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  1. Update: LRWG #9 1/4 done

    Well, I've passed the quarter mark on the lesson with 860 / 3,000 words. And I've reached another transition point from one scene to the next. This is just like the last time I was stumped. That one took a few months to work around.

    There's a part of me that says "go ahead and share it now. Maybe folks can help with the rest." While that may be true, another part of me says "wait until you've finished the story before sharing."

    Either way, there are ...
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  2. Update: LRWG #9

    I managed to get a few more words written on this assignment. It's up to 695 which leaves only 2,305 to go. This might have something to do with the door slamming neighbors having moved out. Add in that the cold weather has kept the kids indoors. So, it's been fairly peaceful around me.

    What I don't understand is why this story is taking so long to write. Even with the chaos that's been around me, it's been over a year since I finished lesson 8. The most frustrating part with the story ...
  3. The Social Media Struggle

    The other night I'm sitting here thinking of what to do about this mess. The neighbors moved out- so the building is quiet, aside from a certain kitty making a ruckus. It's difficult to think when she's yowling.

    Of course that's not the current in a long list of complications I've had to content with over the years. It's been a battle. There has been pressure to do one thing or another with my work, to have characters be of a certain concept or another, and then finally someone new ...
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  4. NF: The Futures' Fathers ( 1,526 words )

    Quote Originally Posted by MzSnowleopard View Post
    This opinion piece was written for English Comp 2 at WITCC and later revised for lesson # 06 with Long Ridge Writers Group.

    The objective of the lesson was to conclude the piece from lesson # 05. It had a limit of 1,500 to 2,000 words. Sadly, that piece did not work out- so I presented a summary of this piece- which I had written for English Composition 2 at WITCC- asking if I could submit it instead. And they approved. It was the first piece the Mr. Hyman reviewed and critiqued for
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  5. True Family (955 words)

    Quote Originally Posted by MzSnowleopard View Post
    Summary: True Family is the result for my 2nd lesson with LRWG. The objective of this assignment was to write a fictional story of 750 to 1,000 words- or within 10%.. Use the person in lesson 1 as the main character or create a new character.

    I chose to create a new character and with this came the birth of The Zodiac Chronicles. While different last names were used, and their attitudes were less appealing- with intention, it is essentially the first scene I wrote for the series.
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  6. Choices ( 1,397 words )

    Quote Originally Posted by MzSnowleopard View Post
    This is what I wrote for lesson 4 and then revised with lesson 7 with Long Ridge. The objective of lesson # 04 was to write a new story of article of 750 to 1,500 words - or within 10%. The objective of lesson # 07 was to revise a previous story or article while remaining within the word count of the original lesson.

    I based this story on the personal experiences of myself and several others. Each one of us had made a different choice in regards to our pregnancies. So it's a mixture
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  7. Truth is Stranger Than Fiction ( 521 words )

    Quote Originally Posted by MzSnowleopard View Post
    This is the non-fiction article I wrote for lesson # 5 with Long Ridge. The objective was to write the opening of a new article or story. It was the first in a two-part process. The limit was up to 2 pages.

    I tried, I had a good subject but it felt like the piece was a struggle. Sadly part two did not develop for this piece. Even after 10+ years I tried getting back to it when I restarted with LRWG but no such luck. I believe that part of the reason why it wouldn't happen is that
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  8. The Zodiac Chronicles: Prelude Chp 1 (2,987 words 3rd P)

    Quote Originally Posted by MzSnowleopard View Post
    (mods- please leave this in the secured area.)

    This is Chapter 1 of my current WIP. It is a paranormal / supernatural story based on the classic theme of good vs. evil. Prelude is book and 'sets the stage' for a series of several books.

    TZC Prelude is the piece I used for Long Ridge lesson # 8. It has been reviewed by Team Beta, however, there may be things that were missed.

    I'm looking for a few things with this piece. Grammar check, story flow, and reader
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    Updated August 31st, 2015 at 05:38 AM by MzSnowleopard

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  9. Pitch: LRWG Project ( break-in novel chp 1 )

    Quote Originally Posted by MzSnowleopard View Post
    This is the updated pitch. I have polished it from previous reviews Chapter one is complete- I had to write for the piece in lesson 8 of Long Ridge Writers Group. 3 questions still stand. I've shared them at the bottom.

    Pitch:

    'Prelude' is chapter one of The Zodiac Chronicles: Prelude. This is a 2,984 word excerpt about Doctor Lynn Tristain an archaeologist and a telepath. Her goal is to find a lost chamber where people once communicated with spiritual beings called The
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  10. The Wrong Man (500 words)

    Quote Originally Posted by MzSnowleopard View Post
    This is the first piece that I wrote for the program with Long Ridge Writers Group. The objective of the lesson was to write a descriptive piece on some one I knew or had known. The maximum word limit was 500.

    This piece is finished, it's a part of my portfolio to show my writing style. It is not intended for publication.

    What I'm looking for is general reader reaction to the piece. I want to know how people 'feel' / what their impression of a piece is over all.
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  11. Patching Things Up... Kicking the Habit ( 930 words )

    Quote Originally Posted by MzSnowleopard View Post
    This is the paper I wrote for lesson # 03 with Long Ridge. The objective of the lesson was to write a non-fiction article of 750 to 1,000 words or within 10%.

    I chose to write about my first efforts to quit smoking. I managed to get 930 words. If there was one thing that I took from this lesson it was that I do not like writing personal essays / articles. It's not that I was uncomfortable writing it, it's just not my interest. Still, I wrote it. It's an accomplishment.
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    Updated August 30th, 2015 at 11:51 PM by MzSnowleopard

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  12. Update TZC Prelude

    Just an Update-

    I'm still having trouble finding files with Win 7. I got started today and actually had to come back here to create new copies of the crits / reviews because I can't find the ones on the flash drive. I know they're there- I just can't find them and Win 7 isn't helping. This makes me miss WinXP.

    So, onwards and upwards- I have my project for today. How much I get done is another question. We'll find out tonight.
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  13. LRWG A Year Later



    Well, here it is August 2015. I should have finished the course by now. Sadly, things happened and I haven't finished. I'm still on assignment # 9. My deadline was mid-December 2014. So, what happened? The same crap just different days.

    It seems like right when I sit down to work on the project the chaos begins. It could have been quiet all day and then, right at the moment I decide to site down and write, the neighbors slam the doors, the kids materialize in the ...
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  14. Pets

    Quote Originally Posted by MzSnowleopard View Post
    As promised- here's a pic of her royal mowness Mao. As you can see, she has made herself at home in my chair- not one of the TWO 'official' cat chairs. LOL

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  15. From the Regret Thread

    I regret having trusted someone with my baby / my break-in novel. I confided in one guy about the problems I had with it, he suggested making it a group collaboration, and not only did these people each take creative license and ignore my plans i.e. The Story Bible- they betrayed me. One said it would be nothing without her; another has threatened to sue me should I attempt publication.

    I learned my lesson and will never do another collaboration unless it's for written RPG.
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  16. Lesson Received by LRWG

    This morning I found the notice in my e-mail account that Long Ridge has picked up my lesson. They will forward it to my instructor.
    Start the clock as the waiting officially begins. It usually takes about 2 to 3 weeks to receive the response. In the mean time, there are 5 projects on my ‘to do’ list. 2 reviews, some clones, a few posts, and some ‘in the mean time’ activities from Long Ridge. Once these are done, there’s still plenty more to keep me busy.
    -M
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  17. LRWG Lesson # 08 is Finished!

    This is a copy paste from my off site blog. Since not everyone visits it or knows about it, I'm sharing this here.

    I finished the project last night and sent the files this morning. It should take about 2 to 3 weeks to receive the response. What I learned with this lesson are things every writer needs to know

    • How to write a query letter, cover letter, and pitch.
    • The importance of having a beginning, a middle, and an end.
    • Being patient avoids mistakes. ...
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  18. Update Step 3

    Ican skip over the cover letter! According to the website of the e-zine I chosethey prefer submission not include one. So, it's on to Part 4- the letter to myinstructor. Submissions are done electronically via a submission gateway.
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  19. Update! I've finished Step 2!

    The 'Magazine Choice Form' - select a suitable publications from the book and fill out the details on the form. Of the 4 that remained on my list of possible magazines for submission- I chose the one with the best website, Strange Horizons.

    If you'd like to see a copy of the form about this online publication- shoot me a PM and I'll send you a copy in response. After my instructor has reviewed and responded to my lesson, then I'll put it up on my website.
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  20. 2014 Goals for 10 / 13-17

    Good morning Writing Forums- it is Monday, October 13. Wow, we are closing in on the middle of the month.

    This is a roll-over week! Last week, aside from the necessary appointments, there were so many distractions I just couldn't get much done. At least I go part of the way through Step 2.

    My goal for this week to finish LRWG Lesson # 8.

    Part 1: Write a fictional story between 2,000 and 3,000 words. Done!

    Pat 2: 'Magazine Choice Form' - select ...
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  21. 2014 Updates 10-10

    Call this the week of necessary distraction. These are things like doctor's appointments and bus rides. They're not long rides, about 15 minutes to downtown and then about 30 on the outbound to the turn-around point. When it comes to getting out and about for things like appointments and shopping, I spend about an hour on just the bus rides. Sadly my budget cannot afford the expenses of a car.

    So, what did I accomplish this week? I tweaked the manuscript on lesson # 08 for Long Ridge. ...
  22. Adjustments Made to LRWG # 08

    After reviewing and contemplating the previous draft of the piece, I opted to drop the portion where Digger retreats to a tunnel. I did this primarily because it conflicts with his previous action of shuffling away (leaving the scene) to tell Doctor Gallaine that Lynn would be staying in the chamber. After removing his retreat to the tunnel, I polished the piece to adjust for the change and it flows much better.
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  23. I Love My Team Beta!

    Thanks to the review response from one of Team Beta- She believes that an important piece is missing from my script for the LRWG Lesson #08. I agree, it was inadvertently left out of the scenario- I was going to add it but this would put me beyond the 3,000 word limit. So, I decided to send the script as is to my instructor and add the scenario for the "novel version".

    Updated October 7th, 2014 at 05:58 PM by MzSnowleopard

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  24. Goals for October 2014

    Practice makes Permanent which leads to Progress!

    Now that I'm done writing the piece which I titled "Prelude" for Long Ridge Writers Group it's on to the rest of the of lesson # 08

    Part 1 was to write a fictional story between 2,000 to 3,000 words. Check mark! Done!

    The rest is easy:

    Part 2 ( this is a 2 step part ) This is the easy one:

    ~ Step 1 is to select a suitable magazine from the pages of The Best ...

    Updated October 7th, 2014 at 05:50 PM by MzSnowleopard

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