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LIT UP! A Conversation between OC Writers & Readers, 18 August 2020

August 9, 2020

LIT UP logoThe next virtual installment of LIT UP! A Conversation with Orange County Writers and Readers happens at 6:30 p.m. on 18 August, online on Facebook Livestream.

Three featured authors will read from their works and discuss them with Maddie. The lineup:

To attend, check in at the event posting on the LIT UP Facebook page. See you there!

Upcoming author events, August 2020

August 6, 2020

The following author events will take place online in August. Click on the venue links for more information and for registration or access codes.

RWA ORANGE COUNTY

  • Saturday, August 8, 10:00 a.m.: Sorcha Mowbray, Pumping Up The Sexual Volume: Writing Sex Scenes that Sizzle

BOOK CARNIVAL

  • Wednesday, August 12, 6 p.m.: Matt Goldman, Dead West
  • Tuesday, August 18, 7 p.m.: T. Jefferson Parker, And Then She Vanished
  • Tuesday, August 25, 6 p.m.: Hank Phillippi Ryan, The First to Lie

LAGUNA BEACH BOOKS

  • Friday, August 14, 5 p.m.: T. Jefferson Parker, And Then She Vanished

SCWA

  • Saturday, August 15, 10:00 a.m.: Stacey Evan Morgan, Creating and Standing with Your Characters

SISTERS-IN-CRIME OC

  • Sunday, August 23, 2 p.m.: T. Jefferson Parker, And Then She Vanished

6 Aug meeting notes; 13 Aug reading list

August 6, 2020

6 AUGUST MEETING NOTES

Four people attended: Casey, Joanne, Lance (a chapter from Zrada), and Rosie (a revised chapter from The Lion and the Eagle).

News and Notes

Please put in your bids to read in the #aug13-meeting Slack channel by 8 p.m. Friday night. The reading submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Monday. The next meeting will start on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

 

13 AUGUST READING LIST

Glenda (7/23)
Joanne (8/6)
Lisa W. (7/23)
Sherry C. (7/23)
Leslie P. (7/23)
Casey (8/6)
Rosie (8/6)
Lance (8/6)
Leighanne (7/2)
Marianna (3/26)
Burt (3/26)
Dennis P. (3/5)
PJ (2/27)
Maddie (2/27)

23 July meeting notes; 30 July reading list

July 23, 2020

23 JULY MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended: Casey (a chapter from Nouveau Trashy Vampire Romance), Glenda, Lance, Leslie P., Lisa W., Rosie (a revised chapter from The Lion and the Eagle), and Sherry C.

News and Notes

Please put in your bids to read in the #jul30-meeting Slack channel by 8 p.m. Friday night. The reading submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Monday. The next meeting will start on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Virtual LIT UP! took place on Tuesday with authors Kaira Rouda, Lisa Dannenfeldy, and Liz Fenton featured. If you missed the Facebook Live webcast, you can see the recorded version at https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=710432109801377.

 

30 JULY READING LIST

Glenda (7/23)
Joanne (7/16)
Lisa W. (7/23)
Leighanne (7/2)
Sherry C. (7/23)
Leslie P. (7/23)
Lance (7/23)
Casey (7/23)
Rosie (7/23)
Marianna (3/26)
Burt (3/26)
Dennis P. (3/5)
PJ (2/27)
Maddie (2/27)

16 July meeting notes; 23 July reading list

July 16, 2020

16 JULY MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended: Casey, Glenda, Joanne, Lance (two chapters from Zrada), Leslie P., Lisa W., and Rosie (a revised chapter from The Lion and the Eagle).

News and Notes

Please put in your bids to read in the #jul23-meeting Slack channel by 8 p.m. Friday night. The reading submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Monday. The next meeting will start on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

 

23 JULY READING LIST

Glenda (7/16)
Joanne (7/16)
Lisa W. (7/16)
Leighanne (7/2)
Sherry C. (7/9)
Leslie P. (7/16)
Casey (7/16)
Rosie (7/16)
Lance (7/16)
Marianna (3/26)
Burt (3/26)
Dennis P. (3/5)
PJ (2/27)
Maddie (2/27)

9 July meeting notes; 16 July reading list

July 9, 2020

9 JULY MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended: Casey (a chapter from Nouveau Trashy Vampire Romance), Glenda, Joanne, Lance, Leslie P. (two chapters from Ghost Dog), Rosie, and Sherry C.

News and Notes

Please put in your bids to read in the #jul16-meeting Slack channel by 8 p.m. Friday night. This week, we’ll experiment with moving the reading submission deadline to 11:59 p.m. on Monday. The next meeting will start on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

 

16 JULY READING LIST

Glenda (7/9)
Joanne (7/9)
Lisa W. (6/18)
Leighanne (7/2)
Rosie (7/9)
Sherry C. (7/9)
Lance (7/9)
Leslie P. (7/9)
Casey (7/9)
Marianna (3/26)
Burt (3/26)
Dennis P. (3/5)
PJ (2/27)
Maddie (2/27)

2 July meeting notes; 9 July reading list

July 2, 2020

2 JULY MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended: Casey, Glenda, Lance (a chapter from Zrada), Leighanne, Leslie P., Rosie, and Sherry C. (a chapter from Time’s up for Father Time).

News and Notes

Please put in your bids to read in the #jul09-meeting Slack channel by 8 p.m. Friday night. This week, we’ll experiment with moving the reading submission deadline to noon on Tuesday. The next meeting will start on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

The 28 June Muzeo Virtual Open Book Author Series edition of LIT UP! was a success. Ivy Pochoda, Rufi Thorpe, and Ava Homa discussed their recent works with Maddie Margarita and the audience. The replay of the program is now available on Facebook. As always, be sure to check the LIT UP Facebook page for upcoming events and authors.

 

9 JULY READING LIST

Glenda (7/2)
Joanne (6/25)
Lisa W. (6/18)
Leighanne (7/2)
Leslie P. (7/2)
Casey (7/2)
Rosie (7/2)
Sherry C. (7/2)
Lance (7/2)
Marianna (3/26)
Burt (3/26)
Dennis P. (3/5)
PJ (2/27)
Maddie (2/27)

25 June meeting notes; 2 July reading list

June 25, 2020

25 JUNE MEETING NOTES

Six people attended: Casey (a chapter from Nouveau Trashy Vampire Romance), Glenda, Joanne, Lance, Rosie (a revised chapter from The Lion and the Eagle), and Sherry C. Vampire feeding hygiene and Hong Kong brothel lessons were discussed.

News and Notes

Please put in your bids to read in the #jul02-meeting Slack channel by 8 p.m. Friday night. The next meeting will start on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

The Muzeo Virtual Open Book Author Series will feature the next virtual LIT UP! on Sunday, 28 June, 1-2:30 p.m., moderated as always by Maddie Margarita. Three headlining local authors will discuss their works with the audience. The lineup:

You must register on the Muzeo website if you want to attend. As always, be sure to check the LIT UP Facebook page for more details on the authors.

If you don’t get enough Ivy Pochoda at Muzeo, she’ll also be appearing at the Sisters-in-Crime OC meeting on 28 June at 2:45 p.m. Go to the Sisters-in-Crime website to get the Zoom code.

Book Carnival will host a virtual author event on Monday, 29 June, at 10 a.m., featuring Peter May discussing his latest book, A Silent Death. Go to the Book Carnival website to get the Zoom code.

 

2 JULY READING LIST

Glenda (6/25)
Joanne (6/25)
Lisa W. (6/18)
Leighanne (6/4)
Sherry C. (6/25)
Leslie P. (6/18)
Lance (6/25)
Casey (6/25)
Rosie (6/25)
Marianna (3/26)
Burt (3/26)
Dennis P. (3/5)
PJ (2/27)
Maddie (2/27)

Muzeo Open Book Author Series: LIT UP!, 28 Jun 2020

June 18, 2020

Muzeo Museum & Cultural CenterThe Muzeo Virtual Open Book Author Series will feature LIT UP! on 28 June, moderated as always by Maddie Margarita.

Three featured local authors will discuss their works with the audience. The lineup:

The Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center sponsors the Open Book series. This event will take place on Zoom and requires pre-registration. The program runs 1-2:30 p.m.

18 June meeting notes; 25 June reading list

June 18, 2020

18 JUNE MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended: Casey, Glenda, Lance (a chapter from Zrada), Leslie P. (a chapter from Ghost Dog), Lisa W., Rosie, and Sherry C.

News and Notes

Please put in your bids to read in the #jun25-meeting Slack channel by 8 p.m. Friday night. The next meeting will start on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

The Muzeo Virtual Open Book Author Series will feature the next virtual LIT UP! on Sunday, 28 June, 1-2:30 p.m., moderated as always by Maddie Margarita. Ivy Pochoda, Rufi Thorpe, and PFL alum Ava Homa will be the guests of honor. You must register on the Muzeo website if you want to attend. As always, be sure to check the LIT UP Facebook page for more details on the authors.

 

25 JUNE READING LIST

Glenda (6/18)
Joanne (6/11)
Casey (6/18)
Lisa W. (6/18)
Leighanne (6/4)
Rosie (6/18)
Sherry C. (6/18)
Leslie P. (6/18)
Lance (6/18)
Marianna (3/26)
Burt (3/26)
Dennis P. (3/5)
PJ (2/27)
Maddie (2/27)

11 June meeting notes; 18 June reading list

June 11, 2020

11 JUNE MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended: Casey, Glenda, Joanne, Lance (two chapters from Zrada), Leslie P., Rosie, and Sherry C. (a chapter from Time’s Up for Father Time).

News and Notes

Please put in your bids to read in the #jun18-meeting Slack channel by 8 p.m. Friday night. The next meeting will start on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

The Muzeo Virtual Open Book Author Series will feature the next virtual LIT UP! on Sunday, 28 June, 1-2:30 p.m., moderated as always by Maddie Margarita. Ivy Pochoda, Rufi Thorpe, and PFL alum Ava Homa will be the guests of honor. The registration link that’s supposed to be on the Muzeo website isn’t up yet, so keep checking back. As always, be sure to check the LIT UP Facebook page for more details on the authors.

The results of the survey are here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-Q5ZKWH8F7/. We got ten responses; unfortunately, only one came from someone who hasn’t attended the virtual meetings.

 

18 JUNE READING LIST

Glenda (6/11)
Joanne (6/11)
Casey (6/11)
Lisa W. (5/21)
Leighanne (6/4)
Rosie (6/11)
Leslie P. (6/11)
Lance (6/11)
Sherry C. (6/11)
Marianna (3/26)
Burt (3/26)
Dennis P. (3/5)
PJ (2/27)
Maddie (2/27)

4 June meeting notes; 11 June reading list

June 4, 2020

4 JUNE MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended: Glenda, Joanne, Lance, Leighanne, Leslie P. (a chapter from Ghost Dog), Rosie (a revised chapter from The Lion and the Eagle), and Sherry C. (a chapter from Time’s Up for Father Time)

News and Notes

Please put in your bids to read in the #jun11-meeting Slack channel by 8 p.m. Friday night. The next meeting will start on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

The Muzeo Virtual Open Book Author Series will feature the next virtual LIT UP! on Sunday, 28 June, 1-2:30 p.m., moderated as always by Maddie Margarita. Ivy Pochoda, Rufi Thorpe, and PFL alum Ava Homa will be the guests of honor. The registration link that’s supposed to be on the Muzeo website isn’t up yet, so keep checking back. As always, be sure to check the LIT UP Facebook page for more details on the authors.

The results of the survey are here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-Q5ZKWH8F7/. We got ten responses; unfortunately, only one came from someone who hasn’t attended the virtual meetings.

 

11 JUNE READING LIST

Glenda (6/4)
Joanne (6/4)
Casey (5/14)
Lance (6/4)
Lisa W. (5/21)
Leighanne (6/4)
Rosie (6/4)
Sherry C. (6/4)
Leslie P. (6/4)
Marianna (3/26)
Burt (3/26)
Dennis P. (3/5)
PJ (2/27)
Maddie (2/27)

21 May meeting notes; 4 June reading list

May 26, 2020

21 MAY MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended: Glenda, Joanne, Lance, Leslie P. (a chapter from Ghost Dog), Lisa W. (two chapters from Roundabout), Rosie, and Sherry C.

News and Notes

There will be no 28 May meeting. Nobody put in a bid to read. The next meeting will be on 4 June.

The results of the survey are here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-Q5ZKWH8F7/. We got ten responses; unfortunately, only one came from someone who hasn’t attended the virtual meetings.

PFL doesn’t censor what its members write. This means that not all of you will be comfortable with all material presented for critique. This is periodically an issue at our in-person meetings when we’re surrounded by people who didn’t sign up for hearing our readings. Because of this, the PFL guidelines say, “Out of consideration for nearby restaurant patrons, if you read a selection with profanity or overtly sexual language, don’t say the ‘objectionable’ language aloud.” (Thus “frack” instead of a certain 500-year-old Germanic expletive.) This infrequently leads to “silent reading” during in-person meetings and serves as a warning of sorts for members who might have issues with the subject matter. Because of our online format, we’ve lost that warning.

  • Authors: As a substitute, please mention in your story-so-far summary if your reading includes material that would cause “silent reading” at Panera (for example, “includes animal cruelty”).
  • Readers: You know your own limits. You’re not required to read every single word. If you don’t want to continue reading, then don’t.

 

4 JUNE READING LIST

Glenda (5/21)
Joanne (5/21)
Rosie (5/21)
Sherry C. (5/21)
Casey (5/14)
Lance (5/21)
Lisa W. (5/21)
Leslie P. (5/21)
Marianna (3/26)
Burt (3/26)
Leighanne (3/26)
Dennis P. (3/5)
PJ (2/27)
Maddie (2/27)

14 May meeting notes; 21 May reading list

May 14, 2020

14 MAY MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended: Casey (a chapter from Nouveau Trashy Vampire Romance), Glenda, Lance (a chapter from Zrada), Leslie P., Lisa W., and Sherry C.

News and Notes

Please put in your bids to read in the #may21-meeting Slack channel by 8 p.m. Friday night. The two bidders highest on the reading list will be our primaries. The next meeting will start on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

The next virtual installment of LIT UP! A Conversation with Orange County Writers and Readers happens at 6:30 p.m. on 19 May, online on Zoom. Three featured local authors will read from their works and discuss them with the audience. The lineup:

To get your Zoom meeting invite, check in at the event posting on the LIT UP Facebook page.

Lance will be speaking to the Foothill Ranch Third Monday Mystery book group via Zoom on Monday, 18 May, at 2:30 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, contact Stella Carruth at Stella.Carruth@occr.ocgov.com.

 

21 MAY READING LIST

Glenda (5/14)
Joanne (5/7)
Lisa W. (5/14)
Rosie (5/14)
Leslie P. (5/14)
Sherry C. (5/14)
Casey (5/14)
Lance (5/14)
Marianna (3/26)
Burt (3/26)
Leighanne (3/26)
Dennis P. (3/5)
PJ (2/27)
Maddie (2/27)

7 May meeting notes; 14 May reading list

May 7, 2020

7 MAY MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended: Casey, Glenda, Joanne, Lance (a chapter from Zrada), Leslie P. (a chapter from Ghost Dog), Lisa W., and Sherry C. (a chapter from Time’s Up for Father Time).

News and Notes

Please put in your bids to read in the #may14-meeting Slack channel by 8 p.m. Friday night. The next meeting will start on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

The next virtual LIT UP! is happening at 6:30 p.m. on 19 May on Zoom. DP Lyle, Mary Castillo, and Gayle Carline headline the program. To get the Zoom invite, check in at the event posting on the LIT UP Facebook page.

SCWA holds a weekly Virtual Happy Hour on Zoom every Friday at 4:30. It’s open to non-members. RSVP on the SCWA website to get your invite.

 

14 MAY READING LIST

Marianna (3/26)
Burt (3/26)
Glenda (5/7)
Leighanne (3/26)
Joanne (5/7)
Lisa W. (5/7)
Rosie (4/30)
Casey (5/7)
Leslie P. (5/7)
Sherry C. (5/7)
Lance (5/7)
Dennis P. (3/5)
PJ (2/27)
Maddie (2/27)

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