Spent this evening having a wonderful time – and have been doing the same thing for a very long time. Pleasureful, intellectually challenging, silly fun – and always with great food. Writers Group for the last few years has been at Joseph-Beth Booksellers one evening a month, with dinner while we discuss the news of the day, which includes checking in with where we each are in our lives – and then each of us reads a piece we have written. Maybe a piece from years or months ago, or from the last hour.
Today, one of the members was sorting out the characters in her blog as we were eating. It was in pretty good shape by the time we were reading – or, in her case, working from the outline she had just completed. Since she’s an excellent actress, it was a full stage show – featuring God, a few angels, and a robot.
Another reader had been mulling on the long ago time when Lake Erie was nearly dead – and wrote an excellent poem about the life around it today. The third had been mulling over her own strong reaction to a meditation led by a teacher she really admires. She started it off as a meditation, so I went with her, and listened to the story from the fluffy cloud she had taken me to. A very powerful piece.
Then I read a piece I had just written today – which I needed for the second meeting of the Intuitive Development class I’m currently teaching. A piece giving the basics about Animal Totems – what they are, how you know the animal is presenting as a totem, how to work with that animal – and how to say thank you as you absorb the lesson. Got some great clarifying questions and some very good advice.
I love the variety, the helpfulness, the way each of us works. Makes me happy!
And next month, for the first time in a long time, we’ll be meeting at the new home of one of our members. Writers Group is always the same and always changing. Hooray!