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    Might as well bite the bullet.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Aconite, Jun 30, 2010.

    I'm new here. I'm 29 (only one more year of being trustworthy!), and work in the legal field. I've been published for poetry and short stories, but my true love is drama. I've already posted about a lot of my writing interests in other subsections of this site, so...

    I knit and crochet. I own a cat. I don't drink soda or anything carbonated. I listen to Elvis Costello, Warren Zevon, and people like that. I just got an apartment in the city where I work; no more hour-plus commute. I need to relearn how to play guitar.

    I am eagerly awaiting Cogito's form-letter welcome! ;)
     
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    Hello Aconite, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Now waitaminute. You work in the legal field, and consider yourself trustworhy? ;)

    Anyway, here's the current version of the grand tour:

    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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    Come on, you can't tell me you don't know the old saw about never trusting anyone over thirty. I refuse to believe that. :D

    (And some of us are trustworthy who practice the dark arts of legalis horribilus sharkificus.)
     
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    Oh, I've heard it. I didn't think anyone still said it.

    Even by that, "they" can continue to trust you until you turn thirty-one.

    Besides. most of the people who used to say that are now well past thirty!
     
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    What? Here I thought SDS (who coined the phrase, if memory serves) was still around (and man, do I wish it was. I was born into the Reagan era and have always felt like I didn't belong. :( )

    I blame my dad. He let me read Jerry Rubin's Do It! at an impressionable age (and Vonnegut, Castaneda, Pynchon, etc.). ;)
     
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    Hello there and welcome :)
     
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    Welcome.
     
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    The only thing I distrust from people over thirty is their age! Welcome to the forums!
     

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