Launch November 18 at
Fort Stockton Public Library 6:00 P.M.

 

Things Heard at Meeting

“I would think her anatomy would be much more sensational in the jitterbug, more than running to the school bus.”

“Why didn’t I think of that!?”

“I don’t have much brain after 6:00.”

“If the world were flat, cats would have knocked everything off by now.”

 

Mission Statement – The mission of Critique Café Chatter is to spotlight the talents and writing efforts of the mem- bers of Critique Café Fort Stockton Area Writers Group. Contributing members of this newsletter hope to reach out to others within the community who enjoy creative writing and the literary arts. In the spirit of our sponsor H. Edward Petsch Arts and Music Memorial Fund, we are striving to stimulate the arts within the Fort Stockton, TX area.

 

 

 

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September Newsletter Fun Tidbits and Facts

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Writing for Children Workshop…

The prompt given: “An author must do many things to create a book that a child would want to read.”

The list by Anonymous

The author must…

  1. Have been a child at some point in their life.
  2. Realize that children have evolved since “Dick and Jane.”
  3. Don’t use “dick.”
  4. Characters must have some kind of superpower, and wear a cape.
  5. No romance—Yuck.
  6. Include dogs…that wear capes.
  7. Memorize everything that rhymes with “poop.”
  8. Include a fat kid tamed “Tiny.”
  9. Don’t let Harvey Weinstein do the movie.
  10. HobbitsinSpace—TryThat.

(In defense of Anonymous. “It was late. Sorry.”)

dick and jane

 

Things Heard at Meeting

“How do you get over brain block?”

“I’m going to Put Scott and Bailey to bed.”

“He can’t be here tonight, he’s going through puberty.”

 

 

Mission Statement – The mission of Critique Café Chatter is to spotlight the talents and writing efforts of the mem- bers of Critique Café Fort Stockton Area Writers Group. Contributing members of this newsletter hope to reach out to others within the community who enjoy creative writing and the literary arts. In the spirit of our sponsor H. Edward Petsch Arts and Music Memorial Fund, we are striving to stimulate the arts within the Fort Stockton, TX area.

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August Newsletter Fun Tidbits and Facts

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West Texas After the Rain—Photo by Jessica Ontiveros

 

 

Things Heard at Meeting

                                                                 “Using my education against me.”

                                 “It has lots of nano fluff.”                                                                             

“A crazy lady accosted me.”

                                                                                 “Was it aliens?”

“Have a fight, get drunk, do something.”

                                 “How do I get out of this?”