I’ve been looking, in a casual kind of way, for a writers’ group to meet up with a couple of times a month. I would like to read what other local writers are producing, and get writerly feedback on my own stuff. I look at bulletin boards in book stores and libraries, but haven’t come across anything plausible.
Just recently it occurred to me to check Craigslist. And there I found a “groups” category. Aha! I’ve been visiting the groups listing for a few days now, and am now ready to report on the state of group formation in my area.
It seems many people want to play Bunco. I’ve heard of this game but don’t know how to play. I think it is poker for chicks. It could be fun, especially with an Apricot Sidecar or two. I just had an Apricot Sidecar, or two, at a sushi restaurant last night. I can tell there will be more Apricot Sidecars in my future, because I love sushi, and apparently I also love apricot brandy. Warning: if you are a female sampling the Apricot Sidecar at a sushi restaurant or elsewhere, make sure you will not be driving, because it is WAY buzzier than it tastes, and you will probably have another one. If you are male this warning does not apply, because no man would be caught dead with such a frou-frou drink.
Toddler playgroups are another common item on Craigslist, but this no longer applies to me, a fact for which I am grateful. Toddlers are wonderful and everything, but I have been there done that quite enough.
The “Truly Multi-Cultural Women’s Reading Group” caught my eye just because they felt the need to distinguish themselves from all those phony multi-cultural reading groups, even though the ad specifies that single race women are welcome. The book suggestions are all about race, though, so I guess that makes it legit. Conversely, there’s a “new group for causcasian rights” forming soon. Erk.
The Trophy Cupcakes Knitting Group (don’t ask me) meets in Wallingford, while the South Sound Partner Betrayal Meetup Group probably happens in Tacoma. If you got cheated on, would you want to go hang out with other people who got cheated on? Might be a good place to pick up a new partner.
The “shoplifting addiction recovery group” meets in a church in Ballard. I hope they nail everything down before they open the doors. Then there’s the “compulsive gamblers” group, who should probably stay away from the Bunco players. Some of the ads are not really for groups at all. They just direct you to some cheesy dating web site or other online “resource.”
Anyway, I may or may not find myself a likely group of writers to hang with, but if I do, I hope they meet in a sushi restaurant, provided none of the writers attends the “wasabi anonymous” group.
UPDATE: Today’s Craigslist includes two groups specifically for lesbians or bisexual women, one for support and one for hanging out in bars. This reminds me that while performing my daily search for grant opportunities, I came across a $10,000 award for an “emerging lesbian poet or fiction writer.” Hey, for 10K I can write as a lesbian, easy. For 10K I could write as a Tibetan monk, an Eskimo, a Golden Retriever or a Martian. But I’m afraid my ruse would fall apart when they clicked on my blog and discovered that I am actually a transvestite rabbit.