ANNOUNCEMENTS: We are going to try a new farmer's market this FRIDAY. We will NOT be at the Thursday market on Water Street, but at the Green Valley Farmer's Market at 200 S. Green Valley Parkway (by the library, under the large white pavilion near the green). The market runs from 10 am to 4 pm. You are welcome to come and sell books, visit, or just enjoy the nice atmosphere.
Congratulations to Ariel Belanger on being a finalist in the Once upon a Tome writing contest on gaelsong.com. I believe we can vote for her at http://www.gaelsong.com/samhain_contest
Our next meeting is our Monday weekly meeting on November 5th at the Lutheran Church on Tropicana. For more information about our meetings, see the calendar.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT:
Our article this week comes from the blog of our member Amanda Skenandore: http://rewritingamanda.wordpress.com
After spending countless hours trying to vanquish these demons in my own writing (though I do give myself a little leeway in the this blog), I cringe whenever I see them in other’s.
Though I hate to get caught in the crossfire of public sentiment, Fifty Shades of Grey serves this point well. I first heard about it in a New York Times article when the novel was still largely obscure. It piqued my interest and I happily bought the e-book when Vintage bought the rights and released it with full force on the US market.
Definitely a waste of money. I slogged through fifty pages then had to put it down. At the risk of sounding haughty, it gave new meaning to the word amateurish.
In fairness, E. L. James is a debut author and wrote the piece as fan fiction. It was never meant to be highbrow literature. And it is a national bestseller so she must have done something right—I just don’t have the time and patience to figure it out.