What Goes On In The Man Cave The man cave is a mysterious place...The ladies in our life wonder what useful purpose it serves.I’ve been thinking this week about writer‘s groups and just how bad that little pursuit can go for you when you find the wrong one, as I have a couple of times.Usually as a writer you’re the most dreamy, inventive, eccentric, determined person in your little life circle, so when you get together in a group of writers and all your determination and eccentricities clash, the chemical reaction can be explosively awkward.
Fast Flirting offers free online personals and free chats rooms for singles.I asked what he thought I should do to make the work ‘welcoming enough to inspire entry’, swallowing the crude jokes dancing on the back of my tongue. A weekly meeting where authors heard each other’s work and met writing ‘challenges’. I called and enquired and was met with much enthusiasm from the director of the group.He paused dramatically, fingered his moustache, squinted and said he didn’t know. I told him that I thought the dream sequence at the start of his sci fi short story was intriguing, but that I found it odd that any type of emotion caused his main character to want to throw up. He told me they had about ten regular members and that everyone was to bring a plate.At that time, he was the only other person he considered serious enough about the art to warrant inclusion in the group, so at the inaugural meeting it was just the plump and moustachey founder and I commenting on each other’s work. I wondered aloud with an easy laugh whether the character might benefit from consulting her doctor about acid reflux treatment.Baron Von Moustache’s only constructive feedback was that my work ‘was very much like a fine French patisserie: I walk by and I smell the bread baking and I’m allured, but something further needs to happen as the catalyst to my entry, some other inherent welcoming quality’ that he didn’t find in the writing. I went looking for my second writing group about a year later, and found them advertised in the back of one of those flimsy local rags wedged between ads for gardening and handyman services.