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PostSubject: Just what I was looking for...   Sat Jun 27, 2009 8:25 pm

My Name is Nick and I live in New England. I'm an aspiring writer and obsessive reader. I write all types of short stories and don't want to stick to any form, genre, or style. I've tossed around and sketched out many storyboards for a novel, but haven't yet set up to tackle writing one yet. I want to study the fundamentals a bit more.

But first, I thought I'd share a bit about what I read. I read to improve my literary perspective, and hopefully incorporate a bit of everything I find interesting into my own work. Like music, I don't stick to any one genre. I'll read pretty much anything except romance (just as I listen to pretty any music except Country). Some of my favorite authors include Irvine Welsh, Hubert Selby Jr., SOME Chuck Phalinuk (sp?), and Isaac Asimov. BUT, I have only really seriously focused on my reading and writing pasion for about a year or so now, so I have a long list of authors I want to read. I also enjoy a lot of the independent publications, such as one called Barrelhouse, which is a publication of short stories and poetry from independent, non-famous writers. Right now I'm reading Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, and just finished The Metamorphisis by Franz Kafka (but only skimmed through a lot of the professional literary interpretaion that consisted of the bulk of the book).

In addition, I usually have some sort of non-fiction book on the subject of writing going on at the same time. Right now, it is Ray Bradbury's Zen and the Art of Writing, which is okay and seems to be best used as something to read a short excerpt from before beginning to write, as a type of motivation. My next project in this area is to go through the college text book called Writing Fiction, by Janet Burroway. This was recommended to me by a published author, and is used in most professional writing courses. The seventh edition is the newest and retails for about $80, but I was able to pick up the sixth edition used for only 7 bucks from Amazon, and have heard it is nearly identical. If anyone else was interested in picking up a copy and going through the book together, sort of like an online class but without the cost, please let me know - I think it would be a great writing project.

Last but not least, I would love to share my writing online and have it critiqued. Not sure if there is a formal group or forum for that on here, but would love to participate as both a writer and critiquer in the group for short stories!

This sounds like a great place to be, looking forward to it. And please again let me know if you're interested in developing some sort of schedule or plan for working through a project such as the book I mentioned above, or anything else in the way of a writing project.

Thanks everyone, thats enough rambling from me for now!
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PostSubject: Re: Just what I was looking for...   Sat Jun 27, 2009 8:33 pm

Geez Spec, if I would have known you were so long winded I don't think I would have invited you. lol! Just kidding. It's nice to have you aboard!

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PostSubject: Re: Just what I was looking for...   Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:04 pm

Hey, Nick! Wow, what an introductory speech. I still read it all, though. Laughing
Welcome to the Literary Cabinet, or as we like to call it, LC! clap2 You can call me Louisa, by the way. I hope you find this place to your liking. We're all great friends here. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Just what I was looking for...   Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:28 pm

Hi, Nick. I don't think I've met you before. I'm Kelsey.
Welcome to the forum. And yes, this is a literary forum, and we do post and critique writing, as well as discuss other literary things; just not as much as we goof off.
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PostSubject: Re: Just what I was looking for...   Sat Jun 27, 2009 10:05 pm

Haha yah that was very long sorry - just had a lot going thru my mind at that moment! Nice meeting everyone.
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PostSubject: Re: Just what I was looking for...   Sat Jun 27, 2009 10:47 pm

Welcome aboard, Nick. Don't be shy about posting samples of your work, or anything at all that strikes your interest. We have a wide variety of categories and threads to choose from. I hope you enjoy yourself here!

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PostSubject: Re: Just what I was looking for...   Sat Jun 27, 2009 11:41 pm

Nice to meet you, Nick! I'm Nicholle (known as Tourterelle in Yahoo! Answers).
We're very open and chatty here, but we do read and write. Feel free, of course, to post work. I look forward to reading it!

Also, Nick, if you ever want to log into the chatbox, just click "Log in" in the upper right-hand corner. There might be people logged in but unfortunately, their messages aren't visible unless you log in.
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PostSubject: Re: Just what I was looking for...   Sun Jun 28, 2009 1:40 am

Hi, Nick. I'm Allison (sometimes referred to as Jane, Aly on Y!A). I've seen you before on Y!A, but we haven't officially met.

I skimmed your introduction (I'll read the whole thing later, I promise), and you seem like a cool guy. It'll be nice having you here.
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PostSubject: :P   Tue Jun 30, 2009 9:25 pm

banana , Nick
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PostSubject: Re: Just what I was looking for...   Fri Jul 17, 2009 6:19 pm

Hey Nick! Welcome to the LC! I hope you love this place as much as we do ^^
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