"Now I know why Hemingway blew his brains out."
Good one....I think I could cry like a 15 year old girl after that.
I liked all three. I mean...liked them so long as they weren't directed at me.
Annnnd....now we know why Chester wants to get to Charleston:
Hahaha, sorry, when this came across my facebook feed and I saw it happened in Charleston, I got a good chuckle--to all those who said I should write out "what happened in Charleston"...well...let's just say no one in my story is going to eat cocaine out of a relative's asshole.
Stranger than fiction.
@Rach122- We won't be judged until we submit our absolute final draft, and we won't post that one in the workshop (because it should be final). That's not due until late January.
Posted my story, God help us all!
@Liana--I'm having some sort of glitch and I can't get the download button to work :/
Hmm, does that mean I should reformat it? Let me try another format.
I got it downloaded. As long as work stays slow today I definitely plan to put up a review as well.
I see Lawrence got it--honestly, it probably means the wi-fi here at my in-laws' is on the fritz again. Don't take my technical issues to heart.
Does dissociation count as a disorder? Or not so much?
Or celebrity obsession?
Okay, NO! I got it. Celebrity Workship Syndrome.
If you're doing that, may i suggest The Mirror Effect by Dr. Drew Pinsky and Dr. Mark Young (yes, it is THAT Dr. Drew) it's really good, a bit scholarly, but easy enough to get through.
You could make that work, Greg like someone stalks Justin Bieber and decides to castrate him so he keeps that pretty boy voice forever.
@Liana--Stop! That was a great first draft, you are too self critical.
@Rach-What Raelyn said. First drafts are just to get an idea of how its going and how to improve it since this is a community effort and not a professional publication that just rejects on sight.
@Renee--I notice it takes about 10 min or so after someone first posts a story before its available for download.
That makes sense, because I just tried again and got it.
I have a few ideas. I think it's going to be a female narrator.
Hey Aliensoul man, what is your name? I feel better if I know your name. And what's the deadline?
And Renee I love Dr. Drew, even though he is a hypocrite and is on every channel, all the fucking time. He is a genius though, and so well articulated.
Danny. The deadline for the final draft is Feb. 15th if not sooner. Rough draft however by Jan. 10th so I can get an idea how its going.
I'm soooooooo close to being done! I have the beginning, most of the middle, and end. I just need to stitch them together!
Kirk is going to give away ten LitReactor coffee mugs to anyone submitting to the workshop before 2011 closes:
So get in there Psychos.
All the more reason to finish this thing.
Yeah, who cares about being published. I'm doing this for the mug.
Hey Danny, I was wondering since your story was submitted way early, should I wait for your next draft since you said you were already working on it? Or you want more comments on the first?
Thanks for the compliments (insert smiley face).
Yeah, ten mugs each Liana. And a free lifetime supply of coffee. And an espresso machine. And a coffee grinder. And some Bailey's Irish Cream.
The only thing is, I guess the little red Litreactor flame is white. So you have to fill that in with your own blood.
@Liana--I would wait until I post the new version because I am severely rewriting it with all the comments I got in mind. I decided to change the entire relationship dynamic and cut like a 1000 words so it will be drastically different.
I also have another story on there now if anyone wants to read it, it's called Merry Christmas Satan! It's an uplifting family drama about a family of sociopaths who gather together for the holidays and decide which one of them will murder their father. I wanted to write something light and fluffy as a break from my usual doom and gloom lol.
Actually it's meant to be funny. It's a dark comedy. Black comedy as they are sometimes called but not black as in African American comedy, there are no men in fat suits dressed as women.
Yeah, I saw about the coffee mugs. I am a coffee mug afficianado and I NEED that mug. 8 days to get my revisions done...eek.
@Greg, I grew up listening to Dr. Drew every night--I just can't dislike him, no matter what. His hypocricy goes unnoticed because I really do value his opinions, and shit, the man has been reading me bedtime stories since I was 12 years old!
I've got my first draft done. I'm off to bed now, but in the morning* I'll give it a read through and post it up in the workshop.
*My morning happens to be 12pm.
Kids these days...
My first draft is up.
Just downloaded it, Jack.
Chester, why is the flame white? Did you do something bad?
I just realized, were you making a vague reference to that Oscar Wilde story about the nightingale and the poor student, and the rose bush? If not, you should have.
Jack, you are confusing me by having a phil avatar. All I keep thinking is Jack Phil, Jack Phil. Oh wait, that sounds bad.
Come on Danny, it wasn't so long ago you were rubbing Phil's chest. It's just another way of saying, "We appreciate you."
I'm hoping one day someone will use my picture for their avatar. Identity theft isn't always bad.
I agree. Give me your social security number and mother's maiden name.
Do you guys know how I can merge my facebook account with LitReactor? Cause I wanted to delete my facebook, but that's how I sign in on here.
I think you could try changing your password and username or something. If that doesn't work, just PM Kirk.
Just did it, I'm facebook free!
It's quite refreshing.
I wish I could kick my FB habit. I always fall off the wagon though.
It's such a waste I realized. I tried to come up with reasons that it was good that I was on, and I found none. I want to make films, and write as much as possible. And the one good reason I had was that I could promote my work on FB. But, I realized I should just produce produce produce, and worry about promotion later.
Even make a fan page, rather than a personal facebook.
It's an addiction, not as gnarly as others but it is. It's something our culture is becoming obsessed with and unable to live without. It scared me, how much time I was spending on there and not even realizing it. It's creepy.
You noticed how much I was on? Haha
Just me getting lazy and not doing the 'He said, She said' precursor.
That was supposed to be @Dakota. A quasi inside joke if you will. An inside joke about Xanax and Salt shakers and Pez dispensers. Oh well, whatever nevermind.
Xanax and salt shakers, and Pez dispensers - that sounds like a very interesting inside joke.
There's a hole in my story. I'm working on fixing it, but I'm wondering if I should post it as is and see what you guys think. Help?
I go through phases were I feel the need to troll facebook. It's just the most depressing site ever when you read people's stuff. Everything I've talked to Chet about on facebook was alcohol or drug related. Chet could be a good drug dealer though. Especially in his skeleton make up. Sell ex at raves or something.
The most depressing shit I read on Facebook is when one of your friends updates their status like: "I'm bored. Somebody text me."
I apply a rule to both Facebook and Twitter that I don't update unless I have something witty to say.
Just post it, Raelyn so we can give you feedback.
Alright, my story is up. Have at it!
It really depends on how much you value your points, what stage of writing you start workshopping here. If you think you'll have trouble working up another 15 before you have another draft then you should polish some more, if you need help at this point then drop the points on it.
It isn't all that hard to work up 15 points here, I probably put Puppet Show in too early... but I was excited about it and I value my points lightly since I generally have a bunch (as the leaderboard is always glad to demonstrate :D). I got a crazy amount of help that totally twisted my way of thinking about the story, and which I am grateful for. So, in my experience dropping the points on the first draft early worked, not that there isn't at least 1 draft of it I wish I had done a little more work on before uploading.