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    Hey everyone...

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Steerpike, Jul 5, 2010.

    New here; thought I'd say "hi."

    I am a freelance writer and consultant. My freelance writing is mostly business and technical writing, as well as some article writing. My passion is in fiction writing, and while I've had some sales in that area, they haven't been substantial enough to pay the bills. My areas of interest are fantasy, science fiction, and horror, though I really enjoy any genre if I find a well-written, compelling story.

    Right now I am reading a fantasy called BEST SERVED COLD, by Joe Abercrombie, which is a lot of fun. A friend handed over one of Charlaine Harris' novels on which the show TRUE BLOOD is based. I can't remember the name of the book, and I've never seen the show, but I'm going to give it a shot.

    Also recently read LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, which I enjoyed (I liked the movie too), and I've been reading some "Season 8" Buffy the Vampire Slayer graphic novels, which are cool but not nearly as much fun as the show.

    My favorite work of fiction is THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV, and it has been since I first read it when I was 19.

    My other passion is music (listening to, as I have no talent for making it). Anything from Vivaldi to Pavarotti to Louis Armstrong to some good death metal (Opeth, for example) will do just fine for me.

    So....hello!

    Steerpike
     
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    Hello and welcome :D
     
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    Welcome to the forums, that's quite the spectrum of music you're in to!

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    Hello Steerpike, 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.

    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 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.

    Enjoy your stay here, and have fun!
     
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    Welcome Steer...

    wow...and I thought my plethora of musical interest ran the gambit... (yes...plethora is one of my favorite words...I use it every chance I get)
     
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    Thanks, everyone. I appreciate the welcome. Nice to see a good level of activity here.
     

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