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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz December 18, 2011 - 5:59pm

Oh yeah. Well that is before last call here, so you are still ok.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz December 18, 2011 - 6:18pm

Hey everyone, I keep forgetting to mention this. Not that it is crucial at this stage of the game, but you might want to start getting in the habit of formatting your manuscripts:

http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones December 18, 2011 - 9:14pm

@chester: for our purposes, i dont believe the home address is needed.

and, by the way, i did the workshop back in october. it will not reset if i join again. that was my point.

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club December 18, 2011 - 9:23pm

Could someone do me a favor? Before I withdrew from the workshop I wrote a review for a story called "The Girl's Not There" by user Willcain, and I haven't gotten a message from LitBot yet. I'm thinking it's because I'm not in the workshop anymore. If someone could look at the story and see if my review is still posted there I'd appreciate it. Thank you!!

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PopeyeDoyle from Rio Grande Valley, TX is reading Chronology of Water December 18, 2011 - 9:52pm

What type of message do you mean?  If you're talking about a "WillCain rated your review such and such," message, I haven't gotten one either.  Maybe he hasn't rated any of the reviews yet.

EDIT: And yes, your review is still there.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones December 18, 2011 - 9:53pm

both of you should have gotten a default very helpful after a week, unless there's some glitch. i would PM kirk...

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club December 18, 2011 - 10:02pm

Okay, I was wondering if he hadn't done that yet. Thank you for looking at it. Also, I've asked Kirk so many questions I feel guilty asking more. I'm just problematic. 

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig December 19, 2011 - 2:47am

Wow, this time difference rocks socks. I woke up to several reviews and three LBLs. Thanks to everyone that helped out, and, of course, more insight would be appreciated. Looks like I have a fair amount of rewriting to do.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. December 19, 2011 - 9:29am

I am still working on my OCD story but I got distracted with another story for the holidays. Its my version of a demented Christmas tale of family, I will post it soon, its called "Merry Christmas, Satan!" Consider it my holiday present to you all.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig December 19, 2011 - 9:34am

Danny, that reminds me-- I feel the need to explain why you won't be getting a Christmas card from me, after I offered one. Basically, I suck at time management. BUT, to make up for the sixty or so promised cards that didn't go out this year, I am going to do Valentines. Hopefully very odd ones.

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Hetch Litman from Ojai, Ca. is reading Wise Blood by Flannery OConnor December 19, 2011 - 10:10am

Things aren't so bad. Just look at the parking lot.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. December 19, 2011 - 12:22pm

Message redacted.  I put it up as a piece of flash fiction.  It's called "Blue."

People should get points if they read it :).

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz December 19, 2011 - 11:08am

@Chuck: I am not sure what you mean. Why wouldn't it reset? So you are saying you just don't want to participate in the workshop at all? Clarify please. 

I assume you mean that you won't get 15 more points. So you don't have time to do the 5+ reviews? I see where you are coming from if that is the case. Well, how about if you join and go to my two stories and just say "Hi Chester, you sexy genius!" and I will rate your reviews 'very helpful' thereby comping you six points right out of the gate. Then help your fellow Psychotic Anthologizers out by doing three more reviews.

There are some good stories posted by Bryan Howie, Nicholas Wilczynski, Avery Doll, Renee Pickup and others. Just read three and comment. I am sure you can be 'very helpful' when you want to. Anyone who wins trivia contests like I've seen you do definitely has the wits for it.

 

The one-month memberships will be activated later today and I am not sure if you are in or out. I would love for you to be in.

Let me know Chuck.

 

@Danny: Dude, I have one of those Christmas Stories too, but it needs some revision. Maybe I will slap it up too. In the spirit of Christmas.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz December 19, 2011 - 11:14am

@Bryan: Dude, good one you got on the line there. Synesthesia. That sounds like fun.

Shit, this is getting exciting you guys.

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. December 19, 2011 - 6:35pm

EDIT 

Workshop

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. December 19, 2011 - 12:01pm

Synethesia is fascinating. One of those disorders that truly boggles the mind.

Your little story was quality Bryan.

Also, Chester, it's good of you to arrange those workshop passes for folk. Very cool.

I have managed to make some more headway on my story at last. It's going to need a brutal edit when it's done though. I'm only half way through my plan and I'm already at almost four thousand words. Oops.

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Flaminia Ferina from Umbria is reading stuff December 19, 2011 - 12:11pm

A second draft of my story on DID, Dissociated, is up in the workshop, here.

And now I can also review some stuff again.

 

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. December 19, 2011 - 12:17pm

Jacks--I like what you have so far, just keep going and tell us more about the guys life, childhood, etc.

Bryan--if you want to try writing a different piece for the antho, I am for it. This would be a little more direct and I don't think anyone has picked it yet.

Yay everyone, you are making my Christmas by coming thru for the antho. I am happy as a pig in shit.

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Jay.SJ from London is reading Warmed and Bound December 19, 2011 - 12:42pm

Gonna round it off to 2k tonight. Shoud be able to push 2.5 no problem. Gonna need a lot of editing though.

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Bekanator from Kamloops, British Columbia is reading Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter December 19, 2011 - 1:05pm

So the word limit is 2500-5000, right?  I'm guessing my story's going to be at around the peak.  I'm having a riot writing this thing.  I never in my life would have thought that misogyny could be so much fun.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz December 19, 2011 - 2:52pm

Preaching to the Choir Rebecca, Preaching to the Choir.

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin December 19, 2011 - 3:36pm

Every time I work on Puppet Show I get an absurd grin on my face. I mean, it is some vicious shit and sometimes I think "you shouldn't be enjoying it this much" but I still do. I'm just glad I've had a lot of different perspectives to keep me finding ways to work on it.

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin December 19, 2011 - 3:37pm

Double post. My bad.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 19, 2011 - 5:11pm

Really?  Am I the only one who wants to go drown themselves after writing their psychosis??  Hm....

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz December 19, 2011 - 5:18pm

I want to drown myself before writing my psychosis.

  • Brian Ingham
  • Charles
  • David Shepherd
  • Lawrence
  • Raelyn

You are all good to go. One month in the Workshop.

Now, can I borrow one of your cars to drive down to Carolina?

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club December 19, 2011 - 5:47pm

Chester deserves an 'awesome' achievement. I would lend you my car if it were lendable (still broken).

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz December 19, 2011 - 5:52pm

You might want to suspend that decision until after you read Renee's story.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. December 19, 2011 - 5:55pm

North or South Carolina?

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 19, 2011 - 5:59pm

Charleston.

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin December 19, 2011 - 9:06pm

ewwwww who would want to go to South Carolina.

North Carolina is a fine state, but not great on the tourism number. If you want to see where the Wright Brothers made their first flight there are some... interesting... beaches. But I was raised in the Caribbean and I don't fuck around with "beaches" north of the tropic of Cancer. (except for Venice, Venice Beach has a special place in my heart as the most hospitable place in California)

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz December 19, 2011 - 6:25pm

Beaches. Tropic of Cancer. Why am I getting aroused?

Avery, how do you like The Boo?

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 19, 2011 - 6:32pm

Chester - I love it!  I'm a big Pat Conroy fan.  I love his writing. 

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz December 19, 2011 - 6:49pm

I read an excerpt. It looks really good. I have, like many others, only read The Prince a long time ago. Yeah, great style.

Speaking of South Carolina.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 19, 2011 - 6:52pm

I know, right?

I've read several of his things - starting with Prince of Tides of course.  He has some very pretty language that I would love to steal.....ha.  Southerners have a knack for pretty language (in the biased opinion of one - ha.). 

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch December 19, 2011 - 7:01pm

Since I'm officially on my winter break, first YAY!!!, and secondly, I'll be reading the psychosis stories. I've been working on my hoarding one, but it needs a bit of revising before I submit it.

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club December 19, 2011 - 7:11pm

I'm at work right now, and I left scrivener open on my laptop while I went to help a customer. When I get to the back my coworker asks me "Raelyn, are you okay? This is pretty morbid." Why is it that people sometimes think that stories are confessions of the author?

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 19, 2011 - 7:14pm

"Why is it that people sometimes think that stories are confessions of the author? "

Because they always are....right? 

But really, I know what you mean.  I got sent to a counselor in high school because I wrote a short story about a girl being mudered by her father on Christmas Eve.  It was really poorly written - I was a freshman.  And I think that should have been the real issue.  But no...

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club December 19, 2011 - 7:26pm

That's great! Was the story for a class or did it just fall into the wrong hands?

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 19, 2011 - 7:30pm

It was for a class - which was my first mistake.  I should have known better I guess.  But she said it could be about anything...

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club December 19, 2011 - 7:36pm

Oh dear. Next semester I'm taking a creative writing class...I wonder if I should be careful. 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 19, 2011 - 7:42pm

Nah - if you are at the college level they are less antsy about that stuff.  But high schoolers, well, you never know about them I guess.  This was the year of the Columbine shooting as well as two others I can think of - one was in a KY school a few hours from us (Paducah) and one of the girls that died had the exact same name as me, it freaked out the more distant relatives.  Teachers were skittish. 

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin December 19, 2011 - 9:15pm

I don't know how I got Laguna and Venice Beaches switched up there, silly mistake, I blame California. Venice beach is fun... I don't know anything about Laguna except that I have this consistent paranoia that it used to be a MTV show that I am too freaked out to confirm, because if it is that one then it is instead one of the least inviting places in CA I remember (I was fine in Long Beach for instance, but I remember near having a panic attack at this country club in Laguna because I was freaking out about these country club snobs scheming against me... which was totally weird, I was less freaked out in Compton)

I like the mountain people in NC more, anyways, they are a cleaner and more fun breed than the backwoodsies in SC (or for that matter, the freakish hicks in eastern NC). The skiing isn't great here either, but it's alright.

Avery, I'm only halfway through your story, but I'm having trouble understanding why you'd want to drown yourself, It's technically a very fun story to read, I can't imagine being ashamed of it in any way, even if the content is unsettling.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 19, 2011 - 9:20pm

I'm not ashamed I wrote it.  But it didn't make me feel excited or happy in any way. 

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin December 19, 2011 - 9:35pm

I hear you, but I guess I'm just the opposite sort of way, I go around all day vowing to fight myself to the death, but when I write something technically competent then I usually go "alright, truce, I'll let you live for now." And that always makes me happy.

Maybe you could have tried to abandon some babies first, then you could have finished the story thinking "well, at least that knowledge didn't go to waste."

Now that I've finished it, I see why you find the content unsettling, but I still have to admit, the execution is great and you ought to be proud of it no matter what. I understand that it's fucked up, but as a bit of writing it was very good, and you ought to be excited about it.

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Bekanator from Kamloops, British Columbia is reading Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter December 19, 2011 - 9:46pm

@avery - Subject matter, right? I read Renee's story today and I'm planning on reading yours next whenever I get the time. My main character's mother had PPD in my story and I'm sure it'll be inspiring.

I'm finding that channeling the pervasive anger my character requires is rather easy when I'm working retail, but I still don't feel all that fucking great when the day is over. Still, writing with inspiring music and a good drink is always a treat.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. December 19, 2011 - 10:44pm

Well to be fair, avery's story is very depressing but it's supposed to be.  I think that's what makes it so good is that the voice is real, if it wasn't I wouldn't have believed it.  It has an almost Sylvia Plath "ready for the oven" feel about it.  The whole story is just laced with anticipation of some madness that never really boils over but instead just infects the main character. 

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Hetch Litman from Ojai, Ca. is reading Wise Blood by Flannery OConnor December 20, 2011 - 12:33am

I have 1500 words, namely the beggining and the ending, written for my submittal on Cotard's Delusion. Just think, all I need is the whole middle.

 

The name of the story is The Passion of Tanakachi Katō

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Greg Eidson from Los Angeles, CA is reading The Alchemist - Paul Coelho December 20, 2011 - 1:38am

Do you have to be a part of the writers workshop to submit? 

I don't have money to pay for the site at the moment, but I'd love to send something in and be a part of this. 

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin December 20, 2011 - 2:09am

I believe that Chester has some 1 month trial passes if you ask him nicely and use your powers for good (to contribute to the anthology).

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Arkadia from Australia is reading Selected Poems by W.H. Auden December 20, 2011 - 2:59am

I might have missed the answer to my question in the bajillion previous posts in this thread/the last thread, but I'm wondering if this anthology is planning to accept and attempt to publish anything (or pretty much anything) that the assigned author gives them. Regardless of quality (at least comparative to stories typically considered publishable)?

It seems interesting to me that any old person can pick a psychosis and it's theirs, that their story is going to represent it. Is there something I'm missing?

Honestly, just curious. :)