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Re: And Now, For the Rest...

PostPosted: August 20, 2004, 02:54:33 PM
by dsullivan
As I said to Greg in another thread, I'm chasing that damn fourth star.
<br><br>Don't stop at four, Robert.  Peons like Wesley Clark and Colin Powell have four.   Shoot for five, and move up into the rarified atmosphere  of MacArthur and Eisenhower.  At three, you're in the company of Stormin'  Norman Schwartzkopf, who goes for coffee and donuts during breaks.<br><br>Correction: I just made a quick check and found that Stormin' Norman got his fourth star. So he doesn't have to go for coffe and donuts after all!<br>

Re: And Now, For the Rest...

PostPosted: August 20, 2004, 02:55:54 PM
by Vila
EEEEK!<br>We're not wanting to exclude anyone but spammers.<br>Perhaps I should talk up the Lettercol more in future editorials?<br>Dan<br>

Re: And Now, For the Rest...

PostPosted: August 20, 2004, 03:09:12 PM
by Vila
Let's see -- we still need the Brash Young Iconoclast, the Impractical Idealist, the Scholar, the Technogeek, the Technopeasant, the Girl Next Door, the Street-wise Tough Chick, ... you know, the Usual Suspects.

Hello, is this Central Casting? We're filling slots for Cliche Characters on a lettercol / bulletin board. You can get people started on auditioning by making a bunch of posts to establish what role they'd be best for.

Robert M.
<br><br>I've always felt like the HP Lovecraft of internet fiction, actually. <br>I influence a lot of people's work, very indirectly. There's an "inner circle" of literary friends whom I correspond with: the Lettercol and chatroom habituees, and I have a mythic series / shared universe game running that ought to outlive me by a factor of ten: the Mare Inebrium stories.<br>I'm not quite the Grand Old Man, but sometimes I feel like the Godfather of the Editorial Mafia, indeed. :)<br>Is the Universal Uncle character slot still open? I'm made for that one.<br>Dan<br>

Re: And Now, For the Rest...

PostPosted: August 20, 2004, 03:17:26 PM
by Jeff_Williams
Well...this is interesting. This little thread I started to get everyone to comment in the Lettercol has grown into three pages in length!!! :)<br><br><br>--Jeff Williams

Re: And Now, For the Rest...

PostPosted: August 20, 2004, 03:40:58 PM
by Vila
Now if we can find a way for this volume to overflow into the other topics, 'eh Jeff?<br>Dan

Re: And Now, For the Rest...

PostPosted: August 21, 2004, 10:37:13 AM
by kailhofer
Last night when I stopped in to check the messages I saw that there were 13 guests logged in besides myself and Dan.<br><br>13 at the same time? What's up with that? Was someone putting us up on some Internet cafe or something??<br><br>Nate

Re: And Now, For the Rest...

PostPosted: August 21, 2004, 04:18:32 PM
by Vila
That's odd indeed. And yet the chatroom has yet to reach ten people at once. (at least while I'm still awake. LOL)<br>I do wish that there were more comments from the Lettercol Members that have just signed up and not spoken up. I'd really value your opinions, everyone.<br>And as the Aphelion head honcho, I'd like to ask each of you the favor of adding your locations to your Member Profiles. I think it would be cool to know how many countries that Aphelion has readers in now. (I think the previous record was either 53 or 56 countries.) But if you think that adding your location information is invading your privacy, then please follow your hearts. Do what you think is right.<br>If people are being put off by the "Close-Nit Group" appearence of most posts to the Lettercol, please don't be. The only reason that this bunch of rugged individualists appear to be a "club" or "in-crowd" is because they are all genuinely nice people. If you want to express your opinions, I beg you to do so. Even if your opinions seem harsh or overly perfectionist, they will be welcomed and considered on their own merit. And with this crowd, comments that detail what a reader disliked about a story are treasured more that those that just say "Hi, loved the story. Especally the bit where the characters figured out the thing with the gizmo. Way cool idea for a gizmo... Bye for now. Keep writing cool stuff!"<br>A post that says something more like "You lost me when the good guys were trapped by tha cave-in. I never understood if it was the Bad Guys that caused the cave-in, or just a bad-luck earthquake. Oh, and the dialogue was hard to tell who said what when the scenes got busy with action..." will help the writer more. Don't be afraid to nit-pick. Every time you point out where a reader has trouble with a writer's story, you can help the writer learn more.<br>You improve the breed. Think of it as evolution in action.<br>And you, lucky reader, are the preditors.<br>Bon Appitite!<br>Dan<br>:D<br><br><br>

Re: And Now, For the Rest...

PostPosted: August 21, 2004, 09:51:39 PM
by Robert_Moriyama
If people are being put off by the "Close-Nit Group" appearence of most posts to the Lettercol, please don't be.
Dan
:D

<br>Not only are we close to being nits, we're halfway to being wits!<br><br>Oh, for an automatic spell-checker (and colloquial expression / cliche validator) on the lettercol ...<br><br>Robert M.

Re: And Now, For the Rest...

PostPosted: August 22, 2004, 08:38:22 AM
by Vila
Thank god that *someone* got the pun.<br>Dan<br>

Re: And Now, For the Rest...

PostPosted: August 22, 2004, 12:48:51 PM
by Robert_Moriyama
Thank god that *someone* got the pun.
Dan
<br>Ah, yes, the PeeWee Herman "I meant to do that" defense. I use it quite often myself (viz. my responses to criticisms of my stories) ...<br><br>Robert M.