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Mess_Jess from Sydney, Australia, living in Toronto, Canada is reading Perfect by Rachael Joyce June 2, 2013 - 2:07pm

@Dwayne - I was going to explain for you, but my expanation would be the same as big ol Dave's: rubbish or shit. 

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated June 2, 2013 - 8:08pm

Is it a curse term?

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Jimothy Scott from Canada is reading The Anatomy of Story by John Truby June 4, 2013 - 11:08pm

Hi everyone,

I just reviewed this:

Operation Angelica (4400 words)
By ljlloyd 

And it was fairly good but it`s only got two reviews. I think maybe it was ignored because he`s new and its slightly longer than the average story. But he`s present on the site, I spoke with him today, so it`s not like he`s not giving out points. Also the first review he got was a sentence and bad star ratings. I`d just hate for a new member to say, `fuck this site`on bad luck

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SRead from Colorado is reading Stories June 5, 2013 - 7:18am

Thanks for the heads-up, Garrett. I'll try to get a review up in the next day or two. Workshop definitely needs some love.

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Jimothy Scott from Canada is reading The Anatomy of Story by John Truby June 5, 2013 - 10:21am

Cool thanks Sread

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland June 8, 2013 - 12:01am

So I got a piece in the workshop. It's short. It's wierd. Fans of Flash Me may have read it before. You all and everyone else is welcome to tear it apart. More than likely it sucks. SO TELL ME WHY!!!!. thanks, Jonathan

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Nathan Scalia from Kansas is reading so many things June 8, 2013 - 6:39am

Hopefully my desktop will have Internet today and I can get back into the workshop.

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Linda from Sweden is reading Fearful Symmetries June 8, 2013 - 11:18am

I have not been a good paying member lately. Writing in Swedish atm and my strategy has been not to expose myself to English prose because I can't have that voice messing with my swede. Admittedly, it's not going very well, but I want to finish the damn thing just the same. After that though!

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated June 8, 2013 - 1:56pm

How are the Swedish markets?

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Linda from Sweden is reading Fearful Symmetries June 8, 2013 - 11:46pm

For short fiction? Nearly nonexistent. There's no real culture of short fiction writing. I've found one speculative fiction market that you might call professional. And even then they're really asking for novellas rather than short fiction. There are quite a few competitions though. The market for novels is a little more tangible, but the only genre that sells in any quantity is crime, and the odd hit like Let the Right One In and The One Hundred year old Man who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated June 9, 2013 - 4:48am

You ever tried to translate your own work, or is that just asking for trouble?

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Linda from Sweden is reading Fearful Symmetries June 9, 2013 - 5:30am

Not whole texts, but ideas and sentences on occasion.  It's generally easier to translate from Swedish to English because the latter has more words. A lot more. That said, the result of translating from English to Swedish can be quite interesting since I'm struggling not to loose too much in translation, and therefore get more creative. But yeah, usually more trouble than it's worth. And, going back and forth, it's hard to be consistent with tone and voice.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry June 14, 2013 - 5:53am

messing with my swede

I'm adding this to my regular vernacular, but it's not going to have any reference to language when I use it.  Thank you, Linda!

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Linda from Sweden is reading Fearful Symmetries June 14, 2013 - 11:37pm

I'm adding this to my regular vernacular, but it's not going to have any reference to language when I use it.  Thank you, Linda!

You're welcome. Am now curious what connotation it will have in your vernacular. Unless you're a Hell on Wheels fan, in which case I have a pretty good idea.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated June 15, 2013 - 12:38am

Dang it Utah you add it to your vocabulary, not your vernacular.

@Linda - You get a pass, being a Swede I think might write English better then I do anyway.

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big_old_dave from Watford, about 20 miles outside London, Uk June 17, 2013 - 4:07am

Got a question for the workshop. One of the stories I'm working at the moment is really kicking my arse when it comes to the ending. Should I put it on the back burner and work on another story or post what I have so far on the workshop with a warning?

Just don't want to come over like I'm just too lazy to finsh but it's pretty much stonewalled me at the mo. I've been taking a more slow messured approach to writing at the mo, my last submisson was waaaaaaay back in March. It needs workshopping but at this rate it feels like it could take forever to finish.  

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Nathan Scalia from Kansas is reading so many things June 17, 2013 - 4:21am

I would add some ending, any ending, as close to what you want as you can get it. It's easier to fix something that's broken than for us to try to create an ending to your story for you.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated June 17, 2013 - 4:43am

Write an epilogue, even if you don't use it. Skipping ahead can show you what happened before.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated June 17, 2013 - 4:44am

And ask yourself what you don't know about the story that prevents it from moving on.

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Lastpriority from Reno, NV is reading The Book Thief June 17, 2013 - 5:30am

I am new here and looking for a review. Any help would be appreciated?

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry June 17, 2013 - 5:51am

Am now curious what connotation it will have in your vernacular.

I guess the best explanation would be a contextual reference.

Friend:  Hey, Utah, you want to go out to see the new Superman movie this weekend?

Utah:  No thanks, buddy.  The wife's out of town so I think I'll just stay home messing with my Swede.

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SRead from Colorado is reading Stories June 18, 2013 - 6:38am

Hey folks,

I have a revision of Pelts up in the shop that I think needs another rewrite before it feels done to me. A few of you reviewed the rough draft when it was up---would be so awesome if you have a chance to take a look at the new version and let me know your thoughts on the changes. Fresh reads from those who haven't read it before are also very welcome.

Thanks!

Sarah

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Matt A. June 21, 2013 - 12:51pm

Good people, workshop critiques seem kind of sparse lately. I would recommend taking a look at "Lamp Shade" and would appreciate anyone who could take a look at my submission "Post 4" (about 2700 words). Thanks!

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John Loeffler from Brooklyn, NY is reading Gallatian Canyon by Tom McGuane June 25, 2013 - 7:03pm

Hey everybody!

Some workshop submissions in need of reviews include my own . This is NOT an all encompassing list, but only the four most recent with only a few reviews.

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Lampshade

~3600 words

Kind of a crime piece I guess. Not sure what genre it would be, but no lasers or zombies. Realism is all I got.

Also check out,

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Post 4

~2700 words

A military narrative set in Afghanistan

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Man's Best Friend

~1500 words

Not for the faint of heart.

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Dreadful

~800 words

Stream of Consciousness drug piece/novel excerpt

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These all only have one or two reviews, and going further down the workshop, there are several others that need some input as well. Some stories have 5-6 reviews and some only have 1-2. I think every story should have at least 3-4. Anyone out there want to take a crack at some of these?

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big_old_dave from Watford, about 20 miles outside London, Uk June 30, 2013 - 1:06pm

New story up, hopefully this one makes sense.

http://litreactor.com/workshop/sub/the-deadly-game

go fill yer boots....

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Nathan Scalia from Kansas is reading so many things July 4, 2013 - 11:52am

"New" short story from me. It's actually the one I used for the Teleport Us contest, and now I'm looking to clean it up and make it publishable. If you're interested in reading some robot science fiction, I'd love the feedback, and apparently, my lack of ability to feel offended makes me an excellent punching bag if you're just having a shitty day in general.

For a good time, click this link.

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts August 10, 2013 - 5:33pm

I'll be in the workshop pretty heavily this month if anyone would like a critique.

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SRead from Colorado is reading Stories August 11, 2013 - 10:25am

I just posted a revision of my flash/quiet horror "Perfect Pease". If those of you who read the rough draft have time to look it over that would be great, but it would also be great to have some fresh eyes on it. Thanks!

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Andrea Guldin from Northern British Columbia, Canada is reading Blood, Bones & Butter August 12, 2013 - 6:33pm

Hi guys, I am new and have posted my first submission to the workshop with one awesome review so far.  I am waiting to see what others think about my work and opinions on what works, what to cut and how to improve.  I am not very faint of heart and find the critiquing process very helpful especially to push through writers block which I have right now.    If you have time pls check out Ch.1 Overslept. I am also interested in knowing how to write a clearer submission synopsis or whatever it's called!  :) 

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Michael.Eric.Snyder August 15, 2013 - 1:45pm

I posted a story for a war battle that never was. Anyone a tad curious is welcome to shuffle over to the workshop and give it a go.

As long as you don't tell me I sound like a non-native speaker of the english language, we should be ok. :)

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland August 24, 2013 - 3:28pm

I see the workshop is booming again with tons of submissions, many of which are by some of my favorite authors arround these parts. Alas, I have been busy as of late, and now am also a slush reader for an online mag, but I do plan to get back in there when time permits.

I highly suggest that some of you newer members take advantage of learning to hone your reviewing skill which will help improve your writing. Anyway, I'll see you all in the workshop!

Thanks,

--JR--

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Andrea Guldin from Northern British Columbia, Canada is reading Blood, Bones & Butter August 24, 2013 - 7:01pm

Hi all, if anyone needs me to look over their workshop piece and I haven't gotten to it yet, PM me, I will have some time in the next week. 

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Nathan Scalia from Kansas is reading so many things September 10, 2013 - 7:03pm
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Michael.Eric.Snyder September 13, 2013 - 4:50pm

Hi folks. I would dearly love an extra review or two for The Summons and its minor, short, second scene. I'm happy to return the favor, and I'm happy to take IOUs for future submissions. 

If you're able to, thanks in advance.

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Chelsea Cain! September 27, 2013 - 7:03am

Nothing says I love you like a severed foot ... Finishing Touches (1,554)

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Linda from Sweden is reading Fearful Symmetries September 30, 2013 - 1:44am

My story Death Parts (Love Transcends) is waiting for reviews. It's 2300 words and features love, death, mysterious visions and a lot of roadkill.

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Matt A. October 31, 2013 - 6:38am

If any of you happen to have experience successfully submitting horror, I have a story in the workshop, here, and would love if you could read it--not such much for a detailed critique, just what worked and what didn't.

At a minimum, hopefully a good Halloween read. Thanks!

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics November 26, 2013 - 11:05am

Ok, I know it's customary or at least courteous to wait for time to pass before begging for attention on a submission in the workshop - but, c'mon, I've NEVER been called courteous.

Anyway, I'm pimping my write so soon because it's for a final project in a class I'm taking. The sooner I get some objective feedback, the more time I have to revise and actually format the final manuscript. So, please take a look. It's a poetry collection, and is only a little over 2,000 words, so if you actually put even a little time and effort into it, you will most likely get three shiny points to fondle - unless you're just a fuggin' moron in your feedback but I've only had that happen once in all the time I've been here.

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SRead from Colorado is reading Stories November 26, 2013 - 12:08pm

SP you're back! I'd be happy to take a look at your poems. I should have time this evening.

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics November 26, 2013 - 12:12pm

I am, in fact, back.  ;) I even 're-introduced' myself in a thread a few days ago, but a very small response was all my photonically amazing self could muster.

And thanks in advance for looking at my submission, I look forward to reading your thoughts.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry November 27, 2013 - 9:41am

You want this help, but you place no convenient link?  Goddamn, you're a lot of trouble.

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics November 27, 2013 - 9:53am

I deeply apologize for my foolish assumption that you were capable of clicking a mouse two to three times. I will try to leave open the possiblility of your incompetence when forming future posts.  ;)

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry November 27, 2013 - 12:24pm

STILL NO LINK.

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics November 27, 2013 - 2:50pm

My god, Utah, I hope you're not this lazy in other aspects of life... *sigh*

http://litreactor.com/workshop/sub/chapbook-for-poetry-class-14-poems-2200k-easy-read-even-if-there-are-a-lot-of-pages

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated November 27, 2013 - 4:20pm

I had to agree with Utah on this one, but I was trying to be nice and not say it.

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big_old_dave from Watford, about 20 miles outside London, Uk December 21, 2013 - 6:21am
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EdVaughn from Louisville, Ky is reading a whole bunch of different stuff March 4, 2014 - 8:25pm

Finally rejoined the workshop. Looking forward to reading subs so I can build enough points to submit my own damn story.

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Matt A. March 11, 2014 - 12:27pm
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EdVaughn from Louisville, Ky is reading a whole bunch of different stuff March 11, 2014 - 5:50pm

Just posted a story. Love to hear your thoughts. It's about 2900 words and in the crime genre.

http://litreactor.com/workshop/sub/lucky-bastard

 

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Adam Jenkins from Bracknell, England is reading RCX Magazine (Issue 1 coming soon) March 20, 2014 - 11:20am

After submitting just 1 story in 5 months to the workshop, I thought it was about time to pull my finger out and try another.

I submitted Albatross today. The genre is Magical Realism and it is about the sole occupant of a lifeboat far out to sea, and the seabird who keeps him company. It was inspired by the Poseidon Issue of Pantheon, which will tell you how long ago the first draft was written.

It's only a smidge over 2,000 words, so it won't take up much of your time.

Thanks