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    Hello!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by JamesOliv, Aug 26, 2012.

    Hello everyone,

    My name is James Olivieri and I have been writing since..well, since I could write!

    I'm preparing for a website launch right now, hoping to put up a few of my short stories. I have written a Novella and I am presently working on a second.

    I served in the US Navy, and I went to live in a Roman Catholic monastery for two years. After leaving the monastery, I began working in the insurance industry in a variety of roles, including as a field investigator in the fraud division. I like to to draw on those (diverse) experiences. I am presently working on a short series about a monk who investigates internal church matters.

    My reasons for being here:

    I'm not a huge fan of posting my work on the web specifically for the purpose of anonymous critique. I have a pretty solid group of beta readers and an editor whom I trust for all of that. I do like to help others who want an extra set of eyes on their work. I'm not an editor, so I typically critique based upon my observations as a regular reader.

    I also like to interact with other authors. I think the web has given us a great forum for building a sense of community.

    Anyway, I look forward to meeting, and working with, all of you.

    JO
     
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    Hi and welcome to the forums.

    I'm in the process of putting a website together too - not ready to put out my web address yet.
     
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    Welcome to the forums, James. Enjoy your stay here
     
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    Welcome to Writing Forums, James!

    I hope you find what you're looking for here, whatever your interests in writing.

    This forum aims to provide the best workshopping resources on the internet, and to that end we have a few rules which you should familiarise yourself with before you get stuck in. The main section of the site is the Writing Workshop, where members can post their writing in order to receive critique of their work.

    However, before we allow members to post their work, they must have met some basic requirments. Firstly, you must have been a member for fourteen days, and have made twenty posts on the forum overall (please note, posts in Word Games do not count towards this). This is so that members, when they post their work, have familiarised themselves with the forums and contributed to them (as well as hopefully learned something for themselves). Secondly, members must provide two constructive reviews of other people's work for each piece of their own that they wish to post. This is because we believe that the focus of workshopping should be equally upon giving reviews as receiving them, as they allow a writer to practice and improve their editing skills, which they can then apply to their own writing.

    Beyond the Writing Workshop, you will find that we have extensive forums for discussion of aspects of writing, as well as a community area for general discussion. We also run periodic short story and poetry contests, which are good for challenging yourself and expanding your skills.

    If you have any questions or problems, then the moderators (myself, Cogito, Lemex and Dante Dases) should be your first port of call. Any technical problems with the site itself should be directed to Daniel, the site administrator and owner. I would recommend you have a look over the rules so that you know what to expect, and what is expected. But aside from that, I hope you enjoy your time here.


    Banzai
     
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    Thanks for the welcome, everyone.

    Trilby, I understand not wanting to give out the address yet. If you looked at mine, it would be quite the sight! (pun intended)

    Good luck with your web project.

    And for everyone else,vi look forward to meeting you.
     

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