"So I shall say I write in the morning, when not too strongly drawn to struggle with the intricacies of a pattern, and in the afternoon, if the temptation to try a new furniture polish on an old table leg is not too powerful to be denied; sometimes at night, though as I grow older I am more and more inclined to believe that night was made for sleep." -Kate Chopin (read at the meeting by author Judy Christie)
The first meeting of the Red River Pulpwood Queens was, without a doubt, elegant, relaxing, and inspiring. The Columbia Cafe on E. Kings in the historic Highland area of Shreveport was extremely accommodating and the waiter saw to our every need. The original Pulpwood Queen Kathy Patrick arrived, her beautiful daughters in tow, wearing a spectacular tiara hand crafted in New Orleans. Joining the group was previous head queen Lynn Laird, author Judy Christie, Leslie Holder, Sharon Steckelberg, and Susie Irelan.
Cocktails were served as we discussed the function of the Commonplace Book, a reading journal that compiles favorite passages, quotes, books, poems, etc. Everyone has been challenged to create their own to document their personal reading experiences. Homework: List your favorite 15 books of all time and share why each book is special to you! In order to get to know each other better, we will be discussing the lists at the June meeting.
Topics discussed over dinner were possible literary road trips coming up this year, Girlfriend Weekend in Jefferson, Texas, the fabulous author Rick Bragg, canoeing, spiders, desserts, Kathy's summer concert/literary series, and hair ball costumes of past Girlfriend Weekends.
The next Red River Pulpwood Queen meeting: June 29, 2010 - Columbia Cafe 6:30pm
(it is not too late to join this fantastic reading group!)