community shows over a thousand members now
May 15 2001 at
Obviously not a
thousand active members. I'm guessing we have a whole lot of lurkers who aren't
ready to post yet, and I'm sure we have some folks who try the community and
then move on, leaving their membership still open behind them.
Holly set up the
gaming section April 7th, with both a public and a private board. The
public board is for general questions about writing RPG material, such as
adventure plotting, some rules discussion, and world building.
The private board is reserved for copyrightable works that are already in
progress. For instance, Jennifer Brinn is working on a FUDGE Deryni game for
Grey Ghost Games, and Christian Stiles, the new Gaming Moderator, is
working on a solicited D20 adventure for a company called Atlas Games, and a
project for her own company, Bizzaro Games, called SpirosBlaak.
The private board will be limited in membership to about 20-25 people.
information contact Christina at Christina@Hollylisle.com
Members of the
Forward Motion Writer's Community now have a page listing their home
pages. Check it out here:
Year Anniversary at HollyLisle.com
(this text is
by Holly, taken from http://www.HollyLisle.com)
The new site
has been here for a year, and with it the writers' community and the discussion
boards. (Writing articles and sample chapters came over from the old SFF-net
celebrate the site's one-year anniversary on the Writers' Forum.
Here are some
excerpts, reprinted here 'cause they're such fun:
certainly a writer if . . .
You can think
of a response to this . . . <g>
mentally "ended" every movie or TV show...
watched less than 15 minutes into it, because you know what the main character
would really have done in that situation, and that action would have
irrevocably prevented the rest of the story from ever taking place.
...you're in a
car accident and write down everyone's reactions -- for research.
naked when you find you've left the house without paper and
pencil/computer/palm/insert yours here.
considered getting a part-time job in retail just to make your characters more
write 100 words about anything and make it sound interesting.
...if you refer
to Mulder's long-winded speeches in the X-Files as an "infodump."
ever written something down on a paper napkin because you couldn't let
yourself forget it.
ever written a short story on an order pad, because it was slow at work.
ever blown off a rocking good party with free booze and music because you were
in the middle of a crucial scene.
...if you find
yourself playing Tetris for long periods of time while trying to figure out
what's at the bottom of a bottomless pit, and how does one climb out?
ever found ink on your pillow, because you fell asleep while writing in bed.
reading this, because you're avoiding writing.
You sit outside
on a starry night, point to the brighter stars one by one, and explain which
bits of the plot of your latest novel happen on a planet orbiting each.
You're in a
restaurant. A couple sit down at the next table and they look so much like two
of your characters that you begin to say "When you're at the spaceport
don't leave the departure lounge. That's what gets you shot three chapters
telling you a conspiracy theory and before they've finished you've turned it
into a novel plot.
You're half way
through a TV show, you rattle off a list of what all the remaining scenes are
going to be and offer to take bets. Nobody who knows you will take you on.
eavesdrop on people's conversations just to get personalities for your current
talking to your students, and one of them gives you an idea on how to fix a
father's funeral and take mental notes on how different people react during
the ceremony and compare the reactions to the whole rite of passage process as
described by Victor Turner's Liminal Period theory while simultaneously
wanting to strangle the preacher and hug your brother.
...in one place
going through hell, and all you can think about is what X character would do
in this situation.
events and 'tell' them to yourself in story form.
...the scene in
your mind is more interesting than the scenery you're standing in.
...you see an
ordinary, boring object and think of a fascinating story about it.
four sentences when one would do!
mental checklist when making sure you have everything you need in your
backpack before coming home from school consists of your writing notebook,
pencil, and current reading material, and you completely forget about the book
that you need to write that essay that's due tomorrow.
... you rewrite
your philosophy thesis to make a story out of it.
... you swear
you're gonna work today and not write a single page, and then you do the
"first line Monday," just for fun, and then you can't help but write
a 20 page short story from this first line, and then you swear that tomorrow,
you're gonna work.
how your day has been, and you tell them that you just escaped from a burning
space shuttle, routed an army of tiny dogmen, and rescued a dragon from a
your roommates know your characters almost as well as they know you.
... if you stop
a conversation midstream to gush over a great word or turn of phrase.
... if every
party or workday is interrupted at least once by - "Hold on a sec, I have
to write that down."
...you read a
foreign name in the paper and think it seems oddly familiar, and eventually
realize it's the name of one of your old characters.
words you've made up for stories in everyday speech.
diagnosing your psychological problems by the themes that come up in your
You're a writer
if everyone you know, whether lifelong friends or someone you just met, is
giving you story ideas they are just sure you need to write!
Or if everyone
you know asks whether they're in the story, or if you could add them to the
story, or their pet, or their sister...