A Facebook friend of mine recently started a meet-up group that was meant to keep himself on task with his writing at least once a week. Borrowing from the “Sit Down, Shut Up and Write!” meet-ups in our area, his group meets ridiculously early on Sunday mornings (8:30 a.m.) at a coffee shop with plenty of plugs for computers, and allows chit-chat for half an hour, then writing must ensue for the following hour, at least (more if you’re into it).
I finally got around to committing myself to the concept of waking up earlier than usual, driving to this rather distant coffee shop, and gluing myself to a chair with caffeinated bribery as my reward for pounding out some pages last Sunday. And guess what? The bastard didn’t show! Instead, I met up with Black Heart’s new Fiction Editor and gave her the low-down on the magazine, and tossed her the keys to the fiction slush pile, which I believe she has now fully decimated.
Oddly enough, our fearless leader is again planning to be absent for this Sunday and next, so I’m starting to take this personally. I’m thinking of starting a rival literary gang that will set up shop in a café closer to my own ‘hood and write FAR MORE WORDS than his group ever did, through harsh task-mastery and caffeine bribery.
The only question is… what should we call ourselves?
I was thinking “Literary Vice Squad,” or maybe “Give Us the Coffee and Nobody Gets Hurt.” Thoughts?