Portsmouth Writers’ Salon Notes: 05.12.13

The Portsmouth Writers Salon had a wonderful Mother’s Day meeting. Meeting minutes were emailed out to those present and those not present who mentioned interest.

The group is at capacity and has created a wait list for anyone interested. To join the wait list please email: PortsmouthWritersSalon@gmail.com

Some links relevant to discussions at our meeting this evening:

Writing About Domestic Abuse

Until next time.

Keep Writing,

Portsmouth Writers Salon 

Portsmouth Literary Resources: 2013


2013 List of Editors, Translators, and Writing Coaches

Thomas D’Evelyn
Tom is an editor, proofreader, and writing coach. He has been working in publishing for over thirty years. In addition to his editing, teaching, and writing services, he is deeply involved in adult continuing education.
You can find out more about him on his website: tomdevelynblog.wordpress.com

Tanya Gold
Tanya is a copy editor, proofreader, translator, and publishing project manager. She has been working in publishing for over ten years. 
She provides editorial services to writers of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and technical content. It has been suggested that she owns too many dictionaries for her own good. Free sample edits are provided with quotes. You can find testimonials on her website: tanyagold.com/recommendations

Beth LaMontagne Hall
Beth LaMontagne Hall is a writer and editor who has nearly 10 years of experience in the daily news business. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the contract writing service BLH Writing Solutions, which provides writing and editing support for marketing, web design and media companies. Beth is happy to provide a range of writing samples and testimonials. You can reach her at gardnerstate@gmail.com or view her work on her blog gardnerstate.com.

Portsmouth Literary Events: 2013


Ongoing Writing Groups in Portsmouth, NH

Creative Writing Group #1
Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
Portsmouth Public Library
Parrot Ave
Portsmouth, NH 003801
Bi-monthly meeting of the Creative Writing Group #1
No Fee.
Writers of all levels and genres are welcome to join.
Open to the public – Looking for new members!
Contact: Kathleen Slover
Phone: 603-433-9013
Email: mcslover_2000@yahoo.com

Creative Writing Group #2
Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 6:30 PM
Portsmouth Public Library
Location: MacLeod Board RoomMemoir Writing Group meets twice a month from 10-Noon.
Portsmouth Public Library Location: MacLeod Board Room
Group is full and not accepting new members at this time.
Please leave your name at the Front Desk of the Library if you are interested in joining.
Contact: Sherry Evans
Phone: 603-766-1703
smevans@cityofportsmouth.com

Portsmouth Writers Salon
2nd and 4th Sundays from 7-9 PM
Portsmouth Book & Bar
Group is full and not accepting new members at this time
There is a waiting list for this group.
To join the waiting list, please contact: portsmouthwriterssalon@gmail.com

Crime/Thrillers/Suspense/Mystery Writers Group
Every other Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 PM
Rye Public Library
No Fee.
Contact: Joy Seymour
Email: joy@jeseymour.com

Nonfiction Writing Group
Every Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 PM
Portsmouth Book & Bar
No Fee.
Group is seeking new members.
Contact: Darby Tench
Email: darbytench@yahoo.com

Pen Central Writing Workshops
Writing workshops at RiverRun Bookstore with a focus on Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry
Contact: Rebecca Dawson Webb
Email: rebecca@pencentralwriters.com

Ongoing Book Groups in Portsmouth, NH

Fiction Book Group
Meets Mondays at 1 PM MacLeod Board Room<
Meets Mondays at 7 PM Hilton Garden Room
Portsmouth Public Library
Monthly fiction book group, sponsored by the library.
Contact: Sherry Evans
Phone: 603-766-1703
Email: smevans@cityofportsmouth.com

Nonfiction Book Group
Meets 1st Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM
Portsmouth Public Library – Hilton Garden Room
Monthly nonfiction book group
Contact: Sean Moundas
Email: Seanmoundas@yahoo.com

Classics Book Group
Meets the third Monday of every month 7-9 PM
At RiverRun Bookstore
Contact: Tom Holbrook
Phone: (603) 431-2100 

Essays Book Group
Meets Fourth Sunday of every month 5-6 PM
At Portsmouth Book and Bar
Contact: Tamara J. Collins
Email: tamarajcollins@gmail.com

Epic Nerdpurr Book Group At RiverRun Bookstore
Contact: Liberty Hardy
Phone:(603) 431-2100

Other Ongoing Groups and Open Mics

Hoot Night at Cafe Espresso 

Wednesday of the month 7-9 PM  at Café Espresso
Contact: Poet Laureate Program
Email: Info@pplp.org

Beat Night Poetry
3rd Thursday of the month
7:00-9:00 PM at the Press Room
Contact: The Pressroom
Phone: 603-431-5186 

Writers Night Out
1st Monday of the month
7:00-9:00 PM at the Common Man
Contact: John Herman
Email:info@NHWritersProject.Org

Poetry and Short Fiction at Serenity Cafe
3rd Monday of the month
6:30-8:00 PM at Serenity Cafe
Contact: John Simon
Email: john@wordpraxis.com

Diary: Summary of 2012

This year seems to have flown by at record speed.

Last February, I spent a week in Miami, FL. I had rented what was advertised as a 39-foot yacht on airbnb.com the ad said it was docked in a marina near South Beach with a working hot tub, sauna, heated pool, and gym. It sounded perfect.

When I arrived I found that the “yacht” was, in fact, a dive boat (you know used for deep sea diving and not a “yacht”), and I was informed that the previous guests had busted the toilet (smelly) and that they had left the galley hatches open so it was a bit damp in the bedroom.

I smiled and decided to stay and give it a chance.  My first evening, I decided to go for a swim to find that the pool was unclean, unheated and that the adjoining hot tub was in the same state. I said something the following day expressing my disappointment to the host who said, “Oh it must be broken, sorry, and said he would let the marina maintenance know about it.”

Later that same first evening, I woke up in the middle of the night and had to pee. I got off the boat, walked up to the marina bathroom, and back to the boat, to find that the boat had moved and was now a couple of feet away from the dock. I sat on the edge of the dock and waited for over an hour for the boat to move closer again, as I couldn’t budge it by pulling on the ropes.

The next day I went to a beautiful Argentinean Restaurant in Little Havana.

The next morning, I moved over to the Marriott in Biscayne Bay. I was happy. It finally felt like I was on vacation! At the hotel, I had a heated swimming pool, with a nearby working hot tub, and I had a short shuttle ride to South Beach.

Last April, I moved; I had been living in my cozy yet sunny little basement studio apartment for the past couple of years. Now I live in an enormous one bedroom half a mile from Market Square. I took a long weekend off to go to my grandmother’s 95-birthday party in Ansonia, CT. She doesn’t look 95. She’s Beautiful woman who jokes, smiles, and inspires us all.

I saw Alice Hoffman speak at RiverRun Bookstore. Her novel DoveKeepers had just come out in paperback And I signed up for all of the Seacoast Road Race Series. I was looking forward to earning race jacket number two.

Last May, my friend Tim Horvath, and also former Seacoast Writers Circle member, read from his recently published collection of Short Stories “Understories” at River Run Bookstore and we went and showed our support. Then we all went for drinks after, at the Coat, it was a great night and it was nice to catch up with Hannah Larabee, Tim Horvath, W.B., and Tammi Truax.

Last June,  I saw Joan Didion speak at the Portsmouth Music Hall. Her most recent work Blue Nights was the reason for the tour.  She was wonderful. She was on the main stage and was interviewed by Terry Gross.  When asked what the difference between “Year of Magical Thinking and Blue Nights was” Didion answered, “In the Year of Magical Thinking the character experiences something, comes out of it, and survives it, whereas in Blue Nights, the character experiences something, comes out of it, and you don’t know if she will survive it. Her daughter’s death had a profound effect on her and her honesty and rawness could be felt by the audience in a way like nothing I’d ever felt before.

Last August, I saw Joshua Cohen read from his collection of short stories entitled “4 NEW MESSAGES” at River Run Bookstore.  And then went out for drinks at the Coat of Arms afterward with Tim Horvath, Joshua Cohen, Kevin Blahut, and a few whom I didn’t get to speak with or their names.

In September, I took a CPR & AED first responder course and became CPR & AED certified.  I was invited to join the Board of the Seacoast Writers Association.

In October, I took a photo a day for 31 days, a personal challenge that I accomplished with the aid of Instagram. I watched the Annual Portsmouth Halloween Parade from Market Square, I spent most of this month and the month prior debating whether or not to fix or sell my car. A credit rejection notice from VW made my decision for me, and I had my car repaired and inspected and was back in wheels by the end of the month.

In November, Amanda Chatel, who is a brilliant writer, and friend divides her time between New Hampshire, Paris, and New York paid me a visit.

The Board of the Seacoast Writers Association decided to dissolve.  I attended the World of Poetry Beat Night Gala at the Pressroom.

In December, I founded the Portsmouth Writers Salon, which will hold its first meeting on January 13, 2013, at Portsmouth Book and Bar.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and wealthy 2013!