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    Tuesdays ~ Snarky
    Wednesdays ~ Dreamer
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    Whenever ~ Smokey, Mighty, Eerie and Wicked

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It was just last Saturday, during the dwarves’ monthly write-in, that the thermometer pegged at a sunny 95 degrees. With the cooler and fan on the patio, we survived the heat. Today, as I write, it’s raining and the temperature is 44 degrees. Some years, Arizona spring can be an adventure.

The downside is—I missed my weekly trip to the Gilbert farmers market. It will be a week of surviving on supermarket tomatoes and less than fresh eggs.

A positive milestone for the week was my first batch of pizzas made on my new pizza stone. They turned out great and will feature on our write-in for May. Everyone gets to design their own pizza!

So why talk about food and the 7 Evil Dwarves write-in? In point of fact, it is extremely rare that we actually write anything during our monthly get together. It’s our monthly social, which sometimes includes our spouses, kids and grandkids. Probably the only constants are my cooking and Ernie’s desserts.

Instead, we get together to brain-storm story ideas, workout plot points for various stories, and work on each other’s flagging muses. Occasionally, we even pick a topic ahead of time. It’s our creative support group. In several ways, it is even more important than our critique sessions every two weeks. As writers, we sometimes get to feeling isolated and the group helps by bringing us back into a community of actual people. (Apart from Ernie’s swamp friends, of course)

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  1. So true. Where would a writer be without their community?

    And I don’t know if it’s good or bad, but it’ll most likely be (at least) in the 90’s for our next write-in 🙂

  2. I say, it’s good our next write in will be as hot as a pizza oven. I agree about our community, It helps to know there is a safe haven away from the swamp and zombies.
    Thanks Jim for all the great food and the opportunity to gossip guilt free.


  3. Sunny G

     /  April 9, 2011

    Great post Jim! And as always…thank you for the great food. We’d starve without you.


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