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    Linda Adams
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    I went to critique group last night and discovered that someone had dropped a Molotov Cocktail in the area. Thankfully, the guy didn’t know what he was doing, but the food court was pretty well shut down. McDonald’s was even closed.

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    Oh Wow. never thought writing was so dangerous. Mind you some critiques I’ve seen (not on FM I might add) might warrent some form of violence.

    Now, did you stick around and take notes?

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    One thing you have to be ready for when using a writing group is flame wars! :P

    But in seriousness, gosh that’s scary. All the best!

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    Hope everyone was okay.

    (Okay, cynical thought: No loss the closing of McDonalds. Sorry, I had to say it.)

    I agree though, flames wars do appear at times when dealing with some Critiques. Especially when someone gets their shorts in a knot.

    Did any detective offer good notes?

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    So glad to hear that didn’t turn into the nightmare it so easily could have!

    I’m with the others in wondering — did you take notes to use in a story later?

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    I’m glad it happened prior to your meeting.

    David Anthony Brown
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    Gives new meaning to Night of Writing Dangerously. Glad nobody was hurt. Maybe this is fodder for a story?

    Linda Adams
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    We outlasted most everyone there — it was almost 10 by the time we left.

    And I’m always watching for opportunities for things to use in a story. Maybe I could turn this into a magic Molotov Cocktail. Hmm…

    Wandering Author
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    That seems more than a little extreme. I don’t particularly like malls, but I just stay away from them. I don’t feel any need to attack them. It’s a good thing he managed to mess up (although I’m not sure how you can avoid igniting gasoline when you have a lit fuse) because that could have been a real horror show.

    At least you managed to stick it out and maybe get some notes for a story. And, best of all, none of you were hurt.

    J.A. Marlow
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    Wow, that’s a new risk of going to a writer’s group! Not one I want to see repeated around the world, mind you. We have enough going on in our heads already, we don’t need things like this to add to it. :P

    J.A. Marlow
    The String Weavers, Salmon Run, Redpoint One series.

    Writer alter-ego of Dreamers Cove

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