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motet
Dana Davis / Moderator
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Dec 20, 2005, 7:04 PM

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We've changed the name of this forum to Announcements & Introductions in order to give new patrons a place to post their first time hellos.

If you've just joined the Speakeasy or you're finally ready to come out of lurking mode, please stop by here and say Hi.


Dana Davis
Speakeasy Administrator, Moderator and all-around Ms. Fix-It


zachwlewis
Zachary Weston Lewis
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May 31, 2006, 1:07 PM

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Hey everyone, I'm new to Speakeasy and this seems like the best place to begin. (The introduction area seemed to be somewhat inaccessible.) I've been writing creatively for the past 3 years, but I haven't had the chance to have an audience. As a self-taught student, I find it extremely hard to get any attention for my writings. (I hope some of you can sympathize with me.)

I have had two creative weblogs on the internet, the subtle pen being the first (from 2003 to 2006), and I, Revolutionary! being the second (from 2006 to present).

the subtle pen was where I really began to write. I learned who I was as a human and a lover, and I also learned about the way the mind (my mind) really works. From a teen’s standpoint, the subtle pen is a chronicle of love and angst, and from an adult’s standpoint, the subtle pen is an introspective look into the teenage psyche. I recommend starting with that weblog.

I, Revolutionary! is an extension of the subtle pen in form only: It is much more mature and focused. I started it early 2006, right around my 20th birthday, so it not only marked a significant point in my life as a grow child, but a significant point in my development as a writer and an individual. The low post count is due to two things—school and writer’s block. Since out of school, I have been writing more often (usually every few days), and I am focusing more on fiction and where my imagination can lead me and my readers. Once you’ve gotten a feel for my style, I, Revolutionary! would be a good place to start reading.

So there it is, everything I’ve written. I’m giving it to you, fellow writers, to take it and do what you will. I would love feedback, but after three years, I’ve found that it is a lot harder to find good feedback than it is to spill yourself out onto (digital) paper. Comment criticize, or leave it lay. Thank you for your time and consideration.


http://www.irevolutionary.com, A writer's weblog.

http://subtlepen.irevolutionary.com, an archive of the things I wrote as a teen.


JudyThomas
Judy Thomas

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Jan 29, 2007, 10:54 AM

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Good morning. I know this is not the right place for this (well... maybe it is :-)) I wanted to introduce myself in the correct forum, but the "post new" button in the introduction forum does not seem to be highlighted on my computer. Am I doing something wrong? I'm a blonde, so it wouldn't be surprising if it is some form of operator error. LoL. Thanks for any help you can give me.


Judy

Read what I'm thinking
[url"http://www.judythomas.info"]My website


motet
Dana Davis / Moderator
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Jan 29, 2007, 8:29 PM

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Hi Judy,

I'm not sure why the post new button didn't work for you but you can always find a topic that would apply to your message (like this one!) and hit the reply button to post.

Welcome and I hope you enjoy your time here.

Dana


LauraKathryn


Feb 21, 2008, 8:41 AM

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 Hi everyone. My name is Laura Kathryn. I am 26 years old. I live in Columbus ,Georgia, USA. I am in college, and work at a doctors office. I have been taking career aptitude tests for days now, because I suddenly have pressure to figure out what I want to do with my life. I have been writing poetry since I was 6 years old. IT is my love. My dream is to publish an anthology of poetry and an autobiography. I go to poetry slams in Atlanta as often as possible, and book readings at the decatur book festival, and I just know that I could do that. I would love to get to know any of you, especially people in driving distance that I could meet in person at a poetry reading or book reading. Someone who would like to get coffee or smoothies and bond over words! Spoken, written...anywords...haha. I have friends ( of course) But I desire friends who cultivate dreams and goals in my realm of aspiration. If your interested, please feel free to contact me ( lkttidwell@gmail.com). Also, I posted a thread in the poetry section about making a career out of writing? Please, if you have minute, and some advice, scoot over there and pass it on. I hope to hear from y'all soon.

Laura Kathryn


Thorny
Bruce Hesselbach

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Feb 21, 2008, 9:47 PM

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Hi Laura. It's great to see someone with so much enthusiasm. A suggestion that I would make would be to join a writer's group in your area. If you can't find one, why not start one yourself? It's a great way to get feedback, make friends, and connect with people who have similar interests. In my case, after I moved to Vermont, I saw ads in 1991 about two writer's groups that were forming. I joined both of them and the two of them are still growing strong today.
As far as the autobiography goes, why not just pick a discreet area of interest in your life and write a memoir about that? When you are old and gray and nodding by the fire you can write a more comprehensive story.


trickiwoo2


Mar 14, 2008, 12:30 AM

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hi, james harriot is one of my favorite writers, trickiwoo was the little dog who belonged to mrs. pumphry. i always liked that little dog.i've been writing poetry since i was at least 12 years old. i love books and have a small liberary size collection. my kid has said she will not help me move anymore because i have too many books and they are too heavy. i have a blog where i post some of my poems and short stories.
i self published a collection of poems but have had some problems with publishing company. be sure you really know what your getting if you self publish.
if i'm not writing or reading i like to draw and paint.
peace
trickiwoo2


don't let 'em rent space in your head


SoylentQueen


Mar 31, 2008, 5:26 PM

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Hi there everybody,
I just joined SpeakEasy and thought I'd say hello. Hello!
I've been too apathetic to send anything out lately--well, uh, make that about 5 years now, LOL--but a friend having just received a PEN award for a book of poetry and another friend having her second novel accepted for publication is all conspiring to kick my butt. So I thought I'd get back into the swing of things, and here I am, sniffing around for publishing opportunities.
I'm also seriously considering a low-residency MFA. One friend went to Goddard, the other to Vermont College, and both had high praise for their schools. If anybody knows of a good source for information on these and other MFA programs, I'd be grateful. I know there are guidebooks out, but reviews of these guides are mixed at best, and I'd prefer the give and take of a forum.
Thanks for whatever you can tell me.
Cheers,
Lisa


pongo
Buy this book!

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Mar 31, 2008, 6:17 PM

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You've probably already found the section on MFA programs, and the topic under there about Low-Residency programs. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only Goddard person here, and I know for sure there are a number of VC people.

And welcome!


The Review Mirror, available at www.unsolicitedpress.com

Difficult Listening, Sundays from ten to noon (Central time), at http://www.radiofreenashville.org/.

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Pelvicarch
Rock


Apr 10, 2008, 2:58 PM

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Hello? hello? Is this thing on?
Anyway, I'm a newbie to the P&W's forums and also to very much else in my life. I've been writing off and on for about 25 years (yeah, I'm that old), but I feel like a newbie to the craft. My problem is I have a lot of psychological issues, which I'm working on, I've got my best people working on it, but I have always been plagued with various insecurities, paranoia, and general pessimism.
Oh, and by the way, I really don't like people. I know this probably bodes poorly for trying to be a writer, but I think things like the internet and forums like this are perrrrfect for folks like me.
As the song goes, "Enjoy yourself, its later than you think!" So I know I have to get it together, open my shell a crack, and try to do it for real. You people aren't really out to get me, are you?


If you want to dance, you have to pay the fiddler.


rppohl


Apr 10, 2008, 3:06 PM

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Of course we are. And it sounds like you'll fit right in on the speakeasy. Welcome


JoanneMerriam
Joanne Merriam


Apr 10, 2008, 5:11 PM

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Actually, many professional writers I've known have been misanthropes. It doesn't appear to be an impediment to success.

Welcome to the Speakeasy!


Editor: 7x20 * Upper Rubber Boot Books
Most recently: Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days (Atwood, Bacigalupi, JCO, etc.)

Writer: joannemerriam.com * The Glaze from Breaking (poetry)


Cee


Apr 21, 2008, 11:45 AM

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Hi, I'm Cee-- I've been lurking for a bit and thought I'd pop in to say hello. I just graduated from the U of Utah with a degree in English, and I'm going to be entering their fiction MFA program in the fall. In the past few years I've focused on short stories, but I'm trying to get a novel-length manuscript finished in this time off school. I am a self-professed lit geek, and I have a few fannish pursuits that fill up my time otherwise. xD I've been watching things with avid interest and am glad that I've found a forum like this one!


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Apr 21, 2008, 7:56 PM

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Hi there. What other fannish things do you like to geek out on?


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lit_scribbler
Scott Doyle


Apr 22, 2008, 5:31 PM

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Hi, my name is Scott Doyle, I'm new to the Speakeasy. I live in Los Angeles and write mainly short stories. I take classes at UCLA, am in an ongoing writers group, and have also studied at Tin House the last two years. My first story in an established journal just came earlier this month. It's called "Clapping Girl" and can be found at the Night Train site under Firebox Fiction: http://www.nighttrainmagazine.com/contents/doyle_fb.php


Cee


Apr 23, 2008, 10:44 AM

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I'm a big fan of all things Whedon-related-- Buffy, Angel, and most especially Firefly. xD I also love anything that's quirky-- Pushing Daisies, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Wonderfalls, etc. etc. I'm a recovering Star Wars addict, although I still squeed last time I went on Star Tours. It's a bit of a problem.


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Apr 23, 2008, 8:06 PM

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Yes! I love you. The Whedonverse is the only thing that turns my adult self into an exclamatory dorkus. Although I think you've got the order wrong -- it's Buffy first, followed by Firefly. As soon as my essay on homosociality and the Watcher's Council's done, I'm off to that yearly scholarly conference. Because then my love is legitimate.

Ahem. See you on the boards!


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jason
Jason K. Chapman / Moderator

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Apr 24, 2008, 1:55 PM

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Hmm? What? Did someone say geek?

Seriously, though, Joss Whedon writes the best dialog, even when he's making up the vocabulary. Personally, I'd say the order is more like Firefly, then Buffy, but that's just me. If your guilty pleasures extend to comics/graphic novels, by the way, Buffy Season Eight is great.


shmatty

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Apr 29, 2008, 10:45 PM

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Hey guys!

I am an overall creative soul. I am mostly an avid journal writer and closeted poet. I'm here to connect with other friends of words/thoughts/inspirations.

Something I have also been honing in on is proofreading. If you have a chapter or two you would like me to look at, do email me. I'll do it for free. I just like the collaborative creative process, and I could use the experience.

Feel free to say hi as well!

-Shmatty


JoanneMerriam
Joanne Merriam


Apr 30, 2008, 6:37 AM

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Welcome to P&W, Shmatty!


Editor: 7x20 * Upper Rubber Boot Books
Most recently: Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days (Atwood, Bacigalupi, JCO, etc.)

Writer: joannemerriam.com * The Glaze from Breaking (poetry)


raalaw
Rachel Maizes

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May 30, 2008, 1:10 PM

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Hi Zach,
Welcome to Poets and Writers. As a fellow self-taught writer, I recommend finding a good writing group with writers that you admire, so that you can get educated feedback on your work. This isn't a critique site but no doubt you will learn a lot about writing and publishing in general. Again, welcome.
Rachel


silkentent
Margaret DeAngelis

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Jun 3, 2008, 8:40 AM

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I fell into this forum last week while awaiting notification of the decision on my 2008 application to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. I had expressed some anxiety in my blog about my chances this year (http://www.silkentent.com/Trees/?p=325). That piece was getting a lot of hits as anxiety built in others (the notification letters went out according to an unusual schedule this year). I followed a link in a Google search that had led some readers to my site, and joined the conversation. I really like this spot, and hope to participate for a while.

I am a fiction writer and essayist living in central Pennsylvania. I used to say "with my husband and daughter," but my daughter graduated from college last month and is now living permanently in her university town (about 40 miles from where I live). She has taken a job in that region in a lab (she has a degree in biology). I go to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Vermont every August (a fact of my life that has caused some consternation on the board I originally hopped on to). This is the first year that I do not have to be back right afterward to start attending my daughter's college field hockey games. "Roll with the Changes" will be the theme of my summer.

I am 61 years old. I taught secondary school English (primarily American literature and composition to eleventh graders) for thirty years. I have been writing fiction more and more seriously since 1989. I have had an online journal/blog since 1999.

I am happy to be here.


Margaret DeAngelis
Markings: Days of Her Life
http://www.silkentent.com/Trees

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babiak
Wendy Babiak

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Jun 3, 2008, 10:18 AM

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Welcome, Margaret!


The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.
-- Rachel Carson

Conspiracy of Leaves (Plain View Press)
What I Meant to Say


motet
Dana Davis / Moderator
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Jun 4, 2008, 8:09 PM

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Welcome as well, Margaret. I usually tell new patrons that I hope they enjoy their time at the Speakeasy but I've been reading your posts in Bread Loaf and see that you've already made yourself at home. Excellent!

We' re glad you've found us...


Dana Davis
Speakeasy Moderator


ozzfan1317
Jason

Jul 30, 2008, 7:21 PM

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I'm Jason I'm 23 and not new but I haven't been on here in a while so I figured I'd reintroduce myself..lol

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