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    Yarr, ahoy.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Rave, Mar 8, 2009.

    Hiya *waves*

    New here and whatnot, I'm from New Zealand, for those of you unfamiliar with it, it's where they filmed lord of the rings, the last samurai and basically any movie that they wanted big magical looking landscapes for. For those of a more geographical mind, it's one of the closer countries to antartica. Yes, we have power, internet and plumbing. No, we do not wear grass skirts unless it's for a costume party. No, we're not a part of australia. No, we don't have hobbits here, and yes we adhere to mostly brittish english, but it's fairly flexible.

    I'm a wannabe author lacking in a myriad of essential requirements for actually writing something decent, I'd like to spend time getting to know those more experienced than me and see what I can pick up.

    I have two horses, I grew up around animals and my family have a small zoo at home.

    I have two modes when reading or watching movies - these are entranced and critical. Critical can still be a positive outcome, it just means the movie didn't capture me, however I tend to give a very (unjusitifed) authorative sounding review. Entranced generally means that even if there were big chunks missing in style, plot or execution, it still had that... something.

    I work in webdesign and graphic design when I can convince people to pay me. I like computers, I like playing with paints, beads and sparkly stuff. I'd like to be a standup comedian one day, once I'm done with ruling the world and getting rich and so on.

    So... hi.
     
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    Hello Rave, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Posting your own work 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.

    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 reviewing as a critical 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). 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 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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    Hi, Rave! Welcome and I hope you stick around. You sound like fun.
     
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    Hiya! Call me Jojo. B)
    I'm also a resident of GORGEOUS New Zealand, and as soon as I saw those words, Rave, I pounced. ^^ Oh yeah, I'm a noob too.

    Uuuumm, What do I say? Writing is obviously something I enjoy doing, but it hasn't always been this way. I clearly remember hating the act of writing with every particle of my being not too long ago... But that all changed when Mom convinced me that I was pretty good at it. I've since tried my hand at just about everything. Poetry, short stories, songs, novels. The novel was interesting. It was all finished in 8 chapters, and my little 12-year-old heart was crushed when I typed it up and it only came to 4 pages. Now I stick to the short stuff.

    Personal info (but not too personal!)
    I'm American born, but living in NZ now. We kinda went back and forth, but that story's too long and complicated for me to be bothered right now. I'm nearing the end of my high school career, and trying to avoid jobhunting. I have 2 parents, a little brother, and a bunch of cuzzies that I may refer to from time to time. Oh yeah, and I'm really into music. And books. And art. And good movies.

    So yup, that's me in a nutshell.
     
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    Hi and welcome! :)
     
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    Welcome aboard Rave! Being critical is something that is relished here on this forum and you should practice it by picking out some works and reviewing them. You learn to develop a thick skin (a writers must) but also learn as much about your writing as you do others.

    Dig in....and enjoy yourself.
     
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    *waves* I try to keep hold of simple pleasures, being old doesn't mean letting go of childhood and such like.

    Aaaah, an american in NZ. We don't get too many of you guys around. Residency or visa? You chose the worst possible time to be looking for work with the recession and all. Where in the country are you located?
     
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    Weeeell, I'm here on Residency- still a US citizen- but I don't plan on going anywhere anytime soon. I don't NEED to work right now, so I'm just holding off until they finish the New World around the corner from our house. And I live in the general area around Chch. You?
     
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    Hey there, Rave! Welcome to the boards. I'm fairly new myself, but I'm already addicted. I tend to lurk, mostly learning where I can. Hope to see you around!
     
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    I'm in the manawatu. I was in christchurch almost a year ago, it's a surprisingly charming city, despite not being overly famous for anything.
     

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