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Next Meeting: Thursday, 23 March 2023, at 6:30 p.m.

at the Corner Bakery, 13786D Jamboree Rd. Suite 4 (Tustin Marketplace), Irvine

16 Mar meeting notes; 23 Mar reading list

March 20, 2023

16 MARCH MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended: Burt (a chapter from The Class of ’42), Chris L. (a chapter from Staff), Donna R., Glenda, Gloria A. (a chapter from Toxin), Joanne (another episode from The Musings of an Unreliable Neurotic Narrator), and Rosie.

NEWS & NOTES

Lance was at Left Coast Crime in Tucson.

On Saturday, 25 March, at 1 p.m., Ellen Byron’s book launch party for Wined and Died in New Orleans will happen at the Fernhill Country Club in Huntington Beach, sponsored by Mystery Ink.

On Sunday, 26 March, Sisters in Crime OC welcomes Daryl Wood Gerber speaking on “Persistence Pays!” The program starts at 3 p.m. at Book Carnival in Orange.

23 MARCH READING LIST

Donna R. (3/16)
Glenda (3/16)
Benafsha A. (3/9)
Rosie (3/16)
Lance (3/9)
Burt (3/16)
Joanne (3/16)
Gloria A. (3/16)
Chris L. (3/16)

9 Mar meeting notes; 16 Mar reading list

March 10, 2023

9 MARCH MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended: Benafsha A. (a chapter from Grown in the Shade), Chris L. (a chapter from Staff), Donna R., Glenda, Gloria A., Lance (two chapters from Bluejay Rises), and Rosie (a chapter from The Great Mrs. Ziegfeld).

NEWS & NOTES

Kirkus Reviews called Donna’s novel Running with Hounds…and an English Degree “a fast-paced and ebullient contemporary romance.” Now it’s on Kirkus’s “36 Great Indie Books Worth Discovering.” Congratulations, Donna!

OC Romance Writers’ meeting on Saturday, Mar. 11, at 10 a.m., features Phoebe Ravencraft, “Giving Your Blurbs Character,” and Denise Colby, “Ten Ways to Improve SEO” (virtual).

On Saturday, Mar. 11, at 2 p.m., Gregg Hurwitz (The Last Orphan) will appear in person at Book Carnival.

16 MARCH READING LIST

Donna R. (3/9)
Glenda (3/9)
Burt (3/2)
Joanne (3/2)
Benafsha A. (3/9)
Gloria A. (3/9)
Rosie (3/9)
Chris L. (3/9)
Lance (3/9)

2 Mar meeting notes; 9 Mar reading list

March 3, 2023

2 MARCH MEETING NOTES

Eight people attended: Benafsha A., Burt, Chris L. (a chapter from Staff), Glenda, Gloria A. ( a very short story, “Vortex”), Joanne, Lance (two chapters from Bluejay Rises), and Glenda’s guest John.

NEWS & NOTES

Book Carnival has three events coming up:

  • Saturday, Mar. 4, 2 p.m.: John Sayles, Jamie MacGillivray: The Renegade’s Journey (in person)
  • Sunday, Mar. 5, 11 a.m.: Peter May, A Winter Grave (virtual)
  • Tuesday, Mar. 7, 12 p.m.: Emilia Hart, Weyward (virtual)

The Placentia Library Foundation Annual Author Luncheon happens Saturday, Mar. 4, at the Alta Vista Country Club. It features Shawn Nocher, A Hand to Hold in Deep Water. (Tickets $65)

9 MARCH READING LIST

Donna R. (2/16)
Glenda (3/2)
Burt (3/2)
Joanne (3/2)
Rosie (2/23)
Benafsha A. (3/2)
Gloria A. (3/2)
Chris L. (3/2)
Lance (3/2)

Upcoming author events, March 2023

March 3, 2023

The following author events will take place online in March. Click on the venue links for more information and for registration or access codes. Events pop up unpredictably, so return to your favorite venues during the month to see if anything new has surfaced.

BOOK CARNIVAL

  • Saturday, Mar. 4, 2 p.m.: John Sayles, Jamie MacGillivray: The Renegade’s Journey (in person)
  • Sunday, Mar. 5, 11 a.m.: Peter May, A Winter Grave (virtual)
  • Tuesday, Mar. 7, 12 p.m.: Emilia Hart, Weyward (virtual)
  • Saturday, Mar. 11, 2 p.m.: Gregg Hurwitz, The Last Orphan (in person)
  • Thursday, Mar. 16, 6 p.m.: Alex Finlay, What Have We Done (virtual)
  • Tuesday, Mar. 21, 5 p.m.: Peter Blauner, Picture in the Sand (virtual)
  • Wednesday, Mar. 29, 6 p.m.: Margaret Mizushima, Standing Dead; Scott Graham, Saguaro Sanction (virtual)

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

  • Saturday, Apr. 1, 2 p.m.: Katherine Applegate (Tustin Library)

MYSTERY INK

  • Saturday, Mar. 4: Placentia Library Foundation Annual Author Luncheon featuring Shawn Nocher, A Hand to Hold in Deep Water (in person)
  • Friday, Mar. 10, 5 p.m.: Cara Black, Night Flight to Paris (in person) (Fernhill Country Club, Huntington Beach)
  • Saturday, Mar. 25, 1 p.m.: Ellen Byron, Wined and Dined in New Orleans (in-person launch party) (Fernhill Country Club, Huntington Beach)

OC ROMANCE WRITERS

  • Saturday, Mar. 11, 10 a.m.: Phoebe Ravencraft, “Giving Your Blurbs Character,” and Denise Colby, “Ten Ways to Improve SEO” (virtual)

SISTERS-IN-CRIME ORANGE COUNTY

  • Sunday, Mar. 26, 3 p.m.: Daryl Wood Gerber, “Persistence Pays!” (in person) (at Book Carnival in Orange)

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WRITERS ASSOCIATION

  • Saturday, Mar. 18, 10 a.m.: Antoine Wilson, Mouth to Mouth (in person) (at the Regency Theatre, 26762 Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano)

23 Feb meeting notes; 2 Mar reading list

February 23, 2023

23 FEBRUARY MEETING NOTES

Eight people attended: Benafsha A. (a chapter from Grown in the Shade), Burt, Chris L. (the first chapter of a new work, Staff), Glenda, Gloria A., Joanne, Lance (two chapters from Bluejay Rises), and Rosie (two chapters from The Great Mrs. Ziegfeld).

NEWS & NOTES

Mystery Ink presents Ellen Byron and her new novel, Wined and Dined in New Orleans, in person at the Fernhill Country Club in Huntington Beach, on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m.

Sisters in Crime OC hosts Edgar winner Jordan Harper, Everybody Knows, in a virtual appearance at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26.

2 MARCH READING LIST

Donna R. (2/16)
Glenda (2/23)
Burt (2/23)
Gloria A. (2/23)
Joanne (2/23)
Rosie (2/23)
Chris L. (2/23)
Benafsha A. (2/23)
Lance (2/23)

16 Feb meeting notes; 23 Feb reading list

February 16, 2023

16 FEBRUARY MEETING NOTES

Six people attended: Burt, Donna R., Glenda, Gloria A. (a chapter from Toxin), Joanne (a rewritten short story, “The Musings of an Unreliable Neurotic Narrator”), and Lance (two chapters from Bluejay Rises).

NEWS & NOTES

SCWA welcomes Jonathan Brown, author of Drums, Guns ‘n’ Money, presenting “Rediscover the Joy of Writing” on Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m., at the Regency Theatre in San Juan Capistrano, adjacent to the train station.

Kwei Quartey appears in person to discuss his new novel, Last Seen in Lapaz, at Book Carnival on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m.

Mystery Ink hosts David Putnam and his new novel The Scorned on Saturday, Feb. 18, 1 p.m., in person at the Fernhill Country Club in Huntington Beach.

23 FEBRUARY READING LIST

Donna R. (2/16)
Glenda (2/16)
Rosie (2/9)
Chris L. (2/9)
Burt (2/16)
Benafsha A. (2/9)
Lance (2/16)
Gloria A. (2/16)
Joanne (2/16)

9 Feb meeting notes; 16 Feb reading list

February 9, 2023

9 FEBRUARY MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended: Benafsha A. (a chapter from Grown in the Shade), Burt (chapters from The Class of ’42), Chris L. (a revised chapter from System Kid), Donna R., Joanne, Lance, and Rosie.

NEWS & NOTES

On Saturday, 11 Feb at 10 a.m., OC Romance Writers will host Jacqueline Diamond, “Taming the FOMO,” and Leslie V. Knowles, “Graphic Design – What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why,” in a hybrid meeting.

Book Carnival hosts a double-header this weekend: David Putnam with a new book, A Fearsome Moonlight Black, in person on Saturday, 11 Feb at 11 a.m.; and M.G. Malliet with a new book, Invitation to a Killer, making a virtual appearance on Sunday, 12 Feb, at 11 a.m.

16 FEBRUARY READING LIST

Donna R. (2/9)
Glenda (2/2)
Lance (2/9)
Rosie (2/9)
Gloria A. (2/2)
Joanne (2/9)
Chris L. (2/9)
Burt (2/9)
Benafsha A. (2/9)

2 Feb meeting notes; 9 Feb reading list

February 3, 2023

2 FEBRUARY MEETING NOTES

A bumper nine people attended: Benafsha A., Burt, Chris L., Donna R., Glenda, Gloria A. (two chapters from Toxin), Joanne (a very short story, “Musings of an Unreliable Neurotic Narrator”), Lance, and Rosie (two chapters from The Great Mrs. Ziegfeld).

NEWS & NOTES

Check out the new author events posting for local author appearances and writing seminars in February.

9 FEBRUARY READING LIST

Donna R. (2/2)
Glenda (2/2)
Chris L. (2/2)
Burt (2/2)
Benafsha A. (2/2)
Lance (2/2)
Rosie (2/2)
Gloria A. (2/2)
Joanne (2/2)

26 Jan meeting notes; 2 Feb reading list

January 29, 2023

26 JANUARY MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended: Benafsha A. (two chapters from Grown in the Shade), Burt (a chapter from Class of ’42), Chris L., Donna R., Glenda, Gloria A., and Lance (1.5 chapters from Bluejay Rises).

NEWS & NOTES

Donna is in the process of recording the audiobook for Running with Hounds…and an English Degree. Good luck!

On Wednesday, 1 Feb, at 6:30 p.m., the Orange County Public Library is sponsoring an appearance by Marie Benedict, author of The Mitford Affair, at the Norma Hertzog Community Center in Costa Mesa.

2 FEBRUARY READING LIST

Donna R. (1/26)
Rosie (1/19)
Gloria A. (1/26)
Glenda (1/26)
Joanne (1/19)
Chris L. (1/26)
Burt (1/26)
Benafsha A. (1/26)
Lance (1/26)

19 Jan meeting notes; 26 Jan reading list

January 20, 2023

19 JANUARY MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended: Burt, Chris L. (the final chapter of System Kid)(congratulations, Chris!), Glenda (the conclusion of “Pair of Dimes”), Gloria A. (two chapters of Toxin), Joanne (the final chapter of Musings of an Unreliable Narrator)(congratulations, Joanne!), Lance, and Rosie.

NEWS & NOTES

Stats for 2022: we averaged 6.9 attendees and 3.2 readings per meeting. Glenda was the attendance champ with 42 appearances for the year, while Lance and Benafsha tied at 41.

The Southern California Writers’ Association meeting on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. features author Chris Hauty. The meeting is at the Regency Theater, 26762 Verdugo Street, in San Juan Capistrano.

The Sisters in Crime OC meeting is on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m. Cozy January features author Karen Sue Walker. The meeting happens at Book Carnival, 348 S. Tustin Avenue, in Orange.

26 JANUARY READING LIST

Donna R. (12/8)
Rosie (1/19)
Burt (1/19)
Benafsha A. (12/8)
Lance (1/19)
Gloria A. (1/19)
Glenda (1/19)
Joanne (1/19)
Chris L. (1/19)

12 Jan meeting notes; 19 Jan reading list

January 13, 2023

12 JANUARY MEETING NOTES

There wasn’t a 12 Jan meeting because Corner Bakery wasn’t open for dine-in. We’ll try again next week. We may need to think about a Plan B if Corner Bakery continues to have random closures.

NEWS & NOTES

Check the updated “January Author Events” post for writing-related events this month. I’ve removed the Huntington Beach Friends of the Library (they don’t seem to be having author events anymore) and replaced them with OC Public Libraries (which do).

19 JANUARY READING LIST

Donna R. (12/8)
Rosie (12/8)
Burt (12/1)
Benafsha A. (12/8)
Gloria A. (1/5)
Glenda (1/5)
Joanne (1/5)
Chris L. (1/5)
Lance (1/5)

5 Jan meeting notes; 12 Jan reading list

January 5, 2023

5 JANUARY MEETING NOTES

Five people attended the inaugural meeting of 2023: Chris L. (two of the final three chapters from System Kid), Glenda (a replay of Part 1 of a short story, “Pair of Dimes”), Gloria A. (1.25 chapters from Toxin), Joanne (a short story, “A Complicated Chain of Women”), and Lance (two chapters from Bluejay Rises).

NEWS & NOTES

Check the accompanying “January Author Events” post for writing-related events this month.

12 JANUARY READING LIST

Donna R. (12/8)
Rosie (12/8)
Burt (12/1)
Benafsha A. (12/8)
Gloria A. (1/5)
Glenda (1/5)
Joanne (1/5)
Chris L. (1/5)
Lance (1/5)

PFL Holiday Party, 15 December

December 12, 2022

The PFL Holiday Party will go ahead as planned on Thursday, 15 December, at 6:30 at Gloria’s house. Contact me if you didn’t get a flyer with the address, map, and food list. See you there?

8 Dec meeting notes; 5 Jan reading list

December 8, 2022

8 DECEMBER MEETING NOTES

Four people attended the climactic meeting of 2022: Benafsha A. (a chapter from Grown in the Shade), Donna R., Lance (1.5 chapters of Bluejay Rises), and Rosie.

NEWS & NOTES

The first meeting of 2023 is on 5 Jan.

The PFL Holiday Party will happen starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, 15 December. The current venue is Gloria’s place in Tustin Hills, but we may need to make a last-minute change depending on illness. Watch this space for breaking news.

5 JANUARY READING LIST

Donna R. (12/8)
Rosie (12/8)
Gloria A. (11/10)
Glenda (12/1)
Burt (12/1)
Joanne (12/1)
Chris L. (12/1)
Lance (12/8)
Benafsha A. (12/8)

1 Dec meeting notes; 8 Dec reading list

December 1, 2022

1 DECEMBER MEETING NOTES

Six people attended the penultimate meeting of 2022: Benafsha A. (a chapter from Grown in the Shade), Burt (chapters from The Spirit of 1942), Chris L. (a chapter from System Kid), Glenda (the first half of a short story, “Pair of Dimes”), Joanne (a short story, “Pandora”), and Lance.

NEWS & NOTES

Our last meeting for 2022 is on 8 Dec. The first meeting of 2023 is on 5 Jan.

Lance completed the first draft of Bluejay Rises last weekend. Editing will begin after a two-week break.

The PFL Holiday Party will happen starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, 15 December, at Gloria’s place in Tustin Hills (change of venue). A food list has already made the rounds.

8 DECEMBER READING LIST

Donna R. (11/17)
Rosie (11/10)
Gloria A. (11/10)
Lance (12/1)
Glenda (12/1)
Burt (12/1)
Benafsha A. (12/1)
Joanne (12/1)
Chris L. (12/1)

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