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    "The Last Meeting" Published

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by TWErvin2, Aug 3, 2008.

    Writingforums.org Folks,

    Joyful! posted my short story "The Last Meeting".

    This story's had a rough time finding a home. As it is, it's a niche type story. A long running magazine that had accepted it folded. And then an anthology that had accepted it stalled out.

    Take a look if you get the chance.
    (They just changed formats and the text isn't as easy to read as I'd like.)
    Hope you enjoy it.

    Terry
     
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    I had no trouble reading it, and it was a very good story. I particularly liked the irony at the end. One more observation, the picture at the beginning lent a strong image to the entire story, making it that much more compelling.

    Good job Terry!
     
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    congrats on having it included, terry!... but it's a shame the editor chose to put it up in italics and white print on beige, as i found it impossible to read... could you suggest she stick to the more acceptable black/regular font to accommodate readers whose eyesight is no longer 20/20?... i'd do it, but there's no email address that i can find and i don't want to be complaining in public, with a 'guestbook' post...

    love and congratulatory hugs, maia
     
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    NaCl,

    Thank you for the compliment and encouragement. The picture is actually the first piece of art that I've had 'published' online. I thought it was a good visual to support the story.

    Mammamaia,

    I understand about the difficulty reading. I will email her about the format.

    While I could read it, the combination of italics and weak contrast of colors between the text and background could adjusted/made easier to read, especially for folks with less than perfect vision, or those who've already spent a good part of their day staring at a screen.

    In anycase, thank you for your kind words as well.

    Terry
     
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    I started to read it, but the low contrast was bothering me, so I decided to print it out. Unfortunately, the straight printout preserved the colors. But I'll get to it shortly even if I have to copy and paste it into Word! :)
     
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    Cogito,
    Maybe click control-A, it gives a better contrast to read rather than print.

    Terry
     
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    What kind of printer do you have? On mine, when I click to print anything, I get a printer control box that allows me to select color or "gray scale". If I check the "gray scale" button, light-colored print becomes readable as a medium gray. It works the same way on all four of my HP printers despite being different models...also had this option on my old Cannon printer.
     
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    I can try different print options. It was late when I tried it last night, and my first try didn't work out.

    But if I copy and paste into Word, I can get black (not gray!) on white in any font and point size I choose, all in a matter of seconds.
     
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    Congrats, TW!
     
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    Hey Folks,

    The ezine's editor changed the text to a more readable color combination. :)

    Those who've taking the time, thanks for reading, and for the encouragement.

    Here's the link again: "The Last Meeting" for what it's worth.

    Terry
     
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    Well done Terry, I will have a read when I have the time. But congratulations on your success.

    Torana
     
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    the black is better, but why all in italics?... they're really a pain to read in big chunks and a major turn-off for me when an entire piece is done that way...
     
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    The color scheme change is a huge improvement.

    Having read the piece, I can appreciate the irony in its publication history. The story is rather sad, as befits the end of an era like that. It's a great example of how to use a first person POV well, and also to manage present day and flashbacks seamlessly.

    Nice job, and congratulations!
     

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