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WriteToLive
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I'm more than willing to participate since my thesis is kind of winding down.

Michael Beers
Blog: Write To Live
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Posted : November 22, 2011 12:45 pm
morshana
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I'm interested...after Thanksgiving. Is that too late? Or is this good through all of December?

Jeanette Gonzalez

HM x4, SHM x2, F x1

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Posted : November 22, 2011 4:46 pm
Jess
 Jess
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I'm interested...after Thanksgiving. Is that too late? Or is this good through all of December?

That's not too late. I'd say "most" of December, since people are going to want to have a little time to consider comments before the deadline. Last quarter, this idea popped up pretty close to the deadline (a couple weeks, if I recall correctly, and no, I'm not going to go look at the OP to find out), and I don't recall anyone complaining about time constraints. Of course, this quarter has all the holiday chaos.

Oh dear. I need a signature.
And an avatar.
And probably other things I don't even know about.

I feel naked.

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Posted : November 23, 2011 7:30 am
morshana
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I'm interested...after Thanksgiving. Is that too late? Or is this good through all of December?

That's not too late. I'd say "most" of December, since people are going to want to have a little time to consider comments before the deadline. Last quarter, this idea popped up pretty close to the deadline (a couple weeks, if I recall correctly, and no, I'm not going to go look at the OP to find out), and I don't recall anyone complaining about time constraints. Of course, this quarter has all the holiday chaos.

I am too late to join this exchange?

Jeanette Gonzalez

HM x4, SHM x2, F x1

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Posted : December 9, 2011 10:20 am
Rebecca Birch
(@rebecca-birch)
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Posts: 625

Anyone interested in a first 450 exchange for Q2?

I've got my story mostly done, but I'm struggling with the opening, and I'd love to get some feedback on it.

Rebecca Birch
Finalist - 2, SF - 1, SHM - 1, HM - 18, R - 6
Words of Birch
Short Story Collection--Life Out of Harmony and Other Tales of Wonder

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Posted : January 27, 2012 9:40 am
Dustin Adams
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Posts: 975

You may send to me.
I think you have my email already.

2x Finalist
2x Semi
5x Silver
9x HM
1 of 5 SilverHM. 1 of 3 DSF: Short Stories. My Finalist #1 Finalist #2 coming soon in 4th & Starlight

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Posted : January 27, 2012 1:22 pm
gethinmorgan
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Me too, please! I gotta whole story sitting here, but the begining limps like a two legged elephant! PM or email! 😀

'A writer is made in the reWrite.'

Publish, quit, or die!

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Posted : January 28, 2012 7:39 am
Dustin Adams
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A two legged elephant doesn't limp. It drags.

What do you call a fly with no wings?

A walk.

2x Finalist
2x Semi
5x Silver
9x HM
1 of 5 SilverHM. 1 of 3 DSF: Short Stories. My Finalist #1 Finalist #2 coming soon in 4th & Starlight

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Posted : January 28, 2012 7:53 am
kyle
 kyle
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A two legged elephant doesn't limp. It drags.

Depends on which legs it's missing. I can also imagine an alternating hop-hop movement...

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Posted : January 28, 2012 8:53 am
s_c_baker
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A two legged elephant doesn't limp. It drags.

Depends on which legs it's missing. I can also imagine an alternating hop-hop movement...

It might also just fall over. (Elephants being pretty dang heavy--so heavy, in fact,they essentially evolved an extra toe at the back of their feet.)

Stewart C Baker - 1st place, Q2 V32
My contest history: Semi-finalist, R, HM, R, R, HM, HM, R, R, R, R, HM, R, R, R, R, Winner
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Topic starter Posted : January 28, 2012 4:47 pm
Jess
 Jess
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I guess I'll throw my hat in the ring again for my Q2 front-runner. The thing's just gathering dust (or the digital equivalent thereof) while I wait on my RL readers' feedback, so I may as well toss it out to a couple of people I don't know, right?

Anyway, give me a holler if you want to swap 450. Thanks in advance.

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And an avatar.
And probably other things I don't even know about.

I feel naked.

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Posted : January 29, 2012 3:03 pm
Dustin Adams
(@axeminister)
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I've updated, changed, and transmogrified my 450.

Looking for volunteers/exchangers, previous and or new.

2x Finalist
2x Semi
5x Silver
9x HM
1 of 5 SilverHM. 1 of 3 DSF: Short Stories. My Finalist #1 Finalist #2 coming soon in 4th & Starlight

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Posted : February 8, 2012 12:46 am
Kary English
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I'll be happy to have another look. Smile

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Posted : February 8, 2012 1:45 am
Patrick S. McGinnity
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Hello all,

As we approach the deadline for Q2, I wanted to see if there is still anyone looking to exchange a first 450 with me. If so, let me know.

Patrick S. McGinnity
Mt. Pleasant/Beaver Island, Michigan

R x 3
Q2 2012 - HM
Look for "The Dubious Apotheosis of Baskin Gough" in the ARCANE II Anthology.

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Posted : February 12, 2012 8:08 am
Strycher
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As we approach the deadline for Q2

We're not approaching the deadline yet! We're not even half way through the quarter! Don't scare me like that!

"The Filigreed Cage" || "Bitter Remedy" || "Heartless" || "The Newsboy's Last Stand" || "Planar Ghosts"

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Posted : February 12, 2012 11:29 pm
hlf
 hlf
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I'm available for exchanges if anyone wants to trade.

HL Fullerton

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Posted : February 13, 2012 5:38 am
Patrick S. McGinnity
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We're not approaching the deadline yet! We're not even half way through the quarter! Don't scare me like that!

Sorry, I didn't intend to, I just needed a slick way to start the sentence, sort of a lead in. Also I work slowly enough that if I'm not in final edits a month and a half out, I might not make it, so it always feels to me like time is short.

Patrick S. McGinnity
Mt. Pleasant/Beaver Island, Michigan

R x 3
Q2 2012 - HM
Look for "The Dubious Apotheosis of Baskin Gough" in the ARCANE II Anthology.

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Posted : February 13, 2012 6:56 am
Strycher
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Also I work slowly enough that if I'm not in final edits a month and a half out, I might not make it, so it always feels to me like time is short.

Me too. ::meep::

"The Filigreed Cage" || "Bitter Remedy" || "Heartless" || "The Newsboy's Last Stand" || "Planar Ghosts"

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Posted : February 14, 2012 2:33 am
David K
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Q2 story finished and read and re-edited after several 1st reader reviews, BUT my #1 fan doesn't like it 🙁

I'm hoping that it's because she's not into the science fiction genre and the story, at 9K, was possibly too long (for her).

I would be thrilled to get 3 first 450 word exchanges so that I can form a consensus.

PM or email me your details - send 450ish of your work at the same time if you email if you'd like.

Thanks

David
(who is hiding inside today because it is 40+ degrees Celsius)

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood... I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. Robert Frost (1915)
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Posted : February 24, 2012 10:02 am
s_c_baker
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I have about half of my Q2 entry done now, and am ready to start sending out my first 450. If I've already done yours, I'll be in touch. wotf001

(If not, feel free to drop me a line! I'm kind of concerned about this one even making sense, let alone being any good.)

Stewart C Baker - 1st place, Q2 V32
My contest history: Semi-finalist, R, HM, R, R, HM, HM, R, R, R, R, HM, R, R, R, R, Winner
My published fiction, poetry, &c.

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Topic starter Posted : March 9, 2012 2:11 pm
MJNL
 MJNL
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Woo, go late-in-the-game crits! Totally open to swapping 450s for Q2 if someone's still up for it.

~Marina

WotF Winner Q1 2012 (Vol. 29)

WotF Finalist Q2 2010 (Vol. 27)
WotF Finalist Q4 2011 (Vol. 28)
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Posted : March 14, 2012 10:47 am
morshana
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I am! =)

Jeanette Gonzalez

HM x4, SHM x2, F x1

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Posted : March 14, 2012 12:06 pm
Strycher
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Yeeeah . . . I've gotten some mixed feedback on my opening. If anyone is still swapping 450s, I'd be obliged. PM me?

"The Filigreed Cage" || "Bitter Remedy" || "Heartless" || "The Newsboy's Last Stand" || "Planar Ghosts"

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Posted : March 15, 2012 11:54 am
Patrick S. McGinnity
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Posts: 153

I have about half of my Q2 entry done now, and am ready to start sending out my first 450. If I've already done yours, I'll be in touch. wotf001

(If not, feel free to drop me a line! I'm kind of concerned about this one even making sense, let alone being any good.)

Stewart, I'll be getting back to you tonight on your 450.

I've already subbed for Q2, but I'd be glad to look at 450s for folks, just PM me.

Good luck!

Patrick S. McGinnity
Mt. Pleasant/Beaver Island, Michigan

R x 3
Q2 2012 - HM
Look for "The Dubious Apotheosis of Baskin Gough" in the ARCANE II Anthology.

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Posted : March 17, 2012 2:36 am
Rebecca Birch
(@rebecca-birch)
Silver Star Member
Posts: 625

Tossing my hat in the ring for last minute First 450 exchanging!

If anybody's got a few moments and a first 450 they'd also like looked at, toss me a PM or an email.

Thanks!

Rebecca Birch
Finalist - 2, SF - 1, SHM - 1, HM - 18, R - 6
Words of Birch
Short Story Collection--Life Out of Harmony and Other Tales of Wonder

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Posted : March 21, 2012 12:34 pm
Solanavi77
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I'll toss my hat in the ring too. send me a PM.

"I'm your Huckleberry" -Doc Holiday, from Tombstone

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Posted : March 27, 2012 1:53 pm
Alex Kane
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Posts: 244

I owe a couple of you crits. You know who you are. I may be a day or two late (that is, tomorrow or the next day). I'm so, so sorry... A 20-page paper deadline looming, several other smaller papers, exams, and a documentary/group presentation project have me losing my mind and walking in circles.

Hope you understand. I'm in no place to give a thoughtful critique right now, but I'll try and get you one as soon as possible. Again, so sorry.

wotf005

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Posted : March 27, 2012 5:07 pm
Patrick S. McGinnity
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I owe a couple of you crits. You know who you are. I may be a day or two late (that is, tomorrow or the next day). I'm so, so sorry... A 20-page paper deadline looming, several other smaller papers, exams, and a documentary/group presentation project have me losing my mind and walking in circles.

Hope you understand. I'm in no place to give a thoughtful critique right now, but I'll try and get you one as soon as possible. Again, so sorry.

wotf005

Alex, I still owe you one, too, which should be forthcoming tonight.

Patrick S. McGinnity
Mt. Pleasant/Beaver Island, Michigan

R x 3
Q2 2012 - HM
Look for "The Dubious Apotheosis of Baskin Gough" in the ARCANE II Anthology.

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Posted : March 28, 2012 3:07 am
Dustin Adams
(@axeminister)
Gold Member
Posts: 975

I'm up for another round if anyone has a 450 ready for exchange.

I'm trying something new this time. Need to know if I'm on the right track...

2x Finalist
2x Semi
5x Silver
9x HM
1 of 5 SilverHM. 1 of 3 DSF: Short Stories. My Finalist #1 Finalist #2 coming soon in 4th & Starlight

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Posted : April 26, 2012 6:25 am
morshana
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Gold Member
Posts: 813

I'm up for a 450 word exchange. I might have another contender later in the quarter (when I get it written), but I'm wondering how this story works. =)

Jeanette Gonzalez

HM x4, SHM x2, F x1

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Posted : April 26, 2012 8:36 am
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