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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 22, 2011 - 6:19pm

Or if you know anyone famous we could get to write the foreword or give us a book blurb.

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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 November 22, 2011 - 6:36pm

Sorry, I don't know anyone famous. I'm not cool enough. 

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. November 22, 2011 - 7:03pm

I used to be related to this chick by marriage. She's C list but thats about the only famous person I know.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0715529/ 

...Oh and I know Denny Crum. Any Cardinals fans here? Well I don't care because go Wildcats! Go Big 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 November 22, 2011 - 7:19pm

If anyone's capable of raising the dead, we can get Greta Garbo. She's a long distant cousin of mine. 

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. November 22, 2011 - 8:35pm

I can raise the dead, but I'll need a body to work with.  

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 22, 2011 - 8:56pm

@jack, yeah, um, I don't know if she would increase our book sales unless we were doing a book of psychotic erotica.  "He tweaked her nipples 50 times from left to right and left again", "He didn't know whether he was fucking her or her alternate personality She-ra" but that's a whole other anthology. 

What's funny is, if this anthology is successful by any means, I already have an idea for a follow-up.  Medical oddities.  Stories all based on medically true and accurate conditions bizarre in nature.  So many ideas there. 

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. November 22, 2011 - 9:46pm

Medical oddities. 

 

Since I'm doing hypochondria, I'm incorporating in a lot of medical oddities.

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jl85 from originally East Tennessee now Southern California is reading everything I can November 22, 2011 - 11:08pm

I agree with what everyone else has said and keep the anthology internal to the LitReactor community. If we can get a big name to join on in some way, that would be awesome too!! I feel like LitReactor has turned into a second family for me. What the fuck is facebook anymore? :) Just wanted to throw it out there that I don't usually have a lot of extra money, but when the time comes I'll see what I can fit in the budget.

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. November 23, 2011 - 12:22am

Danny, have you asked any of the writers over at the Velvet yet? I mean besides Craig.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 23, 2011 - 3:05am

I think I posted something about it originally but they didn't seem interested so whatever.  Maybe we should just keep it "all in the family".

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 26, 2011 - 2:55am

So how is everyone doing on their stories?  Also, how was your Thanksgiving?

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club November 26, 2011 - 3:11am

I have four different plot outlines for muchausen by proxy, but am having a difficult time getting any of them written. Maybe the holiday spirit has infected me, hindering my ability to write about parent's poisoning their children. 

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 26, 2011 - 5:34am

haha.  Well, maybe when you are feeling more depressed around Christmas. jk

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin November 26, 2011 - 8:26am

did you ever see draft 2 of mine in the workshop?

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Steve from Southwestern Chicagoland, IL November 26, 2011 - 9:22am

I'm almost through the first draft of my take on Fregoli Delusion. It's about a guy who believes everyone that has ever wronged him or caused him harm in any tangential way is Carl Weathers in disguise, and his reaction to the news that Carl Weathers has died.

I dare say it might not be the best fit for this project, but I'm having a good time with 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 November 26, 2011 - 9:41am

I'll be starting mine tonight. Finishing up the story for Beyond Thunderdome. Thanksgiving was good. How was everyones?

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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 November 26, 2011 - 9:44am

@Steve: Man, I hope there's an Apollo Creed reference in there somwhere.

Cotards syndrome is dark, so I've been listening to a lot of Tool.

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jl85 from originally East Tennessee now Southern California is reading everything I can November 26, 2011 - 11:36am

Finishing up some projects for November, but come December 1st I'll get the ball rolling. Think I'll head down to San Diego one day too, get some actual non-internet research done in the library downtown there. Side note: last time I was down there saw some homeless guy with a cane lighting up a joint right by the front door, always some interesting characters hanging out by the library - my wife gets freaked out, so I'll just leave her home lol.

But yeah, December 1st I'll be on it, a heaping plate of apotemnophilia will be served, limbs and all!

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. November 26, 2011 - 1:51pm

Mostly just been mulling ideas over for mine. I have sort of made a start but I think a little more planning and outlining is required this time. Wanting to raise my game and all that.

In response to the earlier question, I don't think this anthology is looking like a 'horror' affair. Not traditionally so anyway. Horror is the wrong word.

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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 November 26, 2011 - 1:56pm

Maybe disturbing would be the right word. That's what I'm going for, anyway.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch November 26, 2011 - 4:07pm

I think paranoia of any kind is too close to home (people close to me) so I won't do that. Plus I'm going through some low confidence phase.  I didn't write it. Is there a deadline?

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Typewriter Demigod from London is reading "White Noise" by DeLilo, "Moby-Dick" by Hermann Mellivile and "Uylsses" by Joyce November 26, 2011 - 5:19pm

deadline is Jan 15 i think

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 26, 2011 - 10:24pm

Yeah, it's January 15th.

@ncwilzy--I saw your updated draft.  I like it better.  It's up to you if you want to work on it more.

@Steve--Carl Weathers is dead?

@Liana, don't worry about your first draft, just get it out.  I wrote the first draft of mine, people seemed to like it but I also got a lot of feedback of how to change it so I am totally revamping it hopefully for the better.  Just get the first draft out and you'll be fine.

@RMoon--I think disturbing is what I'm aiming for as well, not horror exactly.

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Jay.SJ from London is reading Warmed and Bound November 26, 2011 - 11:21pm

I might write about Trumanism, where people believe they are part of a reality TV show (Yep, like The Truman Show). I'd probably start it from after, when the character is in the mind set. For better or for worse I enjoy starting stories in the main part, rather than a build up.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch November 26, 2011 - 11:44pm

I'm changing to Piblotko (Arctic hysteria - only appearing in some Eskimo population).

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 27, 2011 - 4:39am

Trumanism is a real thing???   Is that like believing we are in the Matrix?  believing we are in the Matrix when you see a glitch--a glitch--a glitch--

Piblotko.  Hmmm.  That should be interesting.  I'd go crazy too if I was in freezing cold weather every day.

I am going to create a new mental illness called Anime-ism, it's the belief that you are becoming a character in an Anime film.  Oh god, my eyes are so large and shimmery!!!

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Typewriter Demigod from London is reading "White Noise" by DeLilo, "Moby-Dick" by Hermann Mellivile and "Uylsses" by Joyce November 27, 2011 - 8:28am

@aliensoul77

Animeism... also, you attack strangers and scream the NAMES of the attacks, in the hope that they do more damage, you think every schoolgirl is slutty, you believe that your ten year old son is capable of saving the world and you think that it's perfectly normal to be horrifically bitter to everyone.

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Steve from Southwestern Chicagoland, IL November 27, 2011 - 9:15am

aliensoul77: Carl Weathers is dead?

No, but I'm not going to let a silly thing like whether or not someone is dead stand in my way

 

 

 

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin November 27, 2011 - 11:48am

@alien

That sounds awfully ominous.

But, yes, I did plan to give it at least one more coat of revision and cleaning.

Piblotko sounds really interesting, I'm looking forward to seeing more of these in the workshop.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 27, 2011 - 8:57pm

@nkwilczy--No, what I mean is, I like it the way it is for now.  I don't really see any reworks or have any suggestions right now but hopefully people will keep giving feedback and maybe help you make additional changes that I can't see right now.  Sorry, I'm just focused on my story right now and trying to perfect it.  Writers can be very self-centered, I am no different.  Once more people start turning in stories, I will have more of a focus on how all the stories fit together and flow together.  I don't want a horror anthology but I do want a feeling of dread to pervade the stories, almost like walking through a kaleidoscope or shrinking tunnel.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 28, 2011 - 10:24pm

Hey I got lots of Xmas cards this year, everyone give me your address and I'll send you one.  You can private message it to me.  That way I'll have it for future reference to send everyone who contributes a copy of the book.  And if you happen to want to send me a card in return then that's up to you.  It's not like it will influence my decision to put your story in the book or not.  Bwhahahahahahha. 

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jl85 from originally East Tennessee now Southern California is reading everything I can November 29, 2011 - 1:07am

So I just had an idea (a commercial came on for it but I digress). Once we get past the end of December and the holidays, if everyone gets a G+ account (or if you already have one), we could set up an online video conference with their badass video chat feature. That way we could get some face time and chat and/or hash out whatever issues/concerns/comments/criticisms/etc.everyone has. Maybe this a bad idea, or not, whatever, but I think it would be a cool way to kind of interact with everyone contributing to the anthology, you know, besides just forum messages and whatever savvy e-way their is to communicate. What does everyone think?

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin November 29, 2011 - 1:44am

We do have IRC if there is opposition to video conferenceing.

But I would have no problem with it.

I got a friend to send me an invite, but it didn't work, are the G+ features going to be generally available by the end of december?

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@alien: I'm looking forward to my card, but I do insist that I make it an equal exchange. Changed gears on chemical intake, sorry for the rambling earlier.

And since I'm pretty sure that the -mas ending refers to the Catholic practice of Mass not a single one of those alternative masses makes a lick of sense (Kant-mas would probably get you defenestrated by Catholics and Lutherans alike).

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jl85 from originally East Tennessee now Southern California is reading everything I can November 29, 2011 - 1:57am

I'm pretty sure Google went public with all the + stuff earlier than they intended to because facebook was making a shitload of changes that everyone hated. I got an invitation months ago from one of my friends so I've been on there for a little bit now (there isn't anywhere near the amount of people using g+ as there are facebook though, so I'm barely on there). But I think now as long as you have a gmail account you just have to click the +"whatever your name is" tab on the top left and you should be able to set you account up on there. It should be available for anyone as far as I know.

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin November 29, 2011 - 2:22am

Kickass, yes it is.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 29, 2011 - 3:29am

Okay but remember the webcam adds 50 pounds ;p

@nkwilczy--I promise to send you a deeply religious card with a bible passage in it and a pamphlet inviting you to be saved at your local church lol   Dude, I send out freaking Snowman and Santa cards usually.  I like the mythology of the jolly fat man and reindeer with freakishly glowing noses about X-mas more than anything.  Also the bizarre ritual of cutting down a tree and putting it in your house and decorating it until it dies.  It's kind of like a widely accepted form of bipolar disorder.

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club November 29, 2011 - 3:41am

Christmas trees always remind me of A Doll's House

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin November 29, 2011 - 4:55am

I wasn't worried about you being too much into the explicitly religious elements of the holiday, in fact when you called it Xmas I assumed that you weren't. And I don't care what other people call it, I don't have a problem with other people using Xmas. I was just trying to explain why I still like "Christmas" more and then there was something about how I felt that we could more effectively deleverage the religious elements of the holiday not by "taking the 'Christ' out of 'Christmas'" but by instead making a ton of knockoff masses celebrating religious, moral, and philisophical leaders of all lands except for the worthless and barren regions of Australia and Antarctica (both of which, you know, are trying to destroy the world through global warming as we speak).

I love christmas trees, at my childhood home in Saint Thomas we had a miniature fir that we kept in the yard and had a living Christmas tree every year. It wasn't a big tree, but still, it was alive and a member of the celebration.

I have a slowly dying tree in the corner of this room, sitting in a large saucer of water, I don't have a treestand yet, and I can't find mine from last year (although the saucer the tree is in right now went under it and kept water from spilling, so it has to be somewhere), so I haven't even taken the damn wire off the poor thing yet.

On an unrelated note, I miss gardening, I used to rent this sweet house in Gboro and I had a big garden of peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes with a smaller collection of spices. Plants are wonderful, I know it's terribly sadistic what I've done to this poor tree here, but I appreciate his company.

And he will, at least, deposit his carbon safely into the ground when the season has passed, and I hope that other plants feed on him and grow.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 30, 2011 - 3:40am

Come on people, don't you want one of my pretty snowman Christmas cards.  He has magic powers.  PM me your address and I'll send you an xmas card.  I'm trying to get into the goddamn holiday spirit lol

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Typewriter Demigod from London is reading "White Noise" by DeLilo, "Moby-Dick" by Hermann Mellivile and "Uylsses" by Joyce November 30, 2011 - 4:02am

Promise not to stalk me?

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 30, 2011 - 4:08am

Oh yeah, 'cause I can totally afford to buy a plane ticket to London.  I wish I could go there, maybe someday.  Sighs. 

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. November 30, 2011 - 6:39am

Why? London is awful. You don't want to go there. Though if you are researching psychosis and want to experience some then take a day to learn to love that nest of tube-trains and taxis.

*kidding, Typewriter. I'm sure there are some nice bits hidden away somewhere.*

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Typewriter Demigod from London is reading "White Noise" by DeLilo, "Moby-Dick" by Hermann Mellivile and "Uylsses" by Joyce November 30, 2011 - 6:52am

Yeah, I love Kilburn, Portobello and Hampstead. Nice urban areas....and...and the tube is awesome. The tube is the best form of transport. Sure there are strikes, sure there are assholes everywhere, but it's cheap and quick to get around. At least it is for me.

Is mansfield a hole or a nice rural village?

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. November 30, 2011 - 7:03am

Hole. (capital letter H deserved) If you like heroin and teenage mothers then head over here.

Everyone here is psychotic. There's no escape.

See, now I like most English cities. The few times I've been I've not been able to get on with London though.

Back on topic - I'm at the point with my story now where I'm pretty sure I have the outline fixed. Just gotta get round to actually writing again now. I have to workshop a draft in time to re-write for January 15th, huh? Better notch it up a gear soon then I guess.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 30, 2011 - 9:05am

I'm hoping everyone posts a draft by mid-December.

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Flaminia Ferina from Umbria is reading stuff November 30, 2011 - 9:12am

My first draft is almost ready. It'll be up in a couple of days.

Hoppa!

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 30, 2011 - 9:15am

Yay!

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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 November 30, 2011 - 11:00am

Have around 1000 words written in 3rd person. May rewrite in first. And even though I wrote the damn thing, I still find the opening scene deeply disturbing and fucked. 

@Alien: Is John Dies at the End any good?  Was thinking of buying it.

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin November 30, 2011 - 11:13am

Slackers.

My third draft is sitting in the workshop, that thing will be done before the solstice.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 30, 2011 - 5:14pm

@Moon--can't wait to read what you got. John is good, its very absurdist and surreal.