Thursday, September 4, 2014

Another Book for our Critique Group

My long-time critique group has celebrated a lot of books over the years. Just a week ago we did it again, when Mary (second from right) brought her new book to our group meeting. Mary's Go Round is a self-published collection of all the short stories she has worked on since...well, since we've been a group. The physical book and its design are absolutely gorgeous, and it's filled with all of Mary's shiny, polished stories. With the release of this book, she has crossed a major item off her bucket list.

"I don't know what I'm going to write next," said Mary. "But I'll have to write something. You don't want me to leave you, do you?"

"No," the rest of us said, shaking our heads as one.

"Well, then I'll have to come up with something," she said. "What about family stories?"

"Yes!" we chorused.

So, we'll have to see what Mary has for us next time. Here we are, holding our autographed copies and our bubbly. Congratulations, Mary.

11 comments:

Vijaya said...

Congratulations to Mary!!! I love family stories. And that fruit salad looks scrumptious, and I love all the happy faces. Great photo!

Marcia said...

Yes, fruit, glorious fruit! I was just thrilled that Mary's book is as physically beautiful as it is. Really puts the icing on the cake.

Mirka Breen said...

The fruit salad matches Mary's book cover! This is artistry crossing categories. Bet it was delicious, like the book.:D

Andrea Mack said...

Lovely! It's so great to have a supportive critique group.

janet smart said...

I wish Mary the best of luck! It is exciting to see your words in print. And what can I say about critique groups - I love them!

Marcia said...

Mirka -- I didn't notice that till I saw the picture!

Andrea -- We reviewed our history a little bit at the meeting. Very much fun.

Janet -- A good group is a real plus.

cleemckenzie said...

How lucky you are to be able to meet in person. My crit group is all over the world. I've met two in person, but we've never had the good luck for all of us to sit together and talk.

Kim Van Sickler said...

I'm eyeballing that luscious bowl of fruit. Sounds like your critique group is supportive and talented!

Medeia Sharif said...

Congrats to Mary. We also celebrate when a member has a new book out.

Anne Marie Schlueter said...

Congratulations to Mary! What a great group.

Marcia said...

Lee -- I have "distance" beta readers, too. This group started a few years before I even had internet. Yikes!

Kim -- That fruit was the centerpiece of the eating portion of the meeting, for sure!

Medeia -- Absolutely. We've got to celebrate.

Anne Marie -- Thanks! :)