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    My first faltering steps

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by odliam, Aug 21, 2014.

    These first words are the key to the future!

    They will develop a first impression about the writer, and that is decisive.

    What should I say?

    "Hello everybody" or

    "Dear fellow members"

    The former is too folksy for a first time and the latter is too... academic?

    What should I say.

    Maybe a Solomonic:

    "Hello fellows members, it is nice to be here. I am elated since I found this forum"

    Now that we cleared the introduction, comes the real difficult part:

    How can I say who I am while keeping a low but elegant glide between boasting and modesty?

    Here we go:

    I like to write short-short stories, I mean nano-stories, micro-stories, and mini-stories.

    The reason is somewhat unclear, the nearest to truth is: I am so eager to learn how a tale ends that I cannot write long stories.

    If you had read my name "odliam", surely noted the Celt root of the word "Liam". I was born in Malta, on the Gozo Island, just because fate had organized the facts that my parents were working there at the time.

    I come from a long line of islanders from Isle of Man, closely following the Celtic culture. My mother tongue is Erse.

    My idea in this forum is to present my tales and obtain the benefit of the talent of people that can comment, give constructive criticism, and help me to develop a real cloak of "storyteller".

    Keeping in mind a remark of Stephen King, who said that when he tried to write a short story, the text used to grow into volumes, and trying not to fall in this situation, I think I must close here, although it seems right to say that I can copy Mr Kings when writing about myself, but unfortunately not in his talent.

    Thank you for the time you dedicate to this gibberish of mine.
     
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    Hello Odliam,

    It sounds like you'll fit right in. There are many colourful ways of introducing yourself and this was definitely interesting, yours was showing the indecisive nature of writing your post. There is a New Member Guide that you can have a look at, it will tell you all the rules and whatnot and let you know what you need to do to post in places like the workshop.

    Welcome aboard
    Amanda
     
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    My first reaction to this post was: that's a great title for a book!
     
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    Is that 'L' in your avatar? If so, I approve:agreed:! And a warm welcome to the word pub, sir.
     
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    On behalf of the staff, welcome! :)
     
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    Thank you Amanda!

    I am strongly feeling you deserve the whole meaning of your name!

    You made me feel welcomed and understood, sometimes it is not easy to show assertiveness when walking unknown ground.

    Looking for the New Member Guide!
     
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    It is a very good idea, I would think about it!

    Thank you for your post!
     
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    Yes, that is 'L' when his naive personality made him a simple and lovable character!

    Thank you for your endorsement!

    And for the welcome to the word pub, I'll start to look for a sudsy ale full of good ideas! :)
     
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    Thank you a lot!

    I appreciate the whole fabric of the staff of this forum!
     
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