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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Dec. 20th, 2012 @ 05:33 PM Reply

Well, the guy is a master of suspense and intrigue - having just blown the cover on a few storylines that he was keeping under wraps for the large part of 12 books, my mind is now trying to escape from my ears.

I'm starting to wonder why my friends say that I'm like Harry Dresden at all...


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Dec. 22nd, 2012 @ 08:24 AM Reply

I feel like this is an AA meeting..but nonetheless, maybe that is something I need.

I won't insult your intelligence by saying my name..I think you can read :P

I like to write, I don't really share my work though because, well, the stuff I write probably doesn't have an audience and I think it is shit. I write for myself. So I likely will not scourge you with my inane blubberings :D

But who knows, you may get unlucky one day.

I'm not sure what role writing has played in my life, when I was a teen I found my love for poetry and wrote some very teen-like dribble, which makes me gag and feel ashamed whenever I dare to glimpse at it nowadays. I guess it has made me more aware of the natural world as the years have progressed (as idiotic as that sounds). I take more time just standing in a road, breathing in the air, or watching the leaves flitting in breezes..or staring at the explosive colors of fall(my favorite aside from looking- well, why do you care? I ramble -.-). I have come to really appreciate them, even as I have grown away from people and being social.

So I guess that is me, where is my sponsor so I can feel bad about myself and my errant ways >.>?


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Dec. 22nd, 2012 @ 09:08 AM Reply

Forgot to mention that I utterly love renaissance era romance poetry (such as Petrarch, Shakespeare's sonnet sequence, Thomas Wyatt, Sydney, Walter Raleigh..you get the idea x_X) and epic poetry.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Dec. 22nd, 2012 @ 08:00 PM Reply

At 12/22/12 09:08 AM, Alina836 wrote: ...

Hey. Well, you're not the only person who enjoys poetry and focuses his or her efforts on poems rather than prose. As long as you spend time reading and commenting on other people's poetry, you'll be welcomed here.


Despite the name, I'm actually good--Deft, and good!

Giving out reviews to anyone who wants them (exception: poems. I'll find you).

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Dec. 23rd, 2012 @ 01:53 AM Reply

At 12/22/12 08:00 PM, DeftAndEvil wrote:
At 12/22/12 09:08 AM, Alina836 wrote: ...
Hey. Well, you're not the only person who enjoys poetry and focuses his or her efforts on poems rather than prose. As long as you spend time reading and commenting on other people's poetry, you'll be welcomed here.

I do read, I am horrible at critiquing though. I don't think it is fair for me to give pointers when my work is far from perfect.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Dec. 23rd, 2012 @ 02:44 AM Reply

There's not much you need to do to give feedback. You don't have to give a full review, but it is important to support and encourage fellow writers and poets. This is especially true if you are a nascent writer/poet, since you need to be able to recognize what works and what doesn't, as well as familiarizing yourself with language and prosody.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Dec. 26th, 2012 @ 08:47 AM Reply

noo deathcon don't go

Even if the Writing Forum has(sorry) utterly failed to gain any momentum as a hub for writers to critique, write, and teach, the forum is first and foremost a place of discussion! Where real, actual writers reside! A community! A place where everyone else knows what you're talking about! Personally, I can't imagine lurking anywhere else except this glorious haven of intelligent conversation! Everyone please stay!

At 12/7/12 10:31 PM, EKublai wrote: The best way to succeed in the writing world is to know other writers.

When I got outside, the purple fog was spreading. I covered my nose and mouth, and ran home.

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Dec. 27th, 2012 @ 05:57 AM Reply

wipes crust from eyes, yawns

Hi guys! I think it's finally time I venture back to this site. Looks like I have a lot to learn and to catch up on. There has been crazy and amazing changes in my life that have gotten me to where I am today! I hope there are a lot of my old friends around.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Dec. 28th, 2012 @ 06:28 AM Reply

At 12/27/12 05:57 AM, Fro wrote:
wipes crust from eyes, yawns
Hi guys! I think it's finally time I venture back to this site. Looks like I have a lot to learn and to catch up on. There has been crazy and amazing changes in my life that have gotten me to where I am today! I hope there are a lot of my old friends around.

I'm still here, barely. Though I appear to be gearing up for a good run on the keyboard over the next few weeks / months, with the amount of inspiration that I've found, all of a sudden.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Dec. 30th, 2012 @ 09:29 AM Reply

At 12/28/12 06:28 AM, Coop wrote:
At 12/27/12 05:57 AM, Fro wrote:
wipes crust from eyes, yawns
Hi guys! I think it's finally time I venture back to this site. Looks like I have a lot to learn and to catch up on. There has been crazy and amazing changes in my life that have gotten me to where I am today! I hope there are a lot of my old friends around.
I'm still here, barely. Though I appear to be gearing up for a good run on the keyboard over the next few weeks / months, with the amount of inspiration that I've found, all of a sudden.

I'm not motivated to come back more than to talk to people simply because I no longer use my computer and I can't watch flash or anything with my Ipad. As of writing though I've become slightly motivated. With the holidays about to be over and the new year starting I think I can make a resolution to start writing every day, even if just a little bit.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Dec. 30th, 2012 @ 01:09 PM Reply

It finally crossed my mind to become a member here.

I love to read and write, my favorite Authors having to be Steven King, Matthew Reily or Dan Brown

I have only wrote one major story that I put all my heart and effort into making (hopefully) quite a good read.
I will post it at some point in time soon.

Because I love to write I have also decided that I will become a journalist once I am out of school.

Apart from that there isn't much else I have to say, apart from I hope you will all like what I have to bring with me.


I am lovin' me some Retro Haze .

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Dec. 30th, 2012 @ 01:41 PM Reply

At 12/30/12 01:09 PM, twistex wrote: It finally crossed my mind to become a member here.

I love to read and write, my favorite Authors having to be Steven King, Matthew Reily or Dan Brown

I have only wrote one major story that I put all my heart and effort into making (hopefully) quite a good read.
I will post it at some point in time soon.

Because I love to write I have also decided that I will become a journalist once I am out of school.

Apart from that there isn't much else I have to say, apart from I hope you will all like what I have to bring with me.

Make sure you present it well. Proof-read, go through at least one draft, and maybe go so far as to use Google docs instead of the forum so the glitch typos don't show up.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 1st, 2013 @ 03:04 AM Reply

Well, I don't start my New Year's Resolutions until the 14th (just so I feel a little bit more motivated and not forced) but I'm thinking about writing more (I wrote every day in a journal for about 8 months); eating better (I stopped eating red meat for 1 year; I'm thinking about going vegetarian); working out more/dunk a basketball (I got close last time but I hurt my leg); and maybe going to sleep earlier. We remember what good ol' Ben Franklin said, right?

Anyway, take it easy fellas.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 1st, 2013 @ 03:40 PM Reply

At 1/1/13 03:04 AM, DeftAndEvil wrote: dunk a basketball (I got close last time but I hurt my leg); and maybe going to sleep earlier. We remember what good ol' Ben Franklin said, right?

Anyway, take it easy fellas.

I technically dunked in high school but it was so weakly thrown down, I don't really count it. I do have some hilarious stories of my attempts though. The first time I grabbed rim with two hands I rotated like I was on a hinge and fell flat out on my back. I had one of those "Is my back broken, is it all over for me?" moments. Good times. I'm 6'2" so I have plenty of time to put the work in to increase my jump.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 9th, 2013 @ 11:02 PM Reply

Hey dudes. It's been a long time since my last visit. It's good to see there's still a small group of core members checking in on this forum from time to time.

I thought I should drop in and let you guys know I had my first book published in November. It was done through a small publisher in Portland, Oregon that I'd been following for the past couple of years. The book is called House Hunter, and it's up on Amazon (for Americans), Amazon UK (for British/European folks), and Book Depository (for everyone else).

I wouldn't have made it this far without you guys, so sincere thanks for that. If you guys ever want to shoot the shit, I'm always up for talking about writing, editing, publishing, and whatever state the industry seems to be in at the moment. As some of you (I assume) have similar goals to me, I recommend you just focus on writing for the fun of it, and scope out people and places that have similar interests to you. Get in with a good community, and you'll find a wealth of resources at your feet. Work hard enough, and people will notice.

Also, if any of you guys are interested in my book/willing to help me spread the word, I'll do what I can to make it worth your while. ;)


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 11th, 2013 @ 10:49 AM Reply

I'm out.

Peace.

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 11th, 2013 @ 12:15 PM Reply

At 1/11/13 10:49 AM, mhzinski wrote: I'm out.

Peace.

>:(


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 11th, 2013 @ 10:27 PM Reply

At 1/9/13 11:02 PM, WritersBlock wrote: Hey dudes. It's been a long time since my last visit. It's good to see there's still a small group of core members checking in on this forum from time to time.

I thought I should drop in and let you guys know I had my first book published in November. It was done through a small publisher in Portland, Oregon that I'd been following for the past couple of years. The book is called House Hunter, and it's up on Amazon (for Americans), Amazon UK (for British/European folks), and Book Depository (for everyone else).

Just wanted to say congrats. Been trying sending some of my own poetry/short story submissions to a few mags, but not as much luck as of yet. I know I need to do some more plugging; but been I've busy with several projects larely.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 14th, 2013 @ 10:30 AM Reply

At 1/11/13 12:15 PM, DeftAndEvil wrote:
At 1/11/13 10:49 AM, mhzinski wrote: I'm out.

Peace.
>:(

T_T


When I got outside, the purple fog was spreading. I covered my nose and mouth, and ran home.

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 15th, 2013 @ 09:28 PM Reply

At 1/11/13 10:27 PM, Blue-SilverDragon wrote:
At 1/9/13 11:02 PM, WritersBlock wrote: Hey dudes. It's been a long time since my last visit. It's good to see there's still a small group of core members checking in on this forum from time to time.

I thought I should drop in and let you guys know I had my first book published in November. It was done through a small publisher in Portland, Oregon that I'd been following for the past couple of years. The book is called House Hunter, and it's up on Amazon (for Americans), Amazon UK (for British/European folks), and Book Depository (for everyone else).
Just wanted to say congrats. Been trying sending some of my own poetry/short story submissions to a few mags, but not as much luck as of yet. I know I need to do some more plugging; but been I've busy with several projects larely.

Getting published is pretty much a matter of having the right material for the right publisher. I find it's good to keep busy with multiple projects, because if one story doesn't make an editor's cut, you can put it aside and focus on something else. Of course, it helps to keep a few stories aside until you find the right publisher/magazine. And it helps if you're familiar with the magazine and the editor. It's a huge help if you know what the editor is looking for in a submission. Write up a shit-storm, polish it up as much as you can, and try to find a home for it. Even if you don't get a story accepted right away, you may get a personalised rejection, which means your story was good, but not what they're looking for. The main thing is that you put in the time and effort, not only towards writing and editing your work, but also to scouting out the market and figuring out exactly what your place is within that market. Good luck! :)


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 16th, 2013 @ 01:02 PM Reply

At 1/15/13 09:28 PM, WritersBlock wrote:
At 1/11/13 10:27 PM, Blue-SilverDragon wrote:
At 1/9/13 11:02 PM, WritersBlock wrote: Hey dudes. It's been a long time since my last visit. It's good to see there's still a small group of core members checking in on this forum from time to time.

I thought I should drop in and let you guys know I had my first book published in November. It was done through a small publisher in Portland, Oregon that I'd been following for the past couple of years. The book is called House Hunter, and it's up on Amazon (for Americans), Amazon UK (for British/European folks), and Book Depository (for everyone else).
Just wanted to say congrats. Been trying sending some of my own poetry/short story submissions to a few mags, but not as much luck as of yet. I know I need to do some more plugging; but been I've busy with several projects larely.
Getting published is pretty much a matter of having the right material for the right publisher. I find it's good to keep busy with multiple projects, because if one story doesn't make an editor's cut, you can put it aside and focus on something else. Of course, it helps to keep a few stories aside until you find the right publisher/magazine. And it helps if you're familiar with the magazine and the editor. It's a huge help if you know what the editor is looking for in a submission. Write up a shit-storm, polish it up as much as you can, and try to find a home for it. Even if you don't get a story accepted right away, you may get a personalised rejection, which means your story was good, but not what they're looking for. The main thing is that you put in the time and effort, not only towards writing and editing your work, but also to scouting out the market and figuring out exactly what your place is within that market. Good luck! :)

I understand- I haven't been doing as much scouting of publishers lately as I need to be doing. This is partly because of me wanting to getting several of my projects that I'm attending to right now to the point where I'm satisfied enough with them in context, character development, plot, etc to start looking for a publisher. I have submitted to a few mags in the past, and not as many as I need to of course, but what I have submitted to has been rejected. I still know that I'm going be rejected until I find the right place and time for my work. And with some personal experience as an editor for my university's annual lit mag, I have a better- if not wholly complete- understanding of what a mag's (or any publisher's) editorial team goes through.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 16th, 2013 @ 08:39 PM Reply

At 1/16/13 01:02 PM, Blue-SilverDragon wrote: I understand- I haven't been doing as much scouting of publishers lately as I need to be doing. This is partly because of me wanting to getting several of my projects that I'm attending to right now to the point where I'm satisfied enough with them in context, character development, plot, etc to start looking for a publisher. I have submitted to a few mags in the past, and not as many as I need to of course, but what I have submitted to has been rejected. I still know that I'm going be rejected until I find the right place and time for my work. And with some personal experience as an editor for my university's annual lit mag, I have a better- if not wholly complete- understanding of what a mag's (or any publisher's) editorial team goes through.

It sounds like you're on the right track. It doesn't really matter whether you scout out publishers for material you've already produced or you find publishers you like and go about producing material specifically for them. Definitely having editorial experience would be a huge advantage.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 18th, 2013 @ 03:55 PM Reply

Hmm, what's to say? Live in Northern Ireland and am interested in everything surrounding media. That being music, video games, films and books. When I write I either just do something completely stupid or something dead serious. In other words, my Bible of Food and my soon to come Piano Tuner couldn't contrast any more. We will see how active I am around here. Although it is nice to have somewhere to stick all my crap, even if people don't read it.

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 20th, 2013 @ 10:43 AM Reply

Hi everyone Ive been scribbling for a while now but have only started to put my stuff online. Here http://attemptsatfiction.wordpress.com/
If anyone wants to take a look that would be awesome.

Im looking at moving into scripts and was wondering if any has any advice.

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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 22nd, 2013 @ 05:12 PM Reply

Well, shit.

There I was, setting myself up for an evening of writing for an RP game that I'm running on Wednesday evenings and as I finish putting the touches to the interactive part of the dungeon (a paper cut-out, with spinning dials, to better help the players visualise stuff, despite the fact that I'm a god awful artist), my mind goes blank.

Seriously, I've got 10 rooms to work out before we start tomorrow evening and I have no idea how to make this work. I'm going to have to wing it and I feel like shit, because I'm going to let my players down...

Maybe they won't get there and I'll buy myself another week...


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Jan. 29th, 2013 @ 05:39 PM Reply

Just finished the first draft of the novel I started during Nanowrimo, and now it's on to editing! I was reading the posts up there, about publishing and the like, and had some thoughts/questions.

Does anybody have any experience with self publishing? Like through Amazon's createspace? I'm leaning towards that right now, but I was wondering if anybody else knew much about it. They give pretty good royalties, (at least if you sell it through your own estore) and if you go through Amazon and the kindle you've got a pretty big market....

Thoughts?


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At 1/29/13 05:39 PM, starwarsjunkie wrote: Just finished the first draft of the novel I started during Nanowrimo, and now it's on to editing! I was reading the posts up there, about publishing and the like, and had some thoughts/questions.

Does anybody have any experience with self publishing? Like through Amazon's createspace? I'm leaning towards that right now, but I was wondering if anybody else knew much about it. They give pretty good royalties, (at least if you sell it through your own estore) and if you go through Amazon and the kindle you've got a pretty big market....

Thoughts?

Self publishing, that's a pretty loaded topic. I think self publishing is better in concept than it is in action. On one hand, there is accessibility. On the other hand, the market is currently flooded with self published novels. Unless you have a knack for marketing or unless you strike it lucky with viral marketing, it probably won't get you far. I know some people who have said they'd only consider self publishing if they had something that is of a high enough quality that they could find a publisher for it, but for whatever reason they would prefer to control the editing, formatting and publication details themselves. And the marketing.

My mind is constantly changing on the thoughts of self publishing. I know authors who have self published short stories or short books that wouldn't be worth print publication, but are fine for a 99c ebook. I know other authors who do similar sorts of things but flood the market with dozens of short stories. And for them it feels kind of pointless. But it's a dynamic market, so I guess there's no accurate way of reading what's right or wrong at the moment.

It's difficult with submitting to a publication because you've done the hard work and then you've got to wait some time before you receive gratification for your work, where you want it out now so people can consume it now and it can go on to make millions. But I think it's the better way to go. Polish your work up, seek out publishers that are looking for your sort of manuscript and try your luck. Or try scouting out an agent. I don't think literary agents are as popular as they used to be, but that's another viable option.

I would say that if you're willing to hire a freelance editor to polish up your manuscript, hire an artist for your cover, and put in the work to properly format your work and make sure that once it's done it'll be seen in all the right places, then go for it. If not, and if you still want people to be able to read your work, would you be willing to put the novel (or at least part thereof) up online for free? But unless you have a strike of ridiculous good fortune and you get your book published with a major publisher and it sells much better than expected, you probably won't be making much money from your writing for a few years at least. That's just how the industry is.

But definitely, when it comes to self publishing, and even small press/indie publishers, Amazon is your friend.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Feb. 1st, 2013 @ 08:41 PM Reply

On a self-promotional note: I'm currently running a raffle/giveaway competition over on my blog.
I thought I'd bring it up here because I know you guys love books...


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Feb. 2nd, 2013 @ 11:25 PM Reply

At 1/31/13 02:32 AM, WritersBlock wrote:
My mind is constantly changing on the thoughts of self publishing. I know authors who have self published short stories or short books that wouldn't be worth print publication, but are fine for a 99c ebook. I know other authors who do similar sorts of things but flood the market with dozens of short stories. And for them it feels kind of pointless. But it's a dynamic market, so I guess there's no accurate way of reading what's right or wrong at the moment.

It's difficult with submitting to a publication because you've done the hard work and then you've got to wait some time before you receive gratification for your work, where you want it out now so people can consume it now and it can go on to make millions. But I think it's the better way to go. Polish your work up, seek out publishers that are looking for your sort of manuscript and try your luck. Or try scouting out an agent. I don't think literary agents are as popular as they used to be, but that's another viable option.

I would say that if you're willing to hire a freelance editor to polish up your manuscript, hire an artist for your cover, and put in the work to properly format your work and make sure that once it's done it'll be seen in all the right places, then go for it. If not, and if you still want people to be able to read your work, would you be willing to put the novel (or at least part thereof) up online for free? But unless you have a strike of ridiculous good fortune and you get your book published with a major publisher and it sells much better than expected, you probably won't be making much money from your writing for a few years at least. That's just how the industry is.

But definitely, when it comes to self publishing, and even small press/indie publishers, Amazon is your friend.

Thanks for the info. I am definitely going to hire somebody to do a cover but I haven't decided if I'm going to hire an editor yet. I've still got a bunch of changes that I know I want to make so I'll wait until I've at least got it as good as I think I can get it on my own. I am having other people read to see what they think as well.

Maybe I'll see if I can get it picked up by somebody and if not, I'll self-publish.


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Response to Writing Forum Lounge Feb. 12th, 2013 @ 12:28 AM Reply

At 1/29/13 05:39 PM, starwarsjunkie wrote: Just finished the first draft of the novel I started during Nanowrimo, and now it's on to editing! I was reading the posts up there, about publishing and the like, and had some thoughts/questions.

Does anybody have any experience with self publishing? Like through Amazon's createspace? I'm leaning towards that right now, but I was wondering if anybody else knew much about it. They give pretty good royalties, (at least if you sell it through your own estore) and if you go through Amazon and the kindle you've got a pretty big market....

Thoughts?

Well, the anthology was self-published, though the reason it's doing fine right now is that it's the only one of kind and a niche market item. I don't recommend most of the strategies I used, such as kickstarter, though I'm sure I handled it pretty well. I give myself credit for creative problem-solving.

I was talking to my friend about the future of publishing (and I'm currently taking a class on it) and we sort of came to an agreement that any e-book market is the best self-publishing channel to go through. It is total over-saturation, but I do believe that a no-name writer's best chance in the business is to be prolific and a self-promoter. In fact, I'm thinking of taking a bunch of copies of the NGA to a B&N, set up a desk with a "Book-signing" sign attached and just see what transpires. As a self-publisher you need to be as experimental and innovative in your marketing tactics as you are in the writing process itself.


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