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Aisha posting in Word Slingers
User: zephie
Date: 2006-11-01 22:38
Subject: Blurb #2 [Writing Exercise]
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Music:Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Moya
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Following the first blurb post, here's a new theme:

Anticipation.

Remember, up to 200 words! You can write anything, be it fiction or poetry or something else entirely. Enjoy!
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Aisha posting in Word Slingers
User: zephie
Date: 2006-11-01 22:21
Subject: News Update #2
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Sorry for not keeping up with updates as much as promised - although to be fair, there hasn't been any activity to update about. Only one thing to do about that... :)

If you're up for some browsing around, check out the archives and add to the stories that are still in progress - or if inspiration strikes, maybe you'd like to start an all new story! We've got some new blood around here, I'd love to see what you guys can put forward along with some of the older members.

Also, the latest blurb post can still use a few more entries, and I'll post a new topic in a moment. Any topic suggestions of your own, send 'em in!
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Aisha posting in Word Slingers
User: zephie
Date: 2006-10-04 11:53
Subject: Blurb #1 [Writing Exercise]
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Tags:blurbs, exercises
For those who aren't feeling quite up to adding to any existing stories, but don't have any ideas yet for a new one (I would've posted one if I did myself!), here's a writing exercise to amuse yourselves with for the time being, the first of more to come...

Basically, the idea is to write a blurb - a very short piece of 50 to 200 words - based around a single theme. You can write multiple blurbs if you've got the inspiration for the post's theme, just make sure to post them in separate comments so we know they're not one longer piece. As for what to write? Anything goes. A poem, a piece of prose, a fictional dialogue... whatever you feel like doing!

The first theme is: Escape

Want to propose a theme for the next blurb round? Leave it in a comment to let me know! I'll try to post a new blurb theme every two or so weeks.
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Aisha posting in Word Slingers
User: zephie
Date: 2006-09-27 16:03
Subject: News Update #1
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Since the LJ community doesn't move posts up to the top which have been recently replied to, I figure I'd take time out every one-two weeks to post a news update and let everyone know what's going on!

These last couple of weeks since the relaunch at LJ, there's been a little activity over at the old archived "Winter Trails". Everyone's encouraged to pitch in here, it's open and you only need (and are allowed ;)) to write two lines! How much simpler can it get?

Also, don't forget that the following of the archived stories are still open for posting as well:
  • "Creature Memoirs" (for which every update is a separate story on its own; central theme being pet stories)
  • "Crossing Borders" (a girl gets kidnapped and has to drive her captor, who seems to be on the run for something, around without losing her sanity)
  • "Life's A Game (stuck in what seems to be an alternate reality filled with life-threatening obstacles, a girl must find her way back out into the real world).

    Promotion activities at community_promo are still on-going, and I'm hoping that some of the older members might still trace back to here. Please, spread the word and get your friends in here to post something, maybe start even a new story! And everyone who hasn't yet, feel free to introduce yourself and read more about the other WS members. :)

    Also, sadly, the old website has finally been marked inactive and thus can no longer be reached. Chapter closed, but a new one starting here, hopefully. If you have anything you want a copy of from the old forums, please mail me and I'll see if I can dig it up for you.
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    Aisha posting in Word Slingers
    User: zephie
    Date: 2006-09-13 16:05
    Subject: Introduce yourself!
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    Everyone, feel free to introduce yourselves in this post! Write a little bit about who you are, what brought you here, any of your earlier experience with writing, and any other things you care to share with us. Who knows, you might find you have more in common with some of us than an interest in cowriting alone!
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    Aisha posting in Word Slingers
    User: zephie
    Date: 2006-09-11 23:45
    Subject: To Old Members [Announcement]
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    To everyone who used to be a member at the original website: Welcome back! Glad to see you coming along with us to our new location, here's hoping we can kickstart things into more activity!

    The only reason I'm posting this addressed to the lot of you in specific, is that I made a little error in my last announcement mail - and this is only important for those meaning to join or lurk who'll likely keep up to date here, so I don't want to send out another mass e-mail. I said that you need not have an LiveJournal account to write here. Now, this is true for adding or commenting on a story, since these are open to anonymous posters. However, to start a new story, you need to have a LiveJournal, as you cannot make an anonymous new post in an LJ community.

    If you'd rather not make an account, but do want to start a new story, you can always e-mail me at zephie@gmail.com and let me know what the title and first installment of your story is, plus any other notes you'd like me to add in. (Please note that this offer only goes for old members who made the effort of moving from our own site to LJ here - I'm assuming that any new members already have LJ accounts!) However, if you could go through the slightest trouble of making yourself an account of your own to post from, you'd make me a very happy and less burdened Zephie. :)

    Thank you, and feel free to start writing, everyone!
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    Aisha posting in Word Slingers
    User: zephie
    Date: 2006-09-09 23:58
    Subject: Welcome! [Announcement]
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    Hello, and welcome to the new LJ community for the Word Slingers forum!

    Although the website had been running from begin 2005 till halfway 2006, it's now closed and as you can see, we're moving to LiveJournal. This is for several reasons, but the most important one is the convenience of having more access to a broader audience here, and the hopes of finding new enthused and active members. Never heard of us? Read on to find out more...Collapse )
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    Aisha posting in Word Slingers
    User: zephie
    Date: 2006-09-09 23:34
    Subject: Winter Trails [Archived; PG-13; In Progress, Open]
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    Tags:archives, in_progress, stories
    Zephie (24 Dec 2005 12:07 pm):
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    It was a very bleak and cold winter morning, the faded sun rising behind a thick layer of hazy clouds, that greeted Lin on the dawn of her journey.

    Steffy (02 Jan 2006 10:16 pm):
    She didn't know what exactly she was headed for, neither did her friend, walking a few paces behind her, but it felt right being there.

    Emperor Xan (02 Jan 2006 11:08 pm):
    As long as her spirits didn't sink any deeper, she didn't care what happened.

    Zephie (03 Jan 2006 12:17 am):
    Snow crunched with every weary but determined step of her heavy boots, echoed by the softer footfalls of Yuron, her younger brother, who had insisted on accompanying her despite her protests.

    Zero (03 Jan 2006 09:51 pm):
    She wished she could just throw him off the cliff they were walking along and be done with his whining.

    Zephie (03 Jan 2006 09:58 pm):
    Unfortunately, their mother would have her own head for it - and, as much as she hated to admit it, she could use all the help she could get.

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    Aisha posting in Word Slingers
    User: zephie
    Date: 2006-09-09 22:46
    Subject: Creature Memoirs [Archived; G; In Progress, Open]
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    Tags:archives, in_progress, stories
    Leesee (03 Apr 2005 02:02 am):
    Chapter One: Pointer Bones

    I love dogs. Small, big, furry, hairlesss, give me a dog and I'll see it as riches. A man can kick a dog and that dog will go on loving him anyway, willing to tolerate the hand that does not only feed but rather shows affection to him once in a rare while. It is there though, and in that hand that loyalty lies. I've learned all my lessons from no Bible, or a church, or a teacher. It took a multitude of experiences with dogs to learn how to cope within a deteriorating world.

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    Aisha posting in Word Slingers
    User: zephie
    Date: 2006-09-09 22:21
    Subject: Struggle in the Corridors [Archived; PG-13; In Progress]
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    Tags:archives, in_progress, stories
    Rexfelum (17 Mar 2005 01:22 am):
    Captain Johan Stihl's face was grim, his Germanic features scarred from battles long past. Around him, the bridge crew of the pirate vessel Ceres Reaper efficiently went about their duties, keying in commands and relaying orders. Behind him, in the belly of the ship, 18 five-member strike teams waited on the inside of an airlock. Before him, on the bridge viewscreen, listed the scorched and battered shape of the Government science vessel Serial No. G637.

    Its weapons systems had been punched into its hull by the Ceres Reaper's shipboard lasers, and its engines had been temporarily disabled by magnetic pulses. It was an "Experimental Weapons Testing and Transport" centre--far greater in size than the small pirate ship, with a manifest listing almost 400 people and a hold of experiments, materials, and two items menacingly labeled as "subjects"--but its defenses had simply been inadequate this day. Even now, the Reaper expertly swooped in to match up its airlock with the equivalent entry port around midship on the larger vessel. There was a small shock of vibration as the two sections met.

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