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July 2008 - Issue 19

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Lovely issue. I'm new around here so I was excited to receive it! I read it through quickly, I'll go back and reread more thoroughly of course.

I was particularly interested in the 'group blog' article and concept, as I am engaged in a similar project. Also, as a writer, I'm always on the lookout for new ideas for...coming up with new ideas.

This is brilliant. It takes the idea of blogging and comments one step further, to extending the feeling of inclusion to readers.

With my project, I use a webhost/publication system called Publisher-For-You. You can construct a website as either a blog or a regular website. In website mode, once you've found a group of trusted contributors, you can offer each of them a guest editorship based on their very own category. They now control the writing in their own category. You've effectively moved on to become "managing editor".

[Now that I've read this excellent article on group blogging, I've got so many new ideas...like, starting with a blog, to generate ideas and interest, then starting a collaborative website on each theme that takes off in the blog...]

Just thought this might be something of interest to anyone as "sold" on collaborations as I am! (I get sooo tired of listening to my own 'voice' echoing off the walls sometimes...!)

I'll put the url of the site I'm managing in my sig so you can see what I'm talking about. In this case, the owner of the site knew all these folks already so the collaboration part was easy, them finding the time to contribute is the hard part!

The webhost provides a complete website package that includes software that does all the tech stuff for you. So for us writers, its a dream come true, we can (mostly) just write. For all the non-tech contributors, they can easily do it themselves or I can do it for them.

Thank you again for getting me so excited about the new ideas and projects running around in my head. Whoa, Nellie, til I lasso those thoughts!
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Another great issue from the team! Thanks to all that worked on this, the hard work is certainly appreciated. Sorry to see in the editorial that some of you are leaving, but hopefully it is for pastures new and you’ll have more time to devote to your writing.

Hi Kathryn, glad you liked my article. It is indeed an exciting concept to get a group of people blogging together on the same site. I like your site as well, I’m interested in the content and the layout is good. It looks like your contributors are experts. You’re right, finding the time to blog is the difficulty, and the commitment.
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Great article on self-editing! I'm always looking for advice on how to clean up my stories, and this is a terrific aid.
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Thanks, Winterbite. Glad you found it useful.
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I would just like to publicly thank Josie and Devon for their excellent contributions. Without such quality articles, WB would be just another website ezine. So thank you both very, very much.
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And you're open to constructive criticism on the magazine...?
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Hmm.

I didn't read it all - 'flicked' through... Perhaps it would be good to state what the person's online name is, so it is not so confusing?

But indeed, Devon, a good article.
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Jarin, if you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to make them. You can either post them on the forum or send us a PM. We do have plans to make changes, beginnning with the next issue, but member input and comment is always appreciated.

SW, We don't use forum names in the ezine because it is unprofessional looking to do so. For that reason, we request a proper name when we seek permission to publish. On the other hand, not all members want their real names to appear in the ezine (and certainly not on the forum) so sometimes work appears under a pseudonym. Since I can't think of any obvious reason why anyone would need to relate a forum name to a byline, I can't see why there should be any confusion.
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Thank you, all.

And yes, any comments/suggestions from members are most welcome.
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SW, We don't use forum names in the ezine because it is unprofessional looking to do so. For that reason, we request a proper name when we seek permission to publish. On the other hand, not all members want their real names to appear in the ezine (and certainly not on the forum) so sometimes work appears under a pseudonym. Since I can't think of any obvious reason why anyone would need to relate a forum name to a byline, I can't see why there should be any confusion.
Gah! I completely forgot about that, indeed. I was thinking along the lines of something else... my bad.
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Other than a few minor (really minor) points, you've got a really good magazine going on there. I could highlight the minors if you want, but they're few and far between and it could just seem like nit-picking (ooh, and nits - horrible little crawly hair things, they are - I hate 'em, ergo I mainly avoid talking about 'em). Just give us a prod with a stick if you want them. (the comments, not nits, that is)
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I am interested, but I will also say up front that a different package was used for layout, out of necessity, but it did effect the result. If you want, you can always pM me.
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Just give us a prod with a stick if you want them. (the comments, not nits, that is)
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Wow,the magazine's organization is feasible and laudable.Indeed superlative to read through it and also easy to comprehend.Some characters are allegorical,not bad.

I am gratified to see that the magazine is in PDF which is easy to read,what a great technology.
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Ennui - just a comment... I think you've got the wrong idea of superlative.

It defines as:
a) an exaggeration of praise
b) greatest in quality; the best
c) a form of adverb; fast, faster and fastest, or good, better and best
d) the peak of something

It doesn't actually mean "good", so can't apply to a verb. Your statement just then was incorrect, I'm sorry to say.
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When most people hear superlative, they think of grammar. When you add -est to something to make it the most, that's a superlative.

If you cut it to "super", it should be good!
For example: "The magazine was super," or "It was super easy to read".
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Well, on behalf of the WB staff, I thank you for the compliment, however you care to phrase it. You might also be interested to know that Issue 20 will be out shortly, on 1 November, so watch this space!
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Oh, goody!

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Ennui - just a comment... I think you've got the wrong idea of superlative.

It defines as:
a) an exaggeration of praise
b) greatest in quality; the best
c) a form of adverb; fast, faster and fastest, or good, better and best
d) the peak of something

It doesn't actually mean "good", so can't apply to a verb. Your statement just then was incorrect, I'm sorry to say.
Thanks for pointing out my sickening mistakes,SynonymousWords.
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I think your English is quite good, Ennui, especially considering it is a second language.
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Awww... not sickening, just a common mistake. Second language, all the better. I can't speak French or Latin fluently, so...
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