Hey. I'm Cassandra, I've just signed up, and I have no idea what I'm in for. Sure, like most of you I write, but I haven't been doing so much of that lately and I need a kick up the arse to get back into it. Maybe this will help, maybe it won't. Who knows. But I like what I've read of the articles around here so far so I figured I'd sign up.
I guess what I mean to say is: hi.
Hello and welcome!
I think it will help, a lot of people take what they do here seriously, and I've learned a lot. But I am only speaking for myself.
What do you write about?
Thanks! Taking things seriously is certainly heartening. I wish there was more of that around.
I mostly write short stories. I've tried my hand at playwrighting but I wasn't very good at it (apparently you don't put sci-fi/spec-fic on the stage) and I've got a few novel drafts hiding in the dusty back rooms of my hard drive. I've just started working on story about an infestation of carnivourous marsupials, and my first story accepted/about-to-be-published is about "companion" robots. So pretty much I write about whatever the story tells me to write.
Well, since Avery's not here to Harbinge for Davery, you'll have to accept me and my
Oh, sorry. I work during the day like a regular person. Welcome! I hope you like it here. Lots of wonderful people. So you write Sci-fi? You're going to have some quick friends!
Welcome Cassandra. Enjoy the show.
Remember that episode of Friends where Joey's in that play and it's really bad sci-fi and he goes up on the spaceship at the end? I don't know what else i was going to say...
Thanks for the welcome, guys!
Averydoll - normally I work during the day like a regular person (or at least in the guise of one) too, but time zone shenanigans means I miss most folks anyway. You just happen to have caught me on a sick day.
So how does it work around here with the critiquing/reveiwing and all? Is it honest, rigourous, dirty-sweaty kind of critiquing? Or the more gently-gently snuggly-warm approach? Last community I played with had a "no critiquing/arse-kissing only" policy which didn't really work for me (or my writing).
I've mostly been reading the craft essays so far today but I'm keen to check things out.
Reviewing - It is the honest gritty kind. But I think everyone is pretty kind and give you honest reviews to help you improve. But most aren't shy.
Those craft essays are GREAT.
Conley - Sorry, but I never watched Friends (our TVs were permanently tuned to British soap operas when I was growing up). There weren't any spaceships in this script, though. It was actually a satire on the previous Federal government's "history wars" and treason laws, but because it didn't feature a depressed, pregnant junkie in love the playwright group I was hanging with got confused.
There's a couple of rough characters here, but most of them mean well. Overall the reviews are good, while opinions may differ on a particular piece or style, it's typically fair and honest. The faint of heart or will need not apply.
Welcome Cassandra. Do people ever tell you you are such a Cassandra?
Welcome to the pit.
Randy and Bob might be able to help you with that kick up the arse thing.
Why does everything sound like sex to me?
Anyway, I am so glad to have you in the circus.
Can always use some more down under women around here.
Nikki - actually, that does happen.
Chester - Given your question I'm a little unsure of what you guys use the "down under women" for, but I'm hoping it's involves dinner and a G&T first . . .
She's funny chestie.
Welcome! I would post an awkward pic but, I am back in the mountains currently....c'est la vie....
@ Conley: you make me miss Chris Farley....("Remember when...? That was awesome.")
She is funny Nikkles! She passed the test!
Hmmm, she just might be the down under girl we've been looking for.
And there is a faction of G&T drinkers here too.
This faction is for J&B straight up....
Hey, I can do whisky (whisky, not whiskey, mind). Vodka, too. Or a strong Cab Sav if we're being all sophisticated at the mealtable.
But gin's my poison. Unless I'm writing, then it's tequila all the way. That stuff is brain-food.