Bumped past the Rocky music!
I ain't scared of no prompt.
Fuck yeah. Hand me a prompt with a romance involved and all kinds of messed up shiz is gonna happen. Don't worry @Americantypo you will do great. The more restrictive the more you get to flex your creativity!
@chester you are one dirty fuck to spar with! Bring it on.
I don't do weird. I have a feeling my stuff is going to pale against the rest of all this, unless I end up against Avery and she writes a fucking seashell metaphor story.
i just want to try and wade through the semen in this thread and see if i can ask a couple questions:
1. will the stories/voting be closed to the public so we can try to salvage them for later use?
2. WILL THE STORIES/VOTING BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC SO WE CAN TRY TO SALVAGE THEM FOR LATER USE???
I think someone mentioned earlier that it would be just workshop members that would be able to see the stories and vote? Could be wrong.
In other news, to all you litreactorites, I've been on a really healthy run of writing lately! Am going to try to squeeze one more short story in before the battle begins, putting me at three for the month as well as a few rewrites. Currently waiting to hear back on four submissions, one of which will be accepted upon conditions of a rewrite (which I just finished today). Boom.
I need a fucking drink. And will probably start to hate the long white columns of this message board.
Also, did no one appreciate the episode idea I had for Chopped?
It would be really helpful is the prompt was "boy kept in a dark basement". Just saying, it would kill two birds with one stone here.
will the stories/voting be closed to the public so we can try to salvage them for later use?
will the stories/voting be closed to the public so we can try to salvage them for later use?
As we have several people involved in the tournament who are not members of the workshop I have no plan to close the voting to only workshop members. Is your concern that someone will steal your work and publish it?
No, I think she's worried that publishers might consider stories written for this and publicly available "already published"
i think people want to be able to use these stories elsewhere so they don't want them open to the public. there might be a way to make sure it stays within registered users.
Mmm...this is something I have no experience with. Anybody know anything about this issue? Because my full intent is to ensure that authors keep all rights and capabilities and all those other words throughout.
If it's publically accessible is that considered published?
Am I crazy or is it true that no stories posted in a workshop are considered published, and that if you submit to journals etc, they won't really care where you workshoped it? This here is not a publication, as far as I know...!!!
And now I know how to disguise my own writing. Thanks all for ideas muahahahaha!
is it too early to start sabotaging other people's efforts?
You certainly seem to be very flexible.
No facebook Nikki?
keeps the blood going for all these hours spent in the chair writing my little heart out! you know you could like start posting beefcake photos and get everything like what was i writing?
@Panda i have a facebook. nikki guerlain
Your background is a DeLorean...
yeah, that's my mojo writing hot wheel. yes, i know, i'm that cool.
Look at my default picture...
@utah I'm not an expert but from what i understand most editors buying stories don't count workshopping your piece as having been published. however, if it's open to the public i'm sure first rights probably aren't there i'm just not sure whether it will really prevent anyone from publishing the piece elsewhere ... you could always rewrite the story or change it and i'm sure that'd okay. it's not like editors don't know that people are shown early drafts of things etc and that everything happens via the web these days.
i'd ask richard what he thought.
I don't think anything on these forums could be considered 'published' by any stretch of the imagination. However, someone did mention earlier the possibility of locking the thread to members only--in other words making it 'private' instead of public.
But I really wouldn't worry about that unless of course you see one of your stories pop up in Ploughshares with Chester Pane's name on it.
@chester i'm not worried about it either. lots of people love sloppy seconds anyhoo.
My skull just creamed in its own mouth.
Is that a DeLorean?
Yeah I know that was like two weeks ago, I couldn't resist.
Certain things, like Pandademics, Deloreans and Blood and Semen just demand love.
Apparently someone is putting the Delorean back into production.
I wish they would make a Pandelorean.
yeah i just asked my partner about that and he said some guy bought all the extra bodies outside the warehouse and is custom building them for whomever has 6 digits and wants one and that all them will have like 1981 on the title or some shiz like that.
that said, i want one. real bad. like i want a hot dog real bad want a delorean real bad that bad. Yo.
i think it'd be real coo to have a Tesla and a Delorean in the driveway. Better start pimpin my ass.
I don't know who is hotter, Panda or the Delorean. Panda in the Delorean while travelling back to 1955 for the win!
Would you guys just screw already?! Everyone I mean...
Like a huge Lit orgy.
Shit guys - I lose power for a few days and you do all THIS??? I'm not even trying to keep up, but I'm pretty excited about all this.
"unless I end up against Avery and she writes a fucking seashell metaphor story."
@Bek - My seashells will DESTROY YOU!!!
@Avery - I'm glad you were okay. You weren't posting all around like you usually do.
That said, BRING IT! YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW HARD I CAN BRING IT!
I'll make sure you two are in the same bracket, then.
Utah - I think I threatened you about this earlier. I don't want to go against Beka in the first round!
on the subject of published and workshops:
if the stories are live and available here in a workshop but it is behind a pay to enter barrier, then it is not considered published. also, we attach our stories, we don't post them up. the real test is to do a search for the story title and author. if nothing comes up, then you're probably safe. but yeah, i think we're fine here as long as the public, somebody from outside the workshop, can't read the story.
i had a story up in a forum for a contest, live, the whole thing posted into a thread. after the contest was over, i pulled it.
i think we're okay.
I had sent out a story over a year ago for publication. This was back in the Cult days. I used my real name on the manuscript and query. A couple of months later I received a rejection email. The email was addressed to my old username on Cult, not my name. They didn't specifically say why they rejected my story, but I think a part of it was that it was posted online.
I sent the same story out back in December. Before I sent it out, I Googled it and it came up in a search leading directly to here. I pulled it from here and one other site I had it posted on. Unfortunately, they also rejected it, but this time with a very encouraging personal rejection.
I would, for sake of safety, pull any story I was going to send out from any site it's posted on.
I guess some publishers are more meticulous than others. The question is, can they sue you if they find out later that it was/is in a workshop?
^it can't qualify as published, @liana if the story was simply workshopped. nobody is going to sue anybody, we're fighting over pennies here. if it is a public forum, then yes, they could ask for their money back or pull the story. it's all about having the story, yeah? what publication wants to acquire (for money or not) a story that is already readily available someplace else? they want original content, and usually, first rights.
Making the threads private let's registered members view it, including the few non-paying members so it works out for everyone. I'd prefer if we delete the file attachments after voting, anyway.
If we delete after voting, it should be fine. I don't see anyone on here as a thief but that's just me. I think I have a good grasp of the majority of the writers on this sight and we are all just average Joes working of our own merit.
Pretty sure at least two are thieves.
nah, kidding. But I've got my eye on you fuckers!
I'm going to start writing some hot navy man on man fiction and post it under Joe's name.
"The walls of the submarine were so small, they could hear every fart, the stench of man was overwhelming. They rubbed their slick, hairy bodies against one another in desperation, the smell of armpits filled the air and sweaty chodes."
The smell of armpits filled sweaty chodes? You live in a strange universe, buddy.
Okay - the final word on the polls is that we will lock them so only registered users can see them. Once the poll is over and the winners announced, we will delete the stories from the poll.
Does that work?
This is running on the assumption that nonpaying users can see those little threads with the locks next to them - can they? Someone check on that.
"But captain, I already swabbed the decks."
"The decks are nay what I told ye to swab laddy."
Captain anchor said as his weather worn hands unfurled his pants to reveal a rigid mast. The smell of unwashed oysters fill my lungs as I set about my captains orders.
Okay - another thing, after a poll has ended - can they be edited? Because I just went back to one of my old ones and I couldn't edit it to removed the stories. So that could be a technical issue.
And now I will quit trying to be the final word on anything. See, this is why Utah puts this stuff together and I don't.