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Next Meeting: Thursday, 11 FEBRUARY at 6:30 PM

at Panera Bread in the District at Tustin Legacy shopping center, Tustin.

4 Feb meeting notes; 11 Feb reading list

February 6, 2016

4 FEBRUARY MEETING NOTES

Nine people attended: Burt, Casey, Donna, Glenda, Jo (read a chapter from Moonspell), Lance, Maddie, Marianna and Rosie. Donna ably led us through the last two parts of How Not to Write a Novel (thanks, Donna!).

News and Notes

Lance and Steve J. will make a dual appearance at Book Carnival in Orange on Saturday, 13 Feb at 3:00 p.m. Book Carnival is an independent bookstore that specializes in mysteries and thrillers. It promotes independent and debut authors as well as hosting appearances by big-name authors (such as Robert Crais and Craig Johnson). Lance and Steve will read from their novels and interview each other. Admission is free. Book Carnival is located at 348 South Tustin Street in Orange, CA.

Lance and Burt will make separate appearances on Garrett Miller’s Rated G Radio, a regular webcast that features discussions with authors, artists and musicians. More details will follow as the time grows closer.

LIT UP! will enjoy a brief hiatus before returning on 22 March.
11 FEBRUARY READING LIST

Glenda (2/4)
Casey (2/4)
Lisa W. (1/28)
JoAnne (1/28)
Shari (1/28)
Mark H. (1/7)
Donna (2/4)
Rosie (2/4)
Steve J. (1/28)
Burt (2/4)
Maddie (2/4)
Lance (2/4)
Marianna (2/4)
Jo (2/4)

Upcoming Author Events, Book Carnival, Orange, February 2016

January 30, 2016

Book Carnival, an independent Orange County bookstore dedicated to mysteries and thrillers, will host the following author readings/signings through the end of February:

  • Tuesday, 2 Feb, 8 p.m.: Robert Knott, Blackjack; Neal Griffin, A Voice From the Field
  • Thursday, 4 Feb, 7 p.m.: Michael Sears, Saving Jason; Sara Blaedel, The Killing Forest
  • Saturday, 6 Feb, 3 p.m.: Charles Finch, Home By Nightfall
  • Sunday, 7 Feb, 2 p.m.: Jeri Westerson, The Silence of Stones, a Crispin Guest mystery
  • Saturday, 13 Feb, 3 p.m.: Steven G. Jackson, Zeus Payload; Lance Charnes, Doha 12
  • Friday, 19 Feb, 7:30 p.m.: Barry Lancet, Pacific Burn
  • Saturday, 20 Feb, 2 p.m.: Joanne Fluke, The Wedding Cake Murder

The events are free, although it’d be nice if you buy the featured book. Book Carnival is located at 348 S. Tustin Street in Orange, three-ish blocks south of Chapman Avenue. Look for more information on the store’s website or Facebook page.

SCWA: Christopher Noxon, “When Fiction is Stranger than Truth,” 20 Feb 2016

January 30, 2016

The 20 February Southern California Writers Association meeting features author, journalist, illustrator and LIT UP! alum Christoper Noxon speaking on “When Fiction is Stranger than Truth.”

Noxon’s latest work is Plus One — a novel about a midlevel marketing executive who quits his job to be a full-time househusband and support player to his TV-writer wife — which was published this year to great acclaim by Prospect Park. His first book, Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, and the Reinvention of the American Grown-Up, was published by Crown/Random House. He has also written for the New Yorker, Details, Salon and the New York Times Magazine.

The meeting takes place at the Claim Jumper restaurant on 18050 Brookhurst Street in Fountain Valley. Doors open at 9:30 and the program begins at 10:00. Tickets are $25 for members, $30 for non-members, and include a buffet lunch. Check the SCWA website for more information.

28 Jan meeting notes; 4 Feb reading list

January 30, 2016

28 JANUARY MEETING NOTES

Twelve people attended: Burt, Casey, Donna, Glenda, JoAnne, Lance (read the final two chapters of The Collection), Lisa W., Maddie (read a chapter from Earth Angel), Marianna (read a revised chapter from Red Snow, Gold Clouds), Rosie, Shari and Steve J.

News and Notes

Donna will lead our final dissection of How Not to Write a Novel during our 4 February meeting (yes, this upcoming meeting). Please make sure you finish Parts V and VI of the book by then.

LIT UP! will enjoy a brief hiatus before returning on 22 March.

Coming off his success in the Camino Real Playhouse’s International Playwriting Festival, Steve J. will be participating in the Playhouse’s 24-Hour Creative showcase. In this production, six teams will each write, cast, produce and perform a one-act play in a single 24-hour period. The results will hit the stage at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, 7 February. Check the theater website for ticket information.

 

4 FEBRUARY READING LIST

Glenda (1/28)
Casey (1/28)
Lisa W. (1/28)
JoAnne (1/28)
Shari (1/28)
Mark H. (1/7)
Donna (1/28)
Jo (1/21)
Rosie (1/28)
Steve J. (1/28)
Burt (1/28)
Maddie (1/28)
Lance (1/28)
Marianna (1/28)

21 Jan meeting notes; 28 Jan reading list

January 23, 2016

21 JANUARY MEETING NOTES

Nine people attended: Burt (read three chapters from Here’s Thinking of You, which was Fixation last time), Casey, Glenda, Jo, Lance, Lisa W., Rosie (read three revised chapters from On Thin Ice), Shari and Steve J. (read the first five chapters of a new horror novel, Lamia).

News and Notes

Mark H. will lead our final dissection of How Not to Write a Novel during our 4 February meeting. Please make sure you finish Parts V and VI of the book by then.

The 19 January LIT UP! was a success, with eighteen audience members hearing readings from Solange Ritchie, Dirk Sayers and Beth Yarnall. Many thanks to Maddie for once again putting this event together.

Steve J.’s play “The Asylum for Rejected Characters” will have its last performances this weekend in the Camino Real Playhouse’s upcoming International Playwriting Festival in San Juan Capistrano. This collection of seven ten-minute plays, each helmed by a different director, runs 23-24 January at 8:00 p.m., with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on 24 January. Check the theater website for ticket information.

 

28 JANUARY READING LIST

Glenda (1/21)
Casey (1/21)
Lisa W. (1/21)
JoAnne (1/7)
Maddie (1/14)
Shari (1/21)
Mark H. (1/7)
Donna (1/7)
Jo (1/21)
Lance (1/21)
Marianna (1/14)
Rosie (1/21)
Steve J. (1/21)
Burt (1/21)

14 Jan meeting notes; 21 Jan reading list

January 15, 2016

14 JANUARY MEETING NOTES

Ten people attended: Burt, Casey, Glenda, Jo (read a chapter from Moonspell), Lance (read 2.5 chapters from The Collection, formerly the Fake reboot), Maddie, Marianna (read a revised chapter from Red Snow, Gold Clouds), Rosie, Shari and Steve J.

News and Notes

Mark H. will lead our final dissection of How Not to Write a Novel during our 4 February meeting. Please make sure you finish Parts V and VI of the book by then.

The upcoming 19 January LIT UP! at Kean Coffee in Tustin will feature:

    • Solange Ritchie reading from her psychological thriller Burning Man.
    • Dirk Sayers reading from his upcoming novel of corporate intrigue, West of Tomorrow.
    • Beth Yarnall reading from Vindicate, the first novel in her Recovered Innocence series.

Get the event flyers here: 1-up and 2-up. Don’t forget to sign up on the Facebook event.

Steve J.’s play “The Asylum for Rejected Characters” will premiere in the Camino Real Playhouse’s upcoming International Playwriting Festival in San Juan Capistrano. This collection of seven ten-minute plays, each helmed by a different director, runs 15-24 January at 8:00 p.m., with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on 17 and 24 January. Check the theater website for ticket information.

 

21 JANUARY READING LIST

Rosie (1/14)
Glenda (1/14)
Casey (1/14)
Lisa W. (11/19)
JoAnne (1/7)
Maddie (1/14)
Steve J. (1/14)
Shari (1/14)
Mark H. (1/7)
Donna (1/7)
Burt (1/14)
Jo (1/14)
Lance (1/14)
Marianna (1/14)

7 Jan meeting notes; 14 Jan reading list

January 9, 2016

7 JANUARY MEETING NOTES

Ten people attended 2016’s first meeting: Burt (read three chapters from Fixation, which used to be Murder on the 101 and other things), Casey, Donna (read a revised chapter from Running with Hounds…and an English Degree), Glenda, JoAnne, Lance, Marianna, Mark H., Rosie and Steve J. Casey led a confessional discussion of Part IV of How Not to Write a Novel (thanks, Casey!).

News and Notes

Mark H. will lead our final dissection of How Not to Write a Novel during our 4 February meeting. Please make sure you finish Parts V and VI of the book by then.

The upcoming 19 January LIT UP! will feature Solange Ritchie, Dirk Sayers and Beth Yarnell. Get the event flyers here: 1-up and 2-up. Don’t forget to sign up on the Facebook event.

Steve J.’s play “The Asylum for Rejected Characters” will premiere in the Camino Real Playhouse’s upcoming International Playwriting Festival in San Juan Capistrano. This collection of seven ten-minute plays, each helmed by a different director, runs 15-24 January at 8:00 p.m., with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on 17 and 24 January. Check the theater website for ticket information.

 

14 JANUARY READING LIST

Rosie (1/7)
Glenda (1/7)
Jo (12/3)
Casey (1/7)
Lisa W. (11/19)
JoAnne (1/7)
Maddie (12/3)
Lance (1/7)
Marianna (1/7)
Steve J. (1/7)
Shari (12/3)
Mark H. (1/7)
Donna (1/7)
Burt (1/7)

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