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MrClean
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Hello - I've lurked and lurked and lurked. I feel like I know a lot of you already just from reading the posts.

My name is Allen Boyer. I live in Illinois just outside of Chicago. I work as a procedure writer for a Nuclear Power Plant. Very dry and very boring things to write, but the power plant is a great place to fantisize about the science fiction world. It's an enormous overwhelming place that kicks out 2.5 billion watts of continues energy on very little fuel.

I'm married and have five fantastic children. I love science fiction and have some great stories running around in my head (at least great to me!). I've only been writing them down for about two years now so my experience is not great but I am trying.

I've learned a lot from everyone here and the experience I recieved in the writers group was invaluable. anyway, I hope to continue to learn and help if I can.

MC


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Minister
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And welcome to you as well, Mr. Clean. Sorry your reception here last time was less than pleasant. We look forward to hearing some of those stories, and hearing your thoughts on some of ours.
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Jaina
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Well, since you've been so kind as to welcome everyone else, I thought I'd follow your lead. Welcome!

To tell the truth, I'd thought about being a procedure writer for something along those lines... but I don't know if I could stand the dryness. No "scope for the imagination" there. But, apparently, there is! I might have to look back into that...

Well, thanks for the idea, and, again, welcome!

--Jaya


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Beth
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what an interesting bunch of workplaces we've got here! welcome to hatrack.

I spent some time as a technical writer, and it was indeed dry. but more than the dryness, i think it was the sense that no one ever read the manual that made me want to do something else. I hope that isn't the case for you!


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I also held a job where one of my functions was to write user manuals. And it was terribly boring, coupled with the requirement of writing it so it could be read by 8-year-olds for something extremely technical in nature. I guess maybe that made it slightly more challenging.

Anyway, try to not let people's comments get to you on a personal level. Even if they do "trash" something you say or write, by posting on a public forum, you are immediately vulnerable to having your views challenged -- and often not as tactfully as it would be when speaking in real life, in person.


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Keeley
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Welcome.

Procedure manuals for nuclear power plants... I thought the majority of the stuff that goes on in a plant is automatic.

[edited to correct punctuation]

[This message has been edited by Keeley (edited February 22, 2005).]


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Rocklover
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Say hey to Homer for me.
Man. I can't imagine your job. I couldn't cope with the responsibility. WHAT IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE??? WHAT IF THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO PUSH BUTTON B AND THEY PUSH BUTTON C???
In my porfession, my WORSE mistake is fixable with Wite-Out.
Drove through Champagne,Illinois just last summer. Is that anywhere near you?
Welcome friend. Judith

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TruHero
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Hey Mr. Clean, I love those new Magic Erasers you just came out with a few months ago. They get grime off of just about anything!

Seriously, welcome! Relax and sit a spell.


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franc li
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I had to check in and see if your evil Ivan was the same as my evil Ivan. My evil Ivan went to UVA, though so I don't seen any indication that that is likely.
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MaryRobinette
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Poor MrClean only got eight responses to HSO's 50, so I'm trying to even the score.
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rickfisher
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Well, since I always have to respond to MaryRobinette, I guess I'll have to help.
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MaryRobinette
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My dear Mr. Fisher,

I had no idea I held such power over your correspondance. I am gratified, however, that this simple exchange brings Mr. Clean's response number up to eleven.

Sincerely yours,
MaryRobinette
(Mrs. R. A. Kowal)

[This message has been edited by MaryRobinette (edited March 03, 2005).]


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Jeraliey
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:: Donates a post to the cause::
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Jaina
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S'pose I ought to add another one, since I'm the one that brought HSO's up to fifty in the first place.
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ScottMiller
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Hi, MrClean. I've always enjoyed your theme song.

Anyway, I just got here myself--She Who Must Be Obeyed refers new members of the SFFW to these here forums for crit, advice, etc. (I've been reading OSC's reviews for over a year and never poked my head in before. *shame*)


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TaShaJaRo
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Hi Mr. Clean. You always say you're a newbie but you've been here longer than I have! So that officially promotes you above newbie now, doesn't it?
Glad to meet you.

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Tears of joy cannot express the way I am feeling right now. I think I'll go clean something.

Thank you, Thank you.

MC


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rickfisher
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I should point out that MrClean has now posted 103 times (11:53 pm EST, 3/3/05).

That officially puts him at 3 past the requirement for ending his "newbie" status.

[This message has been edited by rickfisher (edited March 03, 2005).]


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rickfisher
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So I think that everyone on this forum needs to post a Congratulations to MrClean on this thread, thus swamping the lead gained by the evil HSO (wait--I think I'm trapped in Reykjavik!).

Congratulations!


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ScottMiller
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Woo-hoo! You've escaped the newbie ghetto! Congratulations!

(Can we get this thread to 60 posts, perhaps?)


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MaryRobinette
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But be careful Mr. Clean--there are ninja's lurking on every corner once you leave the newbie quarters. Do you have your Hatrack Utility Belt (HUB) yet?
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Jaina
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Congrats! Now you can't use the "newbie" excuse any more, though.
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Jeraliey
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Excellent!

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MrClean
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I have ordered the HUB but it's not here yet. I am afraid. Can I function in this non newbie zone without it? I feel naked. Really I'm not naked but you know what I mean. Do ninja's wear clothes?

MC


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In my dreams, ninja's always wear clothes. I can't vouch for others, but I think they should always be clothed. Naked ninja's would be a terrible distraction in all those movies I have seen. Where would they keep all those weapons? Although, that could be the way the samurai get past the initial fear of being attacked by vicious ninjas. You know, kinda like envisioning the audience you are speaking to as naked.

I think that once you get your HUB, things will become much clearer to you. Perhaps it will help you with your naked ninja question?


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If you want to get rid of ninjas, call upon the might of the Tick.

Spoon!


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