Another Successful Meeting of the Grounds for Thought Literary Group!

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We had a very successful meeting of the Grounds For Thought Literary Group at the Taylor Roasted CoffeeHouse in Northampton, PA on Saturday night. I had expected a small group of only about 5 people to attend because it was a warm, bright, and dry early summer evening. Additionally, there were several local events that competed for people.

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image from: just a girl and her camera  (thanks Liz!)

What actually happened, however, was very different and a delightful surprise. Very quickly the main room of the coffee house filled, and with my count, fifteen people were in attendance. It was a full meeting, with all of the two hours taken up with readings from numerous people. I began with a chapter from my horror novel Evil Lives After, and then we heard from a variety of people. It is my policy, because this is a public blog, never to identify anyone’s name. That is not my place to give someone’s identity here. I will say, however, that a young lady who has been attending our meetings decided to read for the first time—you know who you are—and it was wonderful. She read her first chapter of the first draft of a novel she is writing. She is talented, and the audience was engaged by the story. Great work to you!

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It is always encouraging to see a disparate group of writers and listeners come together for an evening of shared writings and readings. I am deeply grateful to be a part of this gathering.

Once again, I want to mention the fine quality of the coffee house. If anyone is ever traveling in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, be sure to make a visit to Taylor Roasted CoffeeHouse in Northampton, Pa.
http://taylorroastedcoffeehouse.com/

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Dragon’s Loyalty Award

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It is always wonderful to be recognized by fellow bloggers.  A big thanks you to Tricia at Never Less Than Everything   http://threehandsoneheart.com/  for this wonderful nomination.  She has a moving, informative, and entertaining blog, so be sure to give her a look.  This award, in particular, is given to those who have commented and/or followed a blog.  So, once again thank you!

Here Are The Rules For This Award:

 * Display the award certificate on your website.
*  Announce your win with a post, and link to whomever presented your award.
* Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.
* Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post.
* Post 7 interesting things about yourself.
Here are my nominees:
Lori L MacLaughlin lorilmaclaughlin.wordpress.com Virginia
S. Anderson http://virginiasanderson.com
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Jean M. Cogdell  jeanswriting.com
https://inmyclutteredattic.wordpress.com
Marc Alexander Valle https://mavtheauthor.wordpress.com
Cindy Knoke  cindyknoke.wordpress.com
Kritika Vashist krivashist.wordpress.com
Kait King kaitking.wordpress.com
Sarah Higbee http://www.sjhigbee.com
Carolina http://yesterdayafter.com/
Becky Due https://beckydue.wordpress.com/
Next Step to Nirvana https://poonamallee.wordpress.com
Mitch Teemley  mitchteemley.com
Old Man Running https://usabaker.wordpress.com/
OK, 7 interesting things about myself:
1.) I am a die hard original Star Trek fan.
2.) I am hopelessly clumsy.
3.) I love coconut.
4.) I read Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings once every 10 years or so.
5.) I love hot dogs with chili, mustard, and onions.
6.) I consider coffee to be a food group.
7.) I love Beethoven, CCR, and Johnny Cash.

Another Successful Meeting!

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Over the weekend–on Saturday evening, we had another meeting of the Grounds for Thought Literary Group at the Taylor Roasted CoffeeHouse in Northampton, PA.  Once again, this was a very successful event.  It was one of the more well attended sessions, with around 16 people.  We have had as few as 5 and as many as the mid-20s.

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As always, it was intended not to be a critique group, but a place where anyone can share parts of his/her writing or read from someone they enjoy.  It is intended to be a celebration of writing and reading and a place of welcome for those who are working on their writing.

I read the new prologue for my young adult novel, and the general consensus was that it was successful in pulling readers into the plot.  Thank you to all who did for sharing your commentary with me!

Several read from their works in progress, including novels and poetry.  One man read excerpts from The Illiad.  It was quite an eclectic range of work, and I enjoyed all of it.  Whenever there are groups of people gathered for exploring reading, there is magic in the air.

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Thank you to Jackie and John for providing space and serving wonderful tea and coffee–the best in the Lehigh Valley!

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Roosevelt Franklin’s Guilty Pleasures

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Roosevelt Franklin, the protagonist in my horror novel Maledicus: Investigative Paranormal Society Book I, is a man who does not allow himself many indulgences. Despite being able to afford almost any whim he might desire, he does not grant himself many. He does, however, have two guilty pleasures that he loves to enjoy: fine cigars and good whisk(e)y. The spelling depends on if the alcohol is American, with an “e” or Irish or Scotch without the “e”.

Even though he has a heart condition and is 68 years old, he refuses to give up smoking one cigar and drinking a couple of fingers of whisky each day. He knows that he is on the downslide of life, but he does not intend to give up these enjoyments.

Roosevelt prefers strong cigars. He is a lover of strong flavors, from coffee to whisky and cigars. His favorite is a CAO Brazilia Churchill length. This cigar is intended for experienced smokers, with a deep, rich flavor and powerful smoke. Roosevelt chooses the Churchill length because he likes to make the experience last, usually at night and paired with a good whiskey.

Roosevelt enjoys good American bourbon and Irish and Scotch single malt whiskys. His favorite bourbon is Maker’s Mark, a standard of excellence. It is rich with a strong flavor, but it is also very smooth. His preferred Irish whisky is John Powers, a very smooth drink. His favorite single malt Scotch whisky is the 18 year old Macallan, as Roosevelt calls it—the finest whisky in the world. It is smooth, rich, and strong, with no bite. It is a perfect dram of whisky.

At the moment, Roosevelt is drinking a rare single malt Scotch whisky–the 15 year old Macallan, which is very smooth and has extremely deep and complex flavors.

Roosevelt certainly understands that not everyone will agree with his opinions on these cigars and alcohol, and he respects others’ views, but he holds firm on his sentiments.

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(images from personal photographs)