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 on: March 22, 2017, 05:22:52 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Ed
Hi Jerry and Delph -- yeah, I think things tend to have their time, and then life moves into another gear and things get left behind as we move on, for better or worse. The reason I first got into writing was because I was bored stiff at work all day, with no stimulation, didn't see hardly anybody, and writing gave me something to do and learn about, and get the grey matter turning over. It's really nice to have diverse group of friends to chat to online as well -- people I otherwise wouldn't have met or even known about. For the most part I've really enjoyed my time here, though it's been hard work at times, and we've had our challenges here and there.

I'll still keep popping in from time to time. May even rev it up again at some point in the future and get another comp going. I've been thinking about packing my job in. Work, these past few years, has been all encompassing, to the point where I have no life outside of it. I've been properly miserable and stressed like never before at times, to the extent I realise it's just not worth it. There are easier ways to make the same money. Just today another crisis happened, and now I'm going to have to drive to the site tomorrow -- a seven hour round trip, to deal with something that wasn't my fault, but could cost me dearly. I promised myself at Christmas I would give it six months, and if things weren't better I'd shut the business down. Roll on June afro

 on: March 18, 2017, 10:29:23 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by marc_chagall
Very generous offer, Ed, but like most of us, I simply don't have the time to take it on. Wish I did.

 on: March 03, 2017, 01:40:24 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by elay2433
Oh, man! That's awfully kind of you Ed.  afro  I couldn't do it myself, but I'd love to see someone step up and kick it into gear the way you had it running  a few years back. I miss this place -- the crit-group in particular. Truth is though, even if it the group were running, I'd be lucky to participate once every two or three months. Can't keep up with my writing the way I used to (let alone the reading and thought that goes into a well done critique). Life is busy, and seems to just get busier.


 on: February 19, 2017, 05:49:54 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Ed
I was thinking about this place again today, and how I hadn't looked in for a while, and what a shame it was that the crit group had fizzled out. Truth is, it takes a fair bit of energy to keep it going, and it needs at least a few committed critters to make it work, which is hard to achieve and keep going week in week out. Personally, I'm swamped with work, to the extent I have pretty much given up on catching up with everything I need to do on a day to day basis.

I've certainly no time to write, and no time to crit. All I do in my down time is veg in front of the telly. I'm too knackered to do anything else.

Anyhoo, perhaps it's too late, but I was thinking maybe there was somebody here who would like to take over Doom and run it as their own? The hosting is paid up for a couple of years, as is the domain name, so it wouldn't cost anything, and if cost was an issue, I'd be happy to pay it up for say five years, and put up a few quid to run a competition to get some new blood into the forum again.

Any takers? smiley

 on: February 14, 2017, 05:48:36 AM 
Started by marc_chagall - Last post by marc_chagall
In this morning's post, my contributor's copy of issue 18 of 'Bop Dead City', containing my poem 'The Song Still Waiting'.  dance

 on: January 23, 2017, 09:19:49 AM 
Started by desertwomble - Last post by desertwomble
Said Kelly, "A fact isn't true
if it puts Mister Trump in a stew;
and let me just add
that lies needn't be bad
if conforming to our point of view."

DW Cheesy

 on: January 20, 2017, 07:45:12 AM 
Started by marc_chagall - Last post by marc_chagall
Very happy indeed that Nine Arches Press have accepted two of my poems for their forthcoming anthology of disability poetry.  dance

 on: January 18, 2017, 04:12:37 PM 
Started by marc_chagall - Last post by marc_chagall
Ambit have accepted one of my poems, which makes me very happy indeed as they only take 3% of submissions (and they pay).  dance

 on: January 16, 2017, 11:44:34 AM 
Started by marc_chagall - Last post by marc_chagall
Here's another:

 on: January 05, 2017, 02:31:02 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by delboy
Brilliant! Well done feller  cheers

I used to thoroughly enjoy those chapters. In fact, I miss those crit sessions. I know everything has its time, but I've never since found a writers' group as fine as this one was back in the day.

I rather hoping to accelerate my writing again in the not too distant future, but I just need a few planets to align.... A close friend of mine told me, reasonably recently, not to wait too long for such alignments. When he gave me that advice he had no idea the remainder of his life would be measured in months. He died at just 53 years of age last November.  I figure it was good advice.

So, changes afoot if just a few more celestial bodies move in the right direction...

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