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Postby akasha » Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:02 am

Thanks, guys, for the welcome!
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Postby s_c_baker » Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:35 pm

Hi, Akasha--belated welcome! wotf007
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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:41 pm

Welcome aboard, Akasha!
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Postby gethinmorgan » Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:14 pm

Hi, my working name is @gethinmorgan, and I'm just starting the quest for publication.

I've been writing on and off since I was ten. I sat down at seventeen and wrote a whole novel, got to the last chapter and realised I didn't know why the bad guy was being a bad guy(!) After that, I gave up for a while. Maybe a bit of life experience was needed!

After ten long years of trying, I now find myself with the time and patience, a properly working PC, and internet connection. If ever there was the time for a little bit of success, now's the time to start.

I'm a single father of three precocious children, a student of English and Writing, and I think I cat 'turn a phrase till it twinkles in the light' (not mine - Clive James) I'm doing the social networking bit (but not here, I promise). More than anything I'm just looking for a place where people will read my stuff and tell me where I'm going wrong.
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Postby morshana » Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:35 pm

Welcome, gethinmorgan!

Wales, huh? I have family there. =)
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Postby s_c_baker » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:06 pm

Bore da, gethinmorgan! Stewart ydw i. wotf007

(Unfortunately, that's all the Cymraeg I know--and I had to remember how to do sentence two properly, and am still not sure I got it right.)

Anyway, welcome. :) I love Wales, though I've never been. Looking forward to seeing some of your writing (in print or in critique exchange!)
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Postby kyle » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:18 pm

Welcome, @gethinmorgan!

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Postby s_c_baker » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:31 pm

kyle wrote:Welcome, @gethinmorgan!

Wait, the @ was part of it? Blast.
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Postby gethinmorgan » Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:36 am

Thanks all. Ydw, rhwy'n rhugl, ond dw'i ddim yn ysgrifeny yn rhy dda! Trans. Yes, I'm fluent in Welsh, but I don't think that sentance would stand up to GoogleTranslate!

Yes, I'm afraid that the @ is part of the name ... though I'm not sure if i would have it on the cover of a book. Can you tell, I've followed a few too many blogs about indie marketing? wotf001
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Postby s_c_baker » Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:20 am

gethinmorgan wrote:Ydw, rhwy'n rhugl, ond dw'i ddim yn ysgrifeny yn rhy dda! Trans. Yes, I'm fluent in Welsh, but I don't think that sentance would stand up to GoogleTranslate!

"Yes, I'm fluent, but I do not ysgrifeny too good!" wotf019
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Postby Kary English » Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:36 am

write? Yes, I'm fluent, but I don't write it so well? (grif - cognate with 'graph' - to write?)
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Postby izanobu » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:46 am

Hmm... apparently medieval welsh really is quite different from modern welsh. I sort of can maybe parse a little of that. Maybe.

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Postby s_c_baker » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:53 am

izanobu wrote:Hmm... apparently medieval welsh really is quite different from modern welsh. I sort of can maybe parse a little of that. Maybe.

Yes indeed--same with M.E.

SIÞEN þe sege and þe assaut watz sesed at Troye,
Þe borȝ brittened and brent to brondeȝ and askez,
Þe tulk þat þe trammes of tresoun þer wroȝt
Watz tried for his tricherie, þe trewest on erthe:
Hit watz Ennias þe athel, and his highe kynde,
Þat siþen depreced prouinces, and patrounes bicome
Welneȝe of al þe wele in þe west iles.

('course, I purposefully picked a difficult, non-standard dialect from a relatively early period of M.E. Chaucer's much easier. wotf007 )
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Postby gethinmorgan » Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:03 pm

Ouch! That's harder to read! wotf004
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Postby gower21 » Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:17 pm

Oh dear.... going to have to side step all that Welsh to say WELCOME! Took a couple of trips to Wales while I was at school in London. I remember talking to a local-- he told a story about his toddler twin nephews. He said they were upset and inconsolable the one morning and when the mother asked what was wrong the boys cried, "What is that!!" pointing to the sun. Apparently they'd never seen it before.

I think this was the local's way of telling me I was not in CA anymore. Can't wait to read your stories!

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Postby Kary English » Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:29 pm

gower21 wrote: I remember talking to a local-- he told a story about his toddler twin nephews. He said they were upset and inconsolable the one morning and when the mother asked what was wrong the boys cried, "What is that!!" pointing to the sun. Apparently they'd never seen it before.

I think this was the local's way of telling me I was not in CA anymore. Can't wait to read your stories!


Back in the worst of the CA drought years, we had a similar scenario with 5 yr olds who had never seen rain.
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Postby gower21 » Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:58 pm

Kary James wrote:
gower21 wrote: I remember talking to a local-- he told a story about his toddler twin nephews. He said they were upset and inconsolable the one morning and when the mother asked what was wrong the boys cried, "What is that!!" pointing to the sun. Apparently they'd never seen it before.

I think this was the local's way of telling me I was not in CA anymore. Can't wait to read your stories!


Back in the worst of the CA drought years, we had a similar scenario with 5 yr olds who had never seen rain.


I was a country girl who grew up in the mountains. Snow was a a part of my life I never questioned. My husband and I realized how much our children are city kids when we took some friends from Houston up to Mt. Shasta for a hike. There was a small patch of snow, maybe 3'x3' our kids and our friends' kids (from Texas) rolled around in that patch like dogs in week old garbage. We all just stared in shock, realizing it was my 2.5 year olds first experience with snow. They tried to make snow balls, snow men, snow angels in that little patch...it was very sad. I vowed to bring them back in the winter (it was August). When my first child got to play in snow for the first time (on a snow shoe hike with friends) he cried...I never thought I'd raise city kids, but it's happening!!

So instead of being able to pull a calf they will play water polo. I have no idea how to play water polo, so I'm going to have to figure it out. It's all ok with me now.

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Postby morshana » Thu Jan 26, 2012 3:27 pm

s_c_baker wrote:
izanobu wrote:Hmm... apparently medieval welsh really is quite different from modern welsh. I sort of can maybe parse a little of that. Maybe.

Yes indeed--same with M.E.

SIÞEN þe sege and þe assaut watz sesed at Troye,
Þe borȝ brittened and brent to brondeȝ and askez,
Þe tulk þat þe trammes of tresoun þer wroȝt
Watz tried for his tricherie, þe trewest on erthe:
Hit watz Ennias þe athel, and his highe kynde,
Þat siþen depreced prouinces, and patrounes bicome
Welneȝe of al þe wele in þe west iles.

('course, I purposefully picked a difficult, non-standard dialect from a relatively early period of M.E. Chaucer's much easier. wotf007 )


Middle English! Took a course in college. =) That was fun!
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Postby izanobu » Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:54 pm

Yeah, you definitely picked an example that is still really close to Anglo-saxon. Many of those words are straight out of the OE. (Why yes, I *do* know two useless, old languages. <-- medieval studies degree for teh win). I also studied Latin, but I consider that useful since it showed me how language worked. And since I've gotten to use my Irish in real life situations, I maintain it was worth learning. English and Spanish are definitely the most useful languages I've studied though.

But Anglo-saxon will always be my favorite.

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Postby kyle » Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:26 am

izanobu wrote:And since I've gotten to use my Irish in real life situations, I maintain it was worth learning.

I didn't realize you're one of the people I have to worry might pronounce my name correctly! wotf001

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Postby izanobu » Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:45 am

kyle wrote:
izanobu wrote:And since I've gotten to use my Irish in real life situations, I maintain it was worth learning.

I didn't realize you're one of the people I have to worry might pronounce my name correctly! wotf001


It's possible. No idea how my accent/pronunciation has fared these long years without much practice.

Btw, my husband was laughing at me because I totally geeked out that someone had posted the beginning of Gawain and the Green Knight in the original language. I memorized the first few lines of that many, many years ago, so seeing it again made my day. (I'm really baller at parties with my Beowulf or Battle of Maldon recitations, let me tell you. Thank god I gave up drinking years ago, or I'd have stolen all the ladies AND all their men. wotf011 )

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Postby RogerLairdWriting » Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:37 am

Hello my name is Roger Laird. I just submitted my first story to WOTF this quarter. My uncle has submitting stories to WOTF for a long time and has even reached the Silver Honorable Mentions level multiple times. I just self published my first novel Legacy: A Father's Tale. It is available in all the major Ereader stores and is currently in the review process with createspace so I can start selling in print copies. The first two chapters are available for free on my website rogerlairdwriting.com. I also have three free ebooks available for download on all the major ereaders. They are Poetry by Roger Laird, Of Love and Vengeance, an original play, and Zombie High, a different kind of zombie story. WOTF is the first writing competition I have entered, but I recently entered my novel in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition.

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Postby kyle » Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:15 am

Welcome, Roger! Good luck with the contest and with your self-publishing endeavors!

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Postby morshana » Sat Jan 28, 2012 4:25 pm

Hi Roger! Welcome aboard!
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Postby wellsdesigned » Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:10 pm

I was wondering when you would finally sign on Rodger. Welcome aboard.

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Postby RogerLairdWriting » Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:25 am

Did you spell my name wrong again on purpose again Tom? Thanks for the welcomes everyone. Best.

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Postby wellsdesigned » Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:37 am

Just making sure you know its me. wotf011 Some habits are hard to break.

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Postby gower21 » Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:55 am

Welcome Roger! So cool to have family members on the board together!

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Postby RogerLairdWriting » Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:32 pm

Wouldnt it be awesome if we both made publication together?

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Postby Riley Hatchett » Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:26 am

Just thought I'd introduce myself. I'm new to the contest this quarter, and I'm excited to finish the story I'm writing so I can submit it! I've been interested in writing since I was a kid, but I only recently got serious about it. The past year or so I've been doing a lot of “practice” writing, trying to figure out the best way to get the stories in my head out in a manner that would make sense to others. I think I'm getting there, but sometimes I'm chicken about submissions. My goal for this year is to submit something somewhere every month (and finish my novel)!


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