And not another rant, I promise. I guess I really needed to blow off some steam on Tuesday!
After talking to some like-minded friends, we've decided that we're going to become a little more proactive at our meetings.
For instance, my fellow book friends and I noticed that we tend to sit near each other at meetings. Now we're going to spread out and sit among and between the other ladies. The idea is this: Make all of the unrelated side discussions more difficult by physically separating people. I plan to be up close and personal with a couple of them. Maybe snap them with a rubber band if they veer off. (Is that going a teensy bit too far?)
We're also going to be more proactive when we start putting books into the mix for next year and insist on more variety of genre and setting. (I counted to make sure that I wasn't making a mountain out of a mole hill...In the past 8 months, we've read 5 historical fiction novels, all set primarily in the 1930's and 1940's) When we meet at my house in October, I'm going to give out a list with several types of books - mostly types of fiction, but adding the categories of biographies and memoirs and true accounts to our 2011 plans. And I'm going to be as diplomatic as I can, yet strongly suggest that nobody chooses books from the same categories on the list for a whole year.
The book list is probably the biggest leap of all. Up until this point, the method for choosing books was that we all decided which month we want to host in the coming year, then the book choice was up to the hostess. Depending on the hostess, sometimes very little thought was put into the book choice, and that's been part of the problem. So anyway, we'll see how my genre list goes over. If it's rejected, then it's more than likely that our group will split up. And that may not necessarily be a bad thing, but rather just how these things go.
So now that we have a plan, I'm cool with the situation. I just hope I can pull it off.
And my next post will have more to do with stitching, I promise!