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  1. LRWG # 9 Nix

    This is just a brief update for those following. I decided to nix the 'experimental story' in favor of the 'traditional story'. I'm thinking this will help things move along. I'm still stumped but I am more accustomed to the traditional flow. Perhaps I'll give the 'experimental story' another try when I'm not concerned about making deadlines or academics on a piece.

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  2. Quick Links

    Because I got tired of the hassle in finding the threads- these are direct links to my scripts. It's more for my own quick referencing than anything but it comes in handy when people ask for links.

    Assignment 1: Developing your writers eye- describe a person you know or have known in 500 words.
    Title: The Wrong Man ( 500 words )

    Lesson 2: Use your experience as a springboard for fiction. Write a fiction story of 750 - 1,000 words. Use the person you described in ...

    Updated May 22nd, 2018 at 02:25 AM by MzSnowleopard

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  3. Changes to my school

    Well this bites, Long Ridge has elected, for whatever reason, to change their name. Now it's a corporate name- Institute for Writers. They promise that no changes will be made to how the school functions- just the name, the website, and their location. I don't get it. Long Ridge Writers Group is a name that stands out, Institute for Writers not so much. It sounds clinical, static, corporate, bland. Whatever, at least the material isn't changing.
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  4. LRWG # 9 Another Update

    Tonight, I finally breached 1,500 words on this project. This puts me passed the halfway point. There's only 1,445 words to go.

    The rough draft may not be my best work but at this point- more than a year passed the deadline- and with the story dredging along, I'm just going with it.

    Changing from 3rd to 1st person has helped- borrowing characters from my YA has too- having characters based on real encounters was the boost tonight. That scenario was based on an actual moment ...
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  5. LRWG # 9 Progresses

    The original due date was for somewhere in the middle of December 2014. Needless to say, I am more than a year behind schedule. So, what's the hold up?

    My fellow writers know that the problems have been external. It's the neighbors coming and going- slamming the fire doors on their way, their children using the stairwell and fire hall as a playground, and now, the neighbor across the hall has a new puppy that loves to bark.

    I have tried to drown out the noise- play the ...
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  6. LRWG Lesson #9 1/3 done

    Progress! So, I'm contemplating as I read over what I've done so far with Long Ridge Lesson # 9. As I'm adding some new content an idea dawns on me- try a shot at 1st person! So, that's what I did. I shifted the piece to read as 1st person. I went from 890 words to 1,042 words in less than 30 minutes. While I have stopped worrying about the word count in general- I still have to keep it in mind for the Long Ridge projects. Lessons 9 through 12 have a word count max of 3,000. So, I'm officially 1/3 ...
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  7. 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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  8. 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 ...
  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  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. ...
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