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Nov. 8th, 2008

  • 10:14 AM
Sup guys.

How goes the NaNo?

Creative writing

  • Jan. 22nd, 2008 at 10:57 PM
Yes, I'm taking creative writing in college. Yes, I realise I'm a nursing major. Yes, I am in fact trying to improve my GPA for graduate school, how did you know?

So like Jenny can't help here because she already knows the character backgrounds here so that'd be cheating, but I'd like to see if anyone understands these characters that I've grown so acquainted with. Names of characters have been changed except for the oh-so-wonderful Miss Lyna Melinyshyn, voted as the 2006 'Character You Love to Hate' in Red Eye fanfiction.

It's not finished, luckily due next week, but here's what I have so far (and I'll probably even be adding to this):

Feedback quite appreciated before I have to subject myself to workshop plz!!


  • Dec. 10th, 2007 at 10:38 PM
Hi, I'm Allie. I live in Tennessee but spend a lot of time abroad, at least two months a year. I'm starting nursing school next year and will be joining the Peace Corps after I get my BSN. I plan to work in tropical medicine and midwifery. I have two dogs (Bellamy and Zoë) and eight cats (Boo, Suki, Quatre, Jyou, Little Man, Pete, Sam and Digby). I'm allergic to wheat and obsessed with abnormal psychology.

Honestly, at this point I only write fanfiction! I started out with Harry Potter fiction a few years ago -- that didn't last too long because I prefer more realism in my stories. When I met divinebird, I was writing Red Eye fanfiction, specifically the so-called 'Bejerot Trilogy': Proxy, Bejerot's Diagnosis and Toccata and Fugue. Most recently, I've been working on a House fanfiction, Occlusion. I was trying to finish it up for NaNoWriMo, but I ended up needing to plan a fund-raising Advent calendar for the school that I work for in Ghana (shameless plug here), so I was absolutely useless for the last week or so of the NaNoWriMo. I'm hoping to work on it over Christmas break.

If people need help with medical realism, I'm pretty good at that so feel free to ask. I also speak conversational French and Japanese, so if you'd like that, I can help with that too! I formerly majored in East Asian Studies and History, specifically Japan and North Korea for the first and 20th Century for the second. I'm a great wealth of completely useless information though, and I'm a total pro at research because of my years as a history major.

Feel free to ask questions if you'd like!


greetings & salutations!

  • Dec. 10th, 2007 at 12:20 PM
I'm Katie. I'm a screenwriting major. Crazy shit, darou?

I've known divinebird since my freshman year in high school -- so about six, almost six and a half years. Granted, we had fallen out of touch for awhile, but still -- that number is kind of scary. The fact that I'm still in touch with ANYONE who knew me as a dippy high school freshman is a little frightening.

I've been writing scripts for so long now, I can barely remember what my prose style is, much less put a description to it. I'm hoping being this group will help my balance things out.

Waving "Hi"

  • Dec. 8th, 2007 at 4:20 PM
I'm a writer.
I'm a girl.

I've known divinebird a long time and am happy to find a home. You can find my style of speculative fiction somewhere between "quirky" and "offbeat," which means you'd be searching in reverse-alphabetical order which at least puts you in the right mindset.

The role of duskydawn will be played by the princess in high-heeled stilettos wearing a camouflage ball gown, wielding a magical red pen and baring sharp teeth. Careful, she puns!

Intro for the Divine Bird

  • Jun. 10th, 2007 at 11:35 PM
*waves* I know all of you, and you all know me, but here anyway:

I fancy myself a writer, though I have issues with getting my stuff past the semi-readable state of a second or third draft. I think I do extremely well with polishing, even so, and my dialogue isn't really bad when I let people talk the way they're supposed to talk. ;)

My current project is the ever-so-creatively-entitled "Nemerenth Story", even though Nem is only a side character in the part I'm working on. It's just easier to keep calling it that. Right now, duskydawn is slogging through the first draft that I wrote in NaNoWriMo 2006 and is bleeding red pen all over the physical pages. I will be posting the first big revision when I'm done, and you guys can have at it.

I've also been working on "Created" with drakonlily for an age and a half. We are starting to make plans to actually meet halfway between our houses so we can work on the story with no interruptions. She is also coming to visit me in September, if all goes well. :D

I write space opera and fantasy, as well as some fanfic. The only piece I think I've ever written that takes place in anything like the real world is my Red Eye fanfic, which is only Real World (tm) in that it doesn't have magic spells or spacecraft. ;) It does, however have a metric fricktonne of UST and exploding buildings and car chases.

Uhh, shutting up now. Post, ladies, post! *cracks whip*

Writer Grrls

  • Jun. 10th, 2007 at 10:18 PM
There are a few things you should know about as we get used to this community. I've got some ground rules, some suggestions, and some reassurances for all of you.

1. This is not a normal crit group.

By this I mean that we are not on any particular schedule, frequency requirement, activity levels...if you've been a member of a crit group before, this is likely not as regimented. There are pros & cons to this, natch. You have the freedom to crit and participate as much or as little as you like, but you also don't know for certain who is going to reply and when. I see this group as a kind of fall-back for crit when you need a fresh pair of eyes or just need a new point of view.

2. This isn't technically a crit group to begin with.

This is actully a group for inspiration, collaboration, and support. We all live busy, complicated lives with vastly different schedules. However, I have always felt that if we could just take our strengths and meld them together, we could take over the world. I'm totally not kidding. Each of us has some specific talent with words. We may do everything pretty well, but I can point to one thing in particular that each of us does better than everyone else. And the beautiful thing is that it's something different in each of us. I'll get into that in another post. :)

3. No one else can read what we write here.

This community is friends-only. Not only that, people cannot join EXCEPT by invitation. We are the only people who can read the posts, answer comments, and reply. As of this posting, there are five members: divinebird , drakonlily , duskydawn , grand_sealink , and sorda_sol . I would suggest that you friend each other if you haven't already. Drakon, Sea, and Sol--you have heard me talk about Dawn, and Dawn, you have definitely heard about my e-family. :)

4. Feel free to talk among yourselves.

Even though I know all of you individually, I would really like it if you all would talk to each other whether or not I'm around. Exchange emails, comment on each others' LJs & blogs, chat--the best part about having friends who know each other is that all of our friend groups get bigger. :D I'm pulling you guys together because I think you all have things to talk about that don't necessarily involve me.

5. We have diverse backgrounds, experiences, and desires.

Our ages vary over a ten-year period, and where we are in our lives, where we've been in our lives, and what we aim to become is vastly different from each other. I want to harness that diversity to help us all become better writers. In a fanfic community that I once frequented, we had a great forum thread called "aiding & abetting". People would either post things they knew (languages, cultures, weapons, etc.) or ask a question about things they didn't know. I'd see things like "does anyone know downtown Miami, and if so, what's a popular restaurant on Ocean Drive?" or "how much does it usually snow in coastal Maine?" You never know who knows how to say 'hello' in Farsi, who knows the difference between a Colt 1911 and a Desert Eagle, or who can help you with how the British Royal Succession works. Become resources for each other.

6. New members will be added eventually on an individual basis.

I know many more writers than I have invited here tonight. I know some I'd LOVE to have join us later. I'm sure you do, too. The point is not to create a huge group right now, though. I want a small, intimate community where the members trust each other. We're all working on writing projects that eat up our time and our souls. Most of us have the ultimate goal of publishing. Rather than dilute the membership with folks who aren't as serious about this as we are, I am limiting who joins for now. I DO ask that you recommend people to me, as I will to you, and we can see what that person will bring to the table.

7. Do NOT, repeat, DO NOT take crit personally.

This cannot be stressed enough. It's one of the hardest things we face as writers, and one of the hardest things to DO. I have made an art of doing the 'nice crit' all my life, and honestly, it's wearing on me. I am still nice, but I want to be a bit more ruthless with my comments. I ask that you all do the same for me. We can't figure out what works and what doesn't if we are more concerned about how we're going to sugar-coat the stuff that needs to go. Be honest. If you think it's salvageable, say so. If you think it's bogging down the story, say so. On top of it all, remember that this is where we refine our craft. Advice can be followed or ignored, but at very least, respect the source. This is the other reason I invited you guys in particular. All of us are experienced writers to some degree, and if we come up with an issue, it's best to listen.

I'll stop here with the list items because I'm running the risk of talking to hear myself speak. ;D I know things will likely be slow for a bit, but help everyone get to know you by at least introducing yourself, your current project & situation, and whatever else you think is relevant. Try to check back every so often, or put us on watch so our posts end up in your friends list.

Remember, participation is what's going to keep us motivated! If you're feeling unsure about your project, tell us and we'll help. This isn't NaNoWriMo, this isn't Fanfiction.net. This is the real world, ladies, and it's time we started our takeover en force.

ETA:  As a courtesy, please put your actual writing behind a cut.  This just makes it easier to scroll through the entries as we get more.  For information on how to make a cut, please check out FAQ #75 for instructions. :)