Attending: LS Johnson, Ben Monroe, Ken Hueler, Clifford Brooks, JD Horn
Borderlands closed their cafe, so we tried Muddy’s on 24th. Nice place, though we were not able to get Skype to work there.
Loren Rhodes and EM Markoff could not attend, as they were doing a radio show to promote our charity anthology, Tales From the Camp Fire, which, in case you were wondering, is available in paperback and digital on Amazon.
Schaeffer Nelson joined us to audit the meeting. He is a playwright looking for supportive writing groups. He was a lot of fun, and we hope he will be joining the HWA soon.
We have a growing number of East Bay Members, and they suggested we add their side of the Bay into the meeting rotation (we alternate between San Francisco and Redwood City to include more people). LS Johnson suggested an Oakland coffee shop two blocks from BART.
Because we had connectivity issues, Anthony De Rouen was not able to participate, but he is currently working on a virtual film festival to accompany the Death’s Parade Film Festival in San Jose this October.
Ben Monroe is in contact with the State Fair. They have an area for writers to promote their books (with family-friendly covers). Anyone in the group who is interested should contact Ben.
Ben Monroe wrote a graphic novel, Planet Apocalypse, which came out this month.
To heck with business, we decided, and just jawed the rest of the time about horror. It was great:
Radio dramas are making a comeback, thanks to podcasts, which is good news for the play/screenwriters in our group.
We discussed writers talking to their characters. Some do not—the characters just do things of their own accord, and the author gently guides and deals with the aftermath. Some do, even to the point of chatting about things outside the stories they are in.
Then we got to writing noise. Some need the quiet, others listen to genres of music (often without lyrics) that they can write to, and some construct playlists that suit the mood of the work they are writing and play it in a loop.
We talked about putting trigger warnings in books. LS Johnson is putting a note on her TOC page directing people to a list in the back of the book. That seems a thoughtful thing for people with PTSD and those sensitive to things such as harm to animals.