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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)

30 Apr meeting notes; 7 May reading list

April 30, 2020

30 APRIL MEETING NOTES

Six people attended: Casey (two chapters from Nouveau Trashy Vampire Romance), Glenda, Lance (two chapters from Zrada), Leslie P., Rosie, and Sherry C.

News and Notes

Please put in your bids to read in the #may07-meeting Slack channel by 8 p.m. Friday night. The next meeting will start on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

 

7 MAY READING LIST

Marianna (3/26)
Burt (3/26)
Glenda (4/30)
Leighanne (3/26)
Joanne (4/16)
Lisa W. (4/16)
Leslie P. (4/30)
Rosie (4/30)
Sherry C. (4/30)
Casey (4/30)
Lance (4/30)
Dennis P. (3/5)
PJ (2/27)
Maddie (2/27)

23 Apr meeting notes; 30 Apr reading list

April 23, 2020

23 APRIL MEETING NOTES

Six people attended: Casey, Glenda, Lance, Leslie P., Rosie (two revised chapters from Farbourne Manor), and Sherry C. (a chapter from Time’s Up for Father Time).

News and Notes

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

Sisters in Crime Orange County will hold a Zoom-based meeting on Sunday, 26 April. Forensic specialist Jennifer Graeser Dornbush will talk about forensic myths — how to fudge forensics and how to get away with it. Please RSVP to secretary@ocsistersincrime.org (PFL’s own Sherry C.) by 6 p.m. on Saturday, 25 April, and she will send you the Zoom link.

Maddie’s Character Floss podcast has a new episode, this time with author Andrea Bartz, author of The Herd.

The 19 April Muzeo Virtual Open Book Author Series featuring LIT UP! is available on Muzeo’s Facebook page if you couldn’t catch it live. Caitlin Rother, Lance Charnes, and Liska Jacobs talked with Maddie about writing and such.

 

30 APRIL READING LIST

Marianna (3/26)
Burt (3/26)
Glenda (4/23)
Leighanne (3/26)
Joanne (4/16)
Lisa W. (4/16)
Leslie P. (4/23)
Casey (4/23)
Lance (4/23)
Rosie (4/23)
Sherry C. (4/23)
Dennis P. (3/5)
PJ (2/27)
Maddie (2/27)

16 Apr meeting notes; 23 Apr reading list

April 17, 2020

16 APRIL MEETING NOTES

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

News and Notes

We’ll continue with the 6:30 meeting start next week.

Please put in your bids to read in the #23april-meeting Slack channel by 8 p.m. Friday night.

The Muzeo Virtual Open Book Author Series will feature the first official LIT UP! brand extension on 19 April, moderated as always by Maddie. 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.

 

23 APRIL READING LIST

Marianna (3/26)
Burt (3/26)
Glenda (4/16)
Leighanne (3/26)
Dennis P. (3/5)
Joanne (4/16)
Lisa W. (4/16)
Rosie (4/16)
Leslie P. (4/16)
Sherry C. (4/16)
Casey (4/16)
Lance (4/16)
PJ (2/27)
Maddie (2/27)

9 Apr meeting notes; 16 Apr reading list

April 9, 2020

9 APRIL MEETING NOTES

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

News and Notes

We’ll continue with the 6:30 meeting start next week.

Remember the LIT UP! event that was going to happen last month at Muzeo in Anaheim until the current unpleasantness put paid to it? It lives again online! The cyber version of LIT UP! will occur on Sunday, 19 April, at 1 p.m. on a computer screen near you. It’s still under Muzeo sponsorship. Precise details are not yet worked out, so keep an eye on the LIT UP Facebook page for more information.

Please put in your bids to read in the #16april-meeting Slack channel by 8 p.m. Friday night. The two bidders highest on the list will be selected as readers, and the third highest will be a backup. The backup will step in if (a) one of the primaries doesn’t upload a reading to #16april-readings in time (noon Monday) or if one or both primary readings are very short. If you need help, look at the how-to instructions Leslie P. put together; they’re in #00_procedures_how-tos.

 

16 APRIL READING LIST

Marianna (3/26)
Burt (3/26)
Glenda (4/2)
Leighanne (3/26)
Dennis P. (3/5)
Joanne (4/9)
Lisa W. (4/9)
Rosie (4/9)
Casey (4/9)
Lance (4/9)
Leslie P. (4/9)
Sherry C. (4/9)
PJ (2/27)
Maddie (2/27)

2 Apr meeting notes; 9 Apr reading list

April 2, 2020

2 APRIL MEETING NOTES

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

News and Notes

We’ll continue with the 6:30 meeting start next week.

Please put in your bids to read in the #9april-meeting Slack channel by 8 p.m. Friday night. The two bidders highest on the list will be selected as readers, and the third highest will be a backup. The backup will step in if (a) one of the primaries doesn’t upload a reading to #9april-readings in time (noon Monday) or if one or both primary readings are very short.

Leslie P. put together very thorough how-to instructions. They’re in #00_procedures_how-tos. Please review them if you have any questions about the process.

 

9 APRIL READING LIST

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

26 Mar meeting notes; 2 Apr reading list

March 27, 2020

26 MARCH MEETING NOTES

Eleven people attended: Burt, Casey, Glenda, Joanne, Lance (one chapter from Zrada), Leighanne, Leslie P., Lisa W., Marianna, Rosie (two chapters from Farbourne Manor), and Sherry C.

The modified Slack-centric online process worked relatively well.

News and Notes

We’ll return to a 6:30 meeting start and three readings with the 2 April meeting.

Two minor changes will come into effect during the next meeting:

  • When authors post their readings, they should say in the messages they attach their files to whether they want comments only or the full Track Changes treatment.
  • When members are pasting pre-written text into a Slack message box, they should drop in no more than one paragraph at a time to keep the text from lurching.

Revised how-to sheets will be posted on Slack in #2april-meeting by the end of the weekend. We hope they’ll make things easier for everyone. Please review them.

We discussed the possibility of using Zoom for video teleconferencing. Zoom would pose various difficulties for several members, so we’ll put that off for now.

 

2 APRIL READING LIST

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

19 Mar meeting notes; 26 Mar reading list

March 20, 2020

19 MARCH MEETING NOTES

Eight people attended PFL’s first virtual meeting: Casey, Glenda, Joanne, Lance, Leslie P., Lisa W., Marianna, and Sherry C. (one chapter from Time’s Up for Father Time).

The online process sketched out for this meeting had some successes (notably using Slack) and some challenges (Google Drive/Google Docs). Because this was an experiment, Sherry keeps her place in the list as a thank-you for being the guinea pig. Many thanks to Casey for working out the nuts-and-bolts of the system.

News and Notes

New instructions went out in email on 19 March for a revised meeting process based entirely in Slack. We hope it will be easier for everyone. Please review the instructions. How-to sheets will likely come out in the next few days.

The 24 March LIT UP! has been cancelled, as has every event on the PFL Events page. Be sure to check the LIT UP Facebook page for news about LIT UP! and any planned future meetings.

 

26 MARCH READING LIST

Marianna (3/19)
Burt (2/20)
Maddie (2/27)
Glenda (3/19)
Leslie P. (3/19)
PJ (2/27)
Leighanne (3/12)
Sherry C. (3/19)
Lance (3/19)
Dennis P. (3/5)
Rosie (3/12)
Joanne (3/19)
Casey (3/19)
Shari (2/6)
Lisa W. (3/19)

12 Mar meeting notes; 19 Mar reading list

March 13, 2020

12 MARCH MEETING NOTES

Five people attended: Casey, Leighanne, Leslie P., Lisa W., and Rosie. No one brought readings.

News and Notes

The group discussed a possible backup plan for virtual meetings in case we can’t continue to gather physically. This may involve using Google Docs as a place to make readings available for comment and using Slack for discussions and other communications. Leslie and Sherry will conduct a test of the former; Casey will look into the latter. More info to follow.

The next LIT UP! is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 24 March at Bardot Bars & Coffee, 662 El Camino Real, Tustin. You can download posters here (1-up and 2-up). As always, be sure to check the LIT UP Facebook page for more details on the authors.

 

19 MARCH READING LIST

Marianna (2/13)
Burt (2/20)
Maddie (2/27)
Glenda (2/20)
Leslie P. (3/12)
PJ (2/27)
Leighanne (3/12)
Sherry C. (3/5)
Lance (3/5)
Dennis P. (3/5)
Rosie (3/12)
Joanne (3/5)
Casey (3/12)
Shari (2/6)
Lisa W. (3/12)

5 Mar meeting notes; 12 Mar reading list

March 6, 2020

5 MARCH MEETING NOTES

Seven people attended: Casey (read a chapter from Nouveau Trashy Vampire Romance), Dennis P. (read a partial chapter from Winesburg Revisited), Joanne (read a short story, “Boycotting Christmas Eve”), Lance, Leslie P., Rosie (read the first two chapters from Farbourne Manor), and Sherry C.

News and Notes

Maddie is now vice president of the Orange County Chapter of Sisters-in-Crime. Congratulations!

Version 3.0 of the PFL Guidelines is now available on the website. This is the first significant revision in ten years, though most of it consists of updates (it used to list our previous meeting place twice removed, still had the website on Multiply, and predated our social media presence). The only material change regards use of the member contact data Sherry C. gathered and distributed to our current members. Please read the updated guidelines on the website, or download a PDF here.

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The next LIT UP! is happening at 7:00 p.m. on 24 March at Bardot Bars & Coffee, 662 El Camino Real, Tustin. You can download posters here (1-up and 2-up). As always, be sure to check the LIT UP Facebook page for more details on the authors.

 

12 MARCH READING LIST

Marianna (2/13)
Burt (2/20)
Maddie (2/27)
Glenda (2/20)
Leslie P. (3/5)
PJ (2/27)
Leighanne (2/27)
Sherry C. (3/5)
Lance (3/5)
Dennis P. (3/5)
Rosie (3/5)
Joanne (3/5)
Casey (3/5)
Shari (2/6)

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