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    Hello

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by junehouse, Jun 25, 2010.

    Hello, I wrote a novel. I am from Wisconsin and lived most of my life in the Southwest. I have lived in Paris for five years and am way over France, its hard to immigrate and I sometimes wish I was back in the USA. I have worked as an english teacher since living here but before worked in an office. I am interested in communicating with other writers. My first degree is in fine arts painting but I don't necessarily feel like a painter anymore, if I had to define myself it would be Lotta Burger Queen but
    there are no Lotta Burgers in France. What do people do for work here while writing?
     
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    Hello Christine, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Please read How to Use the Review Room before you post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on 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.

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    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 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.

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    Hey hey and welcome :)
     
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    I'm from Wisconsin too! Welcome to a fellow Sconnie! :)
     
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    Hi Shinn and GiGi GNR, thanx for the hellos, were are you from Gigi, I was born in Green Bay and you Shinn were are you from? What are you both working on? Have you found this site helpful in creating a writing community? Toodles Poodles
     
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    I'm an hour south of you, from Fond du Lac. :) And I'm working on several things; usually whatever comes into my head, poetry, speeches, etc. And yes, this forums is absolutely AMAZING. It helps a lot, believe me! :)

    (Also, I'm a HUGE Packers fan, but you probably guessed that. ;))
     
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    Welcome junehouse! Congrats on writing that novel and for living in Paris (my two dreams).
     
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    bienvenue, juin!

    i lived in france for a year [poitiers], as a house-sitter, so you might want to look into that, as i get notifications on long-term sits in france from time to time... email me for a link to the listing site, if you want to check it out... it's the ideal venue for a writer, as you're free to write 24/7...

    love and hugs, maia
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    Gigi_GNR Hi Gigi, Fond du Lac in French means the deep of the lake or a deep lake. I was born in Green Bay at St Vincents Hospital but am living in Paris for five years now. I have ideas for many books and basically have written two novels. The first were writings I put together and the second a real novel.

    The USA has a good economy and is very relaxed and you can make something of yourself. Europe has a really bad economy and the people are narrow minded and job scared, i basically like the city
    but after living here five years I dont have any fantasies about it anymore.

    I LOVE THE PACKERS TOO!

    mammamaia, I am married to a French man and we have a four year old son. I have a ten year carte de sejour and will live here indefinately. I speak french but spoke spanish before I got here which helps absolutely zero with communicating in french. Anyhoo, it took me basically five years to learn french and now I can work more normally. I would not recommend immigrating in your 40's. There is
    a biG ex-pat comunity here basically divided by the short termers and the immigrants. People size you up in about three seconds and treat you accordingly; The immigrants kind of cling to each other.
    The short termers who have no way of staying because they don't have the papers are like the passing scenery. Rrrrrr, Rrrrrrrr, we just watch em flash by.

    I painted most of my life but since coming to France have written as I always wanted to do this.
     

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