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[14 May 2007|08:34pm]

Hey everybody — sorry this is so late — but just reminding you all that there's a lit mag meeting tomorrow afternoon about the coffee shop (that's this friday!). It should be in Mrs. Womack's room, as usual, but there's always the chance slight chance that might change. If so, we would probably have it in the library or something, and will stick a sign on the door.

It should only last until four at the latest (probably not even that long). We just want to put a few last things together about the coffee shop (performers, who can help set up, stuff like that).

Oh, to anyone in cultural club: I know there's a meeting for that tomorrow, too, so if you can, try to show up to the lit mag meeting for at least a few minutes?

Hope to see some people there!

Oh! And promote it! Tell your friends to come — free fooooood :D who can resist that?!
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Avast, 'tis a Christmassy Party [12 Dec 2006|04:04pm]

Join Us This Friday For A Very Festive Tell it Slant Holiday Party: Current list of booty to be brought

Mrs. Womack’s making “arrangements” as far as procuring pizza

Ariel hath volunteered her punch making capabilities

Erik’s root beer will be guzzled

Kate’s cornered a corner of the cookie-market, but, as with all festivities, there’s ample room for things to be done in the cookie arena.

Amy and Saskia are joining forces to produce enough reindeer mix to choke a moose and are also to procure some chips.

Jessica is acting requisitioning sergeant of the infrastructural plates and napkins for this adventure

Monica hath claimed the procurement of cups

Erin Green has vouched for the popcorn.

And finally, some mad scientist weirdo (AKA Me, AKA John Duffee) is embarking on a mad quest to make a Fruitcake Pie...

There remains ample room in the production or procurement of crunchable snackery, sweet treats, and even beverages, seeing as how we've got punch and a rootbeer.

And best of all, we're having an all in all rollicking time, and bring something to read because it just wouldn't be lit'rary without it!

Also, we may be getting a visit from Ms. Magrue, the new co-sponsor of Tell it Slant, so let's try not to maim or traumatize her too much until she starts to fight back.
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High School Writing Workshop at Carnegie [06 Sep 2006|05:44pm]

Where Carnegie Center, Downtown. It's one of the edges of Gratz Park, and I believe it is on either Second or Short Street.
When Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00 pm, Running from Septermber 12th to November 7th.
What "Creative Writing for High Schoolers"
How Much 10 Dollars for the whole thinger.

Carnegie Website: www.carnegieliteracy.org

"Come get inspired! Using nature, poetry, music and more, students will explore writing short stories and developing characters. Each class will focus on a new inspiration and explore what it takes to get us to the page and tell the right story. $10. Randi Ewing[The woman who puts this on.]" - Youth and Family Programs bulletin form Carnegie Center

So, there'll be a Writing Workshop at the Carrnegie Center that runs for 6 weeks, from September 12th to November 7th I believe it's on Tuesdays evenings from 5:30-7:00 PM.

The lady who puts it on is pretty cool and I attended the first session of it ever, which was pretty good. I think there has only been one other session since, that one being the spring session.

I don't believe I'll be able to attend it for my scheduling this time around. but hey, that's part of why I'm trying to promote it to youse guys 'n' gals.

If you're interested in getting some alternate views on the subject, just remember to take what Ned says with a grain of salt if you ask him.

As for Erin Clouthier, if you can get ahold of her to ask her, even briefly about it, more power to you. I believe she's "mr___moonshine" here on LJ, but I'll have to verify...
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Writing Prompt, Other News, and A Point Of Interest [22 Apr 2006|03:44pm]

Writing Prompt of Last Meeting: (Note: This was an ongoing prompt, to be done before next meeting.)
It's a situational prompt, meaning, you write a piece while incorporating the situation into it.

Well, here it is:
"After waking from a coma, a woman discovers that she can smell fear."

I found it and "I have come for my guitar." (dialogue prompt) while flipping through this writer's book of matches I bought. They reminded me of Cara(smelling fear) and Vincent(guitar) and as they were the first two other than myself to show up, the two prompts stuck in my mind.

Anyway, I suggested going for at least a page of writing for next meeting.

In Other News:

Vincent and his posse, are going to attempt to get a nice shot for the cover of the magazine this year.

We are still in need of art, so get cracking on submitting it, por favore.

A Point of Interest: (Try and guess what this reminded me of.)

I got to thinking that some of you might like to play around with this idea, or would, at least, get a chortle out of it.

"The Low-Ball Slam or Bad Poetry Slam rewards the poets with the worst scores. This is a rarely-seen but hilarious event"

- From Wikipedia's article on Slam Poetry, under "Competitions"
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[20 Apr 2006|10:22pm]

Come one and all!

A good time was had by pretty much all last time. Except for Vincent and myself, apparently. I'm sorry, I'm just incapable of having fun.

Anyway, come to Lit Mag, the submissions review process has been going pretty well so far.

Also, we still need and are definitely still accepting submissions of written literary materials!

But most importantly we need ART! Photos, Sketches, Drawings, Cartoons, Caricatures, Paintings, We're in need! So if you have any visual artist friends, please, Remind them to submit and help us make a more enjoyable literary magazine.

Remember, Submit Writing(poetry, prose), Submit Art, Come to Lit Mag, and Recruit from friends and acquaintances for both art and writing submissions!

You can even talk it over with your english teachers to see if you can get some last ditch extra credit if you get publish'd!
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Spring Break Writing Exercise [02 Apr 2006|02:07pm]

As if any of you actually look at this. *stares at Vinchezo*

So basically, I'm thinking, As you go through your spring break, figure out what the hell spring and spring break actually mean and/or represent to you and write out a scene that best typifies, exemplifies, or just plain shows what spring is to you.

And I'm relying on Jessica to send this via email to Vincent if he doesn't read this himself. As Vincent, it's up to you to send out the group email as Jessica is being impatient and will kill me if I take the time to do it myself.

Good bye and goodluck
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The Meating Place from the 2002 Lit Mag. I got the idea we'd do some up in the same theme. [17 Feb 2006|06:10pm]

As both an enjoyable social and creativity inspiring activity. Who knows, you might even first meet a character that you'll claim as your own doing up this exercise. Or you'll discover something more about one of your characters you've had since they were 'born' that you never knew before.

The Meating Place ala 2002Collapse )

This post was made courtesy of my Alpha-Smart's Keyboard Emulation and File sending capabilities. Yes, the entirety of it except for the stuff the monitor and mouse did.

Hope this finds you well, sorry about not telling everyone I wouldn't be able to make the meeting. I'm too out of it to remember if I found out I was having the teeth out on friday(today) on either wednesday night or thursday night. All I know is that I'm getting dizzy for the first time since they injected me at 9 to give me the surgery.
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Agendas for all the meetings leading to Undergrounds [09 Feb 2006|11:11pm]

   Hello, I am just posting this to let you all know the schedule for the next few meetings. As per John's post a few minutes ago, YES THESE ARE MANDATORY!!!!!!!!!! Also, since I won't be there on this Friday, PLEASE remember to fill out those forms! MYC has been bugging me about them, and I should have had them in last tuesday... oops. But still, John will have copies tomorrow. Here are the Agendas (only most things are set in stone)

Tell It Slant Schedules

FEB 10

  • Check-in (5 minutes); name, age, year, something that happened this week/etc.

  • Short Writing activity (~15 minutes)

  • Determine what is going to happen at Undergrounds, as far as:

    • Bands that are definitely playing

    • Are we having an auction?

    • Are we selling food?

    • Are we having a poetry slam?

    • Selling art?

    • Other ideas?

  • Discuss with band representatives that are present about sound equipment, Matt Steele in charge

  • Read and Critique if time

FEB 17

  • Check-in (5 minutes); name, age, year, something that happened this week/etc.

  • Short Writing activity (~15 minutes) (can be omitted if Jonny comes!)

  • Determine a final list of bands that are performing

    • sketch a rough timetable

  • Confirm sound equipment availability

  • Read and Critique if time, and if Jonny doesn't come

  • Make decorations!

FEB 24

  • Check-in (5 minutes); name, age, year, something that happened this week/etc.

  • Short Writing activity (~15 minutes)

  • Final list of the necessary donations- food, cups, plates, etc.

  • Determine costs of food and entry, etc.

  • Design the cafeteria setup

  • Finalize timetables for performances/activities

  • Read and Critique, if time


  • Check-in (5 minutes); name, age, year, something that happened this week/etc.

  • Short Writing activity (~15 minutes)

  • Final count on food and donations

  • Confirm sound equipment

  • Confirm cafeteria design

  • Assign jobs for March 10; determine schedule

  • Make decorations for Undergrounds!

MAR 10

- Ask what people want to do; we don't have school! Maybe meet around noon to get done early and then we can go eat somewhere together or do a potluck? Maybe even do some final decorations or random eclectic art? We will determine the times people need to be at HC on Mar. 10 at the March 3 meeting, earlier if possible.

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Alright Everyone, The Next few meetings are MANDATORY Attendance. [09 Feb 2006|11:05pm]

So remind everyone else that you need to show up to the next meetings. Undergrounds is March Tenth so really we should've had mandatory meetings since mid-January, but hinsight is 20-20.

Tomorrow we're going to be hashing out some details with band-reps and making Undergrounds advertisement flyers.

We should also be getting those entry forms that Vincent was going to bring awhile ago for the poetry slam being put on by the Mayor's Youth Council or some such organization. They're due like monday so if you're interested, please show up.
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UNDERGROUNDS DATE SET! [25 Jan 2006|09:22pm]

March 10th, 2006. Henry Clay Cafeteria.

Time Set for approximately 7:00 to 10:30 for the show itself. Roughly Estimated Staff Time: 6:15-11:15

Currently have told Varden Fall, The Moondogs, and Alistair Dark(Justin K.)

Also, if you're interested in helping with the Henry Clay Poetry Slam, then email me back or just reply to the group email I'm sending out. I know a few of you had some specific complaints about the last one. One of the more notable being that it wasn't actually slamming. In which case, you should definitely let me know you're interested in it because Ms. Cantrell(librarian) wants to meet with some of us from Lit Mag about such concerns and also the particulars of our help in setting up for it. Also, it is scheduled, roughly, for March 22nd.
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Check this out . Ned and I are probably going to enroll. [15 Jan 2006|10:32pm]

"January 19th to March 9th
Short Stories for High School Students
Carnegie Center for Literacy

5:00-7:30 p.m. A general creative writing class for high school students. Explore the elements of short story writing with a focus on setting, character and tone. $15"
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[20 Dec 2005|06:14pm]

Lalala don't forget the meeting tomorrow!
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MEETING WEDNESDAY THE 21st!!!! [19 Dec 2005|09:41pm]

It's at Jessica's House. 209 Ridgeway Road.

Which is off of Fontaine.

Basically, you go the opposite direction down Fontaine as if you were going to school, and you drie past the intersection of Fontaine and Chinoe and then you take the first right turn you can and she's the 1st or 2nd house on the left. It has big old White Columns/Pillars and a fairly big porch.

I estimate from 1:00pm to 4:30 pm will be the run time.

We will mainly be doing planning for how to implement after Winter Break ends and what to do over Winter Break.

But we will also be doing some work, nothing too strenuous though. I'll bring some posterboards and materia in case anyone has a burning desire to create anything.

Bring any cardboard boxes you still have left around for submission boxes, any concept art/posters you came up with for advertising Undergrounds/or anything Lit. Mag. related, and some supplies but we should have some.

Addy is 209 Ridgeway Road.

NOTE!: Feel Free to bring music in the form of either CDs or Vinyl Records. Sorry, no tapeplayers to my knowledge. ALSO THERE WILL BE SNACKS!! FEEL FREE TO BRING YOUR OWN AS YOU PROBABLY HATE MY TASTE IN SNACKS!

Call me: 266-8582 for additional details/questions/comments/concerns!!!!!!
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Oiy! Sunday Afternoon Free for Anyone!? [11 Dec 2005|12:58am]

Alright, since Sunday wasn't good for anyone, who wants to get together the day after finals or the day after that?

Because after perusing two of Daniel's litmags from 02 and 03, I can see some areas that we may want to work on. Especially in the visual art dep.

Also, last meeting I didn't get one of those sheets Ms. Kinner photocopied en masse, so could someone give me the gist of what they said?

Check this out: http://www.deviantart.com/print/239445/ Amusing....

Because I really do wanna get together outside of school....
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[02 Dec 2005|06:34pm]


So is anyone else upset that we're having to postpone the Undergrounds?

I mean, we have a lot of stuff. Mostly all we need is pizza, and an organizational method so that we can finish putting together everything.

Don't really know what to say, other than poo. Poo poo poo.

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My mom threatened me if I didn't tell ya'll about this [27 Nov 2005|03:06pm]

So yeah, poetry contest thinger. 12-18 years of age requirement.

"Calling all teen poets! Submit your best poem to PARADE Classroom’s poetry contest. If you win, you’ll see your poem in print and get paid! The contest begins on Oct. 2, 2005 at 12:01 a.m. and ends on Dec. 31, 2005 at 11:59 ET. Your poem must be original and no longer than 20 lines. Send one poem along with name, age, address, teacher’s name, school name and phone number to PARADE Poetry Contest, P. O. Box 5103, Grand Central Station, N.Y., N.Y. 10163-5103 or fax 212-450-7284. The first-place winner will have his or her poem published in PARADE and receive $300. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m., ET, on Dec. 31, 2005. See full rules below."

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Lucas Listu! [23 Nov 2005|04:19pm]

[ mood | ack ]

Okay We Need:

1. Bands(We have ~5-6, and this includes single performers, etc.) = Semi-Check

2. Concessions(Apparently we get the most profit offa these) = Slightly Check?

3. Coffee Machine/s = Unknown

4. Filters for aforesaid coffee machines if we go with 'em (I think these'd probably prove useful'd) = I'm pretty sure this is easily covered.

5. Popcorn Machine (Cheap way to make alot of it for some mass sales) = Unknown(In Progress?)

6. Electrical/Sound Equipment(Need to check with the bands for what they use, what they'll be bringing with them, and what we'll need to see if we can provide for them) = Unknown

7. Lights!!!! (This and the Electrical/Sound Equipment go kinda together) = Unknown

8. Raffle Items(So far we have 2 purses from Third Street Stuff, kindly donated by the proprietor Ms. Pat Gerard{Gerhard?}) = Semi-Check

9. (shoe)Boxes for storing the Raffle Tickets = Semi-Check(I know Jessica has 2 in her car all the time, and I've got a couple.)

10. PIZZA!!!!!(Along with Popcorn, great sales) = Still Need to find a deal/sponsor

11. Pastry type deals (Like pizza only not as uber-stressed) = Semi-Check(~5 dozen from Krispy Kreme?)

12. Announcer/MC(s?) = We need to hash out our system for this.

13. Gauge Groups for how long they can play and are willing to play(time-slotwise) = Need to rank the groups and then assign times such as 1/2 hour, 1 hour, 2 hour(if they're the barmb and can last it).

14. Get Contact Info for the Bands, Members of Bands so we can contact them for last minute changes, get in touch, find out where they are the day/night of Undergrounds!!! = Really need to do this pronto as this was a problem for last year, sorta.

15. Security/Chaperones = We need to find some adults/parents willing to come and stay for at least an hour or two in different shifts

16. Volunteers to help set up/be security = People trustworthy enough for some security, but mainly just people to help set up and break down(Had some people ask about volunteering to help out, mainly Amber Hatton, ex-g/f extrodinaire)

17. Stamps or some other, better way of physically telling if someone's paid = Unknown, REALLY IMP.

18. ADVERTISING BLITZ!!!!!!!! = UBER IMPORTANT!!!! I, Vincent, Becky, anyone with a good printer/ability to steal ink from work/parents' work(s) need to start with fliers and we also need to contact WRFL(Radio Free Lexington or sommat) Lucas said a one Wes would be the best person to talk to, but we had to make sure to mention that 1. it was located at Arts Place and 2. that it'd be a Public Service Announcemnt(PSA)

19. Strongbox/Moneybox = Check

20. Someone with the tech expertise to do lights and sound = Somewhat check as long as we don't get complicated, mainly this is something to think about once we figure out what we have to work with location wise.

21. Find out what Arts Place can provide for us Electric/Sound/Table/Chair-wise.

22. I'm going to email Vincent and Becky the contact info for Baily Scott and Adam Michel(two previous leaders) so we're going to be discussing/begging for advice/guidance from them. Also I'm going to give Wes of WRFL's Number to Vincent. As unfortunately I can't do it as I'm in a bit of a tissy right now and am being yelled at to get out the door and probably forgetting something.

Current Rough Time: ~7:30-11:30(Show itself) We'll probably be setting up from ~4-5 and on and definitely be there until after 12.

Also an idea was discussed for everyone to bring a 2 Litre Soda and styrofoam and plastic cups(for coffee, soda respectively). I've donated some plates to the cause already. So yeah, Cups and Plates main utensil-eating tool type things

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Undergrounds as of Nov. 18-- 29 DAYS LEFT [18 Nov 2005|05:57pm]

    Hey everybody! We had an awesome meeting, and did a good job keeping together after the fire alarm fiasco.

    Ms. Kinner had a valid point- if we don't get our act together, we won't have Undergrounds. Wouldn't that be terribly embarassing?! Well, we settled down and got to work, and got some serious progress! Good going!

  • Several of you volunteered to help with flyers. We want to post around school, around our neighborhoods and downtown; however, in order for us to do that, we need to assemble an army of printers! Mine works, but isn't great, so anyone interested email the wonderful person in charge- Amy at ketchup.girl@gmail.com

Okay, next. Here is a list of places we thought of to call and the status thereof:
  • Mondelli Bakery- Amy still to report
  • Magees- We need to send a letter for stuff, a follow-up reminder letter, and then call on the 17th to insure readiness, pickup for good on Dec. 17th @ 2pm
  • CD Central- I'll call back to speak with Steve Baron; unlikely to donate
  • Papa Jones (unknown location)- Bad pizza offer- 10 large 1 topping for $8 apiece
  • DiNK's- Going there this Sunday at noon to finalize plans (myself and Josh O.)
  • Third Street Stuff- I'm going on Monday/Tuesday to pick up merchandise
  • Squecial- Call back Monday to reach Mary Morgan; unlikely to donate
  • Krispy Kreme- 10 dozen glazes, 5 dozen assorted; pickup Dec. 17th @ 3pm
  • Jo-Beth- Awaiting report
  • Fazoli's- Awaiting report
  • Natasha's Cafe- Call back at some time for owner, I'll do that
  • EW James & Son- plates, cups, plasticwares
  • Co-op- Awaiting report
  • Jonk- Awaiting report
  • Pop Culture- I'm by there Sunday
We also had two people who sang for us today, Chealsea Chavis and April Edwards.

We ran out of time and didn't get a chanse to listen to the new CD- we'll do that next week, though.

After the meeting, I heard concerns regarding Chealsea's singing from some people. I think it might be prudent to vote on whether or not she would be able to perform; however, understand we can't really afford to turn down people.

Uhmmm... We need to call the Arts Place and request a visit of the place this will be held. Ms. Kinner I don't think got the reason we went there- we went there to see what we have to work with, not to double-check her. In order to organize this and coordinate, we need to know what the space is like. I know that I would be able to work lights if nobody else will- or if they have someone there or not, I don't know.

Cara- Check and see about that popcorn machine! That would be AWESOME!

That's basically it. I'll be drafting a formal letter this weekend to give out to businesses to help our [already persuasive] arguments for donations. I'm emailing the Herald-Leader in a few minutes to go ahead and get us put in the newspaper!

Vital info:

Undergrounds hosted by the Henry Clay Literary Magazine: Tell It Slant
At Arts Place at 161 N. Mill St. in Lexington KY
from 7:30 - 11 PM (we can alter this, this is a rough estimate)

For donations:

Contact Vincent Purcell at 321-6857
or via email at Jadedoto@gmail.com
Give them the letter I'll post on this blog later.

I think that covers it! We'll see you all in 2 weeks (no school friday next week!), and we'll be getting some last minute things together!

Good luck to all of you who entered in the Reflections contest!!!!!!!

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Yo, This is the list Ms. Kinner got to me of past donators [16 Nov 2005|11:42pm]

Past Donations/Donators
(Concessions and Raffle Prizes, [and probably something or other as well])

1. Magees Bakery
2. Panera's (They bugged out on us last year at the last minute, who knows)
3. The Void
4. Sqecial Media
5. Eureka Pizza/Papa John's (Alternately I surmise)
6. CD Central
7. Bela Rose
8. Paisley Peacock's
9. Hellbillies (Hillbillies?)
10. Philp Galls
11. Mad Hatter

And we desperately need to prostelytize and recruit bands. There's a show at Beaumont this Saturday Even' and hopefully something will come out of that. I'm intending upon going but some prior commitments may require that I'll be out of town even that late, not too clear about that.

Anyway, Shoutouts to everyone entering a piece into the Reflections Contest! Tommorrow's like your last chance to mail it all in, they've got folders for the forms on the table in the counselling office right when you get in there.
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[13 Nov 2005|01:10pm]

So, there's no news about how the Arts Place is? You guys went to check it out yesterday, right? I wanna hear about it!
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