The regular writing craft meeting took place Tuesday May 15th at 6:00 pm. Eight members were in attendance: Art, Barbara C., Barbara M., Gary, John, Elizabeth, Donna and Diane.
We had a discussion on the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law that comes into affect May 25, 2018. Anyone operating a blog, a newsletter or other form of mail out that gathers information from subscribers needs to reaffirm their subscribers interest in subscribing.
More about this can be learned by Googling it or by visiting D. G. Kaye’s post on the matter.
A discussion was also had on the recent trademark fiasco regarding the word ‘cocky’. Online, it’s referred to as #cockygate. Diane wrote a post regarding this disaster: Every Writer Has a Dog in this Fight.
Taking ownership of a single word in the dictionary hasn’t happened before, but some people are aiming to do that. We hope this never happens. Trademarking a word in a series or a phrase is one thing, but claiming all right to it is something different.
Members critiqued Art’s two submitted chapters, and during this, we had a discussion on character development throughout a series.
Members read stories written by other members as homework.
Homework for June Meeting
Go to PIxabay (a site that has free photographs) and search for one of the following terms:
Choose one of the photographs from the results, and write a story it inspires.
Genre: open, fiction; word count: 450.
REMEMBER: Other members of the group will be reading these stories at the April meeting. Please print the stories in an easy-to-read font type and size. Size 12 is okay, but 14 is better. DO NOT put your name on your story. PLEASE NOTE: the word count is only 450, not our usual 500. Please stick to the word limit.
Updating Member Pages
Members are asked to check their member page on this site and to let Diane know if they want anything changed or updated. The full list of members is here.
If you don’t have a page, please send Diane some information and she will create the page for you.
The next writers’ meeting takes place Tuesday June 19th. This is the last meeting before we break for summer.
The next self-publishing meeting takes place Tuesday May 29th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.