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Hedgewriter from Wisconsin is reading Red Seas Under Red Skies (Scott Lynch) June 18, 2012 - 5:19pm

My name is Deron.  I want to be a writer but don't write nearly enough to call myself one.  I play at writing, dash off a short story and show it to my friends and family who say nice things about it, but most of it sucks.  I reread it and discover that it's full of unoriginal ideas and cliches.  Well, I'm done playing around with being a writer...I QUIT.  No longer will I dabble.  No more outlines that never see more than one chapter.  Never again will I show someone crap and get fake praise.  I have decided after a long time that I will no longer be a dreamer. 

Instead, I will actually put in some hard work and effort, write something daily and revise until it doesn't suck.  I will post it for people that know what they are looking at and get honest candid feedback that actually means something.  I will try to educate myself on what it really means to write and write well.  Hopefully all of you can help!

I am a retired Navy guy that works in a food manufacturing factory in Wisconsin with little to no education about writing beyond what I could read in a book or on the internet.  I love the Fantasy genre, but I also like to write "Sea Stories", which are basically heavily embellished tales about some of my rather mundane adventures around the world while I was in the Navy.  I look forward to posting my work and reading yours.  Thanks for having me!

 

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner June 18, 2012 - 5:25pm

Welcome! Dammit! Also, there are a couple of us shippies running around in here. Jarheads too. You're in good company. 

 

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated June 19, 2012 - 4:13am

@Matt - He is either A) in good company or B) here with us. The two are totally mutually exclusive. And you know that. 

@Hedge - When you get done showing that stuff to people who know what they are looking at you should show it to us too.

Welcome.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner June 19, 2012 - 4:05am

I don't know what any of that means. 

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated June 19, 2012 - 4:11am

Then I win. SUCKA!

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner June 19, 2012 - 4:12am

LOL

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Hedgewriter from Wisconsin is reading Red Seas Under Red Skies (Scott Lynch) June 19, 2012 - 5:33am

Thanks for the...welcome.  I already like the irreverent banter, almost like sitting on the Mess Decks playing spades during deployment. 

 

"If the poop doesn't fit you must acquit!"

 

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner June 19, 2012 - 5:41am

"If the poop doesn't fit you must acquit!""

 

Ha! Win. I'm brown shoe btw. You?

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry June 19, 2012 - 5:42am

I could never get it to go back in.

Welcome.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry June 19, 2012 - 5:43am

I'm brown shoe btw. You?

The sparrow flies at night.  Do you have the code?

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner June 19, 2012 - 5:48am

Haha! If only you understood how mundane that code was. 

The airwing officers and NCOs wear brown shoes. 

The rest of the Navy wear black.

 

Hence since I worked in the airwing wing, I was brown shoe, despite never being an officer or NCO. 

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Hedgewriter from Wisconsin is reading Red Seas Under Red Skies (Scott Lynch) June 19, 2012 - 6:58am

Black shoe, I was a Sonar Tech, hunted submarines and fixed electronics for a living.  Destroyers and Frigates mostly, but I did have the opportunity to work over in England with the Brits for my last 2 years.  That was an absolute blast.  I have a buddy that was a black shoe like me, but when we made Chief he started wearing brown because they "looked better with his khaki's"...traitorous dog.  I don't miss it, but I really miss it...been out for 7 years now (holy crap, has it really been that long?)

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner June 19, 2012 - 6:59am

Fucking bubbleheads. 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters June 19, 2012 - 7:10am

Welcome!

I have no codes.

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Hedgewriter from Wisconsin is reading Red Seas Under Red Skies (Scott Lynch) June 19, 2012 - 9:44am

Ah, bubbleheads.  Unique group of folks the submariners, never understood the desire to get on a ship that is DESIGNED to sink.  Kind of like flying on an airplane that is designed to crash.  They are difficult to find when they are trying to be sneaky though...the submarines that is, not the actual bubbleheads themselves who pretty much suck at being sneaky.

Codes are overrated and mostly confusing

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters June 21, 2012 - 11:40am

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig June 21, 2012 - 1:41pm

The Department of the Navy is taking over LitReactor. Welcome.

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Dave from a city near you is reading constantly June 23, 2012 - 3:11pm

Welcome to the Lit. Have Fun. Make Fun. Check Youoh wait, the meme was posted.  

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Hedgewriter from Wisconsin is reading Red Seas Under Red Skies (Scott Lynch) June 25, 2012 - 9:38am

@averydoll, SparrowStark, Dave - Thanks for the welcome!  I need to get into the workshop and start doing some real work.

@kyleratner - being surrounded by girls when you pull into a port overseas more than made up for working with dudes for a couple of months at a time.  Australia was unbelievable when I was there as was most of Europe.