Last Sunday I went to the North Seattle SciFi and Fantasy Writers Meetup. It was a really great experience. Well, great besides the fact that I went to the Greenlake Chocolati Café, before realizing it was at the Greenwood Chocolati Café and so was late and flustered. Once I got there, the group was very welcoming. They all gave very useful feedback on my short story “Catkin.” Some of their suggestions were particularly helpful, because they will make the story more understandable to someone who is not familiar with my world, Idhua. The blind spot of my current readers – my mom, my sister and a few close friends – is that they know a lot about my world from all the stories and ideas I have bounced off of them.
The pieces I read from the other writers in the Meetup group were really good too, and it was a pleasure to read and critique them. Hopefully some of the suggestions I made were as useful to them as theirs were for “Catkin.”
The group holds meetings every two weeks – which may be a little much for me, at least right now – but I do plan on going back. It is invigorating to read and discuss works in progress with other authors in my genre and I would like to make more connections to the speculative fiction community here in Seattle.