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11 August 2005 @ 04:04 pm
Activities for the Slush Pile  
All activities are voluntary as far as participation. The moderators will not toss you out for being a lurker.

Mechanics of Writing
I will be posting a Writing Discussion topic every Thursday for members. If for some reason I have NOT posted a topic by 6 p.m. CST, anyone can volunteer a topic of their own if they wish. (Sometimes I lose track of the day of the week...)

Applause and Sympathy
On Mondays, I'll start a post for members to report the previous week's writing progress (or lack thereof), submissions, rejection slips, or other writerly needs for applause or sympathy. This may provide encouragement (and cattle prods) to members to keep active with both writing and submitting.

Book Reviews
Please review any non-fiction writing books you wish, whether to tell others not to waste their time/money or to rave that everyone should have one. If possible, try to use an LJ-tag to tag it as a "review" so that they are semi-linked together for easy searching.

Writing Prompts
There are plenty of active prompt communities and websites, but occasionally I will post some sort of writing challenge or prompt, probably tied to issues that come up in Writing Discussions. Example: if members are fighting POV problems, I'll find an exercise to concentrate on that area, whether created by me or another member or taken from a book or website dealing with the issue.

Member Profiles
I'd like to do a "quickie profile" for each member on the Info page for this group. If you're willing, please reply to this post with the following info: Any published materials (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc), genres written, genres preferred to critique. This will help newcomers to decide if we're the group for them. I believe we are currently strongly slanted towards the speculative fiction range, especially horror.


Critiques!
This is the SLUSH pile after all. Stories (or chapters of larger works) can be posted anytime, by any member. Just follow the rules on the Info page. For critters: if a short story reminds you of a certain market you're familiar with, please let the author know. Not everyone has access to all the magazines and such out there, nor the funds to buy sample copies of them all.

NOTE: The default setting for the community is to friends-lock each post. Any post you want to make "public", you will have to change the settings manually (you have to post, then go back and edit the security level). This is to protect stories that are posted for critique.


Other activities to be added as members suggest them.
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writernici: iconixbrothelwriternici on August 11th, 2005 09:54 pm (UTC)
If you're willing, please reply to this post with the following info: Any published materials (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc), genres written, genres preferred to critique.

Since I'm co-moderator, I figured I'd best do this! *g*

Publishing credits:

"Heat" Scared Naked Magazine, June 2004

Poetry:

"Tattoo Me", Scared Naked Magazine, March 2004

Flash Fiction:

"The Room Where We Became Me", Salome Magazine

My pen name: W. Olivia Race

I prefer to write dark fantasy, but I'm also dabbling in mystery, science fiction and magic realism based literature. Not much of a fan of straight horror, it's got to really be *different* for me to want to bother with it. You'll get my notice faster with humor than you will with blood and guts--unless it's funny blood and guts.

I'm not picky in terms of the genre I'd prefer to critique as long as it's written well, grammatical and the writer isn't so touchy that I can't suggest changes without them frothing themselves into a lather--writing is all about contant criticism. You'll either learn it now, or be crushed the first time an editor tells you the bald and glaring truth.


Angelinaarkiewriter on August 11th, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC)
Hehe, I'd better post too, just for folks to see it here too.

Publishing Credits:
"Elfsbane", Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine, Issue 4, October 2004

Pen Name: S.A. Parham

I write dark fantasy, space opera, and soft science-fiction. Occasionally I branch out and try horror, fairy tales, urban fantasy, or cyberpunk. I like my gorey or erotic elements of my stories to have a purpose other than to shock the reader.

I will critique just about any genre possible, spec-fic or otherwise, but I do have a harder time with chick lit or children's material other than general overviews such as POV, characterization, and other mechanics. I tend to be a bit blunt, but only because I expect the same open honesty in return when my work is critiqued.
Barbarabarbaraa on August 16th, 2005 05:12 pm (UTC)
Hi, all.

Saw Nici's rec of this place, thought I'd check it out.


Any published materials: Nothing yet unless you count a poem I did back in 8th grade that was published in a Young America Sings.

Genres written: Uh, not sure what you'd call it. Urban fantasy? Some horror elements?

Genres preferred to critique: I'll critique just about anything. Even the bad stuff if the writer doesn't mind the virtual red pen.

Barbara