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Member Questionnaire

1. What is your name?
Jonathan Michael Northwood, but I usually go by Jon.

2. Do you write under any nom de plumes?
Yes, sometimes. I've written under JJ Wylde and Michael North. Needless to say, you shan't see those names on shelves near you any time soon, blast it.

3. Do you have a personal site featuring your writings? Have your writings been published, in print or online?
I did have a personal site, but I've since taken it down. This was due in part to loathing what I'd written and in part due to not having the money to maintain the hosting (and I'm just snippy enough to loathe GeoCities and the free Yahoo hosting tripe).

My outside-of-work material--in other words, non tech writing or training development guides--has never been published. Archived by others, yes. Published, no.

4. What genres do your writings fall into?
Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction and Mystery, mostly. Some has an anthropomorphic element, as well. Most of my work has strong psychological underpinnings, and is fairly thoroughly researched (or has a back story written for speculative works).

5. What sort of critique do you give?
An honest one. If I like something, I'll say that I like it and I'll say why. If I don't like something, I'll explain why I don't like it.

6. Which genres are you willing to critique?
Just about any genre, really, although I'd prefer to stay with the realms in which I'm most comfortable (e.g., I'd prefer to read and critique the fields I write).

7. What sort of critique do you appreciate?
Honest ones. I want to know what I've done right and where I've gone wrong; moreover, if I've done something wrong, I want to know how to correct it.

8. What sort of critique do you abhor?
"OMG, LOL, U R teh l33t wr1t3r"

I loathe geek speak and I detest "you suck" or "you're great" critiques without qualification. If you're going to critique, then critique, and don't just blather about how wonderful or how execrable you found the story to be.

9. What is your career of choice? What do you actually do?
I was a technical writer and training designer for a decade until I was laid off; then, after searching for months, I wound up in a tiny little call center doing customer support for mobile telephones. Now I've stepped back even further: I'm doing outside sales on home improvement products.

10. Is there anything else you think we should know about you up front?
I can be blunt and abrasive, but I try to be both fair and balanced. I am willing to accept criticism, but I also expect others to understand that when I offer my opinion--and that's all it is, my opinion--I don't do so in comparison to my writing, I do so in comparison to what I like to read.
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