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pongo
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Aug 29, 2009, 5:41 PM

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Welcome, Eli.


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raalaw
Rachel Maizes

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Aug 31, 2009, 4:55 PM

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Welcome, Eli, thanks for the chuckle ("metaphors be with you").
Rachel


Aletifer


Oct 25, 2009, 1:53 AM

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Hi everybody,

I've been a lurker for a few months, but I figured it would be polite to give a hello before I start posting.

I've always enjoyed reading, but writing started as a hobby for me a few years ago. I have an environmental science background but these days I'm working as a technical editor, a gig I happily fell into. This year I thought long and hard about my career aspirations and discovered I cared a lot more about writing than I did about my previous work in the sciences.

I plan on applying for MFA programs once the application process stops scaring the hell out of me. I feel like I still have some reading and a lot more writing to do so until then, I'm looking forward to learning from you all.

- Jimmy


motet
Dana Davis / Moderator
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Nov 3, 2009, 10:44 AM

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A belated hello to you, Jimmy.

Dana


megwaiteclayton
Meg Waite Clayton

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Nov 30, 2009, 11:22 AM

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Hi, everyone! I'm a novelist with two published novels (most recently, The Wednesday Sisters, a national bestseller about a writing group, the struggle to get published, and the importance of reaching for our dreams - among other things). I'm currently writing a third novel under contract with Random House/Ballantine. I've published short stories and essays in numerous magazines, including commercial magazines like Writer's Digest and Runner's World, and literary magazines like The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Literary Review, etc. I also host a blog on which a wide range of writers post about writing and getting into print: 1st Books: Stories of How Writers Get Started. It's very much about how much rejection even the best writers endure on their way to getting published, and I hope will inspire people struggling to get into print to keep at it.

About the time I sold my first novel, I joined an online forum called Readerville, where there was a very supportive group of participating writers. Sadly, it hasn't survived. I'm hoping to find the same kind of supportive environment here that I had there.


Meg Waite Clayton, author of national bestseller, THE WEDNESDAY SISTERS, the forthcoming THE FOUR MS. BRADWELLS (March 2011), and the Bellwether Prize finalist, THE LANGUAGE OF LIGHT (paperback reissue summer 2011)
www.megwaiteclayton.com


pongo
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Nov 30, 2009, 12:50 PM

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Some of us here were also at Readerville. This is rather different, but also a good place to be, more oriented toward writers than readers.


The Review Mirror, available at www.unsolicitedpress.com

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

http://home.comcast.net/~david.m.harris/site/


ywardhorner
Yvette


Nov 30, 2009, 4:21 PM

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hi Meg. I'll check out your blog. Reading about other people's rejection letters makes me feel better about my own!


Only Writing Can Save You


megwaiteclayton
Meg Waite Clayton

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Dec 29, 2009, 4:18 PM

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>I'll check out your blog. Reading about other people's rejection letters makes me feel better about my own!

Funny how that works, isn't it? But hearing about others' post-rejection success always left me feeling if perseverance had worked for others it might for me (which it did!).


Meg Waite Clayton, author of national bestseller, THE WEDNESDAY SISTERS, the forthcoming THE FOUR MS. BRADWELLS (March 2011), and the Bellwether Prize finalist, THE LANGUAGE OF LIGHT (paperback reissue summer 2011)
www.megwaiteclayton.com


Nancy Hawkins


Jan 6, 2010, 6:09 PM

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     I hope I am doing this right - not posting in the wrong forum or something. I already spent about ten minutes running through all the names and passwords I'd ever used until I remembered the one I used to register here.
I have been writing since I can remember. I write fiction, pretty much, but I also like the essay format. I have two new year's resolutions: 1. I want to write humor and do a good job. I love Garrison Keillor, Dave Barry, the late, great, Lewis Grizzard, the late, great Peg Bracken, Judith Viorst, Nick Hornby, Gene Weingarten, and of course, the best of the best -- Mark Twain.
2. My second resolution is to write well on my blog: contrarymaryclementine.blogspot.com
Mary Clementine was my grandmother's name - and she was a very contrary lady. I mean that as a compliment. She did not suffer fools, and she believed in doing things HER way. Happy New Year to all of you.


CarvingCarver


Feb 7, 2010, 11:55 PM

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Hi. I'm not a newbie writer or anything, just one that had stayed in the closet for some time and is now emerging. I was always a DIY writer, but am going for the whole shebang and going forth with my MFA. With that said, I enjoy poetry, my first taste of the literary fruit, but am bound to try and make my living off of fiction and perhaps a memoir. I'm here to connect. I've connected to fabulous writers, who are NOT school educated, on Twitter and I love the camaraderie of people who devour the written word. Quirky and self-abusive? Aren't all writers? I'd like to meet some writers from the Pittsburgh area (though I don't live there now, shortly I will be attending the University) so we can chat and perhaps hook up for coffee or something. With that said, I'll be checking in on this between work, school, twitter, my blogs, WD Writer's Community and various workshop sites.

Nice to meetcha!


jamieleighton


Mar 4, 2010, 9:18 PM

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Hi. I'm a lawyer for my day job. Realizing more and more that I enjoy creative writing more than being in the midst of conflict all the time. Today I had a very emotionally draining day trying to defend someone in a restraining order hearing. I've been dealing with a difficult estate. I'm stressed out all the time. I attend a monthly poetry group and workshop which is fantastic. I wish I could get an MFA and teach and leave the practice of law behind. I haven't had a lot of time or money to send work out. Anyway, I'll check back here. Would like to communicate with more writing friends.


pongo
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Mar 4, 2010, 10:59 PM

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Jump in and start communicating. We'll communicate back, if we can.

Welcome!


The Review Mirror, available at www.unsolicitedpress.com

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

http://home.comcast.net/~david.m.harris/site/


TheWoodenDoor
randall sparkman
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Apr 16, 2010, 8:07 AM

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hello everyone, i'm the new guy! name's randall. i'm a very stand-offish (is that hyphen appropriate?) person, who has recently become interested in communicating with others who share a love of writing. i had an extremely brutal childhood, and my only form of escape was reading. now i realize a lot of people found thier inspiration in reading more memorable, and even powerful novels and poems, however my first book was The Wishsong of Shannara by Terry Brooks. now, i don't want to discredit mr. Brooks, but for an 11 year old misfit, the idea of an ability such as magical song was awesome! then i read The Hobbit, along with Dune and (oddly enough) The Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth, and Other Stories. now in that last book i read, there is some interesting poetry, and i was sort of inspired to try writing some of my own. i immersed myself in reading novels and writing poetry. i have shared my poetry with a few people, but they didn't get it, so i haven't shown it to anyone since. i'd like to share some with the literary world but don't know what to do or what risks there may be, so here i am. if anyone has advice, please give. but mostly i just want to share thoughts and make friends.


I brought a star
down with a wish,
and was rewarded with a kiss
for my confusion.
But for ecstacy is all I cared;
so now I truly seek to share
this gift with all the world.


pongo
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Apr 16, 2010, 8:27 AM

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Well, we are generally pretty friendly. We don't share work here, although some of us do send it to each other. Poke around and I hope you'll find some interesting conversations to join. Welcome!


The Review Mirror, available at www.unsolicitedpress.com

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

http://home.comcast.net/~david.m.harris/site/


Swamp Thing
Jim Ryals

Apr 24, 2010, 7:59 PM

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I guess since I've been posting regularly for the last few days, I should introduce myself.

I'm Jim Ryals and I moved from the Los Angeles area to Louisiana almost three years ago when my wife got an offer she couldn't refuse ("except that it's in New Orleans, dear"). Because of the combination of her salary and the unbelievably low cost of living here compared with California (plus the fact that we sold our house two weeks before the jumbo mortgage market cratered), we decided that I would cease my own law practice of twenty years to focus on my writing and taking care of our kids rather than continue to raise them by surrogate.

It took a year or so, but I started writing seriously in 2009, got into grad school last fall, and discovered the wonderful world of rejection letters in December of last year.

Since December 18, I've received 57 rejections and 2 acceptances. My first short story will come out online in Underground Voices next month and also in the print edition at the end of the year. Another short story of mine will come out in this year's edition of descant. Since these are the only two stories I've submitted, with any seriousness (I have four others that I'm dabbling with but which have helped the rejection count), I'm pretty pleased.

Because I had no idea how competitive it was and because it was fairly close to home, I applied to the Sewanee Writers' Conference for this summer. Ignorance is bliss, because had I known I might not have applied. I haven't been rejected yet, so fingers crossed.

That's it for now, other than to say that from my conversations here so far, this seems to be a pretty supportive and impressive group. A great combination.


silkentent
Margaret DeAngelis

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Apr 24, 2010, 8:44 PM

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Welcome, Jim!

Since there is no application fee for Sewanee (nor for Bread Loaf), you aren't risking anything but disappointment by applying. (At least that's how I see it.) This was my first year applying to Sewanee, and I got wait listed. When did you apply? From what I gather, you hear in six weeks, up or maybe. I know only about one outright rejection, and that person announced it on March 18. I don't know when that person applied.

Congratulations on your upcoming publications. That's a 2% acceptance rate. That's better than I am doing, batting zero right now.


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


jitall
jenniey


Apr 24, 2010, 8:49 PM

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welcome jim & good luck with sewanee.


jenniey tallman


Swamp Thing
Jim Ryals

Apr 24, 2010, 10:17 PM

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You'll get there. I'm sure I have no more talent than you. Perseverance is the key. Keep sending out those submissions. Fiction, other than poetry, is the most subjective thing there is.


Swamp Thing
Jim Ryals

Apr 24, 2010, 10:18 PM

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jitall -

Thanks! I'll let everyone know.

But I'm still on pins and needles.

ST


Swamp Thing
Jim Ryals

Apr 24, 2010, 10:20 PM

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Silkentent:

I applied on February 10. Sorry to have missed the question. Hey, a wait list is a boat load better than a rejection.

ST


silkentent
Margaret DeAngelis

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Apr 24, 2010, 11:05 PM

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Silkentent:

I applied on February 10. Sorry to have missed the question. Hey, a wait list is a boat load better than a rejection.


I applied on Feb 10 as well. Yours must have gone into another round. Evidently they already know I'm second string. Sewanee's rolling admission policy truly baffles me.


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


Swamp Thing
Jim Ryals

Apr 24, 2010, 11:58 PM

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I played the law school games a long time ago. Who's in who's out who's waitlisted. Don't bother to analyze it. Maybe I missed a mail drop. Mabe they are waiting on something or someone we dont know. Right now, you are in a better position than me. You are on a wait list. I'm on a mail box list. You are in a good place.

Let's both keep hoping. Maybe we'll meet there.

Jim


belgium


Apr 25, 2010, 7:30 PM

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Jim, welcome aboard! And congratulations on the acceptances! Let us know when that first story is online so we can check it out & heap appropriate praise your way!



Ridiculous Words


Swamp Thing
Jim Ryals

Apr 26, 2010, 9:51 AM

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Thanks!

I gather the first story should be up the end of the week. I'll post a link in the success section.


BoBraxton


May 23, 2010, 1:25 AM

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Replying since I don't see how to do a "New"
I write many poems daily, very short, strong influences A. R. Ammons "Collected Poems: 1951 - 1971" and Lucille Clifton whose form of writing is by far closest to what I was already writing for good part of a year. I have read all her poems / books that I could find to purchase. Follow on Twitter: BobzGone

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