We returned to Nicole’s for an outdoor dinner and a read-and-critique night on August 21st. In addition to Nicole, Susannah, Bethany, Jon, and Kim, we got to meet Nicole/Kim/Mike’s colleague, Michelle. Nicole read her most recent entry to the NYC Midnight writing contest. Susannah shared a set of haiku. Michelle had a chapter from a spooky story to share, which spawned a discussion about Centralia, PA. Jon read a portion of a story written from the perspective of a cat. Bethany had put together a journalistic account of a recent dog rescue she had Jon had effected. And Kim read both her own piece and the opening chapter of a children’s fantasy book that Mike is working on.