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    Greetings from the Looney(writer) Bin.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by looneywriter, Jun 13, 2011.

    Hello,

    My name is Kaycee A. Looney and I'm looking forward to getting to know more of my fellow writers here. :) (Yes, that is my real name, not a pseudonym.) ;)

    I've been writing for about 20 years, off and on. Historical Fiction and Young Adult Fantasy are my two favorite genres to write, but I also dabble in horror and sci-fi.


    About four years ago, I began working seriously to improve my writing skills after completing my first novel manuscript. Though I have not yet snared a novel publication, I am now in the process of publishing my first novella, "Honor the Pack," which is a YA Historical Fantasy.

    So what about all of you? How long have you been writing fiction? What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write?
     
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    Hi there,
    could you elaborate more in the young adult fantasy? I am a young adult (hopefully still) so this intrigues me.
    Also, I started writing about 14 years ago when I was 14 because I was coming into puberty and didn't know how to deal with it in any other way. It helped me a lot.
    I love sci-fi and fantasy and their elements being infused into the real world kinda like seinen manga.
     
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    I'd love to tell you a bit more about my story. I just didn't want to go overboard on my first post. ;) Thanks for asking to hear more. :)

    Here's my "pitch," which sums up the basics.

    Honor the Pack is the story of Eshla, a young changeling wolf who must become human to save her pack from starvation. Conditioned to never question her elders, Eshla enters the nearest settlement to gain the humans’ trust and fulfill her duty of luring them into the wolves’ jaws. But a young girl soon teaches her that trust and affection are intertwined.
    As she struggles with this new understanding, Eshla is confronted by the human boy who both repels and attracts her. When he reveals he is the son of her adopted aunt, whom she never knew existed, everything she believed about her transformation dissolves into chaos.
     
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    I think a lot of writers discover how helpful having a creative outlet can be during the confusing times of adolescence. :)
     
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    Welcome.
     
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    Hello Kaycee, Welcome to the Creative Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Writing Workshop before you try to post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on should not be among the very first things you do here anyway. It is worth taking the time to see what other people have done to improve their writing, and see if some of it applies to your writing as well. That is part of why we require members to review other members' work before posting their own for review. On the other hand, there are no restrictions, other than content and copyright rules, on showcasing your work in your member blog.

    Also, be aware that posting a piece of writing on any public site, including this one, will greatly diminish your chances of selling it for publication. Removing the writing later does not alter that fact - once posted, it is irreversibly considered published. So do not post anything more than a small excerpt of any piece you are planning to submit for publication.

    If you haven't explored the site yet, you should probably do so soon. Newcomers often gravitate to the Lounge, the Word Games, or the Writing Workshop, but there is much more to be discovered if you poke in the corners. Remember to check out our FAQ as well, and be sure to read through the forum rules, too, to avoid any misunderstandings or hurt feelings. Respect for one another is our principal mandate.

    As for the Writing Workshop, new joiners often wonder why we do things a bit differently on this site than on other writing sites. We emphasize constructive critique as a vital writing skill. Training your eye by reviewing other people's work helps you improve your own writing even before you present it for others to see. Therefore, we ask members to review other people's writing before posting work of their own. We also impose a two-week waiting period before you may post writing for critique, to give you time to become familiar with what is expected and how the site operates. The Writing Workshop forums on this site, therefore, are true workshops, not just a bulletin board for displaying your work (and on that note, please only post each item for review in one Writing Workshop forum). Also, please use the same thread for all revisions and additional excerpts from the same piece of writing. See this post, Why Write Reviews Before Posting My Work? for more information.

    And while you're looking around, don't forget to check out the RPG forum for improvisational fiction. Also try our Weekly Short Story Contest and Weekly Poetry Contest. They actually run more than one week apiece, but any member may enter, and all members are urged to vote for their favorites.

    Enjoy your stay here, and have fun!
     
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    Ok, that sounds like a great dilemma right there. Kinda reminds me of Avatar's story but that doesn't mean anything good or bad. Anyways, I've read some seinen manga having elements of what you write and the first things that came into my mind was the main character might have trouble posing as a believable human what with being an animal, in fact.
    But discussion about this shouldn't really be made here in Introductions. Maybe we can catch up on it somewhere else if you wanna. I tend to say that discussion about other peoples' works might help a writer to reflect upon their own creations as well. Either way, I'll be happy to help.
     
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    Exactly, it is a major plot point in the story. :)
     
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    Welcome. :)
     
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    Hey Looney, welcome.

    I love reading horror and scifi -- those are probably my favorite to read -- as for writing, I go everywhere. I've written horror, scifi, dystopian, mystery, YA drama, kids' horror (like "Goosebumps" type stuff), and political satire. Currently I've got two ongoing novels, one is a conspiracy mystery and one is a YA fantasy. It's cool that we write a lot of the same genres, although I haven't done Historical much.

    I'd like to read some of your stories..if you ever want a review, feel free to message me.
     
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    You sound like you suffer from what I love to call "writer's ADD" - that's a good thing. I have it, too. :) Nice to meet someone with similar writing loves. I started writing Historical Fiction because I'm a history nerd, then discovered that I loved it. Completely accidental. lol! And thanks for the offer to read some of my works.
     
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    I like studying history just as much (esp. the Bible) but you guys need to make sure that you'll get to finish some day so that we might read it too. Too many projects = too much time to realize. I also have several projects I wanna write but I've learned that unless I'll prioritize you guys will never get to read my horrible stories. ;)
    And on top of that I'm also making illustrations and try to have a life too!
     

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