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Title: Greetings, group. *waving* If I can be of help, please feel free to write.
Post by: deborahowen on March 01, 2010, 10:05:38 PM
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Post by: AJ Barnett on March 02, 2010, 04:23:45 AM
Hi, Deborah. Welcome to the site.

Anthony
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Post by: Don on March 02, 2010, 10:35:16 PM
Welcome to My Writers Circle, Deborah,

Why don't you take a few minutes to tell us about yourself? Just the basics, like where you're from and what you like to write. Then, feel free to poke around and make some new friends. As you're wandering the dusty halls and corridors, be careful not to trip over any of our members who may be napping there. These are the same people you'll later be asking to review your work.

In your travels, don't forget to check out our forum etiquette here:
http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=7415.0

Also, take a look at the stickies at the top of each board. They will give you an idea of what gets posted where.

You will notice that we have two boards for posting your work. The first is the Review board.  This is where you would post any segment of work you need specific help with. Read the critiquing guidelines and don't be bashful about offering any of your own advice you think may be helpful. This will give you an idea of what to expect when you post your own work.

The other board for posting is The Gallery. This is primarily for finished pieces you would like to share with other members. Give that a look as well. Poetry gets its own section and plenty of action.

Moderators are the guys and girls with the blue stars. We'll be happy to answer any questions you have, and so will any of our members. Just ask. Enjoy.
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Post by: deborahowen on March 02, 2010, 10:53:33 PM
Hey Don! It's so nice to meet you.> My husband (of 50 years) and I live in an RV in Indianapolis, IN. We lived on the road for 5 wonderful years, but now we nurse elderly mothers, ages 91 & 95. Keeps us busy. > About 5 years ago I founded A-1 Writing Academy within another site called Writing.com. I had 32 people on staff and 600 students within 2 yrs., however, we were only charging "points" - not dollars. In despair over students who accepted free tutelage but would not study, I sold the school to a friend who sadly allowed it to collapsed months later.> I decided to found a new writing school & then discovered an article about a woman who testified to how writing therapy healed her of cancer. Troubled for 7 nights, I changed all my plans to make Creative Writing Institute (http://www.creativewritinginstitute.com) a non-profit charity that would scholarship cancer patients in writing therapy. Unfortunately, I've never been able to find the lady and tell her how she changed my life, and that of many others as well. The school is a reality now, but it's new. I've spent the last year studying internet marketing. To say that it has been an interesting and toiling journey would be an understatement. Any and all assistance is very welcome. Thank you for being so cordial. Deb
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on March 03, 2010, 08:14:10 AM
Hello and welcome Deb. It sounds like you've taken on two big jobs, that of care taker and the writing school. I wish you lots of luck and energy for both.

Smiles,
Alice
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Post by: deborahowen on March 03, 2010, 12:06:10 PM
It's such a pleasure to meet you, Alice. Thank you for writing. Tell me about yourself and your writing aspirations. Deb
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on March 03, 2010, 12:16:51 PM
Me?

In a nut shell: I'm the mother of four sons, grandmother of two boys and two girls and great-grandmother of one precious three year old girl.  ;)

I write almost anything that comes to mind but especially enjoy working in fantasy. Nothing published as yet, but hope springs eternal.
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 03, 2010, 12:19:37 PM
Hi, Debora.

Welcome to the forum.  :)
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Post by: deborahowen on March 03, 2010, 12:57:47 PM
Hey Joe! Thanks for the greeting. Sounds like a friendly place that I'm going to enjoy. Tell me all about yourself.
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Post by: deborahowen on March 03, 2010, 01:02:54 PM

Hey Alice

That's my daughter-in-law's name.> You must be about my age. I'm the mother of two, and grandmother of four. > Have you considered submitting your work to online markets? It's a great way to get started.
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 03, 2010, 01:13:17 PM
Hey Joe! Thanks for the greeting. Sounds like a friendly place that I'm going to enjoy. Tell me all about yourself.

Wow, I haven't written a intro for myself in a long time.  :)
Might sound like a bio. Well, I've been writing for almost 2
years now. 3 short stories published. 3 being edited for
an anthology coming out next month. I live in South Africa
and I'm a teacher.

That sounds like everything.  :)

Cheers.
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Post by: deborahowen on March 03, 2010, 01:58:24 PM


No... that sounds like just the beginning of a great life as a writer. Congratulations!
Do you have any formal training in writing?
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Post by: A.W.M on March 03, 2010, 04:05:32 PM
Welcome, Deborah.
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Post by: deborahowen on March 03, 2010, 06:08:52 PM


Hi AWM

It's very nice to meet you. Would you share your writing goals with me?

Deb
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 04, 2010, 07:55:01 AM
No... that sounds like just the beginning of a great life as a writer. Congratulations!
Do you have any formal training in writing?

Nope, just books, websites and hard work.  :)
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Post by: deborahowen on March 04, 2010, 10:08:55 AM

But... you had a great education to build on. When you go into writing that way,
you have so much less to learn because you've already learned a lot of it with
essays, reports, etc. If you learn writing from a non-fiction POV (point of view),
the basics that are left is characterization and Show, Don't Tell.> What did
you sell? Short stories?
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 04, 2010, 10:21:11 AM
What did you sell? Short stories?

One flash fiction and two short stories. And one filler for Reader's Digest.  :D
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Post by: deborahowen on March 04, 2010, 07:48:45 PM


Reader's Digest! Wheee! **high fives* Good for you! I'm impressed.
I never wrote flash fiction until last night when I made an entry
for the contest. Did you enter?
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 05, 2010, 06:24:19 AM
Can't enter as I'm one of the moderators. We're judging it.  ;D
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Post by: deborahowen on March 05, 2010, 08:11:18 PM

Interesting.
How many mods are there?
Are all of you judging the entries?
When will the winner be announced?
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on March 05, 2010, 08:52:49 PM
Interesting.
How many mods are there?
Are all of you judging the entries?
When will the winner be announced?

You can identify the Mods by the Blue Stars, there are seven of us, plus Nick and Karl, which would make nine (if I'm counting right), spread all around the globe. And yes, we will all be judging the entries.

The winner will be announced this coming Wednesday.

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Post by: deborahowen on March 05, 2010, 09:15:32 PM


How many entries did you have - or should I not ask that question?
What are the requirements to become a mod and what are the duties?
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on March 05, 2010, 09:53:21 PM

How many entries did you have - or should I not ask that question?
What are the requirements to become a mod and what are the duties?

I'm not sure about the number of entries at present. Mostly because I haven't read all of them yet. Planning to do that tomorrow since I'll have the day off.

The duties of a Mod is for us to try our best to make sure things run smooth around here. That might involve a number of different things, we just have to keep our eyes open.

Mods come in all shapes, sizes, and locations. But we were all members here for some time before we became mods.
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Post by: deborahowen on March 05, 2010, 10:03:55 PM

I've been on Writing.com for about 5 years. Ever hear of it? It's huge.
How long have you been here?
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 06, 2010, 12:58:09 AM
Planning to do that tomorrow since I'll have the day off.

Me too.  :)
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Post by: deborahowen on March 06, 2010, 12:20:59 PM
You know, when I sent the survey letter, your name rang a bell, but I
didn't answer it until a short time later and then I knew I had met you
here. Thank you for signing up.

How long have you been on the Writing Circle?
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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 07, 2010, 02:38:42 AM
How long have you been on the Writing Circle?

About a year and a half.
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Post by: deborahowen on March 07, 2010, 03:48:41 PM
You're a man of few words and quick to the point. That should keep you from being wordy.  :)

Please feel free to call on me if you have writing questions. I'll be happy to help.

Deb
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Post by: Hugh on March 07, 2010, 04:33:21 PM
Hello Deborah. Iím Hugh, the awkward old fart from England Ė at least, thatís how Iím pretty sure some members see me. Others are kinder, and actually say nice things about some of my posts.

I canít help wondering why you have joined MWC. So far, youíve been effusively complimentary to the mods, but have said nothing about your own writing aspirations, what sort of help you are looking for, and so on.

I get the impression that you are here to advertise your online writing courses at $200 a time. If Iím wrong, do please say so, and Iíll re-think my first impression.

This is a writersí circle in which we freely do are best to help are fellow writers, whether beginners or more experienced, in any way we can, according to our particular interests. To burst onto the scene with nothing but an emoticon does not give me much confidence in your motives, Iím afraid.

If you can prove me wrong, Iíll be happy to retract my reservations.

Hugh
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Post by: deborahowen on March 07, 2010, 06:05:08 PM


Hi Hugh!

It's nice to meet you, and I will be as candid as you have been.

I came here because I thought it was a group of professional writers that I could network with. Not finding it to be so, I offered my services in good faith (just as I do on Writing.com). You may have noticed that I have yet to advertise my site, except in my sig, nor have I mentioned it to anyone other than to invite them to sign up for The Writer's Choice Newsletter, which offers valuable writer's tips. In addition, I freely send articles to those who desire them and I counsel with them free of charge.

While it is uncommon, I grant you, a few honest professionals still roam the world, not looking for opportunities to bop innocent amateurs.

Now that both of us have our first impressions out of the way, can we be friends?

Deb


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Post by: deborahowen on March 07, 2010, 06:06:56 PM

Websites? You mean you are studying websites, you create them, or you have a lot of them?
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Post by: Hugh on March 08, 2010, 08:23:33 AM

Now that both of us have our first impressions out of the way, can we be friends?

Deb


I hope so, Deb. On reflection, I thought perhaps I should not have posted anything during what has been a stressful weekend. If I have caused offence by my bluntness, sorry.

On Friday my wife had an accident. She wasnít hurt but was, and still is, badly shaken. She was turning into a remote part of the supermarket car park, where thereís always plenty of room, being some way from the store (people donít seem to want to walk more than a couple of yards these days).

Instead of completing the turn, the car (an automatic) suddenly shot forwards, demolished a wooden post and rail fence, then hit a parked car. Whether the throttle jammed, or her foot slipped off the brake, weíll never know.

I got a call to tell me what had happened, and phoned my son-in-law, who immediately drove there, escorted my wife while she did the shopping, and brought her home. The police had said they thought the car was driveable enough to bring it home, so he got a lift to the store and drove it back here.

A hug and reassurance didnít stop the shakes. ďAs long as youíre all right, thatís all that matters. The car is only metal. It can be replaced. You canít.Ē

Iím now waiting to hear when an engineer from the insurance company will be coming to assess the damage. I suspect heíll say our car is a write-off ó itís twelve years old, so would probably cost more to repair than itís worth. But thatís a problem to be addressed when it arises. People are more important than possessions.

Having got that off my chest, Iíll let you have your thread back. I may be out of touch for a day or two, while I try and sort everything out.

Hugh
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Post by: deborahowen on March 08, 2010, 09:34:22 AM
I'm so sorry to hear about your wife's accident. And now that you're settling down from that,
you still have the mess to work out with the car. Insurance and repairs are always a pain.
The car wasn't a Toyota, was it? I'm supposing you've heard about their stuck gas pedals.

Yes, I admit you did offend me, and I'm not easily offended. I thought, "Gee, can't
anyone just be honest and willing to help others without somebody jumping on their case?"
But I suppose if you saw it as you did, maybe others do, too. As I said, I came to the site
looking forward to meeting professionals. After I logged in and clicked on a couple of threads,
I realized I was on another amateur site. I'm already helping out on one of those, so not
knowing how friendly anyone was or if they were finding satisfactory answers to questions, I
put up a meek emoticon and offered help. I'm sorry that was misunderstood.

It wasn't until after I had met two or three people that I realized I also had an opportunity
to invite people to my site. I apologize for barking at you. I should have replied in kindness.
Like you - it hit me at a bad time. I just learned my [almost] 92-year old mother has cancer
and they want her to have surgery. She also has a bad heart and Alzheimer, so I don't know
how well she will make it through the surgery.

So - let's begin again. A little about me: I've been married 50 years and my husband and I
live in an RV. We don't travel much, however, because our elderly mothers now need our care.
We have two married children and four grandchildren. :) Maybe we can talk further when things
settle down for both of us.

I'm pleased to meet you, and again, I apologize for being touchy. I'm ordinarily more tolerant
than that.

Have a great day, and go with the flow. Everything will be fine.

Deb




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Post by: Joe Mynhardt on March 08, 2010, 09:47:51 AM
Glad you're wife's alright, Hugh.
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Post by: Hugh on March 08, 2010, 02:36:40 PM
Thank you, Deb and Joe. Meg is pretty resilient ó after all, on Wednesday she will have been married to me for 51 years.

I donít like upsetting people, especially ladies, so I apologise again for upsetting you, Deb. With blokes itís different. As my father used to say: ďYouíre big enough and ugly enough to look after yourself.Ē He was a Highland Scot and pretty tough: perhaps that where I got a tendency for bluntness.

The insurance assessor is coming at 8 a.m. tomorrow, so itís wait and see time. Iíll be I touch.

Hugh
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Post by: deborahowen on March 08, 2010, 03:30:36 PM

No problem, Hugh. I'd rather have it upfront than behind my back any day. Now we're friends.

And, btw, my apparent friendship with the mods was because they were the only ones who had welcomed
me at that point. :)  And - I'm just now learning that everything I said to them and you was public. I thought
I was PMing. *Woe is me

So your wife has really put up with you that long?  :o  We just celebrated our 50th anniv. Dec. 30. Whee!! We
celebrated five days (no - not drinking). He married me for the 3rd time! (Again on 25th anniv., so the preacher said,
"Okay, you know what you're getting into this time. Are you sure you want to do this?"  And hubby went...   ::)