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Hello there my name is Drew.  

I have been an aspiring writer for years, but I have struggled with actually sitting down and putting pen to paper.  I love creating complex plots, worlds, and characters but I never seem to be able to put it all together.  I do love reading and have limited experience with critiquing.  I work a night shift watching a desk and am able to spend my evenings reading and writing, so I plan on being consistent and reliable with my critiques at the very least.  I am hoping that seeing other people's work helps to inspire and motivate me to finally sit down and put my ideas on paper.  

My greatest weakness in writing is that I have always tended to unintentionally take cues from whatever I have been reading recently.  As I have looked back at previous attempts I have been able to tell what book I was reading or show I was watching.  I have been working on my current world for quite some time and I finally feel confident enough that it is at least not an obvious clone of another body of work.  I realize that this is a failing that many new writers share and hope that you will all bear with me as I push through it.

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Welcome to Reading Excuses, @Dearius! Great to have you aboard. Try some critiques for a the next couple weeks to get a feel for things, and maybe that will help you get some more writing out there.

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Suppose I will introduce myself after a week on this forum.

My name is Jake, my middle name is Orville(now you know the secret of my user name). I have been actually writing things off and on for about 5 years now, after some encouragement from my wife. I really enjoy thinking of stories and often disappoint myself with how little time I actually spend sitting down and writing. I recently transferred from sea duty to shore duty with the US Navy so I am hoping to kick myself in the pants and actually get som stuff done.

So far this community has been really cool and have enjoyed being here.

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My hubby, JOrville, is lying. It's been like 5 centuries of listening to him talk about the book he continues not to finish and publish. I swear (Often, I'm working on it).

I already introduced myself in another forum, so I will keep it short here.

I'm a digital artist. Nobody pays me, so I guess I'm a hobbyist more than anything. I rather enjoy it though. I do enjoy reading, and writing a bit so I was intrigued to hop in here and see what hubs was making a fuss about. I signed up to do some reading and criticism. Prepare your egos, Grandpa is here (seriously though, I try to keep it helpful and uplifting unless you are JOrville...then its just me making him suffer).

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9 hours ago, QuirkyGrandpa said:

My hubby, JOrville, is lying. It's been like 5 centuries of listening to him talk about the book he continues not to finish and publish. I swear (Often, I'm working on it).

Lol. Hopefully, we can help with that.

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6 hours ago, Robinski said:

Lol. Hopefully, we can help with that.

Says the guy who just submitted his first work in December... ;-)

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Hi.

In the non-internet world, people call me Sara. I prefer they/them to she/her, but most people who know me in-person don't realize that.

I write and publish speculative fiction. I've had moderate success with short story publishing, working my way up from non-paying markets to the semi-pro world. I've had a few pro paying sales, but not to officially recognized SWFA markets. If you google my full name, Sara Codair, you will find my website and too many short stories that were published places that didn't pay me, and also a good number of  short fiction publications I did get money from. The most successful one is a story called Melanoma Americana, which is published in Alternative Truths anthology.

My user name, ShatteredSmooth, comes from an obsession I once had with sea glass, but it may also be an accurate metaphor for my mental health, or occasional lack thereof.

I often claim to be awkward and lack social skills, but I'm a writing teacher and tutor at a community college, and unless they are lying to try and get higher grades, my students really seem to like me. And the students who tell me I'm a good teacher are usually getting A's anyway, although, my best writers tend to think they are the worst writers, so maybe they don't realize they are getting A's. 

My short fiction tends to dark and adult, while my novels, still a little on the dark side, are generally YA. NineStar Press is publishing the fist one (Power Surge, YA urban fantasy) and have already published a novelette set in the same world. 

I try to write two novels a year -- one in the summer and one in NaNoWriMo.  

When it comes to critiquing, I am flexible. If you want sentence level feedback, I can talk editing for way longer than I want to. It may not be apparent in my writing, but I am great at teaching and explaining grammar. If you want big picture, character, plot, or world-building comments, I enjoy discussing those way more than grammar. 

I'm looking forward to reading your work and getting feedback on mine. 

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3 hours ago, Mandamon said:

Says the guy who just submitted his first work in December... ;-)

:P 

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3 hours ago, shatteredsmooth said:

I'm looking forward to reading your work and getting feedback on mine. 

Welcome Sara. Very interesting to read your introduction, and I look forward to reading your stuff. From what you say, I'm sure you will be a great asset to RE, and hope you find us an easy going, but committed bunch :) 

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Welcome @shatteredsmooth!

Another Ninestar writer--I assume @kais had something to do with this then? ;-)

Looking forward to reading your submissions!

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6 hours ago, Mandamon said:

Says the guy who just submitted his first work in December... ;-)

Hey, that means @Robinski is farther along then I am, so I'm not judging.

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7 hours ago, Mandamon said:

Says the guy who just submitted his first work in December... ;-)

1 hour ago, Jorville said:

Hey, that means @Robinski is farther along then I am, so I'm not judging.

Okay, okay--I need to quash these scurrilous insinuations before it gets completely out of hand!! :lol:

While I have only ever submitted one novel to a publisher (in red), I have written the following pieces, the ones in blue being completed: 

# Type Genre/style Words Started Draft 1 Draft 2 Draft 3 Draft 4 Draft 5 Current
11 novel fantasy 223,811 1984? 18/03/07 03/07/07 14/10/09 04/03/11 15/07/12 15/07/2012
12 novel fantasy 101,656 1990? 14/10/09 21/07/12       21/07/2012
13 novel fantasy 46,263 2007? 28/11/10         28/11/2010
16 novella supernatural 24,600 16/06/05 12/03/02 10/07/09 04/01/10     04/01/2010
15 novelette supernatural 17,370 17/06/05 12/10/08 10/10/09       10/10/2009
17 short story supernatural 1,157 24/06/05 13/09/09         13/09/2009
18 novel supernatural 63,858 14/10/08 02/01/09 01/12/12 14/03/13     14/03/2013
19 short story supernatural 967 14/10/08 24/09/09         24/09/2009
20 short story supernatural 0 02/01/09           02/01/2009
21 novella fantasy 34,998 2003? 24/03/08 14/10/09 16/06/13     16/06/2013
22 novel fantasy 91,600 01/10/13 12/07/14         18/02/2014
23 novel fantasy 500 2013           18/02/2014
24 novel fantasy               18/02/2014
25 short story SF 5,585 01/04/14 01/06/14 22/02/16       22/02/2016
26 novel fantasy 167,000 13/07/14 14/01/16         14/01/2016
27 novelette fantasy 8,892 05/04/16           05/04/2016
28 novel SF 88,616 01/09/16 01/04/17 28/05/17 29/12/17     29/12/2017
29 novella SF 1,141 16/04/18           16/04/2018
30 novel SF 56,000 01/05/17 14/05/18         14/05/2018
31 novel SF                
33 short story fantasy 3,394 15/08/17 01/09/17         01/09/2017
34 novella fantasy 1,000 21/05/18            
32 short story fantasy 1,498 20/07/17 26/08/17         26/08/2017
14 novel fiction 100,358 24/06/05 17/09/12 31/03/13       31/03/2013

 

So, there you have it. Five novels finished. Okay, my first took me 23 years to complete, but I think I've done quite well since then :P 

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Going to update my statement, @Robinski, you are waaaaaaaaaaaaaay ahead of me.

was that enough a's, or should I have put up a few more?

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7 hours ago, Mandamon said:

I assume @kais had something to do with this then?

I am definitely not filling the board with enbies. Nope...

 

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6 minutes ago, kais said:

I am definitely not filling the board with enbies. Nope...

Well, doing so made my stories more interesting already, so I'm sure it will help here too!

2 hours ago, Robinski said:

Okay, okay--I need to quash these scurrilous insinuations before it gets completely out of hand!!

Lol--sorry! I meant that you'd finally submitted to a pub for the first time, not that it was a first book!

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8 hours ago, Jorville said:

was that enough a's, or should I have put up a few more?

:lol: 

6 hours ago, Mandamon said:

Lol--sorry! I meant that you'd finally submitted to a pub for the first time, not that it was a first book!

I know, I know--pulling your leg. It was the finishing thing, not the publishing; you've got me bang to rights with submitting to publishers ;) 

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So I kept trying to reply to post with quoted pieces like other people are doing, but I keep getting a spam error code. :-/

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Posted (edited)

1 hour ago, shatteredsmooth said:

but I keep getting a spam error code. :-/

Blame the board gremlins? 

ETA: are you highlighting text and waiting for the 'quote' button to pop up? Or are you using the quote text button?

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On 5/26/2018 at 0:04 AM, kais said:

Blame the board gremlins? 

ETA: are you highlighting text and waiting for the 'quote' button to pop up? Or are you using the quote text button?

Test 

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I was hitting the plus sign and/or high lighting then waiting for the thing to pop up. Just clicking on the word quote made it work. Thanks! 

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