Friday, September 05, 2008

Advice About Class Reunions

Wow, yesterday's blog question definitely prompted some good and thoughtful responses. Thanks! When I was going through final edits of One Night in Memphis, I was actually surprised by the number of times I had characters swearing. It was always either the bad guy, or male-male conversation. And in both cases, I think, it was realistic dialogue. Still, I cut out probably 1/3 of it in the edits, and I also emailed my editor asking whether she still thought it was too much. I'm not sure what or who else she edits, but she (somewhat laughingly) replied that she thought it was fine. If you check the Samhain page, though, there's still a warning for "Mild profanity." I figured I just wanted to be safe.

End of the week - finally! And among other things on my plate, I have taken on the task of planning my high school reunion (and no, I'm not telling you how many years. You'll have to guess. And even then, I won't tell you if you're right). So...any advice from anyone who's done it? Even better, any advice from anyone who's gone to a class reunion and either loved or hated the way it was set up? Share, please!


Diane Craver said...

A couple of reunions we attended the music was too loud. Music is nice to set the atmosphere and for dancing, but also one of the purposes of a reunion is to visit and catch up on what everyone is doing so you want to be able to hear everything.

One of my reunions was a pot luck dinner which can be nice except for people traveling a long distance. But they can always pick up something at a deli or restaurant.

You might get together with a few other classmates to help you plan so you don't have to do it alone.

Liz said...

I went to my ten year. It was so horrible that me and my friends ended up in the re-union next door - they welcomed us with open arms and we had a great time. I wish I went to that high school!!!

Chad Aaron Sayban said...

I agree with Diane, if the music is too loud, nobody has any fun.

It's funny, my current novel has a class reunion as one of it's primary locations. The music was too loud their, too. ;-)

windycindy said...

Hi, My sister has planned several of hers. She would be happy to answer any questions if your have any. I have enjoyed and not enjoyed some of mine. Cindi