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    MENTOR ADMINISTRATOR Poetry, Children's Stories, Non-Fiction, Photography and Blogging
    CHIEF MENTOR Fiction, especially, Sci-Fi and Fantasy.
    Born in 1978, work at a college. I've had a lifelong battle with OCD which has given me an interest in how the mind works. I'll show up from time to time in most places, but particularly the SF&F forum. I'm quite good at spotting grammar and spelling mistakes in other people's work, so feel free to ask me if you'd like me to check for those.
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    SENIOR MENTOR Fantasy, horror, sci-fi, weird fiction/grotesques I started writing in around 2011 under this pseudonym. My first MS is out on query and I am 7 chapters into the second. In between, I write flash fiction for various competitions and every now and again I submit one for publication. I enjoy smart, evocative language that tends to inform the nature, if not the content, of my critiques; also, I love fabulously well-imagined worlds populated by characters that I simply have to meet. Left to my own devices, I would without doubt descend into dreadful grammar pedantry. Aside from all this I do a fair bit of tinkering and geeking out when I'm not staring at my MS, butchering songs (in a good way) with my vocal harmony group, or out on my bike. I am married with two wonderful daughters, both of whom will be better writers than me.
    Vancouver, Canada
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    SENIOR MENTOR Mystery and Historical Poetry, poetic theory & history, literary criticism, fiction, language use in an inarticulate era. On the twisted Mr. Hyde side, I’m a skilled business & technical writer. Retired prof. Canadian univ, English lit., former Head, Commun. Dept. BC Institute of Tech. Poetry published in CAN., US, UK, Germany, India—journals & numerous anthologies. Poems awarded first prize in three Publisher’s contests, US & UK, 2014-2017. Interested in relevance of the great myths, classical & NA Indian, to modern social/personalennui . Experiments in poetic Form. Role of poetry in modern world. Putting together a book of poetry now, & working on two novels (both crime dramas).
    in the flame
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    SENIOR MENTOR Poetry, Prose, Fiction I'm Julia, I am active in the Poetry thread, I visit the prose and fiction thread when interested. Hope this helps. Peace always...Julia
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    ADVANCED MENTOR Non-fiction, speculative fiction, TV and film scripts, and musical composition. I was first published as an author but have been most published as a managing editor. Fluent in English, French, German, gibberish, and filth.
    Overland Park, Kansas, USA
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    ADVANCED MENTOR Mystery and Historical Fiction Sue studies people, their reactions to events in their lives, how their joy expressed itself and how sadness was often overwhelming. She has taken psychology classes to understand human nature, and tries to recreate these emotions in the stories she writes.
    Susan has three publications to her credit:
    (1) A story for the now discontinued magazine Dogwood Tales, called “Gone Visiting.” It was inspired by her father, who had been placed in a nursing home. The story is dedicated to him.
    (2) An Amazon’s Kindle ebook: “Allegheny Shade.” (2014)
    (3) An Amazon’s Kindle ebook: “Surviving Nathan: A Murder Mystery set in the Dust Bowl.” (2017) Available in paperback ( 2018 )

    SueC is currently working on her third novel, and short stories.
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    MENTOR Forums: Poetry/Short stories/Humour/short Non-Fiction/Children's Stories. I'm interested in science, psychology, philosophy and life and interacting with other writers - old and new. I have some experience in writing stories and humour for magazines and newspapers but I'm currently concentrating on writing poetry.
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    MENTOR Prose, Speculative fiction, Sci-Fi and fantasy, Manipulation of time, The origins of writers' inspiration, The psychology of reading, Motives for reading and writing, The boundaries between reality and fiction, Ambiguity, Analogy, Deception, Distraction, Eroticism, Humour, Humorous eroticism, Illusion, Innuendo, Ignoring the regular rules of writing, Metafiction, Preternature, Surreality, Wordplay, Wordplay and Wordplay. Retired financial computer systems designer and developer, over age 70. Electronics is my main hobby, especially vintage computer technology and mathematics is a pleasure. I do not consider myself a writer but spontaneously wrote a novel in 2011 and have been trying to find out how and why ever since. Apparently when I write creatively I include veiled references to future events, hence many of my areas of interest mentioned. Apart from that diversion, I am a very rational, logical and pedantic chap inclined to have my tongue permanently in my cheek, so it is advisable always to read what I write carefully or twice, preferably both. I accept praise of my occasional writing but am inclined to ignore it, so to remain unbiased I do the same with criticism. I am married to an angel, of that there is no doubt. She is also a member of WF. We both beta read members' longer works but her preferred genres differ from mine, so between us we cover quite a lot.
    MENTOR Writing, music, flying, survivalism, guns, ceramics, model building, skiing, hiking, camping, writing, trolling, Left4Dead The more you know about me, the less you will like me.
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    by Published on April 22nd, 2014 11:08 PM

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    Below the advanced dialog box, you'll find more options, including [Disable smilies in text] which is very handy if your work includes brackets. (Cran)

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    by Published on August 2nd, 2013 03:08 AM

    [originally posted by Olly Buckle in The Writers' Lounge]

    Piglet's Picks

    Some of these are good threads, some good posts, they are all things which strike us as useful, or at least worth a look at.

    Beware some contain off-site links over which we have no control, follow them on your own initiative.

    I have called it “Piglet’s picks” because Piglet from Portugal has done most of the grunt work (Blame amsawtell for the pun, it was too good to miss) seeking out these posts, thank you PiP. I have simply put them in order of the boards on which they appear.

    If you see anything you think worthy of adding to this list please post it below or notify me of it and I will edit it in.

    Keep an eye on the thread, people are passing stuff on all the time, a new post is usually a new link, go to the post and you will not have to read through the list to see what's new since you last looked.

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    [Reorganised by the original Piglet, PiP]
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    by Published on July 24th, 2013 05:22 PM

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    (First Posted by Bazz Cargo)

    The Dark Art Of Posting.


    Gleaned from the steady application of making mistakes,
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    (Edited from a post by eleutheromaniac)

    Copyright Basics

    An idea is not protected by copyright; copyright protects only the unique and original presentation of that idea once produced in a tangible or recordable form.

    "Anytime that you create a creative, copyrightable work and it is fixed on a tangible medium (ie, paper, videotape, etc...) it is copyrighted. You don't have to register the work to have copyright protection, although registration brings other benefits such as the immediate right to sue and potential statutory damages, notwithstanding actual damages. So in sum, once you create it, it is copyright protected." - FindLaw for Legal Professionals | Law & Legal Information

    See Also:
    Fair Usage or Theft (Mike C)

    Copyright term and Public Domain. Note: Just because something is considered public domain shouldn't give one the right to pillage it at will without giving some due credit to the original source. Call it 'Writer's Etiquette'.

    U.S. Copyright Office

    UK Copyright law

    Austrialian Copyright law

    Canadian Copyright

    PS - You can make the copyright symbol by holding down alt and then typing 0169 on the number pad.
    by Published on April 6th, 2013 01:45 PM

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    by Published on June 24th, 2011 02:19 PM

    And once you've done all that, you can issue your own press releases online.

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