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Next Meeting: Thursday, 6 October 2022, at 6:30 p.m.

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

Upcoming author events for October 2022

September 29, 2022

The following author events will take place online in October. 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

  • Sunday, Oct. 2, 2 p.m.: Sheila Lowe, The Last Door; Connie DiMarco, Serpent’s Doom (in person)
  • Monday, Oct. 10, 5-9 p.m.: author David Rosenfelt (in person at Graze & Raise, a charitable fundraiser at Costa Mesa’s Westside Museum)
  • Sunday, Oct. 23, 2 p.m.: Mark Sevi (ed), An Anthology of Challenging Fiction (in person)

HUNTINGTON BEACH FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

  • TBD

MYSTERY INK

  • Saturday, Oct. 1, 1 p.m.: Sheila Lowe, The Last Door (launch party)(in person)
  • Saturday, Oct. 8, 1 p.m.: Dorothy Howell, Seams Like Murder (series launch party)(in person)

OC ROMANCE WRITERS

  • Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.: Celebration of Romance; nine author roundtables; Brenna Aubrey, “Twisting the Tropes: Creating High Concept Hooks” (in person and virtual)

SISTERS-IN-CRIME ORANGE COUNTY

  • TBD

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WRITERS ASSOCIATION

  • Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.: Dana Hammer, “Writing Humor and Horror: Opposites Attract” (in-person)

29 Sep meeting notes; 6 Oct reading list

September 29, 2022

29 SEPTEMBER MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended: Benafsha A. (a chapter from Grown in the Shade), Chris L. (two chapters from System Kid), Glenda (a short story, “Visitor Obscura”), Gloria A., Joanne (continuation of a short story, “Potential Chronicles of Alzheimer’s Retrospective”), Lance, and Rosie.

NEWS & NOTES

Check the October events post for imminent author events.

6 OCTOBER READING LIST

Donna R. (9/22)
Leighanne (9/1)
Rosie (9/29)
Burt (9/22)
Gloria A. (9/29)
Lance (9/29)
Glenda (9/29)
Joanne (9/29)
Chris L. (9/29)
Benafsha A. (9/29)

22 Sep meeting notes; 29 Sep reading list

September 23, 2022

22 SEPTEMBER MEETING NOTES

Eight people attended: Burt (chapters from The Class of ’42), Chris L., Donna R., Glenda, Gloria A. (a short story, “The Hunter”), Joanne, Lance (two chapters from Bluejay Rises), and Rosie.

NEWS & NOTES

Nothing to report. Try again next week.

29 SEPTEMBER READING LIST

Donna R. (9/22)
Glenda (9/22)
Leighanne (9/1)
Rosie (9/22)
Joanne (9/22)
Chris L. (9/22)
Benafsha A. (9/15)
Burt (9/22)
Gloria A. (9/22)
Lance (9/22)

15 Sep meeting notes; 22 Sep reading list

September 16, 2022

15 SEPTEMBER MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended: Benafsha A. (a chapter from Grown in the Shade), Burt, Chris L. (a chapter from System Kid), Glenda, Gloria A., Joanne (a short story, “Life on the Uncommon Street”), and Lance (a chapter from Bluejay Rises).

NEWS & NOTES

The Southern California Writers Association meets at 10 a.m. on Saturday, 17 Sep., in San Juan Capistrano. Author Brian Fitzpatrick will speak on “Guts, Grit, and Genre—Writing in 2022”.

The Sisters-in-Crime OC virtual meeting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, 18 Sep. features Kellye Garrett, author of Like a Sister, and Chris Offutt, author of The Code of the Hills.

22 SEPTEMBER READING LIST

Donna R. (8/25)
Glenda (9/15)
Leighanne (9/1)
Rosie (9/8)
Burt (9/15)
Gloria A. (9/15)
Joanne (9/15)
Lance (9/15)
Chris L. (9/15)
Benafsha A. (9/15)

8 Sep meeting notes; 15 Sep reading list

September 9, 2022

8 SEPTEMBER MEETING NOTES

Eight people attended: Benafsha A. (a chapter from Grown in the Shade), Burt (chapters from The Class of 1942), Chris L., Glenda, Gloria A. (1.5 chapters from Toxin), Joanne, Lance, and Rosie.

NEWS & NOTES

OC Romance Writers has a Scrivener-centric program on Saturday, 10 September, starting at 10 a.m.: Gwen Hernandez with “Plot or Not with Scrivener 3” and “Compiling in Scrivener 3” (virtual).

15 SEPTEMBER READING LIST

Donna R. (8/25)
Glenda (9/8)
Leighanne (9/1)
Joanne (9/8)
Rosie (9/8)
Lance (9/8)
Chris L. (9/8)
Burt (9/8)
Benafsha A. (9/8)
Gloria A. (9/8)

1 Sep meeting notes; 8 Sep reading list

September 2, 2022

1 SEPTEMBER MEETING NOTES

Nine people attended: Benafsha A., Burt, Chris L. (a chapter from System Kid), Glenda, Gloria A., Joanne (a short story, “Alzheimer’s Retrospective”), Lance (a chapter from Bluejay Rises), Leighanne, and Rosie (three chapters from The Great Mrs. Ziegfeld).

NEWS & NOTES

Check the Events post for upcoming author events.

8 SEPTEMBER READING LIST

Donna R. (8/25)
Glenda (9/1)
Leighanne (9/1)
Burt (9/1)
Benafsha A. (9/1)
Gloria A. (9/1)
Joanne (9/1)
Rosie (9/1)
Lance (9/1)
Chris L. (9/1)

25 Aug meeting notes; 1 Sep reading list

August 26, 2022

25 AUGUST MEETING NOTES

Eight people attended: Benafsha A. (three new chapters and one revision from Grown in the Shade), Burt (new chapters from 1942), Chris L., Donna R., Glenda, Gloria A. (a chapter from Toxin), Joanne, and Lance.

NEWS & NOTES

Benafsha returned from Killer Nashville, where she had an excellent time meeting authors and industry pros.

Sisters in Crime OC will meet LIVE at Book Carnival in Orange on Sunday, 28 August, at 3 p.m. Mystery novelist and foreign correspondent Jeffrey Fleishman will be in conversation with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett. They’ll focus on his latest novel, Good Night, Forever, and also discuss the art, craft, and business of writing.

1 SEPTEMBER READING LIST

Donna R. (8/25)
Glenda (8/25)
Leighanne (8/4)
Joanne (8/25)
Rosie (8/18)
Lance (8/25)
Chris L. (8/25)
Burt (8/25)
Benafsha A. (8/25)
Gloria A. (8/25)

18 Aug meeting notes; 25 Aug reading list

August 20, 2022

18 AUGUST MEETING NOTES

Six people attended: Chris L. (a chapter from System Kid), Glenda, Joanne, Lance (two chapters from Bluejay Rises), Rosie (a chapter from The Great Mrs. Ziegfeld), and potential new member Larissa S., a published author of high fantasy (welcome!).

NEWS & NOTES

Be sure to check the “upcoming events” post for author events scheduled for the next two weeks.

25 AUGUST READING LIST

Donna R. (8/4)
Burt (8/11)
Glenda (8/18)
Leighanne (8/4)
Benafsha A. (8/4)
Gloria A. (8/11)
Joanne (8/18)
Rosie (8/18)
Lance (8/18)
Chris L. (8/18)

11 Aug meeting notes; 18 Aug reading list

August 11, 2022

11 AUGUST MEETING NOTES

Five people attended: Burt, Chris L. (one revised and one new chapter from System Kid), Gloria A. (a chapter from Toxin), Joanne (a very short story, “Seeking Silence”), and Lance (a chapter from Bluejay Rises).

NEWS & NOTES

OC Romance Writers: On Saturday, Aug 13, at 10 a.m., Kathryn Le Veque will present “The Mechanics of Writing: From the Ground Up,” and Jenna Barwin will discuss “BookTok on TikTok: Getting Started & Upping Your Game” (in-person event).

18 AUGUST READING LIST

Donna R. (8/4)
Burt (8/11)
Glenda (8/4)
Leighanne (8/4)
Rosie (8/4)
Benafsha A. (8/4)
Gloria A. (8/11)
Lance (8/11)
Joanne (8/11)
Chris L. (8/11)

4 Aug meeting notes; 11 Aug reading list

August 4, 2022

4 AUGUST MEETING NOTES

Nine people attended: Benafsha A. (a new chapter and a revised chapter from Grown in the Shade), Chris L. (a chapter from System Kid), Donna R., Glenda, Gloria A., Joanne (a very short story, “Free Fall”), Lance, Leighanne, and Rosie (two chapters from The Great Mrs. Ziegfeld).

NEWS & NOTES

Watch for the August author events post, coming soon.

11 AUGUST READING LIST

Donna R. (8/4)
Burt (7/21)
Glenda (8/4)
Leighanne (8/4)
Gloria A. (8/4)
Lance (8/4)
Rosie (8/4)
Joanne (8/4)
Chris L. (8/4)
Benafsha A. (8/4)

28 July meeting notes; 4 Aug reading list

July 29, 2022

28 JULY MEETING NOTES

Six people attended: Benafsha A. (a chapter from Grown in the Shade), Chris L. (a chapter from System Kid), Glenda, Gloria A. (1.5 chapters from Toxin), Joanne, and Lance (most of a chapter from Bluejay Rises).

NEWS & NOTES

It appears that the Panera Bread PFL used to haunt at Jamboree and Irvine Blvd. now sleeps with the fishes. (We killed off another one!) We’re committed to Corner Bakery for the duration.

4 AUGUST READING LIST

Donna R. (7/21)
Rosie (7/21)
Burt (7/21)
Glenda (7/28)
Joanne (7/28)
Leighanne (7/21)
Gloria A. (7/28)
Chris L. (7/28)
Benafsha A. (7/28)
Lance (7/28)

21 July meeting notes; 28 July reading list

July 22, 2022

21 JULY MEETING NOTES

Ten(!) people attended: Benafsha A., Burt (three chapters from The Spirit of 1942), Chris L., Donna R., Glenda (the last half of a short story, “The Dungeon of Knowledge”), Gloria A., Joanne (a very short story, “Throwaways: Johnnie”), Lance, Leighanne, and Rosie.

NEWS & NOTES

Glenda recommended checking the free webinars offered by the Institute for Brain Potential for information about mental conditions and their presentation (for instance, “Treating Six Forms of Anxiety”) in case you need a character to exhibit such a thing.

Benafsha will be attending Killer Nashville, her first writer’s conference, next month.

Sisters in Crime OC is sponsoring a virtual event on Sunday, July 24, at 4 p.m., featuring : Chris Hauty, Nick Petrie, and Brian Freeman, moderated by Maddie Margarita.

28 JULY READING LIST

Donna R. (7/21)
Gloria A. (7/21)
Rosie (7/21)
Chris L. (7/21)
Benafsha A. (7/21)
Lance (7/21)
Burt (7/21)
Glenda (7/21)
Joanne (7/21)
Leighanne (7/21)

14 July meeting notes; 21 July reading list

July 15, 2022

14 JULY MEETING NOTES

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

NEWS & NOTES

The monthly Southern California Writers Association meeting will happen Saturday, July 16, at 10 a.m. The featured guest is Gary Phillips, presenting “Like You Were There—Writing Immersive Historical Fiction.”

21 JULY READING LIST

Donna R. (6/30)
Glenda (7/14)
Burt (7/7)
Gloria A. (7/14)
Joanne (7/14)
Rosie (7/14)
Chris L. (7/14)
Benafsha A. (7/14)
Lance (7/14)

7 July meeting notes; 14 July reading list

July 7, 2022

7 JULY MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended: Benafsha A., Burt, Chris L., Glenda, Gloria A. (1.5 chapters from Toxin), Joanne (a very short story, “Throwaways”), and Lance (two partial chapters from Bluejay Rises).

NEWS & NOTES

The Muzeo Open Book Series with Maddie Margarita (basically Lit Up! North) will happen on Sunday, 10 July at 1 p.m. featuring authors/inspirational speakers Sheri Fink and Derek Kent. Sign up for the Zoom link here.

14 JULY READING LIST

Donna R. (6/30)
Rosie (6/23)
Glenda (7/7)
Burt (7/7)
Chris L. (7/7)
Benafsha A. (7/7)
Lance (7/7)
Gloria A. (7/7)
Joanne (7/7)

30 June meeting notes; 7 July reading list

July 2, 2022

30 JUNE MEETING NOTES

Six people attended: Benafsha A. (a revised chapter from Grown in the Shade), Burt (four chapters from The Spirit of 1942), Chris L. (a chapter from System Kid), Donna R., Glenda (first half of a short story, “The Dungeon of Knowledge”), and Gloria A.

NEWS & NOTES

The Muzeo Open Book Series with Maddie Margarita (basically Lit Up! North) will happen on Sunday, 10 July at 1 p.m. featuring authors/inspirational speakers Sheri Fink and Derek Kent. Sign up for the Zoom link here.

7 JULY READING LIST

Donna R. (6/30)
Lance (6/16)
Rosie (6/23)
Gloria A. (6/30)
Joanne (6/23)
Glenda (6/30)
Burt (6/30)
Chris L. (6/30)
Benafsha A. (6/30)

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