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kelsey michele. from St. Louis, MO is reading Burnt Tongues January 11, 2016 - 4:37pm

i've been meaning to sit on my ass and say hello to all you fine authors but i forgot my password. okay, that's a lie, i'm just an over-anxious kid with self-esteem the size of newt and my lack of guts left me avoiding this place for a week or three.

i'm relatively new to the whole put-it-all-out-there-for-people-to-piss/redsquigglyline-all-over thing, with the exception of one creative writing class that i was coerced into taking about five years ago, so we'll see how this goes and for how long i decide to stick around.

i'm also terrible when it comes to talking about myself and what i write, so i'll just go post something for you guys to look over. or something.




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kelsey michele. from St. Louis, MO is reading Burnt Tongues January 11, 2016 - 4:39pm

i lied, no sharing. i don't know how to navigate this place yet. ho-hum.

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel January 11, 2016 - 6:06pm

Welcome to the pit.

I believe I'm not the only one who will tell you this, but at least as far as I'm concerned, you're in good company. Most of the people in LR come from a wide array of backgrounds. Many have children. Many are a bit more reclusive. 

My unsolicited two cents. Write, and then write some more, and when you feel a bit more comfortable with people, just ask them in a PM to review, or you can put it in the workshop. This isn't a place of redicule. It's a place for like-minded people to come together to share their love of writing, of words, of life. 

I, myself, am a military vet, and didn't know what to do with myself when I left the military, since you were brave enough to be honest. Well, honest-ish. lol. So, I was given advice to write about how I felt about myself, create a character based on that feeling, and then have them act out wandering through the world.

It helped me start to discover my voice. Then I read the craft essays and I got better. Now, I'm finally starting to feel brave enough to not only put my work in here for others to see, but to submit my work at large.

Just go at your own pace. We're all here if you want to chat about the craft, life, books, whatever. 

Again, welcome to the pit. I hope to see you around more often.

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kelsey michele. from St. Louis, MO is reading Burnt Tongues January 11, 2016 - 7:47pm

well, that was quite the welcome. thank you.

i write because it's the only thing i really know how to do. i mean, i have other skills, things that come just as naturally to me, but writing and literature have been the sole constant in my life. i've done it for so long, but sharing it, i don't know. i've never really grown used to it, even with the internet being a thing.

i'm confident in my writing and am discovering my voice as well (huge accomplishment by the way, kudos to you), but my knowledge of the craft, the technical stuff - is mediocre at best. four or five years of life getting in the way and i'm finally taking my writing seriously. i'm going back to university in the fall so that might help, too.

others have told me that i shouldn't be so critical, that i need to trust my own abilities 'because i'm that good' but i've never really seen it and don't particularly buy it. the way i look at it, there's no such thing as great, you're always learning, and when you think you're great you should probably stop doing whatever it is you think you're great at because at that point, the reason you began doing in it the first is too far gone for you to get back to.

anyway. i'm the queen of run-on sentences. and this is probably the most you'll ever see me type out if it's not creative, so enjoy it.

i am kind of lurking around, so i'm sure we'll bump into each other at some point, somewhere.


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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal January 11, 2016 - 10:41pm

take comfort in the fact that we don't actually know you, and i'm half assuming that you didn't even give us your real name. 

spoiler alert, thuggish isn't my real name either.

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kelsey michele. from St. Louis, MO is reading Burnt Tongues January 11, 2016 - 10:45pm

unfortunately I'm not that clever so yeah, my name is actually kelsey.
thuggish is way cooler though.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like January 16, 2016 - 7:48pm

The St. Louis Rams of the NFL sport colors similar to those of the old-school Batman. How do you feel about losing them back to Los Angeles?

Or, how do feel about Affleck Batman?

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated January 24, 2016 - 4:56pm