I haven't looked at my story since I posted it, so that I would be able to read it with fresh eyes, and it's crap. People gave me way nicer reviews than I deserved. If I were reviewing this rubbish it would get two stars across the board. Well, except for concept. I still like my concept, but I did a shit poor job of executing it.
That being said, thank you to everyone who reviewed my story. Everyone was helpful in one way or another, and I have a fairly good idea of how I'm going to revise this monster.
I've been busy with family, reading, and banging my head against the wall on my revision, Danny--but I keep checking in off and on all day, too. Even knowing I am in a different time zone than most of the people here.
Hetch--I wish I had thought ahead. I ASSumed I was going to have a revision to post by the first, and now I have nothing, and slim chances of getting in for the coffee cup drawing. And I love coffee cups, sad day.
@everybody: Help a sistah out: Anyone on here who wins a coffee cup needs to take a picture of it and send it to Renee so she can print it out and tape it to a coffee cup she already has.
@Danny: Dude, I'm with you. I didn't get a ton of books for Christmas to spend time on, but I did get Skyrim, which sort of amounts to the same thing except I'll be developing my hand-eye coordination instead of my vocabulary.
Yeah, we're all playing with our xmas presents.. and recovering from hangovers.
Haha, that's a lovely idea, Utah.
That's how I roll.
I did get a nintendo ds, so I have been playing with Mario on the ferry boat to and from Seattle. I also got a ton of graphic novels that I bought with gift cards. I am a comic book junkie. I got skyrim too, haven't really went nuts with it yet. I have way too many video games but I'm trying to be good and focus on reading and writing.
I don't want to harsh on it, I still have a lot of skyrim to play, but I finally felt the game wall (the edge of the preserve, as laurence fishborn said in predators) finishing the mage quests. I felt ready to leave bethesdas little world and go create some of my own.
Yeah, it's not like those Final Fantasy games where you could basically live in side quests forever. I really don't want to live in a video game though. I would rather live in my own self-created worlds through my writing.
Lately I've been balancing my Skyrim with reality and fiction.
The only truly "open-ended" video game is a word processor.
I didn't have internet for 3 days and I liked it! Now I'm trying to remember what I posted here on this site, and who you all are.
I went without the internet for a week once and I went through terrible withdrawals. I had nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, I saw giant cats with spinning silver medallions on the wall and then I had a vision of God speaking to me (he was wearing a purple hat and looked like John Lennon) and telling me to write the new scriptures of the Mormon religion. I wrote my heart out but then I got the internet back and plugged the wires into my veins again and forgot all my dreams.
@Liana -ahahahahahhahaha I read that sentence "I didn't have internet for 3 days and I liked it!" and spit out my cereal laughing. ahahah
Did you hear it to the tune of "I kissed a girl and I liked it" too?
Hey I have totally rehashed my submission to the suggestions made in my reviews. I was wondering if and when there is a dead line for the amended version. I probably added over 1000 words to it. So it has radically changed.
I'm going to say I'd like to see most of the redone versions finished by Feb. 1st but the technical deadline for all subs is Feb. 14th. However by then I'd like to have most of the stories chosen but I have to be honest, right now there are only 7 or 8 stories I feel confident to include in the anthology. I expect more submissions but I really would like more quality submissions. I hate having to be a jerk and reject stories but I've had to turn a lot away and hurt some people's feelings. I don't think I am being too particular or expecting too much, I just have a certain vision for how the anthology should be and I've been getting too many stories that are 'horror based' instead of just using the psychological element to create a riveting piece of fiction. I don't mind funny as long as the stories aren't absurd. Anyway, I'm sorry if I hurt anyone's feelings. If I felt the piece could fit, I gave advice on how to do so. If anyone feels I was unfair, I will give it to Chester Pane or Moon to look at and get their opinion too. Thanks.
I think you're being fair, Danny. It's your anthology and your vision. You've phrased your feelings well, however, my question is what happens if you don't have an anthology-amount of stories chosen by the 14th?
Also, I haven't seen the likes of Chester lately. Where's he at?
I still have to finish mine. It's coming. I'm just lazy.
Aha, found it. Holy hell, this thread is monstrous!
So, er, Danny (yes?), if you want me to carve out my own corner (versus just giving you something on OCD) I could just do anxiety...not Generalized Anxiety Disorder, per se, but rather spells of debilitating anxiety...different from panic attacks, I assure you...I can PM you if you want more clarification.
I'm excited about this. Lucky I found it before it was all wrapped up.
Oh, and throwing one out there--selective mutism. Have a friend who has it. Lots of potential.
@Bekanator--I suppose I will have to extend the deadline. I did put an ad on duotrope and got some outside submissions. I also started a new thread for 2012 because I realized the 400 comment thread is intimidating for new people who may wander onto litreactor in the new year and be like, "Hey! I'd like to submit something for this anthology" but it looks like 400 people already have. Plus I made a webpage that people can share and I will post in different places to garner more interest. It explains the guidelines more clearly.
@SurLe--You can write about whatever you want. Honestly, it's all about the story. I think some people thought it was just about the illness and that's why I had to turn down a few stories, I care more about the person and making the reader care about them than anything. Or even hate them, just make us feel something.
You know how it is, the Holidaze...and I am working on my story and hope to continue reviewing workshop 'Anthology' submissions.
Just wanted to show some force...
Hello everyone. I haven't been on the computer in a while so I just noticed this awesome collaboration opportunity that aliensoul's got going on here. now I don't want to seem like the unwanted guest inviting himself to the private party, but I really like the concept, having studied psychology (mental disorders are a specific interest of mine) as a hobby for a few years mixed with my love of writing and especially short stories, I definitely want to be a part of this anthology so if I still have time and if you'll still have me it'd like to submit a story that I'll be able to turn in by deadline. I've been thinking the past few days and it'd like to write about Dissociative Amnesia if no one's tackling a story like that. Wendigo Psychosis would be cool too, and aliensoul if that's acceptable as a story please let me know, about either of them for that matter.