Monday, 27 January 2014

Death by Asparagus Cream Doughnut

It's asparagus officinalis, Watson.

Why does a group of writers meet? If you ask a member of Severn Valley Authors they'd probably answer that it's the high standard of workshop feedback that attracts them. Perhaps it's also that it provides motivation to have a piece of writing ready to present to the group. The camaraderie of sharing anecdotes and news with like-minded people is a plus. And don't forget the cake.

To be exact, on this occasion Krispy Kreme Donuts. For Annie had gone a long way out of her way to supply us with a selection of her favourite confection. Thanks, Annie. Yum! Yum!

When the first round of finger-lickin' (or is that another import from our former colony) had finished, Tony introduced the subject of The AsparaWriting Festival Short Story Competition. An entry should be in the crime genre, set in the Vale of Evesham and feature asparagus! Members immediately saw the possibilities of the 'locked room' murder where the weapon is a frozen asparagus spear. The detective finds only a dead body with a hole in it and a plate of cold, limp asparagus. Suggestions of what other dastardly deeds can be committed with the versatile vegetable soon followed.

With Chris being absent due to work commitments and there being a paucity of exciting news we soon moved on to Annie's writing which consisted of a re-working of Aunty Faye and an introduction to her new children's book Do You Think He Saw Us. Annie is establishing a style for her books - tight rhyming and total nonsense with an educational intent. This may sound contradictory but it isn't when collected into the original and clever packages that Annie envisages.

The session ended with five serious writers discussing the fashion faux-pas of dinosaurs and the reader's likely reception to the names knicker-pickersorus and teapoticorus while licking the surplus donut sugar from their lips.

Onwards and upwards!

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