Sunday, February 4, 2018

Writer's Hangouts Minutes for Jan 27, 2018

In attendance were Mary, Cherrie and Jennifer.

It being nearly the end of January and New Year's resolutions being still fresh, we checked in on resolutions. Everyone lost weight in Jan but Mary wins with a grand total of 30 lb weight loss. Congratulations Mary. Way to go.

Mary is getting a jump on the year in other ways as well. She joined Maryland Writer's Assoc and through them discovered The Writer's Ally. She signed up of an editing package. She finished the first draft of her new novel about Rachel, a girl in a religious cult at the 100 Day challenge and now she is trying to get her edits done before 2/15/18 when they are due at her Developmental Editor.

Mary is reading 4 unpublished novels for a writer's contest she has entered. She has to score each novel and then the novel with the most points wins. Good luck Mary. She is also reading The Rithmatist and the Mistborn Series.

Jennifer has been taking many courses through Margie Lawson Academy. She plans to do an immersion with Margie when she comes to Australia in mid March. She even scored a new editing partner through Margie, Tracy. Through her conversations with Margie, she is learning body language cues and she started reading The Graveyard Shift and looking at the body language in this book with a protagonist who reads body language. She's also reading The Book of Fate and some Darynda Jones.

Both Jennifer and Mary felt Outlining Your Novel was worth while instruction.

Cherrie continues to have a hard time settling in but she has now taken a permanent position at Flagstaff, AZ and her last day of doing two jobs is the first day of Spring, March 21. This has been a slow year for Cherrie due to the move, but she has finished a course that really helped deepen her knowledge of what makes a novel resonate with a reader done by John Granger and looking specifically at the Harry Potter series. The course will repeat and you can get on the mailing list at She is reading a well written second novel with her editing partner the is titled Red vs. Blue. And she is reading another book by Granger about the Twilight Series as well as Ursula K. LeGuin's Malafrena and The 5th Wave for fun.

Cherrie proposed a new direction for the monthly hangouts. She would like to start a deep analysis of a popular book or series similar to what John Granger is doing to learn how to analyse gifted writers and to learn how to make her own work more resonant. Mary and Jennifer agreed that would be useful. Cherrie will try to have something up by March about such a class.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Content Cathedral Welcomes Wizard Reading Formula Writers

Hi all!

I know I've been silent way too long. I've got myself back together and  I am working on scheduling a Writer's Hangout this month. Let me know if there is a date that you would prefer for this Hangout.

I am taking this great course filled with wonderful writers that have no way to talk to each other. So I thought I would provide them with a forum for meeting each other and us.

Feel free to introduce yourself in the comments below.

For those who want to join Content Cathedral Hangouts, the Web Ring forum is You'll get notification when the Hangouts are taking place, when someone posts to the blog, etc.

I am working on several projects related to John Granger's course, and I welcome you to look at the work or even comment and collaborate with the projects.

You can learn more about Granger's work at Hogwarts Professor.

  • My analysis of genre tropes and how Rowling and other authors bend these tropes for fantasy and mystery: Twisted Fantasy Genre.
  • My plot and ring composition analysis of Career of Evil.
Welcome to all of you that partake in this slow motion meeting.

Minutes of Hangout 1/13/17

Answered a Questions about Length of Various Types of Writing:

Type of Fiction

Flash Fiction
Short Story
YA Novel
Adult Novel

Huzzah to Debra for Self Publishing and Getting 6 Reviews:

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Minutes of Hangout Oct 15, 2016

What are You Reading?


Just got back from European bike tour and found Slovenia to be both beautiful and friendly. One of the gentlemen on the tour was also a writer of spiritual books and she is reading his manuscript. She is also reading books with her mother including Cat Mysteries and H.Y. Hanna that have turned out to be very funny.

H. Y. Hanna Page


Mary just got back from Writer's Digest Conference and has two requests from agents for her recently completed House on Moss Swamp Road!! Congratulations. She is learning to write Loglines, Synopsis and Blurbs with the help of Rayne Hall. She needs this to fulfill the requests of both agents for a Synopsis.

Writing Book Blurbs and Synopses

She also recommends the Nail Your Novel series by Roz Morris.


Currently abandoning the project that kept her stuck for more than a year. Getting ready to do NaNoWriMo and roughing in a plot outline for a challenge put forth by Tor Publishing. Tor wants to see more fantasy based on any mythology or history except Europe. She is going with a Indigenous American setting/pantheon, but it is turning out pretty dark.

She is using a new type of plot development put forth by Stuart Horowitz and highly recommends the Book Architecture series.Well maybe the first two in the series. The last one was a little sketch.

For fun she is reading The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin, who took the Hugo last year with the first book in the series.

She also recommends the webcourses and note sets from Margie Lawson Academy.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Minutes from Hangout 8/13/16

What are You Doing Right Now?

Debbie: Got stuck at chapter 12 and taking a break to do something else.

Jennifer: Two chapters away from completing the first draft.

Wendy: Finished her first draft!!!! Yeah Wendy!

Cherrie: Finished her first draft early in the month and is letting is age in a draw this month. She is trying to learn how to write short stories before revising it.

What are You Reading?:



        • Reading multiple Mysteries to her mother.
        • Started Cuckoo Calling (J. K. Rowling under pen name Robert Galbraith)
        • Said Cuckoo was just so-so,


        • We're All Damaged by Matthew Norman--very good with excellent POV and Voice.
        • A novel about a plantation owner who adopts a slave girl. ?? The Kitchen House??
        • Both novels were worth reading according to Mary
        • She is also reading some YA adventure stories.
        • Last month she read Career of Evil by J. K. Rowling as Robert Galbraith which she thought was pretty good.


  • In the Attic by  Gary Rogers?? (Sorry I couldn't find a link to it.)
  • Revision and Self-Editing by James Scott Bell which she thinks is fantastic and everyone should read.


Last Month:

This Month:

  • Continuing with Mary Lynn Mercer's series as well with Story Bones.
  • For fun she is reading The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins--Very well written and a page turner but very dark as well. Violence and sexuality.

Many of us are taking Web Courses as well and here is a listing of some places you can go for

High Quality Webinars:

Coursera--Audit any course for FREE!

The Next Level Novel Workshop by James Scott Bell


Finish review of Grapes of Wrath.
Try to find enough people to analyze Game of Thrones.
Get Zee Nickerson, the developmental coach, to come to the next meeting.
Contact other developmental coaches to come to the meeting.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Story Developer #7: Putting It All Together

Finally, the long awaited Story Developer #7 Part I.  This was much more involved than I thought it would be, and just the first half is over 30 min, so I had to break it in two. I hope to have the second half out in a couple weeks. Enjoy.

Books on Plot Structure:


Books on the Midpoint:

Blogs on Structure:

Other Helpful Graphs: