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  1. ChristyHowell

    ChristyHowell New Member

    Mar 29, 2010
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    Columbia, KY


    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ChristyHowell, Mar 29, 2010.

    Hey, everyone! My name is Christy; I'm 22 and a senior in college; majoring in history. I'm a published author; working on my third novel, Light and Dark (running title). After college, I plan to go to law school at Chase and eventually enter the FBI academy at Quantico. No matter what I do, however, I do plan to continue writing.

    Mostly, I write fantasy fiction YA. But, I write some historical fiction, as well. I am very loud and talkative and I tend to ramble sometimes. Usually, if someone wants me to stop fidgeting and sit down, they put a video game in front of me.

    It's awesome to be here and I can't wait to get to know everyone! :)
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Christy, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    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 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!
  3. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI
  4. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

    Nov 21, 2006
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    Coquille, Oregon
    welcome, christy!... hope you enjoy yourself here... we're a mostly friendly bunch... and have the best mods on the planet!

    are you half of the twin team authors of 'beyond the edge of earth' and others?

    or the solo author of 'eloquentia' books one and two?

    if one of those, i'm wondering if you had a good or bad experience with iuniverse, or PA, respectively, as i often get asked about whether it's a good idea to go that route...

    best of luck with sales, your next book, and your fbi goal!

    love and hugs, maia
  5. Erskine

    Erskine New Member

    Mar 31, 2010
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    Welcome the the jungle!

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