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« Reply #30 on: October 06, 2011, 06:10:32 PM »

A trusted reader friend said my story was good but not my best.  After the week away I see what he means so I'm totally rewriting it so there's more blood, more creepy, and more me.  LOL

Dad is doing well now--had a heart attack/heart failure but he's back home.   
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« Reply #31 on: October 07, 2011, 02:47:58 AM »

Glad to hear he's on the mend afro
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« Reply #32 on: October 08, 2011, 11:17:48 AM »

Oy vey, just found out last night that while he was enjoying an apple on his porch a bee stung him on the tongue (he's highly allergic) so he had to go back to the hospital.  Poor daddy-o! 

I have officially scrapped my original story for something different.  Wheee!
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« Reply #33 on: October 08, 2011, 05:17:33 PM »

Finally just wrapped up a SF short story I've been working on for 5 or 6 weeks. Now I have 3 weeks to write one for the Doom contest. Luckily, I've been churning this story around in my head for about a year, so the first draft should go quickly. I think it will be a good fit for One Buck Horror, too, which is a plus.
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« Reply #34 on: October 09, 2011, 04:55:54 AM »

Oy vey, just found out last night that while he was enjoying an apple on his porch a bee stung him on the tongue (he's highly allergic) so he had to go back to the hospital.  Poor daddy-o! 

I have officially scrapped my original story for something different.  Wheee!

Wow -- he really isn't having the best of luck at the moment, is he? scratch

Cory -- good luck. I'm looking forward to seeing all these stories afro
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« Reply #35 on: October 09, 2011, 04:49:56 PM »

There was a comp that I wrote a tale for, but did not complete it. I'll check to see if it fits.
Blurb. Ooooohhh! It's so scary, I can't bear to read it.
Enough of my shenanigans!
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« Reply #36 on: October 10, 2011, 02:10:50 AM »

There was a comp that I wrote a tale for, but did not complete it. I'll check to see if it fits.
Blurb. Ooooohhh! It's so scary, I can't bear to read it.
Enough of my shenanigans!
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That's it -- I'm not going to be able to sleep tonight after reading that blurb Shocked
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« Reply #37 on: October 10, 2011, 01:10:32 PM »

Finally! Computer situation under control and inspiration has struck. Taking a different approach on this one, so we will see how it ends up.  cheers
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« Reply #38 on: October 10, 2011, 03:46:50 PM »

I'm battling against my story. Can't find the rhythm or indeed the tempo , but I think this time I'm going to hit the word count... Will need a lot of work in subsequent drafts. But I do have a week off soon, so if all else fails I'll try a fourth story  smiley

All that said, I'm having a wonderful time writing it. Really enjoying it and feeling liberated by my new(*) writing mantra - "Allow yourself to write poorly."

(*) Or not so new, as all you crit group veterans can attest!

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« Reply #39 on: October 10, 2011, 03:58:09 PM »

There was a comp that I wrote a tale for, but did not complete it. I'll check to see if it fits.
Blurb. Ooooohhh! It's so scary, I can't bear to read it.
Enough of my shenanigans!
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hahahah that's ace  grin
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« Reply #40 on: October 10, 2011, 06:41:52 PM »

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Good mantra, Del. I've abandoned too many stories because I felt they weren't shaping up. It certainly feels good to actually finish a story though, which I might do more of if I try out that mantra.  smiley

I'm still in the "thinking about my story for the comp" phase. Which means I'll have just enough time to polish a first draft and slip in my story as an 11th hour entry - if I can get past this "thinking" part. 
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« Reply #41 on: October 10, 2011, 06:53:13 PM »

3,500 words in my tale. I am whittling them away. Down to 3,333. Must think up another twist in the horror aspect, heh,heh!
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« Reply #42 on: October 10, 2011, 06:55:27 PM »

Finished! Came in under 3k, but have yet to test it on anyone else's eyes. Once I make sure it has the right effect this may be the one to polish.  hiding
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« Reply #43 on: October 11, 2011, 05:02:46 PM »

Phew! It passed! Few runs and I'll send it your way Ed. We are to format it ourselves, correct? Using the BBcode?
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« Reply #44 on: October 11, 2011, 05:25:31 PM »

Phew! It passed! Few runs and I'll send it your way Ed. We are to format it ourselves, correct? Using the BBcode?

Yep -- afraid so. I just post them how they come in, so if it's cocked-up, you have to worry whether judges will see past the mistakes or hold it against you, just like when subbing to an editor afro
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