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  1. Comment on Call For Submissions--Writing Club #2 (March 14) in ~creative

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    10 days until the submission thread! It occurs to me that with longer pieces it probably would be a good idea to include some notes in your post regarding your goals: your goals in writing the...

    10 days until the submission thread! It occurs to me that with longer pieces it probably would be a good idea to include some notes in your post regarding your goals: your goals in writing the essay, chapter, or story, and any specific feedback you would find most helpful (e.g., Are my characters convincing? Do you find my language engaging?).

    Consider posting something rough and unfinished if it's at least a few pages long.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on What are some of your favorite music videos? in ~music

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    Maybe it's not high art, but for the past year I've been observing birthdays of everyone I know by sending them this: "Horse" - Salvatore Ganacci. No one yet has been disappointed.

    Maybe it's not high art, but for the past year I've been observing birthdays of everyone I know by sending them this: "Horse" - Salvatore Ganacci. No one yet has been disappointed.

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  3. Call For Submissions--Writing Club #2 (March 14)

    Lay it on the line in our March club posting! This time, let's submit short stories, chapters, essays. @eve suggests that the optional theme be "liminality/liminal spaces. It could be about them,...

    Lay it on the line in our March club posting! This time, let's submit short stories, chapters, essays.

    @eve suggests that the optional theme be "liminality/liminal spaces. It could be about them, the creation of one, a dissection, the destruction of one, or just take place there. Anything and everything liminal."

    Liminal is a sort of between. The definition is: relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process. occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.

    You can also look into liminal spaces. These can be real places (like a train station that's simply a point people transfer to other trains to) or even the emotional betweens; coming to realizations or on a precipice of something. Like, summer vacation could be a liminal space even!

    If you're not into borders and transitional spaces, or if you've been incubating a polemic all pandemic long, you are still encouraged to share your writing! You may draw inspiration from any theme (fictional or real).

    Just follow these easy guidelines:

    1. Produce a short story, essay, or chapter of a longer work. Your submission should not exceed 7,000 words. Let's aim for pieces 350-3500 words.

    2. Watch for the March 14 submissions thread to appear... on March 14! Reply to it with a link to your work, which may be housed anywhere you like, including on Tildes. Prioritize venues that are not known to be aggressively anti-privacy (e.g., Google Docs). You may provide questions for readers in hidden expandable text, if you like.

    3. You must provide feedback on 3 submissions if you are posting a submission. Only one needs to be a substantial critique. Our first outing was a trial run, and the offerings were extremely short. I anticipate proportionally longer responses to come easily this time. If you see a post without feedback, consider giving it preference in the order of your responses. No one likes to be left hanging.

    Feel free to post questions in this topic. We had a stimulating and moderately edgy trial run. I'm excited for the longer prose to come!

    12 votes
  4. Comment on Writing Club #2 (March) Discussion in ~creative

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    I edited this and am in the process of posting the same info in a new thread. Thanks again.

    I edited this and am in the process of posting the same info in a new thread. Thanks again.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Writing Club #2 (March) Discussion in ~creative

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    Crap! Yes! Thank you for seeing this. Would you mind terribly if I post a new thread with the correct date (March 14)?

    Crap! Yes! Thank you for seeing this. Would you mind terribly if I post a new thread with the correct date (March 14)?

    3 votes
  6. Comment on New York Times angers Italians with "smoky tomato carbonara" recipe in ~food

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    That yorkshire pudding gaffe is even more egregious! It proves conclusively that robots are writing these suggestions. Recipe titling is a fascinating communicative act. I get the desire to relate...

    That yorkshire pudding gaffe is even more egregious! It proves conclusively that robots are writing these suggestions.

    Recipe titling is a fascinating communicative act. I get the desire to relate new creations to familiar or hip classic dishes, but wouldn't scare quotes go a long way toward avoiding the situation happening here? I see things like "Pumpkin Seed 'Pesto' " a lot.

    It's time to dust off this old cooking video.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Do you like your chair? in ~talk

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    Isn't Autonomous the company rebranding cheap chairs from Alibaba? I have seen a charge like that leveled at them numerous times. Here's one such instance, and the reviewer mentions a poor quality...

    Isn't Autonomous the company rebranding cheap chairs from Alibaba? I have seen a charge like that leveled at them numerous times. Here's one such instance, and the reviewer mentions a poor quality seat cushion.

    My two cents: I found the Leap stool to be less comfortable than the Leap chair.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on Writing Club #1 Submissions in ~creative

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    Cheers for drawing inspiration from the theme so successfully. What is doing which to whom where "Bug guts bring Almond Joy to Venus' Mounds"? I get that Candy enjoys her bar, but is the...

    Cheers for drawing inspiration from the theme so successfully. What is doing which to whom where "Bug guts bring Almond Joy to Venus' Mounds"? I get that Candy enjoys her bar, but is the application... direct? Is there some kind of amygdaloid muff dye I've yet to come across?
    Next month's theme: "castoreum."

    3 votes
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  10. Comment on Writing Club #1 Submissions in ~creative

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    This may be unorthodox, but I'm adding this placeholder to let you know a response is on the way! Response: Your piece seemed to want to philosophize, exploring the metaphysics of a magic system,...

    This may be unorthodox, but I'm adding this placeholder to let you know a response is on the way!

    Response: Your piece seemed to want to philosophize, exploring the metaphysics of a magic system, linguistics, and more. Should you return to it, I would encourage you to indulge in this process, without worrying about character or plot for a good while. Then, when find yourself having to really deliberate about your options and their consequences (that might be about the nature of this species, or of the nature of language itself) give each tine of the fork a name, and let that serve as the seed for a character. That's one idea, anyway.

    I have found myself stymied, unsure of which of my characters would say or do what, because I've proceeded on the assumption that every character should be mentally outlined from the outset, when it's also OK to discover their perspectives in the disagreements I have with myself. Don't know if this random thought helps with your inchoate sketch... maybe it's the beginning of an Oscar Wilde-style dialogue and my note is totally inapplicable!

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Writing Club #1 Submissions in ~creative

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    Absolutely, it's a reference to the line in American Psycho. It's the final red flag that the rumors are not untrue. With "chicken liver" I was going for the sense of "chicken-livered," which...

    Absolutely, it's a reference to the line in American Psycho. It's the final red flag that the rumors are not untrue.

    With "chicken liver" I was going for the sense of "chicken-livered," which means "cowardly," but linking in chicken livers, which are also a food. :)

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Writing Club #1 Submissions in ~creative

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    Thanks! I didn't purport to write it in strict iambic pentamenter, though I blush to find your observation would place me in Shakespeare's company, had his stuff featured Instagram cannibals.

    Thanks! I didn't purport to write it in strict iambic pentamenter, though I blush to find your observation would place me in Shakespeare's company, had his stuff featured Instagram cannibals.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Writing Club #1 Submissions in ~creative

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    "Armie Hammer Invites You" I was surprised to find inspiration in our theme. A sonnet seemed natural for Valentine's Day.

    "Armie Hammer Invites You"
    I was surprised to find inspiration in our theme. A sonnet seemed natural for Valentine's Day.

    9 votes
  14. Writing Club #1 Submissions

    Valentine's Day Edition Optional Themes: love / unlove / hate / red / heart / viscera Submit your "Quick 'Ficts' and Poems" below! Very relaxed rules apply to this first round. Basically, just...

    Valentine's Day Edition

    Optional Themes: love / unlove / hate / red / heart / viscera


    Submit your "Quick 'Ficts' and Poems" below! Very relaxed rules apply to this first round. Basically, just post something short. And remember to leave feedback for at least two pieces if you're submitting (but more is welcome). You don't need to submit to leave comments. Looking forward to reading!

    14 votes
  15. Writing Club #2 (March) Discussion

    We had a stimulating and moderately edgy trial run with our Valentine's Day submissions thread! Thank you to all who took part. Next up is short stories, chapters, essays. I initially posted this...

    We had a stimulating and moderately edgy trial run with our Valentine's Day submissions thread! Thank you to all who took part. Next up is short stories, chapters, essays.

    I initially posted this with the wrong date (thanks @eve and @deimos for the help), so I'll put the call out in a fresh post with the correct date.

    10 votes
  16. Call For Submissions 2/14—Quick Ficts and Poems

    You are invited to cut right to the heart of things for the first Tildes Writing Club event. Let's road test the club with brief fiction or verse. Got a sonnet that needs airing? Want to weave a...

    You are invited to cut right to the heart of things for the first Tildes Writing Club event. Let's road test the club with brief fiction or verse. Got a sonnet that needs airing? Want to weave a brief spell and dip before the magic fades? Let's read it!


    Length: less than 500 words of prose, or 30 or fewer lines of poetry.
    Theme: Optional. But if you're in search of inspiration, @acdw suggests you work with this palette: love/unlove/hate/red/heart/viscera.
    Guidelines: Post your short work in the submissions topic, which will open on 2/14. Throughout the next couple of weeks, leave feedback for at least two other submissions. Brief rules for a brief, trial-run writing event. To opine on the rules that are taking shape for 3/1, reply here.

    11 votes
  17. Comment on Writing Club Theme Discussion in ~creative

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    I like this for a March 1 theme option. Certainly it is broad. I think Ladyhawke is due for a re-write.

    I like this for a March 1 theme option. Certainly it is broad. I think Ladyhawke is due for a re-write.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Writing Club Theme Discussion in ~creative

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    I might go ahead and announce the Valentine's Day mini-edition in the next two hours, to make sure participants have time to craft something.

    I might go ahead and announce the Valentine's Day mini-edition in the next two hours, to make sure participants have time to craft something.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Writing Club Theme Discussion in ~creative

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    How about we invite ultra-short works for a Valentine's Day preview edition? Here's a chance to dust off a sonnet, set your heart or hate to meter, or provide ultra-short fiction (which may in...

    How about we invite ultra-short works for a Valentine's Day preview edition? Here's a chance to dust off a sonnet, set your heart or hate to meter, or provide ultra-short fiction (which may in turn provide prompts for the March 1 submission thread). What do you think?

    2 votes
  20. Writing Club Theme Discussion

    Let's discuss themes for our March 1 Writing Club submissions. (If prompts or themes aren't your thing, you may write what you like and post when the submission topic opens.) Feel free to suggest...

    Let's discuss themes for our March 1 Writing Club submissions. (If prompts or themes aren't your thing, you may write what you like and post when the submission topic opens.) Feel free to suggest a prompt (a scenario, dilemma, or background), a theme, or an ambiguous title to jump-start writing efforts. What do you want to suggest?

    8 votes