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We had an interesting meeting on the 19th at The Moulin in Vallauris. Rather different to the previous meeting:
First of all, it was ALL MALE. That’s right, no women at all. If the venue was a possible reason for that, please let me know, either by email, or here on the blog.
The Moulin is just about perfect for the meetings, we can have the place to ourselves, the staff are helpful, the cafe if full of books, musical instruments and other arts and crafts, and there is ample parking available. BUT, it is in Vallauris, this end of the coast, and I got the impression from Bob that there had been some reluctance from the ladies to go to Vallauris ? If so, please tell me.
The bulk of the meeting this time concerned getting published. A continual bugbear for a lot of writers, it seems.
Michael Van Eekeren, a Dutch writer, had come up with an interesting new way of becoming published. He has recently finished a novel which he refers to as fitting the genre “dick-lit.” As I understand it, the book concerns the growing trend for men to become more feminine in their thought processes, and how this is affecting society.
Michael had the idea of selling “shares” in his book, and using the money generated to have the book published and promoted, in much the same way a lot of films are produced. Very inventive, I thought.
But, after taking legal advice regarding one of the characters in his book. (An old lady who was famous in the Netherlands) Michael ended up being sued by said lady, and had to use some of the money ear-marked for promotional work to pay her off. He is now heading back to Holland to promote the book.
We all enjoyed listening to the story from Michael, who made it seem very funny, but I am sure it was not so amusing at the time.
If you would like to check Michael out, his website is:
I will be emailing this same message out to everyone. also.
If anyone has a preference as to where the next meeting should be held, please let me know.