From quizzes to poems, from story character development to questions of theology, members of the Point Pleasant Writers Guild covered a range of topics during their recent meeting. Those in attendance included Patrecia Gray, Marilyn Clarke, Carol Newberry, Joe Ingerick, Feryle Lawrence, Sue Underwood, and April Pyles.
Gray opened with prayer and Pyles distributed copies of an English quiz provided by John Patrick Grace in his Herald-Dispatch column dated Dec. 27. The quiz covered Vocabulary, Spelling and Expressions and took a few moments to complete. Members found such words as “effete” and “aegis” to be a challenge, and the correct spellings for “predeliction” and solliloquey” near impossible without the aid of a dictionary. Correct word replacements for “Smile while you bid me fair a due” and “If you think that staying out late is a good idea, you’ve got another thing coming” were somewhat easier to grasp.
Joe Ingerick read his poem, “This Mother’s Day.” Several members whose mothers have passed away expressed a desire to honor them with a poem or story of their own.
Clarke read a writing exercise that she had undertaken in which she developed a character from one of her books by describing his biggest fear—-that of heights. Questions and comments on how to work on character development circulated around the room. It was suggested that a writer keep a detailed list of the habits, traits, personality, appearance, age, and other data for each character in his or her book.
Lawrence read an account of when she first met her husband’s brother entitled “First Impressions.” In an effort to quickly prepare for his visit, Lawrence hid the dirty dishes in the oven. In all the excitement, she forgot about this when she decided to bake a pie. While the oven preheated, the dishes melted. Some first impression!
Underwood read a piece she had written about moving to a cabin entitled “Some Day.”
Gray suggested that some of us should preserve the history of Point Pleasant by writing about what we can remember for the benefit of future generations.
Pyles read two poems written by her grandmother, Kitty Wamsley, which were printed in a local paper during World War II. The first was entitled “To the Boatmen” in honor of her son, Ferrell, who was a deck man on the “Reliance,” a boat which transported fuels that supported the war effort. The second was in honor of her son, George, who served as a Seabee in the Navy. Family pride and love of country were two characteristics demonstrated by Miss Kitty in her writing and in her life, as remembered by her granddaughter.
Gray read three of her pieces, “Does it Matter?” “Sin”, and “I Write”, the last of which explored several reasons for why she writes, among them: pleasure, therapy, and for questions needing answers.
The Point Pleasant Writers Guild meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Mason County Library.
Submitted by Club Reporter April Pyles.