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message 1: by Warren (last edited Feb 24, 2012 11:58AM) (new)

Warren | 1556 comments I agree. When we offer folks help
its usually without preconditions.
I guess I should have explained.
About a dozen people were waiting for their turn.
One person dominated the session.
Then spammed everyone on the mailing list.
I don't mind earning the animosity of spammers.
My best wishes go out to the other aspiring writes
who were never heard from.


message 2: by Michael (new)

Michael (michaelbetts) Ouch.


message 3: by David (new)

David Carroll (david_carroll) | 7 comments Fascinating. Your post has several clerical errors I could not ignore. I found it ironic to read your scathing analysis of someone else's writing while noticing those minor mistakes.
Sadly, this is like posting a No Soliciting sign on your door. Salesmen ignore them if they still have a job. So perhaps your criticism is there to weed out the weaklings, but it is almost a clarion call to the bold self-published author.
There's my two bits.

David


message 4: by Warren (last edited Feb 21, 2012 12:12PM) (new)

Warren | 1556 comments I view it as the difference between singing in the shower and singing in an elevator. I have a choice about who I shower with.


message 5: by Colin (new)

Colin | 278 comments Ignore it, and save yourself the time.
Or if ignoring it is impossible, just listen intently, pretend you are making notes, then say, 'Dayyyyumm, that is a good idea. I think i'm going to use that one!" Then excuse yourself that you need to get back to writing.

Out of curiosity, why are writers pitching stuff at you, and how many people have done this?


message 6: by Warren (last edited Feb 21, 2012 11:24AM) (new)

Warren | 1556 comments It was mainly my fault. I was helping someone. I thought we were organizing the next work shop. Instead I ended up hearing about someone idea about romantic novel involving Spock. (Yes that Spock. The Star Trek one). Ugh.
Politely waiting for them to finishing only seems to encourage them.
So now I try to cut it off early and leave before the karaoke starts.


message 7: by Gregory (new)

Gregory Lynn (gregory_lynn) Have you ever tried to write in the shower?

It is, as they say, a sub optimal location.


message 8: by Warren (new)

Warren | 1556 comments


message 9: by Al (new)

Al | 159 comments Hmmmm.

You know, I get asked for computer advice routinely. My brother-in-law the doctor gets asked for medical advice. My lawyer friends get asked about law and carpenter friends about carpentry. It's the occupational hazard of having an occupation.


message 10: by David (new)

David Carroll (david_carroll) | 7 comments Al, Al, Al. You got it right, but for one word. It's the occupational hazard of having an opinion. If you want it to stop, just share your opinion when it isn't wanted, and no one will ask for it when it is. :)

David


message 11: by Stan (new)

Stan Slaughter | 359 comments To whom it may concern,
I don't want to read your forum posts.
I don't want to hear about your forum posts.
Nor do I want to hear about an idea you have for a forum post.
Please don't pretend to ask a question
as a prelude to a discussion about your forum post.
To save time here's my feed back-
The forum post is horrible, the idea is horrible, plot horrible,characters,
all horrible. You should break your pencil in half.
Burn it and scatter the ashes to the four wind.
Have I mentioned that I'd not interested in your forum post?
I consider writing like singing.
A few people are good should perform in public.
Most of us so do so at home.
preferable in the shower. Alone.
I promise not to sing Elvis songs if you promise
not to forward anything about a forum post.


message 12: by Warren (new)

Warren | 1556 comments Al wrote: "Hmmmm.

You know, I get asked for computer advice routinely. My brother-in-law the doctor gets asked for medical advice. My lawyer friends get asked about law and carpenter friends about carpentry..."


I agree. When we offer folks help
its usually without preconditions.
I guess I should have explained.
About a dozen people were waiting for their turn.
One person dominated the session.
Then spammed everyone on the mailing list.
I don't mind earning the animosity of spammers.
I do feel sorry for the other writers who were never heard from.


message 13: by aldenoneil (new)

aldenoneil | 1000 comments This thread has taken an Orwellian turn.


message 14: by Warren (last edited Feb 24, 2012 06:50PM) (new)

Warren | 1556 comments Weird, my reply over wrote my initial post.
Since I'm no longer getting unsolicited emails from the writer in question its probably best to just end this thread.


message 15: by Keith (new)

Keith (keithatc) This is the worst bunch of poetry ever


message 16: by Sean (new)

Sean O'Hara (seanohara) | 2365 comments You've never read William McGonagall, author of such classics as the Tay Bridge Disaster:

Beautiful railway bridge of the silv'ry Tay
Alas! I am very sorry to say
That ninety lives have been taken away
On the last sabbath day of 1879
Which shall be remembered for a very long time.



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