02-03-2007 12:57 PM
02-03-2007 01:15 PM
02-03-2007 02:22 PM
I don't think it matters what they say. The thing you need to understand is that our minds are bigger then you could ever know. Just as long they don't sound like they are waiting on line for prune dip everything should be fine. Oh, and what does vinatricle or whatever you said mean?
Vernacular means - the plain variety of language in everyday use by ordinary people.
I didn't know what it meant either so I looked it up. www.dictionary.com is a life saver hehe
02-03-2007 02:32 PM
Dance, Always Dance
02-04-2007 01:15 AM
Looking forward to the exchange of ideas. It certainly looks like a great group of people.
02-05-2007 01:14 PM
02-05-2007 03:06 PM
I’m here to try my hand at writing. I’ve always wanted to write and I have a couple of stories kicking around in my head that require exorcising. I’d also like to build a world. Heaven knows I don’t live in reality. I might as well try to organize the chaos in my head.
I hope to get some feedback on my submissions and to read works from other authors in this online club. I’m also looking forward to reading the books chosen by the moderator and discussing the seletions with other participants.
Let the games begin.
02-05-2007 04:12 PM - edited 02-05-2007 04:12 PM
hi my name is Claire, and I, unlike most 13 year olds am trying to write a fantasy novel. Oh! and uh, i'm dislexic which kinda makes it a little harder. Sorry if I a made any grammaticle errors!
Claire, one of the most artful and articulate s.f. writers, Samuel R. Delaney, is dyslexic, so don't let it slow you down!
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02-05-2007 08:45 PM
I actually started late as a reader (they were worried when I hadn't started by grade 2) but once they got the books in my hand, they started wondering how to get them out again. I've mainly read fantasy with the odd bit of hard SF in there. Recently my interests have shifted to urban fantasy, and this is what I'd really like to write.
I've not written anything of any length since school, though I've written a few couple hundred word "vignettes" that were well received by friends. I've also been told that I should be a writer by some people (including my wife) who know me well. That said, I still don't feel like I've got anything inside me that other people would like to read (and would pay money for the privilege of reading), so I guess maybe my biggest issue is one of self confidence. Hopefully this group can help there.
Thanks for listening, see you all in prose soon!
02-05-2007 09:51 PM
I am a professional writer for a major corporation, some business, some technical, some marketing. My fiction writing has always been in the fantasy genre. I've never been published although I've received some encouraging rejections. Unfortunately my output is very sporadic and I'm in the middle of a major creative slump. I've been stuck on chapter 2 of a novel for more years than I care to confess and I've started but not finished a couple of stories. My most prolific periods have always been when I'm in contact with other writers, so I'm hoping for some fresh inspiration, feedback, and community.
02-06-2007 10:23 PM
I'm chuck. I also am from near philly. I am 44 and have always wanted to write Science Fiction. I actually started writing a novel back in 1991, but never finished it. Flash forward 16 years and 2 wonderful children later. I stumbled upon a manuscript stowed away in a box in our cubby hole in the attic. When I dusted it off (I was plesently surprised at how well the paper held up) I began reading through it with a much more wise and critical eye.
I found a few paragraphs which were good and a few good ideas in the story, but that was about it.
I want to get back into writing, I have not written any kind of fiction lately. It has mostly been business writing for work butI'm glad to be along for the adventure
02-07-2007 10:26 AM
When I was in college I had one of those stereotypical moments where I was taken over by a story I HAD to write. It started off with an image that I wanted to play with and put on paper and that kind of just took over and kept flowing into a story. I would write chapter after chapter and I like to think that it was pretty good stuff as my friends kept bugging me for the next chapter to read. I went away for the weekend and while I was away someone broke into my apartment and stole (among other things)my Mac Plus that had the story on it. I got another computer, knew the exact story line I was meaning to follow and I had some of the printed text but I was never able to recapture that thread or feeling. Everything I was writing just seemed contrived and without depth. Just flat. I stopped writing but have missed it ever since. I am now 41 with a wife and daughter and I want that feeling back. The feeling of the story just being there and flowing out of me. So I am joining this book club in the hopes of re-kindling my inspiration.
02-07-2007 06:36 PM
To sum myself I live in New York, have loved reading science fiction as far back as I can remember, and I am addicted to computer games(mostly the deep-strategy combat games of land, air, sea, and space). Yep, I also work at a library. A few of my favorite science fiction writers are Orson Scott Card, Timothy Zahn, Keith R.A. DeCandido, and Aaron Allston. I'd say that's a solid introduction.
02-08-2007 04:40 PM - edited 02-08-2007 04:40 PM
I make my living as a teacher and to this point, all of my writing has been academic. Time to seize life with a passion and try something new!
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02-09-2007 01:47 PM
My name is Vicky. I am 38 and live in southern California. I've loved reading fantasy and sci-fi since I was a child.
I've written a couple of fantasy short stories and poetry. I've had poetry published in high school and college literary magazines. I've haven't written anything recently except for essays and sociology and pychology papers. I have a couple of ideas in my head for a story. I'm hoping taking this course will get me in the writing mode again.
The authors I enjoy reading are Charles deLint, Tanya Huff, Jasper Fforde, Laurel K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Mercedes Lackey, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Hienlien, J.K. Rowling and John Scalzi.
02-09-2007 06:57 PM
02-13-2007 03:18 AM
I'm melanie, near the end of training for electronics technician here in Sacramento, and a two-year Nano-er. I signed up for this group believing it would help me focus on my latest novel draft despite its being fantasy. Evidently I was wrong. Not about the group! About the novel being fantasy. I am gratefully in exactly the right place. So much so, in fact, that the suggested exercise example could have been taken from my world!
While the novels started life in the world of Dungeons and Dragons, I realized (from my years of reading science fiction) that the genre might be used to explain technology and science concepts. You know, the show rather than tell function. I know that I understand things better when I have a narrative context for them, and the act of trying to transpose things like capacitors and transistors into a world without electronics has helped me understand electronics better.
I like SF because it represents the universe from a perspective closer to a shamanic view than I get even in fantasy. Learning to write SF brings me closer to shaping my own sf, or shamanic fiction.
ok, i've mentioned ET, Sac, D&D... did I miss anything? Oh, and I started reading in Philly. Probably from my Mom's Analog collection.
02-14-2007 05:45 PM
02-15-2007 04:13 AM
I'm a writer I just writen a book called shirley brown
book of poetry
fine me on barnes& noble.com