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Member Questionnaire [03 Jun 2004|12:12pm]

jonnorthwood
[ mood | thoughtful ]

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Member Questionnaire: Peter [24 Jan 2004|07:47pm]

worshipper
1. What is your name? Peter. Have you been paying attention at all?

2. Do you write under any nom de plumes? Not yet. Will likely begin soon, though.

3. Do you have a personal site featuring your writings? Have your writings been published, in print or online? I've had a couple of blogs, and sometimes I've used them as staging grounds, but mostly it's been non-fiction.

4. What genres do your writings fall into? Well, I suppose a few are horror. Teen melodrama is also popular. One unfinished fantasy. I've never been good at genre labels. They're fictional, if that helps.

5. What sort of critique do you give? Um...been a while. I don't do a lot of critiquing. General readability, cohesiveness, originality, allusion, etc. I guess.

6. Which genres are you willing to critique? Well, poetry is something I know nothing about, so that's it.

7. What sort of critique do you appreciate? The sort that gives viable advice on how to improve the style or plotting. A little more descriptive than "this doesn't make sense" or "this is stupid."

8. What sort of critique do you abhor? See previous answer.

9. What is your career of choice? What do you actually do? Well, my ultimate career plan is to buy an island where I can build a fortress and have beautiful naked women feed me grapes. But right now I'm working in my college's bookstore.

10. Is there anything else you think we should know about you up front? I feel a bit light, like I do when I haven't eaten. But I ate like two hours ago. Hrm.
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Member Questionnaire living fire [03 Dec 2003|08:57pm]

livingfire
I'm finally recovered (I think) from NaNoWriMo, where I have emerged victorious and hand damaged ;)
Sadly, everything Live Journal related experienced lack of attention while I tried to type more in a month than I ever had before. Things should be back to normal, soon. (Right?)
1. What is your name? Living Fire
2. Do you write under any norm de plumes? None, though I would like one. I've just had a hard time finding one that I like that hasn't been used in a character in a book!
3. Do you have a personal site featuring your writings? Have your writings been published, in print or on line? My Live Journal is currently the only place that I'm posting any of my writing (though you won't find too much there)
4. What genres do your writings fall into? Fantasy
5. What sort of critique do you give? I like to do "sandwich critiques" where I talk about the good points, mention the things that need some work (and possibly offer suggestions, examples, or reasons why I feel it needs work), and then finish up with some other good things about the work.
6. Which genres are you willing to critique? Fantasy, Sci-Fi, possibly some poetry
7. What sort of critique do you appreciate? Well, I like the kind that I give, obviously, but I can deal with almost any critique as long as people aren't being cruel and if they give me reasons. A critique (in my opinion) is supposed to be a teaching device, and "this part doesn't work" isn't very educational, while "you are in love with your own descriptions and I think the pace of the story would improve if you didn't spend four paragraphs discussing her hair in the middle of a battle" would be far more educational.
8. What sort of critique do you abhor? Cruelty. Dishonest critiques (where the critique is cruel, but the critic insists with wide eyed innocence) "but I'm just being honest!". Critiques that are used to tear down, instead of build up.
9. What is your career of choice? What do you actually do? My career of choice? I'm still not sure ;) Today though, I think it's folklorist. I actually work in customer service.
10. Is there anything else you think we should know about you up front? I'm a terrible speller. I know that. I'm working on improving it. I use spell check whenever possible. I have an outre sense of humour.
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Member's Questionnarie: afterimages [22 Nov 2003|10:37am]

afterimages
1. What is your name? Azreal Marshall Darkchyld

2. Do you write under any nom de plumes? not really

3. Do you have a personal site featuring your writings? Have your writings been published, in print or online? Nope, I lack the time and caressed html skills. As for online, I've got a poem on Literotica, but that's about it. I've got other works, mostly...role playing snippits that someone tried to immortalize me and JM's characters as

4. What genres do your writings fall into? all of them, it depends on my mood, but mostly adventure with a slant against the biblical

5. What sort of critique do you give? unbiased and it depends on what I'm reading for the class of critique. If it's humor, I point out things that didn't make sense, if it's serious, I look for loopholes in arguments. You know the deal.

6. Which genres are you willing to critique? Any, all

7. What sort of critique do you appreciate? Real ones, not ego buffers

8. What sort of critique do you abhor? ego buffers. "IT's really good"...doesn't help me.

9. What is your career of choice? What do you actually do? Computer networking or CEO of my own dominion. As for what I actually do, pouch clerk..why? this is alabama

10. Is there anything else you think we should know about you up front? You people already know enough, and those that don't...I'm an experience you won't forget, though you may think you'd like to
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Critique: Calendar [20 Nov 2003|03:28pm]
aglassyday
I recently wrote a review of Annie Finch's latest collection, Calendars, and I was very much struck by her adeptly subtle formal work...it took me three reads of her poem in this form to find the exact workings. Mine is not quite so subtle, but yeah. Here you go. Let me know what you think.


Calendar
after Annie Finch

On the sixth day, late, I remember
to flip the month. The calendar

reads November, but outside August fills
the air with heat and moisture, short sleeves.

The oak knows of autumn, and grieves
her green as death falls to the windowsill.

Leaves follow me into my house,
rest for moments in my hair.

In Mississippi even the magnolia shrugs, evergreen,
yet weary of the load of heritage,

the weights that distort her pristine edges.
She sighs, lets drop her progeny. A reprieve.

In three days the Georgia air will chill her
breath. The oak will weep in earnest for November.
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Member Questionaire: Bellee [19 Nov 2003|11:06am]
aglassyday
[ mood | ditzy ]

1. What is your name? Bellee
2. Do you write under any nom de plumes? not seriously
3. Do you have a personal site featuring your writings? Have your writings been published, in print or online? http://groups.msn.com/societypoets is a place that lots of things have ended up...check my lj for other things. does the prelude count as published? heh. soon, one hopes, this answer will change.
4. What genres do your writings fall into? mostly poetry (formal, prose, freeverse), but also some creative non-fiction and (bad) fiction. i've also done some drama.
5. What sort of critique do you give? i try to be as straightforward as possible, without hurting feelings. (if i'm ever bitchy, *tell me so*, and know that it isn't personal.)
6. Which genres are you willing to critique? anything, really, though i'm best with poetry.
7. What sort of critique do you appreciate? something hard, something true, nothing gushy.
8. What sort of critique do you abhor? "that's nice, i like that." be specific, and don't be afraid that you'll hurt my feelings...you won't.
9. What is your career of choice? What do you actually do? poet and professor. right now i'm an MFA student at georgia college, and i work on arts&letters.
10. Is there anything else you think we should know about you up front? sometimes i come off as bitchy. i'm really not...it's an online thing, i swear. my intention is *never* to hurt people. if you've got something to say to me, say it. i'll listen and accomodate.

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Critique [18 Nov 2003|02:49pm]

loren2582
This is incredibly rough. Please don't hate me for it. I know it needs a lot of work, and I'm not sure it says what I want it to say how I want to say it. It is also part of a larger work (that has not been written yet).

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I really need your opinions.

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it's a lot shorter like this. hmmm.

i'ma say it again: i know this has lots of problems and is really short, but I have to get this first part exactly right.
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Member Questionnaire--Lauren Lashley [16 Nov 2003|09:52pm]

loren2582
1. What is your name? Lauren Lashley
2. Do you write under any nom de plumes? Amanda Hillyard, at least once.
3. Do you have a personal site featuring your writings? Have your writings been published, in print or online? I don't have a site, but I do have a creative non piece at Assumption University's website.
4. What genres do your writings fall into? the stuff i've written so far has been regular fiction and bad poetry--but i'm thinking of branching out.
5. What sort of critique do you give? i like to think that they're helpful.
6. Which genres are you willing to critique? any
7. What sort of critique do you appreciate? nothing that's out to beat me down and make me wish i'd never been born...if it's not that it's okay.
8. What sort of critique do you abhor? anything that beats me down and makes me wish i'd never been born--negative, instead of constructive.
9. What is your career of choice? What do you actually do? well, i want to teach English lit and English language in Latin America (pref Mexico), but right now i'm a GTA in grad school.
10. Is there anything else you think we should know about you up front? Well, as i said, i'm in grad school, but i also teach freshmen comp, and have a recently "adopted" two year old little girl.
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Member Questionnaire: Shana [14 Nov 2003|11:51am]

mommiemilo
1. What is your name? Shana Markham
2. Do you write under any nom de plumes? Nein.
3. Do you have a personal site featuring your writings? Have your writings been published, in print or online? Nope.
4. What genres do your writings fall into? Modern fantasy, science fiction, inane poetry.
5. What sort of critique do you give? I heavily fall into stylisitc critiques, placing more emphasis on word choice and clarity. In other words, I'll focus more on how a character is presented rather than what I think of the character.
6. Which genres are you willing to critique? As long as I can read it.
7. What sort of critique do you appreciate? Honest. Also, if you know about interest curves, talk to me about interest curves.
8. What sort of critique do you abhor? One-liners and pussy-footing.
9. What is your career of choice? What do you actually do? I would like to be a smartey woman game desingar, either as a designer/programmer or a designer/writer. I am currently in my first year of Carnegie Mellon's entertainment technology masters program.
10. Is there anything else you think we should know about you up front? I am perpetually busy with above program, except when I am not.
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Welcome and Rules [13 Nov 2003|11:26pm]

fireriven
Thank you for your interest in this community. I'm pleased to see you all here and wish to take this post to outline the few rules we'll have around here.

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