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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club December 22, 2011 - 10:29pm

I've got enough points to post three more stories so I decided to go for it. I'm just worried about people spending time on telling me what I already know is wrong with my story. Some people tend to skim right over the author agenda. 

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razorsharp from Ohio is reading Atlas Shrugged December 23, 2011 - 4:37pm

I'm almost finished with a story that involves both folie a deux and sadomasochism. Is it too late to sign up? Nighty Nite is listed for folie a deux but his post says its main focus is erotomania. Does that leave the slot open (or at least give me sadomaschocism - even though, I admit, the main focus is folie a deux)?

Sorry I'm so late to the game. I've been aware you guys were doing this but insanity usually isn't a subject I write about so I didn't pay it much mind. Then I wrote this story that just happened to seem perfect for this anthology. No hard feelings if I'm a day late and a dollar short.

btw: mine kind of falls under the sub-classifications folie simultanee, if that makes a difference.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry December 23, 2011 - 5:22pm

I've also posted a story for the anthology.  Tear that sucker up!

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Greg Eidson from Los Angeles, CA is reading The Alchemist - Paul Coelho December 23, 2011 - 10:13pm

I'm not sure which direction I should go . . . either horror and desparation. Or completely tragic. 

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. December 23, 2011 - 10:17pm

We can do you all three concurrent or consecutive.

Great play, even better movie.  Tom Stoppard can write some fuckin' dialogue.

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Greg Eidson from Los Angeles, CA is reading The Alchemist - Paul Coelho December 23, 2011 - 10:46pm

Very interesting. Thanks for that. Maybe I need to go for all the ideas I had . . . Hmmmm. That helped, maybe I can merge all three of them. 

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Greg Eidson from Los Angeles, CA is reading The Alchemist - Paul Coelho December 23, 2011 - 10:47pm

I'm almost at my climax, which is why I'm trying to figure it out. 

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jl85 from originally East Tennessee now Southern California is reading everything I can December 23, 2011 - 11:15pm

My first draft is finally in the workshop for review. This was a harder subject to write about than I thought it would be - but I gave it a shot!! Anxiously awaiting feedback :)

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. December 24, 2011 - 12:49am

I will be going over all the anthology related stories this weekend that were posted on the sight.  I promise to have some reviews for you guys soon.  With Christmas, I am all over the place but I promise to find some precious quiet time between cooking, eating and vomiting. 

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razorsharp from Ohio is reading Atlas Shrugged December 24, 2011 - 6:19am

I went ahead and submitted my story. Check it out!

I will also try to use some of my free time this weekend to critique submissions to this anthology, I look forward to reading everyone's stuff.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 24, 2011 - 6:21am

I can highly recommend Utah's story.  I thought it was great.

 

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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 December 24, 2011 - 6:21am

Cool. Welcome back Mr. Razor. Long time no see.

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. December 24, 2011 - 11:28am

Too many reviews to PM all of you so I will thank you guys here. Seriously though, eager mcbeavers in the workshop. 

Thank you guys! There is actually too many for me to read at once so I have to split them up in my holiday schedual. I will return the favor before starting on my second draft.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch December 24, 2011 - 11:34am

I'm working on reading them all but I'm at snail's pace right now. I'm the main person relied upon for Christmas preparations, and I have family visiting, so that's my excuse...

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 24, 2011 - 11:36am

"Too many reviews to PM all of you"

Lazy.  I send autographed pictures to everyone who reviews my stuff.....just sayin.

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. December 24, 2011 - 11:39am

And I bet you also did Extra Credit work in school. :P

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. December 24, 2011 - 12:08pm

In case I haven't said it before, I am thankful for all of you in my life.  You guys rule and have made these past few months worthwhile.  I appreciate all the enthusiasm and support for the anthology.  Plus I've never really had a lot of other writer friends because it turns into a competition of who is more clever and I like to be the most clever motherfucker in the room.  Yet you all make me feel equal and humble at the same time.  Merry effin' Christmas ;)

 

"Of all the Charlie Browns, you are the Charlie Browniest."

 

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry December 24, 2011 - 2:55pm

Aww, Danny, you warm the cockles of my heart.  Maybe right underneath the cockles.  The sub-cockles.

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Greg Eidson from Los Angeles, CA is reading The Alchemist - Paul Coelho December 24, 2011 - 7:40pm

Who are you guys looking to shop this to, if anyone at all? Do you have anything in mind, or are you just trying to focus on getting the stories together first?

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. December 24, 2011 - 9:34pm

Well, we are focusing on getting the stories together first but if you have any suggestions of where to send it to let me know.  I have some ideas and I have queried a few people ahead of time but they want to see the work first.  When we do start shopping it around, I plan to submit it to at least 20 or more different publishers even the big names.  I might need some people to help me print out copies of the novel and mail it out.  I know that its hard to get seen by major publishers but a few years back, I sent out a manuscript to a major publisher, I believe it was Simon & Schuester and I had an assistant editor write me back and say he was interested and he would run it by his boss.  It didn't end up going through but the point is, if they recognize the talent by page one, they will read the manuscript.  Not all publishing houses but most of them, often it's the interns they pass off the manuscripts to and those people pass it to the editors, etc.  Obviously our best chance is with a smaller publisher of more subversive literature but I will compile a list of publishers as the project gets closer to completion.  Then I will write individualized query letters to each editor.  This is a community project though so I'm open to everyone's ideas.  My last choice is to self publish or go through Amazon because they take 75% of the profits but I promise I will not abandon the project no matter what and it will see existence in some level on the literary sphere. 

In the hyper-optimistic case that we get multiple offers, I will hold a vote by all the writers and we can decide which offer to take and which publisher to go through.  Honestly the success of this project has it's roots in self-promotion through websites and each individual author promoting the book so it gets seen by as many people as possible.  As any aspiring writer knows, you have to create your own hype but if Rebecca Black can have a career by posting a video on Youtube, we can get a book published when I believe people here have more talent in their little finger than she has in her entire brain.  This is the Youtube generation of viral marketing so we could always find bizarre ways to promote the book.  In fact, the more bizarre suggestions you guys come up with, the better.  I'm thinking bathroom stall marketing is the future lol

 

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. December 24, 2011 - 10:28pm

Well said Danny. 

Even if I don't make it into the anthology, I'd like to contribute in anyway possible. 

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Bekanator from Kamloops, British Columbia is reading Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter December 25, 2011 - 1:02am

@Danny - Every new post you make about the anthology makes me all the more excited.  You've got too much initiative and you've spread it all over this community. 

This past week has been a real mess of Christmas retail work and alcohol to cope and coffee to wake me up in the morning and dehydration that my body literally cannot cope with, but the writing has been my only real savoir (because nothing makes you feel better at Christmas time quite like writing a brutal rape scene).  I'm hoping to have my draft up in the next couple days and then I'll set myself up for feedback mode.  I'm excited to see what horrible and depressing things the rest of you have been filling your Christmas season with!

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz December 25, 2011 - 1:30am

Christmas.

Brutal rape scene.

White.

Red.

And blue.

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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 December 25, 2011 - 9:26am

In case I haven't said it before, I am thankful for all of you in my life.  You guys rule and have made these past few months worthwhile.  I appreciate all the enthusiasm and support for the anthology.  Plus I've never really had a lot of other writer friends because it turns into a competition of who is more clever and I like to be the most clever motherfucker in the room.  Yet you all make me feel equal and humble at the same time.  Merry effin' Christmas

- Merry Christmas Danny... It's why we're here. We've got a great bunch of people on here whose main concern is making each of us the best possible writers we can be. Any competition here, I believe, is friendly. We are all clever in our own ways. We each have our own style, but what makes this site great is that we all know that and embrace it. So, I'd also like to thank everyone. You guys are like an extended family to me. Friends, I hope, to one day meet in person. Maybe when we all get together for this anthology book tour. :)

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch December 25, 2011 - 9:27am

One of my fav Christmas stories: Match Girl. She was cold, but she had matches. She lit them until she died. The end.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch December 25, 2011 - 9:27am

And with this message, we are officially ahead of Battle for Last Post! Merry Competition!

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. December 25, 2011 - 11:48am

I like the Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy by Tim Burton.  Anyone ever read it?  His parents eat their son who is an oyster to improve their sex life.  Some strange metaphors in there.

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Greg Eidson from Los Angeles, CA is reading The Alchemist - Paul Coelho December 25, 2011 - 11:53am

Yeah, Merry Christmas to everyone in here as well. 

I'm a very introverted person, and I have like five "real" friends, and all of you, all of "us" writers, or people who enjoy writing, have an understand of how we view life. And it's just nice that we can come here, without having to compete for who's better, but trying to make each other better in the process. 

I'm not even a member but I always feel like if I needed some kind of help, or feedback I could always come here for it. You guys are super duper awesome, and never give up writing. Write. Write. Write. 

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Tejun from The West is reading Marque De Saude December 25, 2011 - 12:03pm

Tejun Fowler will post a submission addressing- Disassociative identity disorder  coming soon

 

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Tejun from The West is reading Marque De Saude December 25, 2011 - 12:40pm

It's up Camp Blood or The First Victim.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch December 25, 2011 - 8:38pm

Merry Christmas! Did I say that before? Be merry folks, even if you're not Christian. Cause I'm in fact agnostic but I like saying Merry Christmas.

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin December 25, 2011 - 8:56pm

Happy Holidays will do for me. So happy holidays to all of you and know that I hold this community dear.

I mean, I like Jesus, he was a cool guy and he had some really good ideas. But living God? I have a lot of trouble taking that claim seriously. In any event, I'll celebrate this pagan/capitalist festival in his name, in order to be agreeable.

But, I am a theist (Deist, kinda, but I'm taking it in a western theistic tao direction instead of traditional deism).

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Brian Ingham from Stillwater Oklahoma is reading There is No Year by. Blake Butler December 25, 2011 - 10:39pm

Plus, Jesus was born in June.... but I love Christmas time, Jesus or no Jesus.

Merry Christmas everyone!

My story on hybristophilia will be up this week!

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. December 26, 2011 - 12:56am

I say that I am spiritual because I believe in supernatural forces and/or the concept of an afterlife but religion is largely creepy to me because of all the bad history associated with it and the way people use it to manipulate others.  I have gone through so many religious phases in my life from going to Buddhist temples, reading the Satanic bible, joining what was essentially a cult and being stalked by them, joining an ex-gay religious group when I didn't want to deal with certain things about myself and falling in love with the leader.  So my ideas about religion are very complex.  I have no idea if Jesus existed or was who he said he was.  It's a beautiful myth.  It could be true, it could be a lie but none of us will really know until we die but according to religion, we have to believe with just faith and aren't allowed to doubt which is where I have a problem.  I am a thinker, not a follower.  So I guess I'm agnostic?

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. December 26, 2011 - 12:57am

Too bad we can't all just go back to being pagans and worshipping "the green man" and having orgies in the forest.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. December 26, 2011 - 1:07am

Btw, I am still reading through everyone's stories.  The holidays have been really busy for me so please forgive me if I haven't reviewed yours yet.  I really should have started from the bottom and worked my way up but I know I started from the top of the most recent subs and have been working downward.  So far though I have to say I am very impressed with the stories.  I'm compiling a list of publishers and will continue to.  It's all about marketing this right and as I've said before, "creating our own hype".  I was even thinking we should buy a web domain and create links to it through other websites that are mysterious and enigmatic.  Then if I could get someone to design the website who was good at that sort of thing, give brief teases of each story hidden in the website, create a sort of viral marketing campaign.  Even youtube videos that lead to the website and were very surreal and David Lynchian in nature.  I know if I ever finish one of my damn novels that's how I will market it.  Like how before "The Ring" came out, there were videotapes found in random places with footage from the movie within the movie.  Or I know Trent Reznor would put like  a single from his new album out there so people would find it, just like as an insert in a magazine or something.  In the future, people will probably leave flash drives in public restrooms with videos on them advertising their indie film.  Or if someone created graphic novel versions of some of the stories in the anthology and we put them on the website.  I have lots of ideas.  So if anyone knows artists or amateur filmmakers or web designers who are looking to have some fun, let me know.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch December 26, 2011 - 10:06am

Yes, I think being agnostic allows for your own version of spirituality, as long as you don't become convinced of it and try to sell it to others... Atheism is another religion, after all. I hate anything doctrinary. That's why I'm a political agnostic too, though in that respect I do "believe" in voting for a lesser of two (or several) evils.

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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 December 26, 2011 - 10:07am

I like the flash drive idea. We could each get a cheap flash, load up excerpts on them, then leave them in bookstores for people to find. Leave them on books where the people who look at those books would be more likely to buying the anthology. I think someone looking at a Chuck book may be more prone to buy the anthology than someone who's looking at a Danielle Steele book. And, leave a little note on the drive that says, 'check me out' or something like that.

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Typewriter Demigod from London is reading "White Noise" by DeLilo, "Moby-Dick" by Hermann Mellivile and "Uylsses" by Joyce December 26, 2011 - 1:47pm

Sorry about that radio silence. I'm part way through paedophilia story. Note to aliensoul, pedophilia is foot fetishism.

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razorsharp from Ohio is reading Atlas Shrugged December 26, 2011 - 2:13pm

'Pedophilia,' in American, is a sexual attraction to children. 'Paedophilia' is the Brit spelling. 'Podophilia' is foot fetishism.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 26, 2011 - 5:38pm

Working on my story like a good little writer.  I'll likely post up a revision this week sometime.  I've made a lot of tweaks and I hope they are working.  We will see.

Can I say...okay, describing things a baby does as being upsetting is simple.  Babies are annoying.  But actually trying to describe a baby's face in a realistically negative way is a challenge. 

Hoping to make you all very uncomfortable in the New Year. 

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Bekanator from Kamloops, British Columbia is reading Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter December 26, 2011 - 7:03pm

^ I'm looking forward to it!

In a haste, I've edited my piece and submitted it (http://litreactor.com/workshop/sub/grin-on-the-rocks-psychosis), so now I can get in on the feedback.  I'm anxious to get back to reading again.

 

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Typewriter Demigod from London is reading "White Noise" by DeLilo, "Moby-Dick" by Hermann Mellivile and "Uylsses" by Joyce December 26, 2011 - 11:49pm

My story will probably make you uncomforatble, or horrified with hyourself because it turned you on :P

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. December 26, 2011 - 11:55pm

If it doesn't hurt, it's not art.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 27, 2011 - 8:30am

Okay, posted second draft of my submission.  Go be cruel to me.  :)

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig December 28, 2011 - 8:20am

Wow, you guys have been busy. I'm exhausted, hungover, and annoyed that Husband fell asleep for a nap first. I think I might roll through some reviews while I play with my revision and additional research.

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Greg Eidson from Los Angeles, CA is reading The Alchemist - Paul Coelho December 29, 2011 - 12:24pm

Just posted my contribution! Tear me up guys. Needs a lot of editing though. 

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Bekanator from Kamloops, British Columbia is reading Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter December 29, 2011 - 9:01pm

It's been pretty quiet here as of late.  Hopefully you're all climbing out of the the holiday hibernation.  Admittidly, I drank too much and knocked my immune system out, so I am now with cold, which is better than with child, after reading Avery's piece.  I have since decided to put back having children another couple years.

I also just reviewed your story, Greg.  Twas nice to read something new from you.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. December 29, 2011 - 9:09pm

I agree, the forums have been quiet lately.  It makes me wonder if I just have no life that I still check so often and if everyone is busy with life or are actually reading.  I have so many books I got over the holidays, I should limit my internet time severely.  I still enjoy reading everyone's posts though and look forward to more submissions in the future.

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Hetch Litman from Ojai, Ca. is reading Wise Blood by Flannery OConnor December 29, 2011 - 9:14pm

well I'm 3500 words into mine on Cotards and still lack the most important part of the middle but I spent my time tonight posting my first finished short story (non anthology related) just so I could get into the drawing for the coffe cup . What can I say? Now I'm down to 5 points so I have to spend some time reviewing a couple anthology stories so I can get this one up when its time, hopefully before New Years Day.