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29 August 2005 @ 02:42 pm
Okay, things are slow, as you're no doubt aware. But dead, as some have been saying? I don't think so. This was never meant to be a huge comm that got multiple updates every day and thirty comments on every entry. Yeah, things are dying down a bit now after the "new comm!!!" rush, but it'll be easy to get it going smoothly if everyone puts in a little effort. There are few members that have been active at any point (say... twenty or so?), so a single person's post or comment DOES make a different. So c'mon people, don't make me get out my poking stick :P .

To active members (or members who were once active): post! If you've got something that you'd like criticisms on, get it up here! The recent posts haven't been getting many comments, no, but they'd have gotten just as many (in some cases fewer) if they'd just sat on the poster's harddrive. It takes maybe fifteen minutes to get something up here, but it makes a big difference for the comm.
To lurkers: I'm going to be blunt here, but please don't take this personally or offensively as it's not meant as such. This comm wasn't meant for lurkers. It was not meant to give people casual reading material, nor for writers to pick up new readers or vice versa. You can stay of course, but please, if you're reading the updates and haven't posted or commented yet, do so. Just one short comment on something you would have read anyway will mean a lot to the writer. You don't have to launch into any of the huge criticisms that are given (but do feel encouraged :P ), but just a few sentences that offer something specific to the piece (example: "Hey, nice scene. The flow was a little off, but the characters were great. It doesn't make sense why Bob kicked Joe in the shins, though; more explaination on this part would help." Both the underlined sentences will do for specifics, but the second is much prefered.).
To anyone that's ever posted or commented: Thank you. You're the life of this comm! Every post and every comment made this thing work.

As always, the mods want to hear your questions, observations, concerns, offerings of dairy products (comment to this post or e-mail at ink_aficionados@yahoo.com ). So just how corny was that speech? *cough*

Also, if you've been following the whole montly discussion and prompt project...thing, and are wondering why nothing's happening, lemme 'splain. lordglorfindel's modem got et. We haven't had a chance to talk about what we're gonna do, so nothing's happened! I don't know when we'll be able to give you info on it, but it shouldn't be more than two weeks.
18 August 2005 @ 06:36 pm
Well, since only one person replied to the prompt post last week (http://www.livejournal.com/community/ink_aficionados/10547.html), there really isn't anything for us to do for the rest of the month...

But, since last week didn't go so well, we're curious as to why. Did you not have a particular interest in this month's topic? Do you think you'll participate in the future?
Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

Also, on a completely unrelated note...
If you have a work that you're going to post more than one part of, consider linking to previous parts or having the same subject line for all related parts. It's not required, just a suggestion if you want a way to connect posts regarding the same story.
18 August 2005 @ 08:35 am
Title: Requiem, Prologue
Genre: High fantasy
Warnings: none.

I had to take a 20,000 word story and distill the most important points into this one scene, the last scene of a story which otherwise has nothing else to do with the rest of the book. As it stands right now, this prologue really pisses me off. But although I could theoretically eliminate it entirely, I want this scene first for stylistic reasons. So either make me fell better about my choice, or help me make it better. Or at least, help me figure out what bugs me so much about it. Thanks.

PS. If you read the other thing I posted, ignore all characterization of Marijat. He was being watched by someone who didn't know him at all. If you haven't read what I posted earlier, don't bother, since it takes place later, and I only posted it for specific bias-free feedback.

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12 August 2005 @ 08:44 am
After a lovely greeting from Fin, I'm brave enough to post the rough draft of "Meet Max". It's written for preschoolers, and my idea is for several characters who will be introduced in different books. Each has a diverse, "nontraditional" family. There's more, but I'll save that for later.

I included the initial character creation I did as a way of providing material for my lovely critics. Perhaps you can think of ways I can incorporate this information into this (very) short book?

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11 August 2005 @ 09:35 pm
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If there were brownie points, they would so be going to whoever can guess those quotes... Anyway. If there's any confusion as to what this is about see a previous post here. To submit your piece based on the above (for critic, of course), reply to this with the following information:

Story Title: (Linked Title Here)


Also, we've added "Frequently" Asked Questons (FAQ) here! (Check them out. There might be a question you've asked up!)
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11 August 2005 @ 08:17 pm

Well, I am not sure but I think I'm one of the older people here.  I'm not sure what that says about me but I've been reading the stories and comments here and I'm addicted.  Intelligence doesn't have a particular age bracket... you should see some of my coworkers and you'd understand that.  Anyway, I'm a different kind of writer than what I've seen here mostly but I love all all all kinds of GOOD writing.  Seeing this community has inspired me to take the (low-tech, hand written) book I started and put it in the computer so I'll lay my baby (eek) on the altar at some point in the near future. 

I don't have anything particularly clever to say right now.  I certainly enjoy reading the comments and stories of this community so here's to a long and fruitful collaboration on our various creations *cheers*. 

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11 August 2005 @ 02:31 pm
kehrli pointed me here, saying it was a good group so far. I'm looking forward to it. I'm into fantasy and sci-fi, particularly stuff of a dark nature. I've got a strange, sick sense of humor, and I'm sure it comes across in my work. My current project is based partly in my hatred of most vampire stories, despite the fact that I love vampires. It's full of complex politics and inner turmoil without being to angsty (I hope.)
Authors who I'm drawing tremendous inspiration from are George RR Martin, Frank Herbert, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Patricia Wrede, Ursula LeGuin and Umberto Eco.

Title: Requiem
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Warnings: There's not terribly graphic sex in there, and violence, and horrible people.

First off, I want to say that this scene is a lie. On its own, it doesn't give an accurate impression of (most of) the characters. Which is why I'm posting it first, without any background info. Just know that Vittore is the student, partner and occasional bed-buddy of Marijat, who's a necromancer, and Diralest is a Walker, who assists necromancers. She's helping Vittore frame Marijat for something. She also just helped him bring a baby back to life, and they're celebrating their achievements. I want you to tell me the impression you get of the characters, and if the scene seems fake somehow, so I can tell if if I'm doing what I want to do.

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11 August 2005 @ 01:55 pm
I'm a bit nervous about joining. I'm a technical writer by trade and English major by night. I've always been shy about writing, and only recently have I actually gotten brave enough to venture into "writer" territory.

I took a memoir-writing class last semester and found that some of my writing was well received, but I have much to learn. I know little to nothing about the conventions of good creative writing, but I'm hoping that some on-the-job training, so to speak, will help that. What better way to learn than to dive into the icy waters, no?

So, I'll soon post a chapter for you to tear to shreds. [Tearing is most welcome, by the way.]

I've also decided that I'm going to try my hand at writing a children's book or two. The reason? Soley because I cannot find good children's books for my son that include tolerance and diversity--as a rule, at least--in common, everyday topics. We'll see how that goes. Perhaps this community could provide feedback on children's books as well?

Anywho, here I am. I look forward to the arse-kicking--I mean reviewing--you have to offer.
08 August 2005 @ 08:48 pm
I wasn't going to share any of this particular story. Its kind of a project too near and dear to my heart to let people see before it's finished most of the time. However, there is something off about the prologue and it is driving me positively crazy. So I'm begging for help. Rip it to shreds!

Name: Harley Quinn
Title: Redemption (working title only)
Genre: I guess you could call it horror... kind of...
WarningsLanguage. Only a little bit.

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