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Cassandra L. from Melbourne is reading A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole March 23, 2012 - 1:37am

Hey. I'm Cassandra, I've just signed up, and I have no idea what I'm in for. Sure, like most of you I write, but I haven't been doing so much of that lately and I need a kick up the arse to get back into it. Maybe this will help, maybe it won't. Who knows. But I like what I've read of the articles around here so far so I figured I'd sign up.

I guess what I mean to say is: hi.

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human March 23, 2012 - 1:48am

Hello and welcome!

I think it will help, a lot of people take what they do here seriously, and I've learned a lot. But I am only speaking for myself.

What do you write about?

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Cassandra L. from Melbourne is reading A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole March 23, 2012 - 2:01am

Thanks! Taking things seriously is certainly heartening. I wish there was more of that around. 

I mostly write short stories. I've tried my hand at playwrighting but I wasn't very good at it (apparently you don't put sci-fi/spec-fic on the stage) and I've got a few novel drafts hiding in the dusty back rooms of my hard drive. I've just started working on story about an infestation of carnivourous marsupials, and my first story accepted/about-to-be-published is about "companion" robots. So pretty much I write about whatever the story tells me to write.

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Dave from a city near you is reading constantly March 23, 2012 - 2:03am

Well, since Avery's not here to Harbinge for Davery, you'll have to accept me and my

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 23, 2012 - 6:42am

Oh, sorry.  I work during the day like a regular person.  Welcome!  I hope you like it here.  Lots of wonderful people.  So you write Sci-fi?  You're going to have some quick friends!

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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 March 23, 2012 - 7:15am

Welcome Cassandra. Enjoy the show.

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SConley from Texas is reading Coin Locker Babies March 23, 2012 - 7:37am

Remember that episode of Friends where Joey's in that play and it's really bad sci-fi and he goes up on the spaceship at the end? I don't know what else i was going to say...

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Cassandra L. from Melbourne is reading A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole March 23, 2012 - 7:55am

Thanks for the welcome, guys!

Averydoll - normally I work during the day like a regular person (or at least in the guise of one) too, but time zone shenanigans means I miss most folks anyway. You just happen to have caught me on a sick day.

So how does it work around here with the critiquing/reveiwing and all? Is it honest, rigourous, dirty-sweaty kind of critiquing? Or the more gently-gently snuggly-warm approach? Last community I played with had a "no critiquing/arse-kissing only" policy which didn't really work for me (or my writing).

I've mostly been reading the craft essays so far today but I'm keen to check things out.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 23, 2012 - 8:01am

Reviewing - It is the honest gritty kind.  But I think everyone is pretty kind and give you honest reviews to help you improve.  But most aren't shy.

Those craft essays are GREAT. 

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Cassandra L. from Melbourne is reading A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole March 23, 2012 - 8:02am

Conley - Sorry, but I never watched Friends (our TVs were permanently tuned to British soap operas when I was growing up). There weren't any spaceships in this script, though. It was actually a satire on the previous Federal government's "history wars" and treason laws, but because it didn't feature a depressed, pregnant junkie in love the playwright group I was hanging with got confused. 

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Grigori Black from US is reading Radium Girls by Amanda Gowin March 23, 2012 - 8:05am

There's a couple of rough characters here, but most of them mean well. Overall the reviews are good, while opinions may differ on a particular piece or style, it's typically fair and honest. The faint of heart or will need not apply.

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Nikki Guerlain from Portlandia March 23, 2012 - 8:46am

Welcome Cassandra. Do people ever tell you you are such a Cassandra?

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel March 23, 2012 - 11:40am

Welcome to the pit.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz March 23, 2012 - 11:58am

Randy and Bob might be able to help you with that kick up the arse thing.

Why does everything sound like sex to me?

Anyway, I am so glad to have you in the circus.

Can always use some more down under women around here.

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enough from Indiana is reading Warmed and Bound March 23, 2012 - 6:09pm

Welcome Cassandra.

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Cassandra L. from Melbourne is reading A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole March 23, 2012 - 6:51pm

Thanks everyone!

 

Nikki - actually, that does happen. 

Chester - Given your question I'm a little unsure of what you guys use the "down under women" for, but I'm hoping it's involves dinner and a G&T first . . . 

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Nikki Guerlain from Portlandia March 23, 2012 - 7:01pm

She's funny chestie.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner March 24, 2012 - 3:45am

Welcome! I would post an awkward pic but, I am back in the mountains currently....c'est la vie....

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Boone Spaulding from Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.A. is reading Solarcide Presents: Nova Parade March 24, 2012 - 10:18am

Welcome!

@ Conley: you make me miss Chris Farley....("Remember when...? That was awesome.")

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz March 24, 2012 - 10:22am

She is funny Nikkles! She passed the test!

Hmmm, she just might be the down under girl we've been looking for.

And there is a faction of G&T drinkers here too.

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Boone Spaulding from Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.A. is reading Solarcide Presents: Nova Parade March 24, 2012 - 10:24am

This faction is for J&B straight up....

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Cassandra L. from Melbourne is reading A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole March 24, 2012 - 6:45pm

Hey, I can do whisky (whisky, not whiskey, mind). Vodka, too. Or a strong Cab Sav if we're being all sophisticated at the mealtable.

But gin's my poison. Unless I'm writing, then it's tequila all the way. That stuff is brain-food.