1. 5tevie

    5tevie New Member

    Dec 24, 2010
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    Have no fear, 5tevie's here.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by 5tevie, Dec 24, 2010.

    Hello everyone.
    As you may have guessed, my name is Steve. I live in the North West of England in a small City called Blackburn with my wife. Our three sons are all married with kids of their own and live only a telephone call away.
    I am 60 years of age and to gentlemanly to divulge the age of my wife. We both retired on the 16th of March 1995 which was my 45th birthday, mostly through ill health and partly because we discovered that with my Military pensions and her NHS service pensions we were only about £6 per week better off for working a 36 hour week EACH, so we kicked the work ethic into touch and went on a few holidays.
    I never looked upon myself as an author but I found that being an avid reader of authors such as Wilbur Smith, Clive Cussler, Robert Ludlum and Dean Koontz I got to thinking, "I could do this", so here i am.

    Cheers, good health and a Merry Christmas to you and yours.
  2. Elgaisma

    Elgaisma Contributor Contributor

    Jun 12, 2010
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    Hello Stevie nice to meet you. I am Charlotte live in NE Scotland with three much younger kiddies :)

    Look forward to reading your work.
  3. Eunoia

    Eunoia Contributor Contributor

    Mar 8, 2010
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    Welcome Steve. :)
  4. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
    Nice to meet you! :)
  5. Pook

    Pook New Member

    Dec 13, 2010
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    All the best to you and yours :)
  6. Trilby

    Trilby Contributor Contributor

    Jun 21, 2010
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    NE England
    Hi! Stevie and welcome to the forums.
  7. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Stevie, 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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