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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. January 3, 2012 - 9:36pm

we are now closed to submissions.

 

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. January 3, 2012 - 10:03pm

The site looks great Danny! Can you post an e-mail so I can send my latest draft to you? I made some edits and added some story but there isn't enough to use my points to post the draft.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. January 3, 2012 - 10:06pm

Sure, my personal email is dangrn77@hotmail.com to anyone who wants to email me about the antho.

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club January 3, 2012 - 10:43pm

I apologize if this was already stated, but when are final drafts due? Thanks!

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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 January 3, 2012 - 10:53pm

Danny, awesome site! Looks really, really good. I'm excited. I am currently working on my story. Will be for the rest of the night. 

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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 January 3, 2012 - 10:54pm

@Jacks: If you want to toss it my way too, I'd be happy to take a look at it.

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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 January 3, 2012 - 11:04pm

Signed up, now following.

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SurLeQuai from Indiana is reading The Night Circus January 4, 2012 - 12:34am

Danny: see my private message.

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin January 4, 2012 - 1:04am

Nice work danny.

Stoked.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz January 4, 2012 - 11:01am

Great idea Danny.

Not to be a party pooper (but someone has to be) you might want to go back through and proofread that synopsis you posted. There are a few things that could bear refinement. 

For starters: Münchausen syndrome by proxy

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. January 4, 2012 - 11:09am

@Rian Thanks man, that would be awesome. I'll PM you my e-mail and maybe you can give me some notes.

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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 January 4, 2012 - 11:11am

@Jack's... you got it bud...

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. January 4, 2012 - 12:19pm

Shit, now we're going to have to critique and workshop a synopsis.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz January 4, 2012 - 12:22pm

Damn right. Professionalism. It is all part of the game. 

Never relent, right? Never compromise?

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry January 4, 2012 - 12:49pm

*silently shakes his fist at bad grammar and imprecise phrasing.  terrible scowl.*

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. January 4, 2012 - 4:46pm

STIKE FIRST, STRIKE HARD, NO MERCY SIR!

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. January 4, 2012 - 6:45pm

Argh - every time Danny renews this thread it makes me feel bad. I am still not making the progress I'd like on my story.(though admittedly I haven't put much time in this past week or two, beteen work and festivities I've had no writing time)

No idea if it will be ready in time now. No idea if I'll even ever finish it. Three drafts have been canned so far (they sucked). I really hope I do finish because it's been a real challenge so far and giving up will bum me out. However there will come a point where I have to call it and say I have tried and failed.

Not yet though. I'm staying optimistic for now.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. January 4, 2012 - 6:54pm

@Chester--I will fix it. Where have you been by the way?

@Raelyn--I am going to beat you. lol.  It's Feb. 15th, it's on the website link I put in my message.  That is the official page for guidelines.

So since we are all here now:

The pieces I definitely want in the anthology so far are....

1. Another Lost Day by Bryan Howie

2. Grin on the Rocks By Rebecca Jones-Howe

3. In the Absence of Violence by Utah (would like your real name)

4. Jump by Dakota Taylor

5. Perfectly Natural by averydoll (you didn't put your name on it)

6. Sine Qua Non by Kenneth Goldman

7. The Return by Liana V.

8. Puppet Show by Nicholas Wilczynski

9. Sermons of my Childhood by Josef Van L.

10. Released by Richard Thomas

Also, the one by Flaminia, I need to download again apparently.

On the edge of acceptance if reworked...

1. Shrinkage

2. Through the Meadow by Raelyn

I am also working on my story. I have decided to write about bipolar instead of OCD or a combination thereof, I will have my new draft up soon.

So as you can see, I would still like to fill about 10 more slots if we could get more people in on this.  I do have quite a few people who have queried me so I'm just waiting to see what comes by Feb. 15th.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters January 4, 2012 - 6:59pm

"you didn't put your name on it"

Did too!  It's on the revision I posted....

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. January 4, 2012 - 7:13pm

Oops!

Oh and I forgot, "The Thing About Finn" by Rene Pickup

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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 January 4, 2012 - 7:22pm

ALien: I'm in... Got over 2000 words so far and should have a 1st draft up by next Wednesday. I'm just going to write it, however many words, then whittle it down. Do you have a word count preference? I think I read somewhere no more than 3k.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. January 4, 2012 - 7:24pm

Honestly if the story is good, I'll go up to 5K.  What disorder are you doing again?

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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 January 4, 2012 - 7:25pm

Bibliomaniac... That work?

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Bekanator from Kamloops, British Columbia is reading Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter January 4, 2012 - 8:15pm

So the new draft of my story hit over 6K.  That going to be a problem?  I never realized how much space this stream-of-conscious stuff really took up.  You can just move some furniture or something, I'm sure.

Hopefully I can get this next draft up soon enough.  I really need some more input, particularly at the climax scene.

 

 

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. January 4, 2012 - 8:41pm

@Moon--I'm intrigued.

@Bekanator--I don't have a problem if all the words are necessary to the overall telling of the story. If there is any room for trimming, I'm sure that our fine litreactor peers will help us find it. I do really enjoy your story though and the way you were able to get inside a dude's head. My wife loved it too. You could be the next Joyce Carol Oates. I'm reading "Female of the Species" by her right now and the stories in there are excellent. She is really an amazing short story writer, she says more in 30 pages than some people say in a whole novel.

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Flaminia Ferina from Umbria is reading stuff January 5, 2012 - 4:08am

A third draft of my DID story's on its way. It'll be workshoppable before next Monday. Hopefully.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry January 5, 2012 - 5:37am

Is it so hard to believe that Utah is my name?  My only name?  Prince only has one name.  So does Madonna.  And J-Lo. 

Also, with the revision the story now crests at just over 15,000 words.  I hope that's okay.  There's some really crucial stuff about him being 6 years old and having an epic, very formative battle with a flock of half-grown chickens.  And also this twist where he start playing World of Warcraft and really likes it and actually starts to think that he's turning into an orc.  Starts carrying a giant club around everywhere with him, speaks in grunts, is certain his skin is turning green.  Goes a long way toward explaining the complexities of his relationship with his wife.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters January 5, 2012 - 6:25am

Actually...I sort of thought you were from Utah...and then I saw it says you are from TX.  Which I guess is about as strange as my name and my, uh, name, being completely different.  So i'll let it slide.  This time.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry January 5, 2012 - 6:39am

Maybe I am from Utah and was just named Utah because my parents weren't very original people...which makes me sad...and now I blame you for making me think of it.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters January 5, 2012 - 6:41am

I used to date a guy named John.  He had three brothers - and they were all named John.  They just had different middle names.  Four boys - all John.  So see, you could be that guy.  Always a bright side.

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enough from Indiana is reading Warmed and Bound January 5, 2012 - 8:04am

I am hoping to have mine in the worshop at some point today before midnight. I put it off over the holidays, with so much going on I couldnt possibly concentrate. After the holidays, everyday I told myself it was the day to start the story.....nothing. I am ashamed. Anyhow, yesterday was the day, finally. Heres hoping today is too.

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Bekanator from Kamloops, British Columbia is reading Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter January 5, 2012 - 9:58am

@Danny - Sounds good. I'm glad. With any luck I'll have my second draft up by the weekend. I'm hoping that I got in touch with Jonah's good side and made him a bit more likeable. I'm glad your wife enjoyed it too. I really want that second to last scene to shock people, but not offend them.

Also, I don't think I could ever be Oates. That woman must only ever spend her time writing, considering the amount of books she's got under her belt. She must have the craziest drunken parties with all her characters.

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Tejun from The West is reading Marque De Saude January 5, 2012 - 10:52am

Who are you submitting this to?  Do you have some type of credentials that will assure this anthology will get picked up?  Do you have an in? Do you work as an literary agent?  Or are you shopping it around much the same way any of us would shop it around?  I am just confused on what this is.

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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 January 5, 2012 - 11:17am

@Tejun: Danny can better explain what he's been up to, but I can tell you that he's been tirelessly working on finding a home for this. 

Have you checked out the site yet? Give a gander, you might find more information that you're looking for. It's in the first post at the top of this thread.

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Tejun from The West is reading Marque De Saude January 5, 2012 - 12:00pm

Oh ok I get it. LoL  I wasnt sure if this was a Lit Reactor thing, a Chuck thing... got it. Thanks My computer has been screwing with me, links appear and dissappear weird, this is the second stupid crap I have done this morning because of my computer not loading links.

 

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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 January 5, 2012 - 12:07pm

No problem, bud...

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enough from Indiana is reading Warmed and Bound January 5, 2012 - 12:42pm

Mine is up. Nervous, but glad to be able to get some other eyes on it.

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Typewriter Demigod from London is reading "White Noise" by DeLilo, "Moby-Dick" by Hermann Mellivile and "Uylsses" by Joyce January 5, 2012 - 3:15pm

my 1st draft should be up over the weekend.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. January 5, 2012 - 3:50pm

@Tejun--No, I don't have a literary agent yet, I do have some publishing credentials but this is more of an unofficial community work. I'm not making myself out to be a leader really, it was just my idea. It's a group effort to get it created but I will be doing the majority of the leg work to get it published. I'm not going to pretend that it's guaranteed in stone to be sold to a major publisher and sell lots of copies, right now it's a leap of faith, which is all we have. I realize a lot of authors on here have contracts or have published their first books already, good for them but some of us are still trying to make it and make a name for ourselves. I am going to devote a great deal of my time writing query letters, contacting literary agents, making copies of the book and sending it out, promoting it even if I have to self publish it as a last resort.  The problem is I need the work first, most people aren't going to accept something on word of mouth alone, that's why we are trying to put together something really solid before sending it out. I don't feel I'm misleading anyone though, I realize it may take most of this year to search and send out the book and find a publisher.  But the project will see creation in some form even if it's as an ebook. It's all about self-promotion anyway. Unlike actors and models, I can't really blow my way to the top.

 

Btw, my bipolar story is coming along well, I believe.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. January 5, 2012 - 3:56pm

Maybe the Amazon publishing dealy might work.  I don't know a thing about it, but it seems like there's some digital thing they do.

Then we'd just have to do the leg-work in promoting the hell out of it.

 

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. January 5, 2012 - 3:58pm

Amazon does free E-book and traditional self-publishing. The traditional is createspace.com or something like that.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. January 5, 2012 - 4:05pm

The only thing that sucks about Amazon and the reason why I want to try other avenues first is that they take a huge amount of the profits. I kind of wanted to see if we could get paid something for the book, even like 50 bucks a person would make me happy. The most I've ever been paid for a short story was 250 dollars and it was a wonderful feeling. I do want to compile a list of small press publishers who take chances on anthologies so I'm writing down every publisher of an anthology I can find, if anyone has any suggestions let me know.

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Tejun from The West is reading Marque De Saude January 5, 2012 - 4:08pm

I fully support your effort aliensoul :)

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jl85 from originally East Tennessee now Southern California is reading everything I can January 5, 2012 - 6:04pm

Black coffee press -not sure if they do anthologies but they derm like a pretty good independent company.

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Bekanator from Kamloops, British Columbia is reading Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter January 5, 2012 - 8:40pm

@Josef - Is "derm" a typo for "look"?  How does such a typo occur?!

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. January 5, 2012 - 11:49pm

Maybe he meant "they dern look like".

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Jay.SJ from London is reading Warmed and Bound January 6, 2012 - 3:03am

I think a small british press called LL publishing are publishing an anthology I'm I later this year.

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Arkadia from Australia is reading Selected Poems by W.H. Auden January 6, 2012 - 11:23am

I'm definitely interesting in submitting something -- when is the deadline?

Even if I don't get in, I would buy this book. Love the concept, it's so up my alley. And some great writers being featured too.

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Bekanator from Kamloops, British Columbia is reading Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter January 6, 2012 - 11:26am

@Arkadia - The deadline is February 15th for final drafts, but it might be extended depending on the quality of the submissions Danny receives between now and then.

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Arkadia from Australia is reading Selected Poems by W.H. Auden January 6, 2012 - 11:35am

Thanks a lot, Bek :)

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Bekanator from Kamloops, British Columbia is reading Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter January 6, 2012 - 12:08pm

You're welcome.