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Typewriter Demigod from London is reading "White Noise" by DeLilo, "Moby-Dick" by Hermann Mellivile and "Uylsses" by Joyce April 19, 2012 - 1:59pm

kittens and their boxes

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks April 19, 2012 - 2:10pm

Kittens make me feel better, no worries, Howie. I was going to wait for more opinions on whether I should depersonalize it but here it is

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. April 19, 2012 - 2:47pm

Fuck, Courtney, that was a fantistic job.  I'm impressed.  This needs it's own thread with it posted in the text and with the attachment at the end.  

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks April 19, 2012 - 2:51pm

I'm glad you think it was that good. I'll go post a thread with it in it. That way, anyone can copy and paste the link on introduction threads and whenever they see a new member crop up.

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks April 19, 2012 - 2:57pm

I posted it here. Should I make a separate comment with the text included, or leave it as an attachment? I'm afraid the "wall of text" feeling will terrify anyone who stumbles on the thread.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. April 19, 2012 - 3:05pm

You have it broke up into sections well enough that it doesn't come across as a wall of text.  Just keep headings and such so that it doesn't look like a wall.  You did a good job of formatting it, show it off.

Also, if they are afraid of words... well... this might be the wrong place to hang out.

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human April 19, 2012 - 3:16pm

I think it might be better to petition something to the admin. Make a sort of "mandatory" tutorial. That way it doesn't get drowned in threads. Send what you have to them as a type of suggestion.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. April 19, 2012 - 3:59pm

Can't you edit the first post to have the .doc instead of the .docx?  

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks April 19, 2012 - 6:34pm

EDIT

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks April 19, 2012 - 6:35pm

I fixed the first post.

I'd settle for it at least being pinned, but I do think something along these lines should be required or somehow related to new members. Also, does making something "private" mean only forum members or only workshop members can view it? If it's the latter, it might be more effective to lock it, but I also want lurkers to see it.

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human April 19, 2012 - 6:38pm

Private is open to members. Public would be good for people interested in joining. I think a quick tutorial would benefit the site.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. April 19, 2012 - 7:50pm

It should be public and required reading.  

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin April 20, 2012 - 3:31am

Yeah, tell Utah to do "Defender of the People" stuff like sticky-ing that thread.

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I'm still looking for a couple more notes on my most recent submissions. It is highly likely that I will reciprocate the review (although, granted, I'm still working on Bobby's story and it is taking longer than anticipated).

But still, I'll get the reviews back to you. I mean, I wouldn't want to say that I write the most reviews because that just isn't true. But I'd say I'm top 4, top 5 easy.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 20, 2012 - 2:06am

It should be public and required reading."
 

Concur. 

Yeah, tell Utah to do "Defender of the People" stuff like sticky-ing that thread."

Seconded. 

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RoganStanton from Kentucky is reading Damned by Chuck Palahniuk April 20, 2012 - 2:35am

Hey everyone I changed my submission of Subject 904: Episodes so now it will only have Episode 1 attached to it. It's around 800 words. Sorry again for the 40k original submission lol. I'll just post one episode at a time for good pacing. Thank you all for the helpful tips and links!

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks April 20, 2012 - 4:06am

Holy shit, I'm 9th on that list. I'm stoked.

Rogan, no need to apologize! You can really submit however you want, it's all up to you. I'll review your story tonight!

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin April 20, 2012 - 4:12am

Side note: Does anyone know if I can renew my workshop membership before it expires? Because it expires today I think, and I could put it off until midnight and do it then, but I feel like it would do a lot for my peace of mind if I could just get it out of the way. Should I be burning my reserve points?

I had a similar freakout a month ago, when I realized I only had a month left, but I couldn't find any way to renew it.

EDIT: I actually have 3 days.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters April 20, 2012 - 5:34am

I'm sorry - did someone somewhere say babies????  Okay - he is three, but still my baby!

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 20, 2012 - 8:58am

Those are great Jessica. 

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Typewriter Demigod from London is reading "White Noise" by DeLilo, "Moby-Dick" by Hermann Mellivile and "Uylsses" by Joyce April 20, 2012 - 9:03am

what's his name?

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks April 20, 2012 - 9:10am

I think I just fell in love. He's freaking adorable. I love children. So much.

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He has those Hollywood eyes. Put it him football already or put him in acting. 

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 20, 2012 - 9:24am

Wait, so we're actually suppose to post pictures of babie as payment Courtney? I thought you were joking! Better go find some pics of my nieces and perhaps one of me....ugh

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. April 20, 2012 - 9:29am

Where's his superhero t-shirts?  

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 20, 2012 - 9:39am

These pictures fulfill my debt Courtney! You hear me! My debt is clear. Also, maybe this should return to being about Workshops? LOL

This Addison 

 

This is Katie, sorry quality sucks on this one.

 

This is my Grandfather and I at Myrtle Beach

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. April 20, 2012 - 9:45am

I offered to make a baby for her, in any color she wanted, but she wasn't interested... I feel my debt is paid.

But just in case, here is my Titter Tat practicing Kung Fu

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 20, 2012 - 9:44am

LOL @ Howie! Bringin the jokes! I'd say you're square! LOL That's awesome. 

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 20, 2012 - 9:51am

Daily update! Below are submissions in workshop that have only one or two reviews. Help em out! Just a note to the noobs, if something has over 5 or more reviews, go to something with 5 or less. 

Make sure to vote in the WAR threads (download the stories, pick which one you like more and vote), and find the best overall thread and vote for your favorite.

There are three thunderdome threads that needs votes, repeat the above process there too! 

 

Infamy Ch.1 & Ch.2 (V2, 6000 words)

By: Bobby Detrick
In: Horror, Novel Excerpt 1 reviews
1 new
Seth Walsh goes with a buddy to party his exe out of memory. Everythings alright until Seth is told his drink's spiked. Awaking from a black out he finds he has a hangover and theres Zombies outside.

Blue Balls Will Make A Man Do Strange Things, Part 1 (What up, Bro Revision)

By: Alexhand
In: Short Story, Transgressive 1 reviews
1 new
This is a heavily revised 2nd Draft of my first submission "What Up, Bro?" I decided to break that story down into separate parts. 1200 words. Now with more funny!

 

Subject 904: Episodes (Episode I) *(Rogan, I'll get to this tonight or tomorrow, thanks for breaking it up!)

By: RoganStanton
In: Adventure, Short Story 1 reviews
2 new
After waking up to a roar in an unfamiliar setting Wester Riley quickly realizes that his life is in danger and must do what it takes to survive in a town where everyone knows him but he knows no one.

Upright Citizens: Section 2

By: Nick Wilczynski
In: Novel Excerpt, Transgressive 2 reviews
The second section of my novel. Also a little more than 5,000 words. Please read Section 1 first.

 

Beyond Thunderdome: Grigori vs. Courtney - Final

By: Grigori Black  (He still needs more reviews! It's been sitting awhile!) 
In: Flash Fiction, Noir 2 reviews
Not your ordinary Barfight. Michael walks into a bad situation.

Beyond Thunderdome Grigori vs. Bill - Final

By: Grigori Black (same with this one)
In: Flash Fiction, Surprise Me 1 reviews
An unexpected turn of events. Luck follows Lisa where ever she goes, but today it seems as if Life has plans of its own. Has her Luck finally run its course?

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks April 20, 2012 - 10:05am

Fuck. So many goddamn adorable pictures in this thread. I think I may die.

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin April 20, 2012 - 10:07am

@Matt: How difficult is pimping? I've heard some conflicting reports.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 20, 2012 - 10:08am

It damn sure ain't easy, but I make it look that way. 

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks April 20, 2012 - 10:10am

That reminds me of the Chapelle Show episode with the game show.

"Is pimping easy?"
"...No?"
"Correct."

"Is pimping easy?"
"Hell nah!"
"Correct."

"Is pimping easy?"
"Yeaaahhh."
"Somehow, that is also correct."

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 20, 2012 - 10:12am

I miss Chapelle Show. 

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin April 20, 2012 - 10:13am

Yeah, that's what I was thinking of.

"Big Daddy Kane would tell us, no, Pimpin ain't easy."

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks April 20, 2012 - 10:15am

I do too. My uncle smoked a blunt with Dave Chapelle before he ran off to Africa.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 22, 2012 - 4:08am

Update! Just two submissions in need of reviews, everyone else looks pretty good. 

 

Upright Citizens: Section 2

By: Nick Wilczynski
In: Novel Excerpt, Transgressive 2 reviews
The second section of my novel. Also a little more than 5,000 words. Please read Section 1 first.

 

Beyond Thunderdome Grigori vs. Bill - Final

By: Grigori Black
In: Flash Fiction, Surprise Me 1 reviews
An unexpected turn of events. Luck follows Lisa where ever she goes, but today it seems as if Life has plans of its own. Has her Luck finally run its course?

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. April 22, 2012 - 9:57am

Shit, I didn't even see the ones by Nick.  I see 5k words and my mind turns off.  I'll have to get on those.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. April 22, 2012 - 3:15pm

Well mine's over 5K.  I just put it up in the workshop but I think it's a good read.

It's called DARK GLASS.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. April 22, 2012 - 3:26pm

Would you post something that you thought was a bad read?  

I think it's funny when people say "It's 7k words, but it's a quick read."

No, it's not.  It's seven thousand words.  It probably doesn't read any quicker than most seven thousand word stories.  Unless it's written like Dick and Jane, with small words and short sentences, of course.  In which case, it would be a quick, yet monotonous read.  

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters April 22, 2012 - 4:22pm

"Would you post something that you thought was a bad read?"

I would.  And have...

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. April 22, 2012 - 6:28pm

Howie, just read my goddamn story and shut up lol

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. April 22, 2012 - 7:15pm

Shit, if I knew how to shut up, I would probably be a much happier person.  Unfortunately, I'm not very good at shutting up.  I'm not overly verbose and I don't resort to sesquipedalian style debate to make my point, but I can't help but keep rambling when I feel like I have nothing to say.  It's almost debilitating when my mind and brain start running on their own and sometimes they don't even agree.  Sometimes I'll start saying things I'm not thinking.  Usually they are lies that just come out and I'm thinking, "That's not true!  Where did that come from?" but my mouth just keeps on going.  

I noticed today that when I'm getting tired, sometimes my internal monologue turns into a dialogue and I'll say things to myself like, "Seriously," or "Honestly," or "In fact," as if I'm trying to convince myself of the things I'm thinking.  Is that strange?  Because it seemed strange to me that I might actually not believe the things I'm thinking.

Not like a "I have a tin-foil hat/aliens are inserting thoughts in my brain"-type of problem, but still... it's kind of weird not to trust yourself to tell the truth to yourself in thoughts. 

I guess all of us lie to ourselves about the world and how we fit into it - but that's just egocentric perception and rationalization.  Maybe everyone doubts the lies they are telling themselves... but I wasn't thinking about some complex ethical issue.  I think I was thinking about dirt.

Which is an interesting subject in and of itself.  Did you know that you get tetanus from dirt?  Yeah, it's not the rusty nail or barbed-wire fence that gives you tetanus.  It's the bacteria in the dirt.  Well, a specific bacteria.  Then you get lockjaw and other muscle spasms.

What were we talking about?

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Grigori Black from US is reading Radium Girls by Amanda Gowin April 22, 2012 - 9:29pm

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks April 23, 2012 - 9:22am

Wait, it's weird to have an inner dialogue like that? This is a literal train of thought for me: "okay now I'm writing and then shit no wait I have to take my nail polish off fuck that fucking hurts wait okay fuck what was I doing okay fuck no and then wait no and then." 

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin April 23, 2012 - 9:46am

Don't worry about it until you get visual hallucinations. Internal dialogue, paranoia, auditory hallucinations, persistent false beliefs, all of that is managable.

But when you start seeing things then you know you have to find your center.

Even the leaders of socialist narco-revolutionary drug cartels in the middle of the US and other dangerous lunatics know that much.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. April 23, 2012 - 11:40am

At least one person reviewed my story, yay?

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 23, 2012 - 11:50am

Danny you are not allowed to gripe! Black has had a submission that has had only one review for a week now! Also, I am at work, so I'll get to it tonight or something. 

I've had some life stuff come up so I've barely been able to write, let alone review. 

Daily update. 

 

Skitter Titter

By: Garrett
In: Flash Fiction, Horror 1 reviews
1 new
A nightmare

Paper Boats (Beyond Thunderdome FINAL Garrett vs Renfield)(I didn't know you guys were doing a Thunderdome)

By: Garrett
In: Literary, Short Story 1 reviews
1 new
Reknown filmaker Jim Morgan looks back on his latest project

Dark Glass (A Tale of Multiple Realities)

By: aliensoul77
In: Sci-fi, Short Story 1 reviews
2 new
In a strange dystopic future, a product called Dark Glass vows to change the lives of people everywhere but its purpose is as strange as it's existence.

 

Beyond Thunderdome Grigori vs. Bill - Final

By: Grigori Black
In: Flash Fiction, Surprise Me 1 reviews
An unexpected turn of events. Luck follows Lisa where ever she goes, but today it seems as if Life has plans of its own. Has her Luck finally run its course?

 

17 Brief Conversations with Pretty Girls in a Coffee Shop - Section 2

By: Deets999
In: Literary, Short Story 2 reviews
2 new
17 non-linear funny, little conversations loosely connected through the voice of a male narrator who is constantly enthralled by the power of pretty girls. 8,200 words (just the second 6 snipits).

 

Upright Citizens: Section 2

By: Nick Wilczynski
In: Novel Excerpt, Transgressive 2 reviews
The second section of my novel. Also a little more than 5,000 words. Please read Section 1 first.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. April 23, 2012 - 2:54pm

I will look at Blackys tonite.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. April 23, 2012 - 3:07pm

You, sir, are a racist!

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks April 23, 2012 - 3:08pm

I really considered waiting to post my latest submission until we'd cleared the way for these guys, but mine's up. I'm going to add a note in it, though, asking that anyone getting ready to review mine considers reviewing one of the others first. I just want it out of my hair for a while, and submitting it here seems like the best way to take the pressure off of me.