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    Hello there...

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Irish87, Jun 2, 2009.

    Alright, I'm sorry, I should have introduced myself long before I actually posted on the forums elsewhere. So... hello there forum people. How're you? Well, I do hope you're doing well.

    My name is Alan, but you can call me Irish. No, I'm not actually from Ireland. I got the nickname from being really pale. Damn my Irish and German heritage. It's as though they designed me specifically to reflect light.

    Anyhow, I'm a twenty-one year old amateur writer who is currently working on his first novel. While I am not fond of the genre, it is a science fiction novel without any of that nerdy science in it. Well, alright, there is a little, but I was trying my damnedest to avoid spaceships and moon people. It's more of a look into the sociopolitical structure of a world which has to balance religion and technology. No, there are no modern day Crusades being led by a Pope cyborg with an Austrian inflection.

    I'm a bit of a realist and I admit I adore politics. It's our modern day version of the Roman Colosseum, sans the lions and such, so how could I not love it? Anyhow, I think beyond that I'm not very interesting. Sorry.

    So again, Hello... how're you?
     
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    Hi Irish/Alan :)

    welcome to the club...nah I'm sure you are really :p

    Welcome!
     
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    welcome to the forums Alan,

    other tha si-fi what genres do you prefer to read/write?

    and i agree with sophie, im sure your very interesting
     
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    Hello Alan, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Yeah, stand me in direct sunlight and pretty soon you will hear flesh sizzling.

    Posting your own work should not be among the very first things you do here. 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.

    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 Review Room, 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 Review Room, 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. The Review Room 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 Review Room 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 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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    Hey Irish -- I'm Hedge, how do you do?

    Don't worry about not being interesting, it's physically impossible for a writer to be uninteresting. You'll fit in just fine.

    Hope to see your work, and catch you later.
     

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