March 2017 Meeting

March meeting will be held on the Sunday 19th of March, at 9:30am

Venue: Tee’s Clubhouse, RACV Royal Pines, Benowa… just follow the signs to ‘Golf and Tennis’ 🙂

Micro fiction theme: Regeneration

Absence equals Absinthe

Lifting my first glass of Absinthe to my lips, I inhaled the sweet scent, before I drank.

In her absence there was no longer a reason for my abstinence.

September 2016 – Quick meeting roundup

Grelfie

Thank you Lani for taking the photo.
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Phrase of the day

Lips with Boobs

Word of the day

Hipwrecked

Some of the discussions on Sunday in brief…

Online Critiques
Is it a good idea to put a sample of your work up to be critiqued by online groups?
What happens if all the comments are negative?
Scribophile was given a good wrap as an online critique forum.

Conventions
What does it cost to get yourself kitted out if you are going to be an exhibiter at a convention? The general consensus was a couple of hundred dollars; if you shop around or know where to go, it does not have to be exorbitant.
Where do you go to get posters, business cards, book marks, postcards and flyers made up?
Alternatively you can go to a company like Vistaprint where you can source all of your materials in one spot. Someone at the meeting said that they can do deals for a flat monthly fee.
Make sure that you have electronic payments as most convention goers no longer carry cash. Credit card readers can be purchased from Officeworks. Get the one that only takes a small percentage from each sale as their charge as opposed to charging you monthly.
Insurance? If you are doing a couple of conventions, get insurance for the year and not by event as that is much cheaper.

Grammar checker (not Grammerly)
We have heard of Grammerly but Ginger is new to us. Ginger does grammar checking, sentence rephrasing, dictionary etc. Their vision statement “Ginger’s mission is to remove language barriers between people by enabling everyone to communicate better and faster. “
If you want to read a 2016 review of Ginger – click here.

What have the Scifantorites been reading, watching…

Books
Brett recommends ‘Half a King‘ (Shattered Sea #1) by Joe Abercrombie
David has been reading ‘Down and Out in Paris and London‘ by George Orwell
Kim has been reading ‘2312‘ by Kim Stanley Robinson

Movies
Pete’s Dragon (2016)   a remake of the 1977 musical film
The Dark Tower        scheduled for release in 2017

TV
Lethal Weapons
Rush Hour
MacGyver

New TV Series – coming soon

The Punisher        scheduled for release in 2017

This month’s Micro Fiction theme…‘Abstinence, Absence, Absinthe’

Next month’s Micro Fiction theme is ‘Boobs’ or ‘Cleavage’ or both

Next month’s meeting…

Date: Sunday 16th October
Time: 9:30am to 11:30am (9am if you would like to join us for breakfast)
Venue: Royal Pines Golf Course – Tee’s Clubhouse
Where: Ross St, Benowa. Follow the signs for ‘Golf and Tennis’ to find the café.
NOTE: We are looking at different venues, somewhere quieter. We will advise if the location changes before the next meeting.

See you there!

September 2016 Meeting

This month’s meeting will be held on the 25th, as Brisbane’s Oz Comic Con is on the 3rd weekend of the month.

Venue: Tee’s Clubhouse, RACV Royal Pines, Benowa… just follow the signs to ‘Golf and Tennis’ 🙂

Microfiction theme: Abstinence, Absence and Absinthe

Tag and Release

She waited quietly in the sterile lab already masked and gowned for the work hours ahead. Her thoughts tumbled inside her head, examining snippets from last night’s conversation trying to make sense of what she had been told.

Before her lay her instruments and the packs of splinters, she looked at them sightlessly. Today, soon she would have to decide on which side her loyalties lay.

The noise from the trolleys outside brought her back to the present. They would start entering any minute now. She began to unpack the splinters.

Each splinter was individually contained, as thick as a hair and only a couple of millimetres long. It was her job to pick up each splinter with her instrument, and then introduce it to the right index fingernail of the patient, where it began to wriggle as if it was alive. It would slither from her instrument to begin insinuating itself under the nail. For a second it would be visible under the nail and then it would disappear into the bloodstream.

She had always marvelled at the technology, glowing in her small part in making it accessible to everyone. Had she been indoctrinated during her training? They had said that to her last night.

She did not see the patient, only the right hand. Last night they had said that this was so that she did not baulk at what she was doing.

The door opened, she would have to reach a decision now.

Microfiction by Adriana Marrone.

August 2016 – Quick meeting roundup

Some of the discussions on Sunday in brief…

Writer’s Festivals…

We discussed the benefits of attending writer’s festivals. Renee went to the Byron Bay Writer’s Festival in early August.

4  workshops she went to;

  • Sales & Marketing for Self-Published authors
  • Tools of the Trade (Punctuation and Grammer)
  • Editing Like a Pro (Tricks of the Trade)
  • Google My Business (on how to set up your business page)

Background noise

The website noisli has background sounds that can help you improve your focus, boost your productivity, set the mood for a scene you are writing. It is worth checking out.

Kim’s trip to the USA…

I won’t recount Kim’s stories about her trip, just let me say, it does sound as if she had a great time!

What have the Scifantorites been up to…

Renee is currently working on her 3rd book. And in September she has a table at OZ Comic Con Brisbane. So if you can pop in and say ‘Hi’.

Kim returned from America with lots to tell.

Brad is reading a clever book written by a Pom (can’t remember the guy’s name). The movie ‘Red Dog’ was based on the book. The author is Louis De Bernieres. He interviewed people about red dog after coming across the bronze statue of red dog in his travels and from those interviews he wrote the book.

What have the Scifantorites been reading, watching…

Books

Zane recommends ‘After It Happened’ series by Devon C Ford. There are 4 books in the series so far; Book 1 ‘Survival’, Book 2 ‘Humanity’, Book 3 ‘Society’ and Book 4 ‘Hope’. Book 5 is not published yet.

And ‘Dead Wrong’ by Helen H Durrant

Kim recommends ‘Area 7’, book 2 from Matthew Reilly’s Scarecrow novels

And ‘Beauty’s Kingdom’ Book 4 Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty series

Movies

Sausage Party   Zane gives 3 ***

Ben Hur   Renee gives 4 ****

Suicide Squad     Reneee gives 5 ***** for look and 3 *** for story;  Zane gives 5 *****

Jason Bourne    Adriana gives 5 *****

Don’t Breath    Kim gives 4 ****

This month’s Micro Fiction theme…’Splinter’

Read member’s micro fiction here.

Next month’s Micro Fiction theme is ‘Abstinence, Absence and Absinth’

Next month’s meeting…

Date:              Sunday 25th September

This is 4th Sunday of month as OZ Comic Con Brisbane is 17-18 September

Time:             9:30am to 11:30am (9am if you would like to join us for breakfast)

Venue:          Royal Pines Golf Course – Tee’s Clubhouse

Where:          Ross St, Benowa. Follow the signs for ‘Golf and Tennis’ to find the café.

NOTE: We are looking at different venues, somewhere quieter. We will advise if the location changes before the next meeting.

See you there!

August 2016 Meeting

This month’s meeting will be held on the 28th, after Kim has returned from her travels. We aren’t sure about the venue, at this stage… If you have any suggestions, please holler!

Stay tuned for updates 🙂