Hypergraphia is a condition that causes people to transcribe their thoughts uncontrollably. I don't suffer from it in the clinical sense, but I may be borderline. My blog is the cyber-wall where I spray paint my thoughts for all to see. By the way, if you came here directly through blogger --if your page has no yellow frames and no pretty pic of me in the top left corner -- you may want to visit my main site at www.hypergraffiti.com, where you can read this blog and much much more.


I'm Trudy Morgan-Cole, a writer from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. My books include "The Violent Friendship of Esther Johnson," "Esther: A Story of Courage," and "Deborah and Barak." I'm also a married mom of two, a teacher in an adult-ed program, and a Christian of the Seventh-day Adventist kind. I blog about writing, reading, parenting, teaching, spirituality, and shiny things that catch my eye.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Society of Strident Women

Today I threw myself a little small party to celebrate finishing (yes, actually finishing) the draft of my NaNovel. I invited five literary women friends for coffee at Starbucks/Chapters, also known as the Sacred Temple to the Triune Goddesses of Coffee, Chocolate and Books. Since I probably wrote about 50K of my 80K total wordcount at Chapters, it seemed appropriate to celebrate there.

Gathered for the event were: Natalie (also a NaNo winner), Lori, Tina, Jennifer, and Christine who sweetly brought my flowers to celebrate. I hand-picked all these friends, even though they didn't all know each other, as the women writers I'd most like to party with, and as a group we clicked so well that we enjoyed two solid hours of non-stop conversation about books, plays, work, feminism, and husbands who don't socialize on their own. We have already discussed the possibility of meeting on a regular basis under the name (suggested by Lori) "Society of Strident Women."

Thanks to all the lovely strident women for making my post-NaNo party so much fun! And thanks to the Starbucks patron otherwise known as Table Guy for giving us his extra chair, then his table, and finally for taking our pictures!

Just a reminder to all my lovely readers: Blogs are like little flowers. Just as little flowers need sunshine and rain to flourish, blogs need comments (because bloggers are emotionally needy people who demand constant feedback to validate their own existance). Isn't it sad if a little flower withers and dies because it doesn't get enough sun and rain? Don't let a little flower die ... don't let a little blog wither and perish. Leave a comment ...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Strident woman here. Loved the day and look forward to our next meeting.

Congrats again on the NaNovel!

9:26 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

What a great accomplishment! I quit NaNo quite early. I've decided I should write nothing longer than a haiku during November/December. (except blog comments, that is.)


9:27 PM  
Blogger TrudyJ said...

Thanks for coming Tina ... we strident women will definitely be seeing more of each other in future.

A haiku:

Kim, I wish that you
Could have been at my party.
Happy December.

9:34 PM  
Blogger Chris (mombie) said...

Holy Guilt Trip, Batman.

Thanks for inviting me to your party, Trudy!

See you in January. (Do I get extra points for being the original Ms. Strident?)

By the way, the Faludi quote is "My goal is to be accused of being strident."

10:13 PM  
Blogger TrudyJ said...

Chris, you definitely get points for being the original Ms. Strident. We owe it all to you!!

The guilt trip was a bit over-the-top, wasn't it? But seriously...THREE posts without comments, that's about as much as my fragile ego can handle. I actually checked yesterday to see if I had accidentally turned comments "OFF."

Looking forward to the next monthly meeting of the Strident Women!

10:59 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Congratulations on finishing and on the establishment of the Strident Women!

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at those Strident Women! They're so cute! (Can strident women be cute?)

Here's a haiku (I had to go up and count yours. 5-7-5. Shouldn't be that hard to remember. Sigh.)

This is for your blog
So you can have some comments
Let the flower live!


PS Glad we get to be strident women and that my screen name wasn't modified for the group. Chicken Women? Sheesh.

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That has to be the most poetic plea for comments I've ever seen!

And your Society of Strident Women looks wonderful - it makes me want to move to Newfoundland so I could crash your party!

11:01 PM  

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