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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks May 5, 2012 - 4:09pm

Yeah, it is! There's a link to it in the original post on here -- it's been dead for a few days now since we opened up this thread.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest May 5, 2012 - 4:36pm

found it and posted a little something. Okay, maybe not so little... LOL! Thanks again, Courtney, for this thread. Great, great stuff!

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks May 5, 2012 - 5:32pm

That was awesome, thank you. I'll edit the welcome note to include a bit about reading that, since everyone raves about your reviewing -- I'm sure the new kids will appreciate it more than anything.

Also, I loved the bit about the fact that you smoke a lot during your reviews. I can't count how many of my hand-written LBLs (it helps me focus to print them out and mark them up) have cigarette burns in them. My binder, too -- it's coated in ash and nail polish. I smoke more (cigarettes) during writing and reviewing than any other time.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest May 5, 2012 - 5:38pm

Haha! Me too. Thanks for adding it. Appreciate that. I always try to help.

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Jeremy Bustin from Virginia is reading Natchez Burning by Greg Iles May 12, 2012 - 1:00pm

Thanks again for this, Courtney. Now I know what LBL means.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry May 12, 2012 - 8:25pm

Before Courtney wrote this essay, I always thought LBL meant "Labia Biting Lesbian".  So for every review I gave, I included an in-the-text BDSM lesbian sex scene.  I'm glad she wrote the essay because, quite frankly, I was running out of ideas.

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks May 13, 2012 - 6:03am

It must have been exhausting to be you, Utah, always trying to create something sexy out of stories by such disturbed minds.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. May 13, 2012 - 9:16am

He was born with the magic to make everything about twat.  Unfortunatly, it's vagina vs. vagina deathmatches in a steel octagon.  VMMA (vaginal mixed martial arts) is growing in popularity, but there are suprisingly few women (or post-op transexuals) willing to risk their cooters for the ultimate prize: a belt made of stolen foreskin.

 

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry May 13, 2012 - 3:10pm

It didn't have to be stolen.  I know this mohel that is a bit strapped for cash.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated May 18, 2012 - 12:20pm

And this is oddly perfect for a intro thread.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like May 23, 2012 - 2:50pm

A couple of days ago, I posted my first submission, "Stenography" (the one about the wolf and pigs,) got a sufficient number reviews, and just now deleted it.  Is there any kind of decorum around how long you should leave your story up?  I've seen some that have been there since last November and some that say "Don't need anymore reviews," but the file is still there.  What's the deal?  I thought I might be able to just remove the file itself but keep the review thread, but no.  Then I thought I could just replace the file with a blank one, but decided against it. 

Thoughts?

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner May 23, 2012 - 4:44pm

There is no set rule on that. You just take it down when you feel like it, if ever. If I remove mine, I replace the file with a word doc that says, "thanks for checking, this has been deleted" or something and then copy and paste into the description. 

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like May 23, 2012 - 4:51pm

I thought about doing it that way.  Probably will in the future so there'll be a record of the reviews.

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks May 23, 2012 - 8:08pm

I leave the file up because I've been switching computers a lot, so it's nice to have a backup copy stored somewhere online. Until recently I simply left it up without specifying anything, but then I got reviews on my oldest stories, so I erased the synopsis and description and said I had everything I needed.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated May 24, 2012 - 9:59am

If you want a online back up copy, and these are computers you can install programs too, I would suggest the whole google drive thing. Lets you have your copy on the hard drives and online, and they are all sinked up. https://drive.google.com/start?continue=https://drive.google.com/%23#home

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks May 29, 2012 - 12:38pm

If someone wants to save this and re-use it, go ahead, but I'm quitting the site and asking them to close my account so I'm not sure if this will still be here once my account is shut down.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters May 29, 2012 - 1:11pm

Best I can tell, it'll stay as is.  No worries.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner May 29, 2012 - 1:59pm

Sigh

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry May 29, 2012 - 3:55pm

Courtney, you don't need to do that.

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. May 30, 2012 - 11:03am

We need females. It gets weird without females. 

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books May 30, 2012 - 1:42pm

It gets weird with females, too. I should know. Weirdos.

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. May 30, 2012 - 3:21pm

Guys just talk about sex but on here it turns to sex fantasies about eachother. It doesn't stop us when there are no females in the mix. It's just like prison. Ryan could tell ya. 

Girls are weirder though.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters May 31, 2012 - 4:56am

I checked, turns out there are still females around.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated May 31, 2012 - 4:57am

Who?

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner May 31, 2012 - 5:22am

ZING! 

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry May 31, 2012 - 6:45am

I think she's talking about me.  Not cool, Avery.  I'm not a girl, I'm just sensitive.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters May 31, 2012 - 6:48am

Utah

Howie

Matt

Lots of girls around these parts.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated May 31, 2012 - 10:28am

I see.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner May 31, 2012 - 10:32am

Oh, I get it now, she was supposing that we all have female parts. Hmm, clever. 

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. May 31, 2012 - 10:52am

She's calling us pussies.  It's the nicest thing she has ever said to me.  

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner May 31, 2012 - 10:53am

Well you are what you eat. 

 

BA-ZING! 

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry May 31, 2012 - 11:03am

I, also, have frequented many Chinese restaurants.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner May 31, 2012 - 11:07am

The poo poo platter? I don't think that was on the menu sir. 

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry May 31, 2012 - 11:15am

You obviously weren't very adventurous in your youth.  Wait a minute.  You were in the Navy!  Don't even act like...

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner May 31, 2012 - 11:18am

No dice good sir. Adventurous is....I don't know going on safari and having hyenas try and kill you, putting from the rough is not. 

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry May 31, 2012 - 11:45am

Are you saying that you've been hunted by hyenas, or that putting from the rough is old hat to you and no longer gets your blood pumping?

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. May 31, 2012 - 11:49am

Putting from the rough?  He's talking about a fistfull of rough being shoved down his throat and then asking for more.  Which is something I totally endorse.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner May 31, 2012 - 11:54am

Why is it everything in this forum involves some sort of homoerotic slant?  No, it would not now or ever interest me. I am shocked women even find men attractive, let alone other men. This makes me wonder about some of you.....

Being hunted by animals however is on my bucket list. When I die, I either want an exhausted body, who has done everything, surrounded by loved ones. Or I want a short, brutal death early on that would make a great made for TV movie. 

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. May 31, 2012 - 11:58am

Nope.  You get cancer.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner May 31, 2012 - 11:57am

Well shit. 

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner May 31, 2012 - 11:59am

We should make a how will you die thread

 

This is what I see for you Mr. Howie. 

Auto-erotic asphyxiation. 

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. May 31, 2012 - 12:02pm

Ahh, to go out like my hero, David Carradine.  I'll probably be in the closet, dressed up like Wonder Woman with the magic lasso looped over the chrome closet-rod and then wrapped around my throat, forcing me to tell the truth and to do anything I tell myself to do, while furiously masturbating to Lit Reactor threads about cake and compliments.  

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters May 31, 2012 - 12:04pm

Howie - if you die any other way, I will be disappointed.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner May 31, 2012 - 12:05pm

*Applauding*

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry May 31, 2012 - 12:17pm

*retches with delight*

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner May 31, 2012 - 12:20pm

*Eyes Utah with contempt.*

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry May 31, 2012 - 12:22pm

*smiles.  draws back the bolt on the hyena cage*

Here we go!

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner May 31, 2012 - 12:24pm

"YOU SON OF A...."

 

*Fights viciously against the animal. Loses and then shares a bottle of whiskey with it.*

 

 

 

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz May 31, 2012 - 3:03pm

I want an illustration of Howie Wowie™ in that very predicament. Or a short film. Yeah. A short film. But instead of Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, it is Monica Bellucci. And playing the role of Howie is Bryan Cranston.

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Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne June 12, 2012 - 1:33am

Just wanted to say a quick thanks to Courtney for this. This is my first post, and despite having written random garbage for years, my first real attempt at workshopping any fiction. I imagine this little guide here saved me a good few hours of poking around aimlessly and wondering how you guys do things.

So thank you! It's much appreciated. Being new anywhere is always a tad shitty, and a little user-friendliness of this kind tends to go a long way.