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Old 07-27-2017, 08:24 AM
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Hi everyone,

Just getting to grips with finding my way round etc. Hoping that I manage it without falling flat on my face and having everyone laugh at the new girl!

If you're as nosy as I am, then you might like to know that 1) this is my first real writers forum I have joined (have dabbled elsewhere), 2) I am excited about honing my writing skills and reaching out to the wider world with like-minded people, 3) I am actually quite paranoid about writing posts haha! I will be slap-dash on here, but I do actually take my writing very seriously. 4) I hate odd numbers, so just needed to round this up.

Not sure how much more I should ramble here, maybe shut up now and go for a wander

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Old 07-27-2017, 12:14 PM
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Hello, Tally.
I am an American and not a writer.
But I am a very lonely man so I pretend to be a writer on the internet so I can have two dimensional friends.
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Hello, Tally.
I am an American and not a writer.
But I am a very lonely man so I pretend to be a writer on the internet so I can have two dimensional friends.

So you are up Hull way, are you?
There is a fellow who posts here (he is a poet) that lists his home as Hull.
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Old 07-27-2017, 02:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Nick Pierce View Post
Hello, Tally.
I am an American and not a writer.
But I am a very lonely man so I pretend to be a writer on the internet so I can have two dimensional friends.
Ha! Well, at least two dimensional friends are a step closer to sanity than just having the imaginary ones for company.
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Old 07-27-2017, 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Nick Pierce View Post
So you are up Hull way, are you?
There is a fellow who posts here (he is a poet) that lists his home as Hull.
Oh, I'm more northern than Hull. I'm borderline Geordie (Newcastle). Hull is positively posh compared to me! Fortunately, my accent doesn't translate into typing. I don't think. Hmmm....
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Old 07-27-2017, 04:36 PM
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Ha! Well, at least two dimensional friends are a step closer to sanity than just having the imaginary ones for company.
Justy ignore Nick, he is actually a writer at level Alpha 5, with a literary license security clearance of Mach 6, and therefore is allowed to use the word "shell" instead of "shall" in the context of peeling peanuts, "I shell peel a peanut".

I have not yet been granted a Mach 2 license at the moment and therefore am not allowed alliteration
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Old 07-27-2017, 05:52 PM
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Hi Tally,
Glad to have you here.
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Old 07-28-2017, 12:04 AM
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Originally Posted by PickleBottom View Post
Justy ignore Nick, he is actually a writer at level Alpha 5, with a literary license security clearance of Mach 6, and therefore is allowed to use the word "shell" instead of "shall" in the context of peeling peanuts, "I shell peel a peanut".

I have not yet been granted a Mach 2 license at the moment and therefore am not allowed alliteration
Hi

Ah, never fear, I'm not gullible. Well, mostly...

Hmmm. I am well versed in Simply Venus but have never committed to aiming for anything more permanent. But that's fine with me, I don't want to carry the responsibility of being the most wisdomnessful in literary fields. Or any fields for that matter. He can keep his shells, but good luck to you in your achieving your certificate in alliteration!
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Old 07-28-2017, 12:07 AM
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Hi Tally,
Glad to have you here.
Hi brian

Thank you for your welcome!
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Old 07-28-2017, 04:19 AM
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Hi, Tally!

Don't be paranoid. We're all still learning!
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Old 07-28-2017, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Myers View Post
Hi, Tally!

Don't be paranoid. We're all still learning!
Hey!


Ok, that was weird - I typed a response and when I pressed submit, it disappeared. Is there a filter on this thing that blocks sarcasm and self-deprecation? *eek*

Sigh. Even though you didn't see it, I don't like repeating myself, so I won't attempt to re-write it. Keeping it simple. Once I stop typing that is. That is about now...
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Old 07-28-2017, 06:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Tally View Post
Hey!


Ok, that was weird - I typed a response and when I pressed submit, it disappeared. Is there a filter on this thing that blocks sarcasm and self-deprecation? *eek*

Sigh. Even though you didn't see it, I don't like repeating myself, so I won't attempt to re-write it. Keeping it simple. Once I stop typing that is. That is about now...


No, but for some reason long posts sometimes get 'timed-out'

There were problems with the software recently and it seems like that may be a residual glitch.

So... make it snappy when replying😀 no deep thoughts allowed😀
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I always select all my text and copy it before I post...
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Originally Posted by Myers View Post
I always select all my text and copy it before I post...


Hmm... I never do that with posts and replies.

Maybe that's why I say so many stoopid things.
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I just mean I copy it to the clipboard -- that way if it doesn't post, I can paste it in the text box and submit it again.


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Originally Posted by Myers View Post
I just mean I copy it to the clipboard -- that way if it doesn't post, I can paste it in the text box and submit it again.


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Oh, I see. Then that's why you say so many stoopid things too😆
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Old 07-29-2017, 09:02 AM
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Thanks guys, I really didn't think I'd rambled too long, but I was interrupted so maybe just the time it took from me opening the reply to sending it went over the limit. Good tip, I shall try to remember to copy and paste before sending.

(now waits to see how many times I forget this before I learn!)
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Old 07-29-2017, 09:07 AM
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I have spent some time here wandering around, trying to get to grips with the place. Is there a place where I can ask general questions?

Not about writing - but stuff like: it seems mostly void of registered members when I have been here, am I just choosing "bad times" or is the current active member level just low atm? I'm not after a huge social scene, but it would be nice if there were others present at the same time I'm posting haha.
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The number of active regular members is low. A few years ago there was a giant flame war and the mods or admin shut down the intellectual table, which is where a lot of the very active members hung out and bashed the hell out of each other.

So... a bunch of members left with a big FU.

Since then the site has been plagued by technical difficulties and this has further turned people off.

Couple that with competition from social media sites and you get what we have here.

Traffic is actually picking up some lately. Some of the old members are stopping in again for a peek.

Dunno how it will end up.
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I have spent some time here wandering around, trying to get to grips with the place. Is there a place where I can ask general questions?

Not about writing - but stuff like: it seems mostly void of registered members when I have been here, am I just choosing "bad times" or is the current active member level just low atm? I'm not after a huge social scene, but it would be nice if there were others present at the same time I'm posting haha.
Hi Tally,

Really nice to have you on board.

The good ship Writers Beat is somewhat reduced to a rowing boat with a few survivors - the highest number of members online together in recent months is about fifteen - but numbers are rising. The site was down for months, so there are a great deal of old members who aren't aware its up and running again.

The main bulk of members are in the US, so if you log in after 8 pm in the evening, the site is at it's busiest. I'm in UK myself - you will never find more than two people online before 6.00 pm on weekdays.

Please just ask if you need any help - we're laid back, and don't observe 'lane discipline' or get anal about where you leave comments. If you want direction, just pop a note in any reply box that your target recipient will find.

You're always welcome to private message me if there's anything I can help you with .

See you around x
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Thanks for the replies brian, and also for the welcome, Grace

Due to my lifestyle, I'm mostly likely to be around daytimes mon-Friday haha. Never mind, as I have said previously, I will be sticking around and contributing where and when I can.
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At least our handful of regulars pop in daily - you'll always have a chat, albeit with a slight time lag!

If you want something looked at, please don't be shy to private message and ask someone to take a look.

Leila and JohnConstantine are on our time zone. I don't tend to sleep more than four hours a night, so I cross over with both sides of the Atlantic!
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I work during the week. I usually check in in the morning to see what the Brits have been up to while I slept. Then again at night (7-11pm mountain central time).

Right now it is 12:12am. Time for sleep.
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G'night Bri. Sleep tight x

8.15 am on a Sunday morning. Deep need for eggs and bacon coming on....
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At least our handful of regulars pop in daily - you'll always have a chat, albeit with a slight time lag!

If you want something looked at, please don't be shy to private message and ask someone to take a look.

Leila and JohnConstantine are on our time zone. I don't tend to sleep more than four hours a night, so I cross over with both sides of the Atlantic!
I don't mind the time-lag, it would actually help me to not linger too much at times.

Oh dear, I thought my body clock was bad enough with a six-hour limit!

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Well, when you find yourself walking the floors in the early hours of the morning, you'll likely find me equally available for a chat!
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I work during the week. I usually check in in the morning to see what the Brits have been up to while I slept. Then again at night (7-11pm mountain central time).

Right now it is 12:12am. Time for sleep.

My 'worktime' is mostly late afternoon/evenings, and weekends. My life can get very unpredictable, but I work with what I can get.

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