1. NickSD

    NickSD New Member

    Feb 23, 2013
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    Introducing myself: Nick (growing up on life support)

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by NickSD, Feb 23, 2013.

    Hi everyone! I thought I'd introduce myself.
    I'm Nick. Originally from Mobile, Alabama, I came out of the Spring Hill College writing program. Since August 2008 I've been in NYC. I write narrative nonfiction, memoir, "New Journalism," and political essays (one which was published in Greenhaven Press' Health Care: Opposing Viewpoints reference volume). On the fiction side, graphic novels (which I also digitally draw and paint) of which the latest are Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders vs. Zombies and Bunnies in Space (a space opera wherein hyper-intelligent bunny rabbits colonize space). Sometimes my graphic novel stories can become novels, and visa versa.

    Recently, I've been working on a memoir about growing up on a ventilator and successfully fighting Alabama Medicaid over the policy of ending care for people like me at age 21. My win against Alabama Medicaid did generate some national press back in February 2003, but that barely struck the surface of the story. I think people should understand the story and the ongoing problem. Sort of like Erin Brockovich's book, mine is both memoir and exposé. It's a sort of "New Journalism" that interviews people impacted by this, examines culture and place, investigates state Medicaid systems people have to live with.... It also leans into literary nonfiction too. As far as I know, only two memoirs written by people on ventilators have ever been published. My purpose is to reveal a world few have seen, to really expand the thinking out there and change the debate.

    But as I'm writing this memoir, it'd really like to get advice, talk to other writers, generally break my isolation, but with a private, sensitive community....

    Looking forward to getting to know ya'll, and corresponding more!

  2. Trilby

    Trilby Contributor Contributor

    Jun 21, 2010
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    NE England
    Hi Nick, welcome on board.
  3. chicagoliz

    chicagoliz Contributor Contributor

    May 30, 2012
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    Welcome, Nick! Your memoir sounds very interesting.
  4. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

    Nov 21, 2006
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    Coquille, Oregon
    happy to have you join us, nick!

    i've mentored and helped many a memoir writer over the years, so i'm only a mouse-click away, if you need any help/advice/info on the art of pouring one's heart and soul out on paper for total strangers to feast on...

    love and healing hugs, maia
  5. Banzai

    Banzai One-time Mod, but on the road to recovery Contributor

    Mar 31, 2007
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    Reading, UK
    Welcome to Writing Forums, Nick!

    I hope you find what you're looking for here, whatever your interests in writing.

    This forum aims to provide the best workshopping resources on the internet, and to that end we have a few rules which you should familiarise yourself with before you get stuck in. The main section of the site is the Writing Workshop, where members can post their writing in order to receive critique of their work.

    However, before we allow members to post their work, they must have met some basic requirements. Firstly, you must have been a member for fourteen days, and have made twenty posts on the forum overall (please note, posts in Word Games do not count towards this). This is so that members, when they post their work, have familiarised themselves with the forums and contributed to them (as well as hopefully learned something for themselves). Secondly, members must provide two constructive reviews of other people's work for each piece of their own that they wish to post. This is because we believe that the focus of workshopping should be equally upon giving reviews as receiving them, as they allow a writer to practice and improve their editing skills, which they can then apply to their own writing.

    Beyond the Writing Workshop, you will find that we have extensive forums for discussion of aspects of writing, as well as a community area for general discussion. We also run periodic short story and poetry contests, which are good for challenging yourself and expanding your skills. The requirements of the Writing Workshop don't apply to the contests, so new members are allowed (nay, encouraged!) to get stuck in and enter!

    If you have any questions or problems, then the moderators (myself, Lemex and Dante Dases) should be your first port of call. Any technical problems with the site itself should be directed to Daniel, the site administrator and owner. I would recommend you have a look over the rules so that you know what to expect, and what is expected. But aside from that, I hope you enjoy your time here.


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