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Name: Skye

Age: 27

Location: United States 

About Me: I'm a twentysomething (obviously) writer (obviously) with vague aspirations of maybe publishing something someday somehow? I have a degree in Creative Writing from WKU in Kentucky. They named me Outstanding CW Major of the 2012 class, which baffles me to this day. (That isn't false modesty (she said, making it seem more like she was being falsely modest). I am genuinely surprised that they gave me that award.) I have a lot of interests outside writing and reading, but those have been two of my primary passions for much of my life.

About My Journal: Mostly general life updates, but since I've been writing a lot lately, that includes updates on how my latest writing venture (a lengthy TRON fanfic) is going! There may be snippets here and there, so keep a weather eye out. I am trying to update on the regular, but we'll see how long that lasts. I love to get comments, and I try to give them in return if I feel I have something to add to the conversation.

What I Write: Fanfiction, generally for sci-fi-ish fandoms. This is weird, because when I write original fiction, it tends to follow a fantasy bent. I've written modern fantasy, urbanish fantasy, historicalish fantasy... lots of fantasy. Most of it's been YA-focused as well, because I just think teenagers make for more interesting characters.

What I Don't Write: I seriously cannot imagine writing something without some element of the fantastical. I don't write romance very much because I have little experience in that arena and I just don't find it that interesting. Also since what I write is aimed at teenagers, I feel like they need to have more voices telling them that their story can be complete without a romantic counterpart.

What I Read: YA fantasy, regular YA, fantasy, sci-fi (need more of it in my reading diet), urban fantasy. Authors include: Robin McKinley, Tamora Pierce, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Garth Nix, Seanan McGuire, John Green, Maureen Johnson.

What I Don't Read: Contemporary or so-called "literary" fiction. Romance. Erotica of any kind. Very much fanfic at all, even though I write quite a bit of it. (I am vast; I contain multitudes, etc.) I can't stand love triangles.

Could I Edit Someone Else's Work: Could, yes. Would... is another question entirely. I feel like I've got enough on my plate as it stands, unfortunately.

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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] kathkin

Name: kathkin

Age: 23

Location: Edinburgh, UK

About Me: Unpublished and over-educated (just finished my creative writing masters), unemployed, lesbian, fannish. Love classics, animation, baking.

About My Journal: Largely a personal blog, so frequent ramblings about whatever I'm writing at the moment, fannish stuff, and just whatever's happening in my life.

What I Write: Dabbled a bit in everything, but primarily SF/fantasy, often queer.

What I Don't Write: Poetry, largely.

What I Read: Again, a bit of everything. Currently: slogging my way through A Song of Ice and Fire, reading all of Sarah Waters' novels in chronological order (just finished Fingersmith and seeing her at a book festival later in the month, eee), doing a 2014 reading bingo, and reading every interesting-sounding translation of Euripides' Hippolytus I can get my hands on. On my to-read shelf atm is Gormenghast and a selection of classic SF novels I feel like I ought to read. I have a Goodreads!

What I Don't Read: What doesn't interest me. Not so much into non-fiction, horror, crime and romance but will dabble if it comes recommended.

Could I Edit Someone Else's Work: If I have time/energy and it's reasonably short.

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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!
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Name: [personal profile] slynnhunt S. Lynn Hunt

Age: 33 as of April.

Location: Southern United States.

About Me: I am a woman who likes to read, and likes to write, and I like to be very involved in the things I like. I've been told I over-analyze things, but that's okay, that's how I like it. I read to engage my mind and heart as well as be entertained, and when I write, I hope to do the same to my potential future readers.

About My Journal: This journal is dedicated only to my writing. It's fairly new, so there aren't many posts yet, but what's coming are more posts about the project I'm currently working on. Right now, the posts are limited to word count and some vague mentions of what's going on (there's a gruesome crime scene coming up!). This is mostly a personal superstition thing, as I'm scared that if I share more I'll jinx it and never finish. As I continue with the project, gain more confidence of actually finishing, then I will probably start to share more about the characters, world, and tidbits of the plot.

What I Write: Mostly fantasy. Dark, epic, fantastic-realism is my usual. What I'm currently working on is more like soft science fiction, though. Maybe an urban fantasy, depending on your view. There's also an element of murder mystery.

What I Don't Write: Romance or erotica. Up until a few days ago, I'd have said mystery because I didn't think I'd be very good at it, but here we are.

What I Read: Mostly fantasy, but I've been known to pick up and read almost anything, so long as it catches my attention. I like a good mystery, thriller, horror, even the occasional romance that has more going on than just romance. I don't normally read hard scifi; my kind of science fiction book are the Star Trek tie-in novels. Authors I like are: Stephen King when he's on his game, Jim Butcher, J.K. Rowling, KAREN MILLER (READ ALL HER THINGS), Mercedes Lackey, Jacqueline Carey, Gregory McGuire, George R. R. Martin. Catherynne M. Valente is an author I admire for being so different and beautiful, but I can't really say I like her work. I read it, though. I will read certain religion/spirituality-centric nonfiction, but on the whole I avoid it.

What I Don't Read: I'd like to stay away from books with love-triangles in them (I can't stand them), but it's a little hard to do that, since everyone seems like think love-triangles are awesome. I would not read erotica as a choice, but have done so to support friends who do, either as a reader or as an editor. No, I have not read Twilight. I tried. I got to page 19 and had to stop. (Thanks to Mark Oshiro and [personal profile] cleolinda, I do know what happens in the books.) Nonfiction (except occasionally).

Could I Edit Someone Else's Work: I have done editing work before, but I'm not currently because I'm focused on my own writing.
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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".

Intro!

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--

Um.

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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[personal profile] darkspirited1
Name: On the Internet, I usually use Kiana.
Age: 24
Location:Midwest
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! ^_^
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[personal profile] auguris
Name: Gabe

Age: Late 20's

Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

About Me: Introvert, INTJ, I read and write voraciously, watch a small number of TV shows regularly (and far too much random Youtube crap), play videogames obsessively, gorge on politics until it becomes too depressing and I have to look at kittens, and repost far too much dreck on my Tumblog.

About My Journal: I'm not very active, although I'm trying to change that. (I say this all the time.) I tend to post articles I find interesting, funny or necessary, little bits and blobs that I need to purge from my brain, and bits and pieces of my work that feel finished.

What I Write: My two main projects fall under the broad category of speculative fiction. Universe Lost could be called soft sci-fi, and Ghost Sight is pretty definitely urban fantasy. I have a side-project that's post-apocalyptic, but I'm having trouble making it work. In general I stick to fantasy/sci-fi with horror mixed in.

What I Don't Write: Poetry, because I'm terrible at it. Modern lit, because there aren't any spaceships or wizards. Comedy, because I'm only ever funny by accident. I may or may not write fanfic, but I'll never post it.

What I Read: Fantasy, sci-fi, horror, modern lit, non-fiction on just about any subject.

What I Don't Read: Memoirs and auto/biographies of politicians. The rhetoric is already thick enough, I don't need to go diving into the sludge.

This all sounds incredibly formal because a) these things always make me nervous and b) I've been mainlining BBC's Sherlock and English mannerisms are leaking into my brain.

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