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OK Who is doing NaNoWriMo this year? What are you writing about? Can we all be writing buddies and such? I'm gonna TRY and I hope I can make it! Yes, I did just dredge up a thread from 2012 because I didn't know where to post this, and I figured someone somewhere had already started a thread. previous thread: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=4419
At the risk of starting too many threads here I am going to take @Palimpsest's mention of Anne McCaffrey in another thread and pick the topic up here. I hadn't thought of the Pern novels in quite a while either. Anne's son, Todd, has taken over the series, but it is not the same and I stopped reading. In fact, even before she died, the stories were weakening. McCaffrey had great imaginative powers. Besides the world of Pern, she had a terrific series about the "Talents" (people with psychic abilities) and the "Ship Who Sang" novels are very inventive in their intersection of technology and fantasy. I like the Harper Hall novels, but except for Dragonsinger, they are less well-crafted than the main trilogy. There is a major continuity error in Dragon Song: Menolly watches the fire lizards and composes the song in her head, but she never has a chance to write it down. If you go through the plot, there is no chance for her to write the song, much less hide it among the papers in the Harper's rooms. But the song is discovered among the Harper's papers. (Okay...) Back in the late 80's, I had the opportunity to discuss her work with Anne McCaffrey (She was on Compuserve as Anne Mack) and she told me that a lot of things happened in her imagination that she never made into stories. I wish she had written a story explaining how the hell the fire lizard song got itself written --with lyrics, too--and hidden. Dragon Singer is my favored of the three. It is one of the best "Young People at School" fantasy novels, right up there (in its descriptions of school life) with the Harry Potter books. And I must say, I could really enjoy "bubbly pies," if they had them in my town.
From the ages of about 11-18, I wrote like a demon - plays, short stories, fanfiction, poetry, you name it. It was pretty raw, but looking back, some it was actually good. In college I had less time, but would go through sporadic periods of writing. Last year I was hit by depression and stopped writing entirely, especially since a failed project was very much tied to the problem. Only lately have I been able to start up again, with a couple of articles and a novel in the works. Now, it's like I've totally lost my confidence. Everything I write sounds stupid, and I can't produce more than a couple of sentences at a time, though I'm still getting lots of interesting ideas. Any advice for getting back into the habit, and working past the "stupid" feeling?
Does anyone else belong to a critique group, or other writing organization? I lead an in-person critique group that meets weekly. We've been meeting for years. It's a nice way to interact with other writers, and get feedback on your work. Friends and family members don't always feel like they can give honest feedback, and they aren't always qualified to give good input. I'm also a member of a local writers' group that holds monthly meetings on a variety of topics. There are talks by authors of various genres, panel discussions, and open reading nights. I only attend that when the topic is something I care about, but it's another way to connect with others who share this solitary hobby. They also host a monthly breakfast at a restaurant, and a monthly happy hour. Recently I took part in a 6 week writing workshop with a local author. It was a different kind of critique group than my usual, and it was very interesting. I'll probably do it again when I have enough extra cash on hand. I don't think that the FJ boards is a good place to start a critique group, but I would be happy to give advice to anyone looking to start a group of their own. There are pitfalls to avoid.
Any other writers on this site? Professional, hobby, whatever. I started writing when I was 11. I've previously written plays, short stories and way too much fanfiction. Right now I'm at work on my first original novel, which believe it or not was inspired by that horrid SAHD story about the abortion clinic we read the other day. We'll see how it goes, I'm still figuring out the characters. What are your current projects?
anna.xanga.com/70328771/item/ When I was a Christian, I read a couple of his books. Although I halfway enjoyed them, I can't say that he is the greatest writer. He tells interesting stories-or at least that is what I remember. This is a common argument aimed at atheists. No matter how we answer it, it keeps getting asked. The question is not really, how can atheist be good but why would they be good? How do atheists decide what is good? This is my opinion and mine only. I believe that humans evolved to be social. We need each other. Like it or not, we are dependent on one another for survival. It makes sense to want a peaceful society. Alturism makes sense because it helps the entire community survive. A lot of morals are actually very logical when you think about it. It doesn't make sense, for example, to kill off the oldest members of society because they offer knowledge and experience to the younger generation. Studies have even shown that the presence of grandmothers helps children survive to adulthood. Morality is actually rational So, atheists have to play by rules that Christians do not have to use. I should define and explain where my morals come from but Peretti doesn't have to do the same. Continued in next post
Yes, after doing many readings and researches of the fundies we talk about here, I would like to share with you my characters that I have written for my stories. I won't show my stories with you yet, I'm still not finished, but I would like to show you characters based on Dougie, the Botkins, Maxwells, Duggars etc. So Enjoy, and tell me what you think? Here are Doug Philips and his family; Filbert Blackwater-a Pastor and Elder of his own Church, he practices Dominion Theology, an advocate for Antifeminism and a lover of Patriarchy. He is a androcentrist (male-centered) and a homosocialist (enjoying male company). He is straight but finds women somewhat disgusting, at least independent women; his father was a 'manly' preacher and his mother was a free loving hippie. He was scared of his mother but loved his docile, domestic sisters. He enjoys dressing up in periodic clothing and celebrating Christian events, mostly manly Christian events such as the Titanic, ancient Christian persecution and WW2; all which he thinks are Christian inspired. He's chauvinistic, anti-secular, anti-liberal, jovial, patriocentric and slightly narcissistic. Filbert seems to have an obsession with leadership and portraying men as protective, honest, pious, virtuous, masculine heroes in his sermons or in the films his ministry makes. And every time he speaks of women, it is mostly in terms of modesty, childbearing/rearing, purity, and that daughters/wives must be protected and cherished as delicate flowers who must heed the word of the good book and obey its rules of marriage, submission, and keeping the home in check. He strongly opposes public schools, youth groups, feminism, and even environmentalism; stating the the good book teaches Man is given 'dominion' over all things as stated in Genesis. He believes misogyny means 'feminists hating women and forcing them to work as harlots, with pants and sleeveless shirts, and forced to work in places where men could take advantage of them. Feminism is a hatred of family, marriage, homemaking, forcing women to go to war and let the State raise the children (which has connections with Communism and Marxism), and favors abortion and lesbianism'. Pella Blackwater-wife of Filbert, a lovely lady of virtue and femininity. But virtue is somewhat loose in this term; Pella could be very generous, by giving only quarters, onions and jam to the homeless; she can be proper, only to politely insult heretics and heathens; she can be compassionate, only to see small children as an utter annoyance. Above all, she is sincerely sensible, picky, inconsiderate and a crybaby. Titus-Filbert's eldest son, very cute but with many issues; he's a homophobic, anti-catholic, arrogant, attention-seeking snot who thinks of himself as manly because he works out and has fun with his father all the time. He's secretly bisexual but tries to oppress his crush on sexy male celebrities. He calls all Catholics 'Papists' and all Gays 'Sodomites'. Alberta-Filbert's eldest daughter, an uptight, pushy, smug young woman with the tendency to be a voyeur. But is mostly obsessed with her own hygiene; she gets very panicky around dirt and messes. Another thing about her is that she has fetish fantasies about wolves; as a child, she loved reading fairy tales about wolves and finds them seductive and rough. Jobelle-second eldest daughter, a graceful little daddy's girl with a beautiful voice and a streak of Electra Complex; she's jealous when her father is with her mother, sister or other women. She can be antisemitic, islamophobic and impatient. She literally dreams about marrying a man exactly like her father, almost like a clone. She also has a secret fantasy of being raped by him. Her other interests include cooking, playing the piano, sewing, and squashing mice. Mather-second eldest son, obsessed with creationism and Christian science, kind of nerdy, foolish, awkward, bossy, asexual but enjoys being with his brothers and father a lot. Despite his asexuality, he seems to have a slight obsession with masculinity and male physique. He also believes in old obsolete theories about gender, sexuality and race. Howard-youngest son, obedient and naive but a taunting teaser. His interests include squashing ants and spiders. He has a phobia of dogs. Hopeful-youngest daughter, a sweet, obedient little girl but a nosy, eavesdropping tattler. She likes playacting/ridiculing feminists, showing off her dresses and trapping butterflies in jars to let them die.
I found this on the blog of a woman who left the Satmars. Her blog is super interesting and she has a book coming out in early 2012. She often posts pictures and such from her old neighborhood and I thought FJ might find this post interesting (not broken because she's not fundie and given that she advertises her book there I don't think she'd be unhappy with extra traffic): http://deborahfeldman.tumblr.com/post/1 ... en-to-step Obviously this is only meant for the Hasidic community there, since it's written in Hebrew, but how much of a "problem" must this be if there are many signs like this popping up on street corners?