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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Report and Newsheet from the meeting of 21st August

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In the Chair: Alex.

Apologies for absence were received from Rosie (holiday) and Diane.

In attendance were Dave, Barry, Peter, Liliane, Louis, Scott, Ali, Dick, Tony, Alex and Morag

A welcome back to Louis whose work in the London area usually keeps him quite busy these days. Nice to see Barry back after his spell in hospital that was related in his homework.

Scribblers News:

Dick reported that a triple walks event in aid of cancer research and in conjunction with Caz and Karl, will be called the Jack Wilkinson Memorial Walk. There are three walks in the Felixstowe town and sea front areas, one over a distance of 9 miles, another of 5 miles together with a shorter 1½ mile walk designed for people with restricted mobility. There will be staggered start times beginning at 10am on Sunday 9th September. Details and sponsorship forms may be obtained from Doreen Giff by emailing dorndg@talktalk.net.

We have received a welcome email from Belinda down under. She says:-

“Sorry it has been a long dry spell with news but here is some exciting news - we have had rain and lots of it. I must say our days had warmed up early (mid 20's) and were very nice but we still had quite cold nights and early mornings. But this last week we have had the most rain in ages and of course a drop back in temperatures. We have had a rather colder than usual winter we feel and both Geoff and I ended up with a bad strain of flu but thankfully we are over it all now.

"Last Thursday we flew out to Canberra for a holiday and to attend an Engagement Party while we were down there, so we expected it to be very cold and it was but not unbearably so . I know it is still snowing in places down south here.

“We had looked at doing a house move back early July if Geoff went back to RAAF but then he decided not to, when he didn't hear back from them and so we have decided to stay put for now. This would have meant moving over near Amberly and the Ipswich area which you may know as always being just that bit colder in winter and hotter in summer than most of the rest of the Brisbane and greater Brisbane area. In the last few days there has been contact again from the airforce so we could still have a move on our hands in the future but not right at this time .

“We are still getting plenty of work with security and have a lot of work on in the next 2 months too. We have done quite a bit of work down in the middle to lower New South Wales areas too and have got to see and stay in some interesting places. Surprisingly enough, I'm still enjoying the work and it gives me enough flexible time to do other things as well. Mind you my writing is slow going of late but that was mostly due to the flu.

“We have both been very sick with a bad strain of the flu. For 13 or so nights, it was easier for me to sleep sitting up in the lounge chair because I tended to cough less of course can't say the sleep was as good. We hope you and your family are keeping well. It has been particularly bad in Queensland this year and both of my nieces have had great numbers in their classes at school off sick with it.

“About this time last year, I did a series of innovative and new style in healing seminars and workshops called Reconnection. I am finding the work quite interesting and much improved on any trainings of the past that I have learnt. Back in late June this year, I had a great time away on a Reconnective Healing weekend and we all wish it had been longer as we really connected and had fantastic experiences. It was very enlightening especially a German based project we got to do on the Saturday night. The food was yummy and the retreat was up in an old Nun's nunnery up in the mountainous area of Bardon, not far from Mt Coot-tha so great views and excellent for our early morning pre sunrise meditation. I was able to strengthen my Reconnective process and have made some new friendships and connections from the weekend all a great benefit. Things went so well that on the Sunday afternoon we discussed getting together in August to further continue on with our work we had started on the weekend with the marketing side of things, so on Sunday, 12th I went off to Mt Coot-tha for the day to attend a mentoring day. Boy the views up there at the lookout are so great – it’s been awhile since I have had lunch up there and of course the Mentoring day was invaluable with our work.

“I have added my story to the online competition so we'll see how it all goes. I have a couple of books in the pipeline and am working on an Anthology of short stories, poems and verse with a writers' group I'm involved with here to be released early next year. Geoff keeps ever busy with his family history research and having got over the last stages of the flu he is back enjoying reading books again.
“Well that’s all the news for now. Say hi to all at the next Scribblers meeting and thanks for the photos - that was really great to see you all again even if for now it is only in a 2 dimensional photo. Take care. Love from Belinda and Geoff XXXX”


Remember to visit our weblog that can be found at http://nar8or.blogspot.com and our official website at http://felixstowescribblers.com

There is also our site at http://onlinescribblers.com, where the open themed competition for members is in its final week for entries. With a maximum of 2,000 words the choice of subject is for you to decide. Already Morag, Chris ,Belinda and Dave have entered. Why not have a go yourself? If you are not already a member then contact Vincent West for details at organiser@onlinescribblers.com

The 1,500 Word Homework Assignment:

Barry: A Trip To London: Autobiographical full of quite dry humour surrounding his recent stay in hospital. Full of excellent descriptions it portrayed his many observations that were loving, caring and touching.

Dick: Welcome to the Supernatural: Relating the recent psychical research undertaken at Landguard Fort when Dick was present throughout the night. Carefully told and systematically revealing events etched in the memory of time itself.
(Dick reveals that there is to be a special Halloween Event at the Fort on 31st October. Numbers will be strictly controlled at tickets, at £10 each, can be ordered from Doreen Giff by emailing dorndg@talktalk.net. Also, in February next year, Dick will be delivering a talk on Landguard Fort and its ghosts at the Ipswich Record Office. Details will follow.)

The 500 word homework assignment on ‘Cherry Blossom.’

Morag: The Break-up: A tragic melancholic tone to a short story told from the viewpoint of a child horse owner.

Louis: Wonder Beach: Really evocative and descriptive work, Very tragic and based on a personal friend. ’I am alive when I might not be.’

Scott: A Cats Eye View: An idiosyncratic tale in Scott’s imitable style full of humorous observations.

Ally: Someone Special: The idea came from a friend online for a narrative tale of a young woman on the prowl.

Tony: Chapter 3: Painstakingly constructed comedy with every sentence carrying multiple meanings.

Alex: Colours: Powerful but sobering dark work.

Dave: Just Who Was She?: Textural and poignant story suggesting the time and place when the events were set.

Peter: Shining Saviour: Tale of the cold war power games and financial skulduggery.

Liliane: So Passing is Everything: A enjoyable factual work about historical Japan and its renaissance.

Chris Shaw (read by Dave): In Cherry Blossom Time: A chance encounter between a Japanese and an Australian man telling a very moving tale of a victim of Hiroshima.

Our next Felixstowe Scribblers meeting is on Tuesday 4th September at 7.30pm in the Café Libra at the Library.

In the chair: Dave

The Homework Assignment
For the coming meeting only!
A competition for attending writers.

Here is your chance to relieve our friend Tony of the Bill Budner Trophy that he won in May.

Up to 1,000 words on any topic.
Work should be typed.
Anonymous so no names or identification marks on the paper.
All work will be placed on a table, and each writer, at a given time, will collect one story or poem and have a few minutes to familiarise themselves with it.
The stories will be read out with everyone marking the work.
At the end of the evening all the marks will be entered anonymously into a box and then counted.
The Bill Budner Trophy will be presented to the winner and after engraving by Scott at Mr Cobbler, will be held until the next competition in three months time.

Best of luck!

Thanks to Alex for taking the chair and providing the notes and, of course, to Liliane for collecting the key once again.

So until next time….

Keep Scribbling!


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ONLINE SCRIBBLERS new competition is now open for your entries.
This is an open themed competition that may be written in any genre but with a 2,000 word maximum.
Free for members to enter online, go to http://onlinescribblers.com If you aren’t yet a member then please email to register at organiser@onlinescribblers.com
The closing date for entries is 31st August.
Details of the online voting for your favourite entry will follow from 1st September.
Best of luck!
Vincent West


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