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we have a used Singer sewing machine in the basement -- I have a pattern that I want to amke -- my girlfriend was going to help me and show me how to sew. I should contact her about that

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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I watch project runway, does that count?



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I taught myself to sew the year my son wanted a Gambit costume for Halloween.

No one sells Gambit costumes, or the pieces to put together a Gambit costume. I'm talking Gambit from the 90s X-Men cartoon, with the purple chest armor and the silver boots.

I bought a Brother sewing machine and "Sewing for Dummies" and went to work. My brother-in-law made playing cards that glow with LED lights when you press them the right way. It was a totally awesome costume.

This year, it's Kaylee from Firefly for me, a Jedi robe for my son and a Green Lantern/Jedi mashup for my husband.

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:) well I did have to take sewing in 8th grade -- does that count?

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I was taught to sew. But I never learned it. :)



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never learned to sewe.

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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I've been a lazy bum lately.

Actually, my spare time has been spent sewing Comic Con costumes, so it's not wasted, just not spent writing.

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yea --- I need to work on my short story and figure out how that ends

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I can't wait to find out how I'm going to end my short story!



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still working on my "short story" and have an idea for my next essay -- and I will need to do some research for the essay

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Seriously thinking about my next story being in the noir style of the 1950's, when noir was really noir.
Probably a PI story. The protag is more anti-hero than hero. He or she has a few redeeming points, but there's always a chip (or log) on their shoulder.
The antag is only bad because they have so much personal baggage they blame others not themselves.





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i started working on my very first short story :) it's an idea I have been bouncing around in my head for ages.

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Working on the final part of my SS. I've just 'discovered' that it can be easier to create Conflict than to resolve it! Need to figure out how to untie this really cool Gordian Knot I've created.
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I am so envious of you all --- I have always had an interest in writing but it has only been the past year or so that I have actually tried doing it seriously. And I am trying my first piece of fiction. I will succeed

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Ha! I hate it when that happens! in Who Wants to Marry a Doctor, I had my antagonist being led and encouraged by her boyfriend. One beta reader told me - you don't need him. And it only took me about an hour to edit him out of the MS. She was so very right.



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I did something I shouldn't have: I had originally given my Protag a couple of sidekicks, one for comic relief and bodyguard, the other as an on again off again love interest and engineer.
For some reason both of them have decided not to make an appearance. Since my rough is pretty much finished, my Protag has gotten along fine without them.
So much for outlining and character bio's.



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yes thanks for the ideas

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You have all given me some good ideas. I really love reading the tips that you all give and the struggles that you are dealing with because I share many of them also.

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As for the glossary - I think I'd leave it out. Hopefully you put in enough contextual clues that your reader can figure out what you're talking about.





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I should finish the final part of my Sci-Fi short story.
Then I'll put it away for a few days, and go back and start killing 'babies'.
In the mean time, I'll work on a new FF story for my portfolio on Writing.com.

"Do you know what I did when I finished my first novel? I shut-up and started writing 20 more." Michael Connolly said that.



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you are probably correct

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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I was looking through some books on the shelves at B&N, and the public library. Several of the Sci-Fi published in the last few years had a glossary either in the front or back.
I'm thinking that it might be an agent's or publishers decision to include a glossary.



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i have never heard of that before --- not sure if you need to do it or not

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I'm having fun writing pulp sci-fi since it bears vague resemblance to modern sci-fi. I do have a question: in the 30's & 40's pulp writers used a lot of invented words. But did not define them. Fun stuff. In modern sci- fi they usually provide a glossery for made up words. Is that something I need to do?



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i have always thought of rough draft and 1st draft interchangeavbly as well

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I use rough draft and first draft interchangeably. Either way, it refers to my first pass at something, and is writing I'm not going to show to anyone.

I'm more likely to refer to something as a "rough draft" if it's really a mess. If my first pass comes out clean, I'm more likely to refer to it as a "1st draft" -- but that's just me.

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Hmmm. Interesting. I'm sure there's a subtle difference somewhere between the two - though after a rough draft, you have a second draft, so maybe not.



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I listened to what I would call a sophomoric discussion yester-evening. 'What's the difference between a rough draft and a first draft?'
The answer: it all depends on what your high schoo/collegel composition teacher said it was! emoticon

My wife has taught composition for over 20 years. She never cared about the difference. Rough and First were the same. When I took Comp 1 & 2 as an Undergrad, and advance Comp in Grad School, none of my instructors ever used the term 'rough draft', just First draft.

Whatever floats your boat.






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i will do that

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Gwynlee2 emoticon That is a great idea. Let me know how it works out for you.

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I go to one near my house that meets during the day on Wednesdays. I should check out the library about 3 miles away -- they may have something there

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I really like this team as my writer's group because my schedule is hectic and I can post whenever I have a chance. The only problem is that I can't really show you any of my work. At least I don't know how that I can.

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My Romance Writers of America chapter is 1.5 hours away and meets once a month. Worth the drive every time.

I do have a critique group in town, though.



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I'm still searching for a closer group in my area. There are two very active groups, but both are an hour or more away. The county libraries tried to help by doing a posting on their BB. Zilch. I tried several postings at local used book stores, same zilch.
As of now, this team is 'my' writing group.
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there are lots of writer's groups in my area --- right now I go to one that meets during the day -- I go when I am free during the day. I need to find others that are in the evening or weekends

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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To get a critique from someone who is well founded in the writing field is awesome. I finally found someone who would read and edit my work. She is not well known in the field, but she knows how to edit well. I also found a writers group in my area. I am thinking about going to see what they are all about. (Writing I hope.)

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that is way cool

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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Oh, that's very cool, WriteMann!

I remember entering the first chapter of my story in a an online contest. There was one reviewer who didn't mince words, and she hated most of the entries. She was so complimentary when she reviewed mine that I was floating for the rest of the day!



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I received a review on one of my FF stories I posted on Writing.com
It was really detailed, and somewhat inspiring. I did some research on the reviewer: he's an award winning poet from the Dallas-Ft.Worth area. He is president of a large group of poets from the central Texas area. The group hosts a state,national, and international poet slam and classes for poetry.
Not sure how he found my story, but I will definitely work with his critiques.



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thanks. I am going to write right now.

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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Go Gwynlee! That's great!



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thanks

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hi My name is Gwynlee2 -- I just joined this group. I have been a wannabe writer for longer than I care to admit--wrote from time to time but this year I finally started journalling on a regular basis. A friend of mine is in a writing group and I finally started going to it -- so that is getting me to write short essays on a weekly basis -- so that makes me feel good

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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Seeking submissions:

twistedroadpublications.com/

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WRITERS and FASHION/BEAUTY/FITNESS BLOGGERS:

Curves And The City Magazine and We Them Thick Magazine are accepting articles, poems, quotes in their upcoming issue. Topics can be fictional on non fictional with a focus on curvy women, fitness, fashion and beauty.

Email curvescity@gmail.com or wethemthick@gmail.com for submissions.

You can also call 7708733440.

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Wrote a short story last night. Started out with the goal of finishing a flash piece, and ended up with a 2300 word story. With some polish, it should be ready to submit next week.

Could it be the end of the dry spell? I certainly hope so!

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Tax prep. That includes creativity doesn't it? emoticon -- Lou

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So, no one has *anything* going on???



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TV has already had variations on zombie sex. There was a recent TV movie dealing with an evil Succubus. Getting closer.....

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... honestly? Not even after I'm dead. LOL


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But wouldn't it be fun to try...?



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"So far the only stumbling block I've encountered is how different breeds of ghosts can have sex with each other."

I am not going to try to prove that the ghosts can't. LOL


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Time to get started on my 2K-3K short, short story for a competition. The story must be in a genre' or genre's that we hardly ever, or never read.
For me the ultimate story I would write would be a YA romance between a zombie mermaid and a gay vampire detective, and they both like horses or lost puppies.

I WILL be writing a paranormal (ghost, sigh) story using the 'original' concept of ancient malevolent ghosts returning and temporarily taking over human bodies to lure real humans to their bodily destruction (ta-da?). I've decided to use an evil Welsh female ghost and a insidiously evil male ghost from Hindu folklore.
So far the only stumbling block I've encountered is how different breeds of ghosts can have sex with each other.

Write On!


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Good luck, both of you!



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I was able to add 700+ words to a short story I had written about Halloween, changed it to have a winter background, and submitted it Saturday night. Round one of judging is underway. A long list will be culled from all entries then those stories will be turned over to another set of judges who will compile a short list of finalists from which the stories selected for publication will be made.

Hoping Night of The Halloween Moon makes it.

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Hmmm...

True believer, huh? I've got something for that...

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I received a Prompt, challenging writers to choose an idea that you are very skeptical of or that has no actual proof to support it, other than a person's needs or desires that it be real. My first response was christianity/religion. but when I went to enter it, there were already over 1K people using it.
So I chose ghosts/paranormal. I would be a real party-pooper visiting a 'haunted' house. emoticon
The object of the Prompt is to write a 500-1K word FF story from the point of view of a true believer. It had to be serious in theme.
It was a very difficult challenge, but it did get the creative juices flowing. I ended up with a 684 word story. Time to do a quick edit.



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Accepting submissions:

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You are, like, all up in the know. :)



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There is a Yahoo group that will keep you up-to-date on outlets seeking submissions. Register with Yahoo for free then join the "Creative Writers Opportunities List" group. Best of success to you. emoticon -- Lou

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Lots of writing tips here:

www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/

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Accepting submissions:

www.fabulapress.com/

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Thanks, I looked too. It was worth the look.

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IUHRYTR -
I visited the flash fiction link. Sounds good. I do have a few FF stories that I think fit a few of their themes. Also, the submission rules are really demanding for a story of less than 800 words. Oh, well.



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I really would like a look at your bio sheet too. I think it would be a big help.
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Yeah, I should actually find that...



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Sounds good.



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I don't use a formal one, but there are some generic things I need to know, especially when writing romance. Height, hair color, eye color, physique.

Then I need to figure out the character's inner conflict (what drives the character) and outer conflict (what drives the story).

I have a really good bio sheet somewhere, that's deeper than most. I'll see if I can dig it up. One question on it is ten reasons for your character's motivation - because the first few are too easy. Once you get into reasons six+, you find the more original thoughts.



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Does anyone use those character trait/bio sheets? I read that they are necessary for at least your Protagonist and Antagonist. Also that even if you are a Pantser, you need to do them.
I'm trying to figure out why does one need a LOT of extra info you will probably never use, unless you are writing a series, which I'm not?



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Programs for writing help:

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Seeking short stories:

www.fabulapress.com/

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