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Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

Subject:Resurrection!!
Posted by:rizardofoz.
Time:4:12 pm.
This was a story I wrote overnight, so it's a rough draft. Any thoughts or ideas on how to edit or make it better? All comments and critiques appreciated!

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Thursday, March 30th, 2006

Posted by:rizardofoz.
Time:1:17 pm.
Mood: comfortable.
Hey everyone. This is a short story I'm planning on revising for my creative writing class. Be brutal. This isn't the final updated draft, but it is the one I had everyone in my class workshop. So, have fun with it!

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Monday, March 27th, 2006

Subject:Prompt :: March 27 2006
Posted by:katshakespeare.
Time:4:52 pm.
If you write on a prompt and want to share, please, don't hesitate to post.

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

Subject:Prompt :: 03/21/06
Posted by:katshakespeare.
Time:11:37 am.
Mood: aggravated.
A reminder about prompts can be found here. May this help explode your writing today.

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Subject:future of this community
Posted by:rizardofoz.
Time:10:39 am.
Hey everyone. Hope you all are doing well. I thought the time would be ripe to rekindle this little community. I really would like to get some feedback on a few of my writings. When I have the time, I'll post some work up here; and I encourage you all to do the same.

Take care, have a great week, and (most importantly) keep writing.
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Sunday, May 8th, 2005

Subject:Short Story
Posted by:rizardofoz.
Time:2:42 am.
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Saturday, January 29th, 2005

Posted by:thimble_island.
Time:1:02 pm.
Mood: contemplative.
I know that I am probably one of the few people in this group who actually lives in the Pittsburgh area, but I have a few questions for all of you, regardless of where you live.

- First, if you do live in the Pittsburgh area, do you go to any poetry readings, open mic nights, or writing groups outside of school? If so, where are they and how do you find out about them? How many people show up?

- If you are not in the area, are there many groups that have open mic nights, workshops, book review groups, etc in your area? If not, do you think there is a reason for this? If there are groups, do a lot of people go to them and how do they publicize?

- If someone (*cough*me*cough*) were to create a website of all of the book and literary journal releases, book signings, publishing parties, open mic nights, workshop groups, etc in the Pittsburgh area, do you think that this would help the writing community in the city at all or would it be an effort in futility?
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Sunday, January 23rd, 2005

Posted by:rizardofoz.
Time:3:29 pm.
Mood: cold.
Hey all, I've made a few alterations to my "Winter Prison" story that I submitted a short while back: if anyone wants to look at the WIP, comment and I'll post the edited version. I'm planning on submitting this story to my college's annual literary publication shortly.

Thanks!
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Sunday, January 16th, 2005

Subject:Boo
Posted by:thimble_island.
Time:10:30 am.
Mood: anxious.
Because I suck a lot, not only did I start my sentence with the word "because", I also keep forgetting to check to make sure that people are actually posting their request before clicking on the link to join this community. I am going to be much more thorough on that now that I have realized my error, just so all of you know.

We try to be a more serious writing community, and the only thing that we ask people to do is read our user-info and rules, make sure that they understand, and then post one comment in our first post letting us know that you actually do want to write and/or critique. This is why we have a smaller number of members than the communities that allow people to join en masse, regardless of activity level. If, when you click on the link, it's unavailable, go to the calendar and access it from there. I made sure that I could not two minutes ago.

That being said, I'm going to the bridal show today (not because I'm getting married. It's a work thing. We host weddings and receptions and rehearsal dinners and such and I get to go for free because my boss is cool like that.) but when I get back, I am going to post a prompt, and we'll see how that works out. It may very well have to do with crazy gold-mining women, or the niceness of loads of flowers and white tulle, depending on how my day goes.
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Friday, January 14th, 2005

Subject:In relation to the first part of my last post
Posted by:thimble_island.
Time:8:51 am.
Mood: curious.
Hello again, everyone. After reading the comments that I received on the last entry I have a couple of ideas for all of you to consider and give me your feedback on.

First, I wanted to thank everyone who helped me out with my story. I wrote another three or four pages last night and all of you who gave me advice helped me immensely.

Okay, all being dorky aside (who am I kidding? Honestly.) I do have a couple of ideas for what we can do to get this community back up to the level of activity that we had less than a year ago (or thereabouts). I got most of these ideas from talking to katshakespeare and reading the comments that were left by a couple of you on the previous post.

Numbered for your commenting convenience:

1. I have noticed that some people do not desire as harsh of a critique as others do in this community. Now, personally, I enjoy giving and receiving such critiques as it helps me a lot, but not everyone is like me in that regard. On Deviantart they have an option to set the level of critique that you desire on a specific piece of writing or art (advanced, normal, discouraged, none). I may try instituting something like that around here. That way people who really want to get a lot of critique on their work can let us know and people who just want to share can also do so without feeling intimidated.

2. Honestly I am really not sure how many of you are poetry writers versus how many of you are fiction writers. That being the case, whenever I post a prompt or something of that nature, if I post something that is mainly a "poem" kind of prompt, I will also post something for you fiction writers out there and vice versa. We are still mainly going to be using A Writer's Book of Days as it is, after all, what this community was started on, but at the same time, I would also like to start doing some different prompts, mostly because, as a poet I feel that the prompts, which are supposed to be automatic, rarely lead me to poetry. If anyone disagrees, please let me know. I really want you all to give me your input.

3. For every single prompt that I post, either myself or katshakespeare will do something to respond to it. If she is too busy to do any of them, then I will do all of them. Also, I will do my very best to give comments and critiques. We will still mainly be posting prompts on Monday Wednesday and Friday, but I think I may end up talking to katshakespeare about loosening up our rule about not posting anything else on prompt days. If you need help on a poem that is due tomorrow you should be able to get that help before the due date for the poem has already come and gone.

4. Not to toot my own horn too much or anything, but I am fairly knowledgeable about the formal aspects of poetry (meter, form, history of the different forms, rhyme schemes, etc.) as well as surrealism, dada, and magic realism. If anyone wants to do a short workshop/explanation of any one form or technique in particular, I would be more than happy to post a number of definitions of different types of poetry and poetic technique, along with links and resources. I have a website with an interactive meter quiz on it bookmarked and everything. If this would interest you guys, let me know.

5. However, I am not the best person to talk to about fiction. If you have lots of fiction questions, you may want to direct those toward katshakespeare instead.

6. Any more ideas or questions? Please let me know! Comment or drop me an IM!
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Thursday, January 13th, 2005

Subject:A question for my fellow writers
Posted by:thimble_island.
Time:5:50 pm.
Mood: confused.
First of all, I know that this community has been awfully dead lately, but I would really like to see more activity here. I'm very sorry that I have not been active as a co-mod, so this is more my own fault than anything else. If you would like me to start posting some prompts (either from the Writer's Book of Days or elsewhere) or find writing exercises or other such things, let me know. I'm not having a terribly busy semester, it would seem, so if katshakespeare thinks she's going to be terribly busy, I can start doing a couple prompts to such a week. Please let me know what you guys think about that, if nothing else.

Now, my second, and more personal if not as important question, is regarding a story that I am writing for my fiction seminar. The story itself is set in Cleveland as I am sick of writing about Pittsburgh and Cleveland is the city that I know the second most about with Chicago coming in fairly far behind in third place.

My question (or rather, problem) is this: My main character is a bisexual female. Now, I have no problem writing or characterizing her, but many gay/lesbian writers seem to think that any "love story" revolving around two characters who are of the same gender and who are attracted to each other must be treated in a different way than straight couples are. This story is not a gay rights statement, nor is it a "coming of age" sort of thing (at the time of the story the main characters are 24 and 25). As a mostly straight group of writers (I assume, and I apologize if more of you are homosexual or bisexual than I have been lead to believe) do you agree with the claim that I ought to treat this story differently? Why or why not? If you are bisexual or homosexual, have you heard the same thing that I have about "gay/lesbian" fiction? Am I totally off my mark here?
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Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Subject:November 10
Posted by:katshakespeare.
Time:10:40 pm.
Mood:artistic.
Alright, I kind of started some semblance of a plot. Well, it's more like the plot will take the form of shorter stories all related to camp, like this one. So, hope I can entertain ya'll.

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Friday, November 5th, 2004

Posted by:angabel.
Time:9:21 pm.
I've neglected my NaNoWriMo due to health issues. So, 5 days into it, I'm starting afresh, in third person rather than first. Any suggestions or comments would be great. There are about 2,160 words under the cut. Apologies.

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Thursday, November 4th, 2004

Subject:Fiction Help
Posted by:katshakespeare.
Time:3:07 pm.
Mood: sore.
Alright, this isn't my NaNo. This is my fiction workshop assignment, and I've gone through a lot of people already who have really, really helped me, and I know this community has been a little bit dead, but I really, really need a little bit of help.

A little background, Keisha is a back up singer on tour for a popstar, and her entire life she's wanted to get her own record deal. Basically, I've set up a bit of a conflict between Keisha and Rachael - jealousy, maybe. But a few people have mentioned that I don't show it or build it up enough between the two of them.

This is the opening to the story, up through the first time we see Keisha and Rachael interacting and I would really love some help in developing some kind of rivalry or conflict between the two of them so the ending isn't a complete surprise. My mother said it seemed to come out of nowhere.

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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004

Subject:November 3
Posted by:katshakespeare.
Time:7:56 pm.
Mood:busy.
Another story-telling bit. This time, I want to know if it works and makes sense.

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Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004

Subject:November 2
Posted by:katshakespeare.
Time:4:06 pm.
Mood: blah.
I got to a campfire in my story. I'm trying to go for the whole story telling feel. Tell me if it works.

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Posted by:thimble_island.
Time:11:55 am.
Mood: amused.
The Mary Sue Litmus Test; Whereupon we discover how realistic or unrealistic your character is, and if I would wish firey death upon herCollapse )</ sarcasm>
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Subject:More on NaNoWriMo
Posted by:thimble_island.
Time:11:42 am.
Well, as is typical for me, I got started on NaNoWriMo a day late (I do everything a bit late. Boo.) and have just now decided what I am going to write about. I've decided to go sci-fi this year, though only subtly so. My story is basically going to follow around a few characters with what may be very minor super powers (if they can even be deemed as such) or the characters might just be crazy. This is always a possibility, especially when I am writing.

Also, there may be zombies.

So! What is everyone else doing? Any main plot ideas? Characters? Later today I plan to take the Mary Sue litmus test for my main character. I'll post the results here and you can all make fun of me and then possibly take it yourselves. Yay!

Oh, and please go vote, no matter who you're voting for. I believe we're all fairly young voters, and I would like to show America that the youth actually gives a crap. GO VOTE! </ soapbox>
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Monday, November 1st, 2004

Subject:November 1
Posted by:katshakespeare.
Time:4:00 pm.
Mood:accomplished.
Well, it's the start of the month and the start of NaNo.

I don't know why I'm doing it, to be honest, what with a fanfiction in full swing, two lit. papers due this month, and a fiction workshop, but I suppose every little bit of writining helps.

I started at 12:01am this morning, and I thought I'd share a paragraph and a word count, just to get the ball rolling. I had an idea for the story, you see, and as I started, it began to morph into something different, yet at the same time it's still very similar. I think what the problem is right now is that I'm writing exposition and background, you know, that stuff that the writer always knows but doesn't write down. Still, I may eventually end up going back and expanding on the actions and working chapters and fully fledged scenes out of them.

Feel free to give me feedback, to post your own processes, excerpts, and frustrations when you feel like banging your head off something hard and sharp. After all, we're all writers and we're all here to help each other out. And I don't want this community to die.

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Saturday, October 30th, 2004

Subject:NaNoWriMo
Posted by:katshakespeare.
Time:1:00 pm.
Mood: complacent.
Even though not many people responded to my last post, here's what we're going to do:

On Monday, NaNoWriMo begins, so this community, for the month of November, will be open to excerpts from your NaNo-novel, frustrations with writers' block, word counts, plot, characters, etc.

Let the NaNo-Writing begin!
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