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Fantasy-Faction's 2013 Anthology / Re: Speech Marks
« on: July 04, 2012, 08:13:07 PM »
I'm English, and I was always taught that its ".

I always put it down to a preference...

Fantasy-Faction's 2013 Anthology / Re: Is Entry-Plus closed?
« on: July 04, 2012, 08:10:08 PM »
I guess Entry-Plus is not available after the fact then?

Fantasy-Faction's 2013 Anthology / Re: Are you entering the contest?
« on: July 04, 2012, 08:08:03 PM »
I pretty much got in last minute.  I had started my short story a few weeks back, but I've been really busy and doing overtime at work, so tired as well.  I had tried to set aside some time, but in the end, I realised I was at around 6000 words and no where near wrapping up.  I remember that I had 2 and half hours to go and I thought "I just can't whittle this down and finish this in time".

So I had a bit of an emo bitch fit on my Facebook page about how I was quitting and how rubbish I am...but Moriko, my character, had other ideas.  A combination of her wanting to be written, me hating quitting, and some very encouraging words form a good friend lead to me doing some super intense power-writing for the next 2 hours.  I had to keep jumping back and looking for any redundant sentences that could be culled just to make room for an ending.

I think I had 19 minutes left to proof read, so I only proof read the new material.  I managed to bring in an open ending, at 7992 words.  Then I submitted everything, and waited for a confirmation email.  After I got the email, the timer was at 46 seconds!

Talk about the skin of my teeth!  I'm sure that I won't win...its not that it wasn't a bad entry, but the pace of the ending was significantly different to the beginning, which had started off quite relaxed and leisurely.  But still, that was most the exhiliarting and intense writing session I have ever experienced, even my English exams don't compare to it!  And even if I don't win, I know now that I CAN get it finished, and I can finish the job :D

Introductions / Re: Writer Looking To Join A Writing Community! :)
« on: July 01, 2012, 12:57:23 PM »
Hello, and thank you for welcoming me n_n

I'm actually a Miss Blackavar ^^;; (although yes, Blackavar in the book is a male rabbit lol). 

I've always been a bit paranoid and selfishly guarded my work in the past, but I might relax a little on that with time.  I'll be exploring the forums a little, so I'll happily give critique if I feel I have something useful to add :)  Thanks n_n

Introductions / Writer Looking To Join A Writing Community! :)
« on: July 01, 2012, 01:26:18 AM »
Hello, I am Blackavar.  I just entered the Fantasy Faction contest and after I sent my submission, I noticed the forum page, and so I thought I would join :)

I have been writing for years, and until recently not really getting anywhere with it.  But its something that I feel I'm meant to do and so I'm really trying to focus on it now.

I've been writing for an online magazine since 2010, and gotten a lot of great experience out of it, and my editor has been really encouraging and pushing me down the right path.  She recently suggested I try and get involved in a writing community- I've always been a very solitary writer and perhaps thats been my downfall up until now.

Quickly about me...I write mostly fantasy, but online I also write reviews, articles, interviews, all sorts.  I'm also an artist.  My username/writer's name is taken from a character in my favourite book, Watership Down.

I love bunnies ;D

So....hi! :D

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