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Name: Aro

Age: 20s

Location: east coast USA

About Me: I'm really looking to make new friends on Dreamwidth! My own journal doesn't have much aside from self-indulgent things, and I can be terribly shy, but I'm very enthusiastic about the UI on Dreamwidth so I want more friends here. At the moment I'm enthusiastic about a movie which had an active fandom three years ago (welp), I'm very opinionated though I'm trying to be less abrasive about it, and sometimes I also webdesign but with questionable results.

About My Journal: It's mostly for fandom-related things that aren't fics, recs, or for others. The most interesting thing on it is probably my all time favorites rec list. I do have a Dreamwidth for actual journaling, but I keep up with my feed here and I want to spice up my flist.

What I Write: Fiction, romance, fanfiction of course. I really like mixing drama and humor; sometimes there's angst or friendship. I'm not very good at worldbuilding/sci-fi type things though, mostly because I don't think I have the practiced imagination for it.

What I Don't Write: I abide by the philosophy that I should try everything at least once. So so far I have not tried supernatural type stories or horror stories, although I definitely hope to one day.

What I Read: Everything! Well, am willing to, anyway. What I like to read is fantasy, YA, romance (LGBT especially), mystery, and of course comedy again.

What I Don't Read: Again, I don't think I really have the imagination for sci-fi. Although I do like Star Wars. But I haven't tried it very much, so if anyone has recs to get a noob like me into the genre...

Could I Edit Someone Else's Work: Yes, I can. I love editing.

Oh, and a note to the mods: the form code for this has a stray "</textbox" within the code without a closing bracket.
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Name: saintbounty

Age: 25

Location: Pennsylvania, USA

About Me: What about me? 25 year old queer cyber-witch, re-immersing herself in journaling as a practice and still piecing together my online writing community. I was on LJ as a young adult and I miss the vibe. I have deceptively little chill.

About My Journal: Mostly personal, but also some writing, and some talking about writing and books and TV. My day job in tech support and small electronics repair takes up a lot of my energy, and I got a few irons in the fire.

What I Write: Personal essays, poetry, genre fiction (read: fantasy, I guess!).

What I Want to Write: Romance, creative non-fiction, comics.

What I Read: Essays, poetry (I get like 10 poem-of-the-day emails), literally any fiction story with lesbians, a gaggle of web and print comics, newsletters about the future.

What I Want To Read: Better fiction stories with lesbians, and more nonfiction. I'm always down for good sci-fi and fantasy, and I have a soft spot for YA, as I suspect many folks do.

Could I Edit Someone Else's Work: I'd love to.

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[personal profile] no_apologies
Name: Marianne (Mari for short if you prefer)

Age: 32

Location: Southern Maryland, USA

About Me: I've been a blogger on Livejournal since the mid 2000's. Not too long ago, LJ's drastic changes have caused me to post more entries on DW than on my LJ account. I've been writing for so much longer than that... Ever since January of this year, I've been an activist. I've been paying attention to politics some. I am an Independent, and I support Voluntaryism. I strongly think and believe in individuality. I embrace it. I'm for guiding people to think for themselves, because that is so important! We're not meant to just accept things and be herded around like sheep. I am sickened by the collectivism agendas that are on-going. To keep myself from being bitter, or too frustrated, I use humor every now and then to mock all our oppressors, and media trolls.

I also post things about my life.

About My Journal: It's recently transformed into one of other places in which I share my beneficial knowledge. I also share some of my poetry, and even quotations of wisdom. I intend to be at least a little more active with this account.

What I Write: A lot of what I've written this year is political poetry, some of it being satire. I also have done a bit of misc. ones. If I can get back into story writing, then great! For now, it's just been poetry. I know I don't have to be as picky over those. (When it comes to all stories, I tend to be such a perfectionist at times.) It usually doesn't take me long to finish most of them. Sometimes, I write articles based on what I research.

What I Don't Write: erotica, not as much fanfic as I used to, misleading information... I don't write anything in support of TV news or politicians for instance.

What I Read: For much of this year, it's been nonfiction on truths about American Society, important information to know about history, what's been so wrong with public education, etc... I also have read a bit of fan-fiction, a bunch of sci-fi and fantasy, and certain authors such as James Patterson, Jeff Lindsay, Whitley Strieber, Gregory Maguire, and the Monk books (based on that funny old detective TV show) by Lee Goldberg.

I like getting to know new people. I hope to even help out at least some of you. Really, lol, my stuff don't stink! I'm a very thorough researcher, and I back up the facts with my own reasoning and common sense. ...Hey, if you'd like to see a really awesome website for all writers, then I highly recommend writing.com! I love it there. :D Many over there are really nice, and there's much to do.
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Name: Frances J., or Meep

Age: 20something

Location: Tokyo, Japan

About Me: I'm a twentysomething queerish girlwoman expatriate librarian-at-arms. I eat books and bleed poetry.
… er, that's what it says on the Twitter account that I admit to at work, but I'm writing this from a mattress on the floor and eating an ice cream in my pajamas on a Friday evening, in between shuffling my new tarot cards and watching trashy movies. (The Twitter account I don't admit to at work is [twitter.com profile] transpacifique.)

About My Journal: This is where I post any writing worth sharing. (If you're on LJ, my "journal"/diary is [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious.)

What I Write: I write stories for my friends. I love to co-write or share a 'verse and characters, so most of my recent work is collaborative stuff or my half of a story, or my characters' side of something. I like writing about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances, or extraordinary people trying to live ordinary lives. I like fantasy (high and, especially, urban), historical, contemporary and, yes, romance. I like to write underrepresented queer romances; expect to see a lot of queer women, ménages à trois, gender nonconforming and/or asexual characters. 
I'm an active participant in [livejournal.com profile] writerverse, so many of my stories are challenge responses. Sometimes I dabble in [community profile] rainbowfic.
I'm starting to dabble in poetry and creative nonfiction.

What I Don't Write: I don't write horror, smut, or hard sci-fi.

What I Read: I'm a children's librarian, so I read a lot of kidlit. Online, I'll read most anything, except for what I don't. (See below.) I like to read (and write) about happy, stable queer relationships, the kind of people  I might like to be friends with if I met them, and fuzzy warm feelings. 

What I Don't Read: I don't read what I don't write, but I might make an exception for hard sci-fi.

Could I Edit Someone Else's Work: Sure! I'm a bit rusty, but I used to spend hours a day copy and content editing for friends online. I would be happy to be a beta reader and critique partner; that's actually what I'm here for. I mean, I hope we will be friends, but I'd love to meet some creative collaborators!

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[personal profile] elydesia
Name: kiwa (KEY-wah)
Age: 20 (almost 21, yo)
Location: West Coast Canada
About Me: I've been creating stories for as long as I can remember. My earliest written work was from 2002, when my uncle was trying to get me to write something everyday to improve my then-horrible printing. It was a story about two cats and their owners who eventually fell in love (so cliche don't even). Outside of the general theme of literature, I enjoy history (1800s-1900s), design (interior, mostly), and food. I love food, and I love cooking for people. I'm only really good at soups and sandwiches, though. Can't say what I cook looks all that great, but it tastes good. I also really love looking at photo and art galleries. I spend a lot of time on image bookmarking sites like ffffound, reform, we♥it, etc.
About My Journal: A mix of dairy and written work. Some screenshots from playing video games, and some photos from my instagram. But 80% writing.
What I Write: speculative fiction, freeverse poetry, mystery, horror and gore. Romance. Sometimes I just write fluff, but I enjoy thick atmospheres the most, where there is a bigger picture happening and what I'm showing you right now is only a teeny-tiny bit of it. I used to be really into longass chapters and these really super lengthy plots. But I think I've shortened quite a bit since then. I've developed a pretty strong taste for vignettes and other forms of short fiction. edit: just made a writing journal. it's called ethosa.
What I Don't Write: sex. I mean the descriptive kind of erotica. I'll grace over scenes like that, but mostly for my reader's comfort. Oh, and I don't write action scenes very well.
What I Read: Exactly what I write. I love space and stuff. I love reading weird things, but still make sense in their own quirky way.
What I Don't Read: I hate storylines that are weird and "out there" just for the sake of being different or unique. And trust me, it's really easy to tell. Those kinds of things are just trash, ugly garbage.
Could I Edit Someone Else's Work: Yes. I could. If they ask nicely C:

ps. - tried looking at the already existing tags to tag this right!

Mar. 30th, 2013 09:28 am
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[personal profile] perfectworry
name: Frances J., or Meep
age: 24
location: Tokyo, Japan (formerly Boston, USA)

about me: I am not an aspiring writer, just a hobbyist. I am a feminist (who isn't, these days?), a queer, an assistant teacher, and an expat. I live in Tokyo and research Shinto in my spare time.

about my journal: This is my writing journal. My personal journal is [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious, and if you still use that sinking ship of a site, you are welcome to add me there if you're looking for a friend.

what I write: (in no particular order): original (urban fantasy, magical realism, shoddily researched historical fiction, worldhopping/multiverses), fanfic (including, but not limited to, Harry Potter and TSUBASA: RESERvoir CHRoNiCLE) & you can expect to find f/f, some m/m, kidfic, and schmoopy romance mixed into all of the above, most of it quite short (but I'm working on that)

what I don't write: generally (scary things (e.g., horror or apocalyptic), sexy things)

what I read: fanfic for my fandoms/pairings (see profile(s)), urban fantasy & magical realism, short fic (books)

what I don't read: see, what I don't write

could I edit someone else's work: absolutely, I would love to give (& receive) feedback and critique
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[personal profile] zoulia
Name: Zoulia

Age: 22

Location: Somewhere in USA

About Me: I am really into social justice (as it is popularly called) and I am a radical leftist. I am passionate, intense, deeply fucked up, crazy, dramatic, introspective and philosophical. I am very open about my personal life, usually.

About My Journal: Lots of rambling, lots of sadness and misery, lots of crazy, social justice rants, ranting in general, all the grey, basically a lot of personal posts about all kinds of things going on in my chaotic life.

What I Write: poetry, memoir, original fic

What I Don't Write: horror, comedy, fanfic (usually)

What I Read: YA lit, children's lit, original fic, fanfic depending on the fandom, erotica, porn, most genres really, nonfiction, blogs and journals, memoir

What I Don't Read: horror (usually), pure comedy (usually)

Could I Edit Someone Else's Work: Yes! Totally willing to critique, comment, give feedback, edit, etc.
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[personal profile] moffatmegan
Name: Megan

Age: 24

Location: Pennsylvania, USA

About Me: Aspiring indie author. Raised in lower Delaware (if you don't know where that is, don't worry, most people don't) and currently living in Pennsylvania with my husband. I have a bachelors degree in history (my thesis was on the trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators). I'm a little a eccentric, I suppose. My tastes are diverse. I collect postcards, lawn gnomes and fridge magnets. Whenever I travel I take my gnome, Hamish, with me. I love all kinds of genres of music (from swing to heavy metal), TV (Are You Being Served? to Castle), movies (Hitchcock's silent films to Joss Whedon's Avengers) and books (see below). I don't like coffee and prefer tea. I'm a Hufflepuff (we're great finders).

I'm looking for friends who are also writers and share the same goals, interests or genres as me.

About My Journal: I just started on my journal so it looks a little barren right now. As the weeks go now it will look less lonely. I plan to update with my writing stuff.

What I Write: Currently, I am working on a couple memoirs, flash fiction, and a few short stories that are set in modern day. I would love to write historical fiction, magical realism, alternative history or chaos theory in the future.

What I Don't Write: At the moment... erotica, mystery, thriller, children's and poetry. But things might change. I'm open to what genres I write.

What I Read: A lot of things! Media tie-in novels (think Doctor Who, Torchwood, etc), Biographies/Autobiographies/Memoirs, Classics, Humor, Children's, Young Adult, . Occasionally I will read Chick-Lit thought it is not my favorite. Some of my favorite authors are L. Frank Baum, Poppy Z. Brite (or Billy Martin), Agatha Christie, and Christopher Moore.

What I Don't Read: Things like Fifty Shades of Gray. It annoys me because the author is making money from fanfiction, and the one of the points of fanfitcion is not to make a profit from your work. Books that just right out lie about history but say that it's the truth like Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy both by Martin Dugard and Bill O'Reilly.

Could I Edit Someone Else's Work: Yes, but please know that I am not a professional. I am also willing to just look over your work to tell you how it is (if it good or if it sucks).

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[personal profile] strangerthings
Name: Gavin will do.

Age: 31

Location: Portland, Oregon

About Me: Another inspiring writer (I know, shocker, in a community like this) just getting back into that after a very long hiatus. I kind of wanted to network with other writers for motivation/inspiration/commiseration/guinea pigs to try my own work out on but haven't had a great time finding a larger community specifically for that, so here I am. 

About My Journal: Its what these things usually are, I ramble on about my life like its interesting and rant about stuff that annoys me to be entertaining; its access only because of past issues with people elsewhere, I'm open to adding new people. I made a second writing journal [personal profile] tricksterswritingdesk  that so far is empty but when/if I post any of my actual writing it will be there.

What I Write: Long stuff - traditional novel long, not internet long. I don't do short fiction, drabbles, or anything like that, it has to be some massive beast of a project or I'm just not in, I'm nuts like that. I used to write horror way back when, I still love the genre most of the time, but my current beast of a project is probably more a dark fantasy than anything else.

What I Don't Write: Short stories, fanfiction. Light hearted stuff. Introductions posts - well, I write those, just not good at it.

What I Read: Horror; fantasy; crime (provided its at least somewhat realistic). I love reading about trickster figures and anti-heroes with a strong sarcastic streak, entertaining and/or realistic villains. A plot where I can't immediately see where its going, that seems like it might be something different. Anything really, if it captures my interest.

What I Don't Read: Straight up romance (romance as part of the plot is fine); porn with no plot; romance or erotica involving vampires, werewolves and the like; coming of age stories; chick-lit; anything with a very black and white worldview (the shining hero who farts rainbows verses the dark twisted freak who kicks puppies and eats babies because why not? kind of thing). There are exceptions to every rule, including these (except for the chick lit one), I can be won over by good writing and interesting characters. In regards to fanfiction, there is very little out there that I'm into enough *and* want to read other people's take on, so with very few exceptions, I'm probably not interested in that either.

Could I Edit Someone Else's Work: For grammar and punctuations? Oh, I wouldn't trust me with that. To read something you wrote and tell you what I think about it? Sure, why not?


Dec. 29th, 2012 12:56 pm
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[personal profile] pointedulac
I'm new to DW but I'm an old school LJ girl, so hopefully I don't mess this up too much.

Name: Tori

Age: 30

Location: Seattle, WA

About Me: I'm an aspiring author (I bet most people here are, yeah?) I love cheese, tea, I watch far too much television, and I have two cats. I'm a huge nerd.

About My Journal: I just started it but I suspect it will be more about my writing (word counts, prompt challenges, memes) than personal stuff, although I'm an open book and I can never help rambling about my personal life so I'm sure that will be there too, with a smattering of fangirling over TV/books/etc.

What I Write: Mostly YA Urban Fantasy, although I'm always trying new things. The bulk of my work is YA though.

What I Don't Write: Well, I don't want to say I'll never write it, but I don't usually write contemporary fiction. Reality is all right but I love magic, demons, vampires, other worlds, and super powers.

What I Read: I'll give anything a shot. I tend to love fast-paced UF like October Daye and Harry Dresden. I'm usually partial sarcastic guys, unique voices, and again, magic and fantastic elements. But I read far more contemporary than I write.

What I Don't Read: I'll read paranormal romance and I like things with romantic elements, but I have little interest in straight-up romance. Nothing against it, it's just not my cup of tea. I also don't usually love historical fiction, especially WWI&WWII era stuff.

Could I Edit Someone Else's Work: I can beta! I'm happy to beta read things for people. I'm not so awesome at line-editing but I'm happy to do larger-scale editing suggestions and such. :)
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[personal profile] t104776
Name: Alexa

Age: 22

Location: Richmond, VA, USA 

About Me: I'm a huge mental health advocate, and I do what I can to prevent suicide and self-injury. I am diagnosed with bipolar II and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and I am a psychology student at Virginia Commonwealth University. I love any types of art, and I would like to specialize in art therapy.

About My Journal: I've just started this journal after coming over from LiveJournal, so there's not much to it just yet. 

What I Write: I am currently working on a novel titled Colored Blue, and I also run a blog of the same title. I write poetry, articles, non-fiction... pretty much anything. I was originally a journalism major, so I write about anything that strikes my interest.

What I Don't Write: Not too interested in fan-fiction...

What I Read: Hermann Hesse is my favorite author. His book Demian is my favorite.

What I Don't Read: Romance-ish stuff, Westerns, some sci-fi (it depends)...

Could I Edit Someone Else's Work: Definitely!

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[personal profile] shadowcat
Name: Mylia

Age: 39

Location: Maryland

About Me: I'm the single mother of a teenage daughter and I work as tech support at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. I have a lot of health problems so I tend to write a lot.

About My Journal: My journal is Friends-Only and I dump a great deal there sometimes. However, I do have a writing journal at [profile] magnetfordeeperwonderment. Yeah, I know the name is really long. It's from a song describing one of my favorite literary characters and a friend said it was so indactive of me. I also have an account at Archive Of Our Own located here.

What I Write: I write Fan Fiction and Original fiction and poetry. I write whatever the muse tells me at the time to write. Right now, I'm working on a card for [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo. I seem to write a little of everything and jump from genre to genre. It's usually paranomal or history.

What I Don't Write: I don't write incest of any kind, humiliation or animal cruelty.

What I Read: It depends of my mood because I will try almost anything if it grabs my eye. Right now, I seem to be reading a lot of revisionist history fiction, paranormal fiction, re-written fairy tales and histories.

What I Don't Read: Incest, cruelties, true crime novels.

Could I Edit Someone Else's Work: I have before. :) I've worked as a copy editor for a newspaper in my past and I'm an English Major.


Oct. 16th, 2012 08:01 pm
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[personal profile] novelinprogress

Name: novelinprogress will do for now (though my journal should be called 'novel-not-going-anywhere-UUUGH!!  lol!)

Age: thirty-something

Location: Florida

About Me: Fan fiction writer finally taking the dive into original fiction. Librarian by day :)

About My Journal: Pretty new, as I've just gotten back into journaling, mainly for the purpose of getting my creative butt in gear – there are a lot of interesting writing prompts comms around here, so I'd like to take full advantage. That, and to re-connect with a few online buddies from my heavy LJ/IJ-ing days. I'd really like to get to know some new write-y people, as well :)

What I Write: So far? Yaoi fan fiction. What I'm going to write – Pagan gay romance. Not sure of the how and what of the Pagan part, but I'll figure it out...

What I Don't Write: Scifi, mysteries (I LOVE mysteries, but not sure if I could write them).

What I Read: Right now, I'm listening to the audiobook version of Lolita, read by Jeremy Irons.

Love gothic romance/mystery/suspense novels from the 60s and 70s (more fun than today's popular fiction, IMO). Also classic horror like HP Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe. Also love Anton Chekhov, L.M. Montgomery, Hans Christian Andersen, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith's other novels are on my to-read list).

Nonfiction – mythology, psychology (particularly Jungian – really, really fascinating), folk and fairy tales, and 'writing' books, especially Brenda Ueland, Elizabeth Berg, and Julia Cameron. And diaries (so far, have read Alice James, Evelyn Scott, and Alexandra Johnson's fantastic book, The Hidden Writer: Diaries and the Creative Life).

What I Don't Read: Not much of a sci-fi fan outside of Star Wars movies – and I haven't read those novels, either :p Current popular fiction authors. Bleah. It's rare that I find one I really like. Elizabeth Berg is probably the only one – I love her short stories!

Could I Edit Someone Else's Work: Am finishing up doing that just now, first editing job ever. A lot of work, but fortunately, no set deadline, so very low-pressure. And I'm almost done (yay!)

Nice to meet you!



Jun. 23rd, 2012 05:42 pm
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[personal profile] ize
Name: Mari
Age: 19
Location: A big country in South America.
About Me: Writer; feminist; social justice; music, internet, post-it notes and research addict; mild-OCD when it comes to organization; moderate ADHD; major depressive disorder; bookworm; internet; curious; critical thinker; outspoken.
About My Journal: It is a mix of things I like, mostly.

Public entries are either about writing in general—no big details on my original stuff—; about my ideas; about things I've read or seen; about things that interest me, such as technology, music, books, trips, writing, and writing meta; about things I see around DreamWidth.

I have no intention to make it a log of my personal life—which is what my filtered and access-locked entries are for.

Things that are locked:
·   Original writing — discussion, outlines, planning, general whining.
·   My daily life — what I'm up to on a personal level.

If we add each other, you will have access to both sides of my access list only, locked entries. If you don't want to read about my daily life, let me know and I can set up a writing-only filter.

What I Write: Romance. And poetry.
But I am open and willing to try anything at least once.
What I Don't Write: Nonfiction. I'm open to try just about any genre, as long as it is fiction.
What I Read: Everything. I'm especially fond of nice new adult—as in, university setting, etc—novels, fantasy series, historic books, and romance, be it young adult or adult-only. And fan fiction, I read some of it sometimes!
What I Don't Read: Um, there is nothing I wouldn't give at least a try, I guess.
Could I Edit Someone Else's Work: As English isn't my native language, I might not be comfortable being the sole editor for a writer's work in the grammar and spelling front, but I could definitely edit by myself if you want me to focus on characterization, pace, themes, tone, plot, and anything else in the same group.

I am mostly looking for writers to populate my circle, I feel lonely on my corner of the internet. :(

I'd like to have some active folks around, to comment on my entries, to help me in writerly matters, to chat about ideas, plots, characters. I'm looking for people who can relate to my writerly ways, who could maybe do some hand-holding. I would, of course, do the same—I'm online everyday, I try my best to comment at least in every other entry, I love discussing writing-related matters and am always, always up for a chat.

If I sound like someone you would like to have around, drop me a comment!
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[personal profile] pagemistress
Name: Catherine

Age: 24

Location: South of England

About Me: I'm an only child, working in a building consultancy firm as an Office Manager. But, when the chance presents itself, I tend to be writing or reading. I am a terrible procrastinator though and really need a good kick up the backside frequently to motivate myself!

About My Journal: I am brand new to DW so there is literally nothing there at the moment. I will probably be posting responses to my prompt calendar that I made (maybe posting the daily prompts themselves if I get people looking at them) and random posts about the book I am writing at the moment.

What I Write: I tend to lean towards fantasy and sci-fi but mingled in with all sorts of other genres. The prompts I do range through pretty much everything. I've also written a fair amount of slash fanfiction but I probably won't be bringing that over to here.

What I Don't Write: I write romantic strands in stories but I generally don't do strict romance. I also don't write crime/mystery because I honestly don't think I have the smarts to keep all the threads together and give the reader a decent pay-off!

What I Read: Fantasy, sci-fi, horror, adventure, biographies...I'm pretty lenient with my reading genres, really. So long as it has interesting characters, I'll give it a read.

What I Don't Read: Not fussed on romances or war stories. I like crime stories but not so much when they are very procedural based.

Could I Edit Someone Else's Work: If it was reciprocated then sure. But I have to admit that my grammar isn't 100% (I am a comma whore, I need to curb my enthusiasm for them!)

What ho!

Jul. 10th, 2012 08:33 pm
[personal profile] doomjazz
Name: I don't give out my name, sorry.

Age: 20

Location: Australia

About Me: I'm a uni student. Studying psychology. I want to write a book. I am trying to ease back into writing.

About My Journal: I'm not sure what it's going to be yet. Probably personal musings and writing snippets and excercises. I might also post some book and film reviews.

What I Write: That's hard to say. I just love creating characters, telling an interesting story, and playing with worldbuilding, genres and conventions.

(At the moment, I'm taking it slowly. I've had a creative block for the last year and a bit and am trying to find the fun in writing again. My first novel has been pushed aside, and I'm tentatively beginning a new project with no idea where it'll take me.)

What I Don't Write: I wouldn't completely rule out any genre. But at the moment I don't write: Historical, hard-sci-fi, romance/erotica, chick-lit, poetry, biography, non-fiction.

What I Read: I'm open to reading anything, as long as it's good. At the moment, I tend to be drawn to speculative fic, horror, suspense, lit fic, magical realism, paranormal,  drama/mystery, cyberpunk (and variations), urban fantasy,and dystopian science fiction. (On the lighter side, I also like comedy - eg. Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, P.G. Wodehouse.)

What I Don't Read: The same old story recycled. I got sick of reading high-fantasy with elves, dwarves, and "The Chosen One" a looooong time ago. I also avoid memoirs, biographies, romance, and contemporary drama.

Could I Edit Someone Else's Work: I don't have official editing skills, and I'm busy. BUT I'd be happy to give casual feedback and constructive criticism. I also wouldn't mind doing a "swap deal".


Mar. 31st, 2012 09:51 am
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[personal profile] jessicasteiner
Name: Jessica Steiner
Age: 33
Location: I live in a smallish city outside of Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada!)

About Me:

I've actually just finished law school at the University of British Columbia, passed the bar, and will be sworn in as a lawyer officially in about a month and a half.

So clearly what I need to do now, is kick off my writing career. Because obviously I don't have enough to do.

So during the day, I work for my mother as a family law lawyer, mostly working with victims of domestic violence, drug addicts, and other people with low incomes. We do custody/access/divorce cases as well as help people who for whatever reason have had their children taken into foster care by the government.

By night, I fly about the city in my batsuit and--


Well, actually by night I'm a huge video game and anime geek, and I spend hours and hours writing fantasy and science fiction novels, and also occasionally pretending to be an alien computer nerd in certain online roleplaying games.

About My Journal:

My writing journal - this one - is actually a reboot of a wordpress blog I started about a year ago. The wordpress blog didn't really work out for me because of the format and the volume of spam, so I've brought all the posts over here for a fresh start.

I do reviews of podcasts and audiobooks I've listened to, and books I've read. I also blog about my writing process and about various other topics that make me want to ramble incessantly in some fashion that might possibly assist someone else. Occasionally, I might write about work.

What I Write:

I write a variety of fantasy and science fiction. Currently I'm at the cusp of finishing a final draft edit of a book called The Sleeping Death where a journalist falls in love with Death and winds up helping her fight evil mages and the personification of Order to free the world - and War - from their tyrannical rule.

I've also written the first draft of a book called OtherWhere, which is about an evil MMORPG.

I'm in the midst of a book tentatively called The Dreaming where a lawyer gets transported into a strange, magical world every time he falls asleep...and then gets stuck there, causing havoc to his career and marriage.

I'm also prodding at ideas for novels ranging from a steampunk alternate history set in ancient Japan, to a series about a human getting sent to an alien flight school in space and getting attacked by terrorists - sort of a Harry Potter/Enders Game mashup with tentacles and teenage romantic angst.

Most of my books are slashy and don't necessarily perfectly fit either the fantasy or the science fiction mould. I tend to write things that excite me, and I hope they excite other people, too.

What I Don't Write:

I'm not sure how to answer this question. I don't write historical novels (except I might in the case of that Japanese steampunk idea), because I don't know enough about history. I don't think anything I've written would count as outright horror or a thriller, though I enjoy reading both genres, and I hope that bits of my books are either horrible (in the good way!) and/or thrilling.

I don't write literary fiction or poetry. I don't tend to read either of those genres either.

What I Read:

I'm in the midst of working my way through Terry Pratchett's collected works, in order. I love epic fantasy, urban fantasy, any other kind of fantasy, science fiction, horror, thrillers, and mysteries. My most recent new loves are Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, and Naomi Novik. If you haven't heard of any of them, go forth and google, then read. They're fantastic.

Could I Edit Someone Else's Work:

Another tricky question! I don't have any editing credentials and I'm not yet making money with my work. I also have a lot on my plate.

That being said, I'd be happy to exchange with someone, in some kind of arrangement where we each read the other's book and give feedback. Or if you want to pay me, I'd be more than willing to devote many hours to polishing your work.
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Name: On the Internet, I usually use Kiana.
Age: 24
About Me: I love writing. It gives me something productive to do. I can be a procrastinator, opting to write a story rather than do my homework. I'm currently in college and am hoping to become a Spanish teacher with an English minor. English and Spanish are favorite subjects, and I hope to one day teach a creative writing class.

About My Journal:

[personal profile] darkspirited1  is my personal journal devoted to all things I care to share. It's actually a mirror account to an LJ under the same name. It has my reflections on NaNoWriMo, my day to day stuff like lists of things to do, and whatever else I cared to write since 2003. There are stories and poems in there (all friend locked). I also talk about my ongoing project to complete a novel series I'm working on. I also talk about the writing process and the ups and downs to it for me. Basically, I talk about anything and everything.

I use filters on my journal as well so if you want to cut out the daily life ramblings you can opt out.

What I Write: Fiction -- fantasy usually and the odd bit of poetry or fan fiction (and I mean odd, seldom bit). It has been several years since I last attempted to write poetry. FanFiction is there for when I'm stuck and want to write but have nothing else to write about. It's always Lion King too. I say I'm going to try posting something every month at the very least, though I haven't written anything but my major project.

What I Don’t Write: Crime or anything with complex twisty plots that depend upon me being entirely accurate. I am very rarely accurate at anything! I also don't write anything that nonfiction usually since there's this whole "I need to make this accurate and more realistic" aspect to it.

What I Read:
Classics, Fantasy, um ... I'm really bad at classifying genres. Really I'll read anything that sounds appealing or was recommended to me by a friend. There's a list at darkspirited1 here that tells you of some random books I've read that I could recall in the 15 minutes I took to make it.

What I Don’t Read:
I do not read nonfiction very often. I also don't read erotica or things with a lot of sex. I'm sorry, but I really just hate it when characters just fall into bed with each other repeatedly just because they can. If it has to do with the plot and there's more to it other than simply falling into bed just to do it, then I'll probably read it if it's there.

Favorite Authors and Books: I hate this question. It's so hard for me to pick a favorite. Some authors I enjoy are: Edgar Allen Poe, RA Salvatore, Mercedes Lackey, Corenalia Funke, Laini Taylor, Robin D. Owens, Kristan Britain and uh ... I can't read any other names off my bookcase so I'll stop there. Really though, there is no favorite. Or rather, it changes often. Again, there's a list at darkspirited1 here that tells you of some random books I've read that I could recall in the 15 minutes I took to make it.

Could I Edit Someone Else’s Work: You are more than welcome to ask me and I'll see if I have the time. If I have the time, I'm always up for reading and critiquing. However, you must bare in mind that I am never going to say your story is perfect. I am never going to tell you "Sounds great, keep it up!" I don't consider that a critique OR an edit. I will provide my honest suggestions and feedback. You then do whatever you want with it, but you agree that you will not be angry with me for what I say. And don't take this as "OMG she's going to rip my story apart and make me feel like trash." I don't aim to do that either. Feel free to ask me for more clarity about this if you are confused.

What I’m Looking For: FRIENDLY PEOPLE! :) Other writers who can inspire me with their success so that I keep reminding myself to forge on and keep trying. People to talk to about writing. I don't know very many writers, but those that I do know are great inspiration. I'd like more of that. :) Basically, I want someone who wants to interact and socialize.

What I’m Not Looking For: I'm not looking for someone to force me to think that their view is the only way. I'm a very open minded person and hope to find more people with that mentality. I expect you to show respect, and I will show you respect as well. I'm easy to get along with though, so I doubt there will be much of an issue. Someone just trying to pad their FList.

I hope to become better acquainted with you. Happy writing! ^_^


Feb. 4th, 2012 03:04 pm
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Name: Jen

Location: USA

About Me: College grad interested in history, world travel, learning about other cultures, reading, writing, and running.

About My Journal: My journal is a conglomeration of my creative writing, history, photographs, and the usual digressions regarding people, places, music, and books. I rarely post about my personal life, except where it intersects with some of my interests.

What I Write: Mostly original fiction, historical fiction, and some creative nonfiction. The closest I come to fanfiction is writing about historical figures in unlikely situations!

What I Don't Write: Fanfiction

What I Read: I will read anything, truly. Re: books, I mainly read biographies, history nonfic, historical fiction, and mystery. I occasionally sneak in romance/erotica under the radar. Re: online, I am pretty open to any genre. In the case of fanfiction, however, I like to be relatively familiar with the fandom.

Could I Edit Someone Else's Work: I can certainly try!

Super cool idea for a community! I look forward to meeting other writers.


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