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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry July 13, 2012 - 11:15am

Bump.

Whore your workshop, whores!

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin July 18, 2012 - 12:30am

I'm back in the Workshop.

Finally got enough points to post Section 3 of Upright Citizens. It's a little shorter than the first two sections. I have recanted my "read preceding sections" warning. Go ahead,  give it fresh eyes.

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Meshel from Singapore is reading Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy July 18, 2012 - 6:14am

i missed everyone

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Meshel from Singapore is reading Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy July 18, 2012 - 6:14am

i missed everyone

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt July 23, 2012 - 9:10pm

My 2nd draft of Flesh and Bone is up in the workshop. I'm looking for a few more reviews. Take it apart guys.

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt July 23, 2012 - 9:10pm

Did I mention it was only 800 words? 

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Hector Acosta from Dallas is reading Fletch July 25, 2012 - 9:52am

I got my story "Rise to the Top" up at the workshop.

I'm not saying that everyone that I done a review for that hasn't done one for me should go out and review it, but I'm also NOT not saying that.

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Chris Johnson from Burlington NC is reading The Proud Highway July 28, 2012 - 6:04pm

Scare Us: Artificial Disasters Third Draft: Cut it open but be quick. I've only three days to return the favors. Thanks.

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Pushpaw from Canada is reading Building Stories by Chris Ware July 29, 2012 - 4:39pm

For anyone who doesn't mind a bit of anal bleeding, my story "Soup of Life" is up in the Scare Us challenge.

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Stacy Kear from Bucyrus, Ohio lives in New Jersey is reading The Art of War July 29, 2012 - 7:25pm

Sorry I have been slacking on the reviews. I'm taking a class and it's fucking my brain and zapping my time. I promise to get to more reviews, if I survive this class.

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt July 29, 2012 - 8:52pm

I have "Forecasting" up in the Workshop. Give me your thoughts!

Pushpaw, I'll read yours tomorrow at work. They pay me to read stories. They just don't know it yet. 

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt July 31, 2012 - 8:06am

A little more love for ” forecasting”, please. I will gladly swap reviews with anyone who's interested. My story usaf only 2100 words.

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt August 1, 2012 - 9:30am
 
Well, this thread hasn't been updated in quite awhile since Matt Attack has been away, so I'm taking it upon myself to update. Below is a list of workshop submissions with less than 3 reviews. Get reviewin', jerks!

 

Till Death - Ch. 1By: Bryan
 

In: Novel Excerpt, Realism 0 reviews
In this excerpt: John and Hannah are introduced as a couple whose once-perfect union is falling apart during humanity's greatest challenge.
 

Hi, I'm ... and I'm channeled. (1225 Words REVISED IN RED)By: louisagholson
 

In: Flash Fiction, Surprise Me 2 reviews
Resistance is futile. Maybe not. A smoker uses mind over matter to set boundaries.
 

SlowTimel (4270 words)By: ten2two


In: Magical Realism, Novel Excerpt 1 reviews
SlowTime (just the working title) is the story of Stephen, a man who is afraid to move forward with his life. This hesitation begins to show itself in a very literal way.
 

BEYOND THUNDERDOME Sound vs. Courtney "15.55" (Rough draft-Unfinished)By: Sound
 

In: Flash Fiction, Literary 0 reviews
Scraping up what money he can get, Leo walks through the night with a purpose. (800 words, UNFINISHED)
 

WavesBy: qwrules


In: Fantasy, Novel Excerpt 2 reviews
1941. In a world not too different from ours, a horrified woman witnesses the Americans bomb Pearl Harbour. The story then flashes back four years to begin to tell the story of this terrible event.
 

Waster By: IndyTam


In: Horror, Short Story 2 reviews
A family can create a lot of negative energy. Mostly benign energy; but sometimes, not so benign. The Hogwell family wrestles with their own personal creation in my "horror" submission.

 

Rise to the Top(4,300)By: Hector Acosta
 

In: Horror, Short Story 2 reviews
Jimmy deals with an exceptionally bad day at work.
 

The Patience of RosesBy: Dan Shewan
 

In: Essay, Narrative non-fiction 1 reviews

A personal essay about cancer, family and acceptance. Around 1,300 words.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters August 1, 2012 - 8:50am

Way to step up there, Sound (aka REAL Matt)!! 

 

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt August 1, 2012 - 9:04am

I'm running for your job next.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like August 1, 2012 - 9:05am

DeathMatch for the right to defend us from ourselves!

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters August 1, 2012 - 9:14am

Fuck.  Would it help if I told you it isn't that great?  That would be a lie, but I'm more than willing to tell lies. 

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Hector Acosta from Dallas is reading Fletch August 1, 2012 - 9:19am

My story, Rise to the Top only has two reviews and you didn't list it Sound. Is it cause you hate me/it? Why do you hate me/it?

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt August 1, 2012 - 9:33am

@ Hector: LOL, sorry, I grabbed the most current. I've edited.

@Avery: I retract my last statement. Apparently, I can't even do this right.

 

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt August 1, 2012 - 9:34am

FYI, I'm only grabbing from the first page on the workshop. After that, it's dead to me.

Also, I imagine the Defender of the People sits in front of the monitor all day eating whoopie pies and every now and then deletes a post he/she doesn't agree with.

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks August 4, 2012 - 6:15pm

Hey, guys. I feel like one of those terrible MySpace whores who would say "comment4comment" or whatever it was, but I really need this story reviewed by a few people in a decent amount of time, so I'm offering to review whatever you want if you review mine. Shoot me a PM saying which story you want reviewed and I'll do it! I promise! I'm so desperate.

The story is called High Grace. It's an excerpt of a longer work and comes in at an almost even 5k words. I suck at labeling stories by genre, but it's sort of a psychological fantasy story. It's about a drug that lets you enter your own unconscious.

EDIT: I promise I'm good for the review deal. I already reviewed something for R. Moon in exchange. He can vouch for me. I'm fucking desperate, people.

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt August 4, 2012 - 8:52pm

I'll review yours later tonight or tomorrow morning.

I have nothing I need reviewed at the moment, but I'll PM you when I do. 

 

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks August 4, 2012 - 9:53pm

Thanks, Sound! I told you that I read your story but didn't have enough comments to warrant a review, right?

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt August 4, 2012 - 10:31pm

Yup, I understand. I've had that happen to me a few times, too.

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt August 5, 2012 - 11:00pm

Ok, so I lied a little. I got sidetracked with other things, and now I'm trying to finish up my final draft for our Thunderdome battle. I'll review your story tomorrow. 

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qwrules from London is reading Cold Comfort Farm (again) August 6, 2012 - 4:12am

Hello all,

I'm new here and still exploring, wondering what kind of a place I find myself in, whether to stay. I posted the opening chapter of a novel and have had two reviews. If anyone else would be willing to take a look, I'd be really grateful. But if two reviews is the norm and I'm being greedy, please don't hesistate to slap me down...

Thanks!

Title: Waves

Genre: alt.history

Word count: posted here around 3k, total 105k

It's a complicated double-threaded narrative. I've posted here the opening of one thread featuring a Hawaiian girl in 1937. The other thread, not featured here, is set 113 years earlier. Wow, I really know how to make my work sound enticing...

http://litreactor.com/workshop/sub/waves

 

 

 

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Hector Acosta from Dallas is reading Fletch August 6, 2012 - 5:43am

I been here a little over a month too qwrules, and what I generally seen is that 2-4 reviews tends to be the norm for almost anything over 2k. Whether it's a good or bad thing, it seems that a way to get more reviews is by intereacting more in the forum and get to know more of the forumers.  Also, and this might apply only to me, but my way of picking reviews is that I'll try to do one for anyone that is new or has zero reviews, and then I'll review people that I seen do reviews for others. I can imagine that some people here have been burned by writers that use their fifteen 'free' points to score reviews, and then either drop out of the workshop or don't review back- Please don't think I'm saying you're doing that, just giving my own personal perspective, as I too have found it a bit frustrating to only get two reviews.

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt August 6, 2012 - 9:55am

^What Hector said, although I'd stress that the length of the story can really be the difference between 4-6 reviews, and 1-3. It's recommended that you include the word count in either the title or the agenda to let readers know what they're getting themselves into. There's an intro thread on the forums that I'd recommend to anybody who's new to the site.

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt August 6, 2012 - 10:03am

On that note, here's a list of stories that have yet to receive 3 reviews. Read them. Review them.

 

Steps One Through SixBy: Soap52395


In: Narrative non-fiction, Short Story 1 reviews
Do your hands shake because of what you do? Or do they shake because they're supposed to?
 

SlowTime (4270 words)By: ten2two.


In: Magical Realism, Novel Excerpt 1 reviews
SlowTime (just the working title) is the story of Stephen, a man who is afraid to move forward with his life. This hesitation begins to show itself in a very literal way.
 

Waves By: qwrules


In: Fantasy, Novel Excerpt 2 reviews
1941. In a world not too different from ours, a horrified woman witnesses the Americans bomb Pearl Harbour. The story then flashes back four years to begin to tell the story of this terrible event.
 

WasterBy: IndyTam


In: Horror, Short Story 2 reviews
A family can create a lot of negative energy. Mostly benign energy; but sometimes, not so benign. The Hogwell family wrestles with their own personal creation in my "horror" submission.
 

Powder.Paper.PusherBy: stunnerprince

In: Short Story, Thriller 2 reviews
2 new
A drug peddlar and his apprentice, are out for the night pushing dope.They get into a tangle with the local Mafia. Now to buy their freedom, they have to do the Don's dirty work.
 

Rise to the Top(4,300)By: Hector Acosta
 

In: Horror, Short Story 2 reviews
Jimmy deals with an exceptionally bad day at work.

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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 August 6, 2012 - 3:02pm

EDIT: I promise I'm good for the review deal. I already reviewed something for R. Moon in exchange. He can vouch for me. I'm fucking desperate, people.

- I vouch. And, I will say that her reviews are excellent. Very in depth with great suggestions. Take advantage if you want a great review.

Being that I've been here since day one I can say there's been a decline in reviewing. However, I believe this is due to a lot of the contests going on around here. There's Scare Us, Thunderdome and we ended War not too long ago. When you're involved in one of these contests, and reviewing the work in those contests, it's hard to put the time in to review pieces in the general workshop. Despite the decline in reviewing, I like the influx of new members and I hope that only getting a few reviews per piece doesn't deter you from submitting. The more you submit and review, the more reviews you'll receive in the future.

I try to review everyone who's reviewed my work, but like everyone else, I get busy and it may take me a few days before I can get to it. Normally, I shoot a PM to say thanks for the review and that I'll have one for you soon. I think it's only right, and fair, to review someone who's taken the time to review you. 

Stories with 2k words or less will definitely receive more reviews. Reviewing and LBLing take time. Sometimes it takes me 2-3 hours to LBL and review a 2k word story. I always suggest, if it's a story coming in at 5k words or more, to break it up into two pieces. It's easier for the reviewer to digest and you'll garner more reviews. Post half, wait a few days, then post the other half. Those that reviewed the first half will be more inclined to review the second half because they want to see where the story ends up.

@qwrules: I've got one more to do that I've commited to, then I'll have a look at yours. Look for it either tonight or tomorrow. And for anyone else that has only a couple of reviews, I'll try to get something up for you in the next few days.

There's an intro thread on the forums that I'd recommend to anybody who's new to the site.

- I'm wondering if we should repost this thread. The amount of comments may deter some of the new people from reading it. Just a thought.

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Hector Acosta from Dallas is reading Fletch August 8, 2012 - 6:00am

I got  part one of a story submitted over at the workshop-Smeltertown. Sorry for the length. The whole thing clocks around 7k and it was a bit difficult to find a natural stopping point while still leaving enough to be critiqued. As I said in the author's agenda, due to the length, I totally understand if you can't do an LBL, but even just general thoughts about the story will be helpful.

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin August 19, 2012 - 4:06pm

"My Table, My Rules" is a mere 2,100 words right now in the workshop.

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin August 19, 2012 - 4:08pm

Double your posting, Double your fun.

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Mess_Jess from Sydney, Australia, living in Toronto, Canada is reading Perfect by Rachael Joyce August 19, 2012 - 5:56pm

I signed up for full membership tonight, so hopefully I can start reviews in the Writer's Workshop soon. I read the intro thread in the forums, and the review tips in the Writer's Workshop. I really want to read Chuck's Craft Essays before I start reviewing, though. I'm concerned if I don't, I'll be speaking a different language to everyone. Plus, I want to give useful, helpful feedback. 

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Hector Acosta from Dallas is reading Fletch August 21, 2012 - 7:52am

For anyone that's looking to pay me back for a review I done for them, or just looking to be an awesome person, I got a story in the workshop that only got 2 reviews the first time around. I would love to get more feedback on it, as I tried to step out of my normal genre for it, and just recently found potential place to submit it at, so I want to make it as strong as possible.

 

It's called Rise to the Top and you can find it here

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Mess_Jess from Sydney, Australia, living in Toronto, Canada is reading Perfect by Rachael Joyce August 21, 2012 - 1:45pm

Hector, if you don't mind that I've only read a few craft essays, and this would be my first review, I'm happy to read yours on Friday or Saturday. I was hoping to get through all the craft essays before I started reviews, so it's up to you!

Jess

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Hector Acosta from Dallas is reading Fletch August 22, 2012 - 8:56am

Jess- Like sex and food, I never turn down a review, so feel free to review my story when you get a chance. Thanks!

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt August 22, 2012 - 10:11am

Hector, well said.

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt August 22, 2012 - 10:19am

I might've missed a week, but here's an update with workshop submissions (still on the first page of the Workshop) that have fewer than 3 reviews.

 

Teaching Cats To Smoke --- Taking What They're Giving

By: Tom1960


In: Novel Excerpt, Transgressive 0 reviews
 


This is a revision of chapter six. Alison recounts her last day at her regular job. She plays a prank on the wrong person and suffers the consequences.


Misanthrope's guide: "A Walk Around the Compound" chapter . about 3000 words

By: pkanom


In: Novel Excerpt, Subversive 1 reviews
 


An early chapter giving a general description of characters and general conflict on my book project. It focuses' on an otherwise common morning for the main character, showing a bit of his worldview.

 


Unchained Hilarity

By: ericj


In: Horror, Short Story 2 reviews
1 new


A haunted family's exorcist turns out to be an offensive circus clown.

 


Teaching Cats To Smoke Remainder of Chapter Five

By: Tom1960


In: Novel Excerpt, Transgressive 2 reviews
1 new


This is the latter two thirds of chapter five. Jill (Alison) goes out to enjoy the fruits of her labors and acquire her much coveted new shoes.

 


Sightless

By: lspieller


In: Fantasy, Novel Excerpt 1 reviews
2 new


Sixteen year old Carly has a hard time juggling family life and her personal life when she finds out that she's not *EXACTLY* human.

 


A couple of Poems

By: Chuck Elliott


In: Literary, Poem 2 reviews
1 new


A couple of nontraditional poems. Neither rhyme, but it is honesty in practice.

 


Steps One Through Six

By: Soap52395


In: Narrative non-fiction, Short Story 2 reviews
2 new

 

 


 

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Mess_Jess from Sydney, Australia, living in Toronto, Canada is reading Perfect by Rachael Joyce August 22, 2012 - 10:25am

Ha! No worries Hector. I'll do it Friday. Should I prove too hungover on Friday, it'll be Saturday. 

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Liam Meilleur from New Orleans is reading The Fall of Kings by Ellen Kushner & Delia Sherman August 28, 2012 - 2:34am

Short notice SOS!

I'm in New Orleans, so I've been juggling finishing my latest story and preparing for the tropical storm/hurricane. Anyway, the story is due for a class on the 29th by 5pm (central). Any feedback would be very appreciated (and reciproacted asap).

The story is called "Justice"

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Mess_Jess from Sydney, Australia, living in Toronto, Canada is reading Perfect by Rachael Joyce August 28, 2012 - 9:06am

Hey Liam, I'm looking at it now!

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David Ireland from London is reading Confessions of an English Opium-Eater August 29, 2012 - 12:22pm

Hi Liam, I found some time to review it too. I hope you got enough feedback ahead of your deadline this evening!

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Dave from a city near you is reading constantly October 9, 2012 - 2:47am

I just posted a short, "This Little Mind," 3400ish words,  review it right meow!

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner October 9, 2012 - 11:00am

I'm glad to see this hasn't died.

 

Best post since stepping away from Litreactor: 

 

Whore your workshop, whores!"

 

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 9, 2012 - 11:14am

Nice to see the Whoremaster has returned.

edit:  I think this should be your WAR2 battle name.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner October 9, 2012 - 11:16am

Whoremaster. I like, it has a certain Je ne sais quoi.

 

Looks like Sound took it over. Should be his name. 

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt October 9, 2012 - 11:18am

Whoremaster. That made me laugh at work. You assholes.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 9, 2012 - 11:19am

Well.  Whichever one of you it is.  Just let me know so I can update your name on the Battle Roster.

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt October 9, 2012 - 11:22am

Shit, I'll take it. I'll wear the name with pride. Utah, put it up, sir!