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WriteRebekah
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--BUMPED THREAD--update downthread.--

I'm a work-from-home, homeschooling mom who keeps getting gnawed on by dragons, which I find most impolite, particularly when I already work so hard teaching the children not to do this very thing. Dragons, it turns out, consider themselves exempt from most rules. Such as the rules in which my love for writing stays buried with acne and bad perms in my adolescence and I settle like a mom should--in a tired, annoyed, spit-up covered way--into eternal anonymity.

But dragons don't give up as easily as I do, and it's either bury myself permanently or join them. I'm terrified (can I write!? would anyone want to read it?? am I going to fail??? heeeeeeeeeelp!)--but I'm going to try.

Thanks for letting me join you all in the treehouse. I'd ask the dragons not to scorch the branches, but they don't listen to me.

[ April 02, 2013, 05:49 PM: Message edited by: WriteRebekah ]

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Meredith
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Welcome to the treehouse.

Dragons have a tendency to show up in my stories, too.


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Welcome! My WIP (work-in-progress) has a dragon as the MC (main character). Although most of the time she's a feisty little old lady.

Write whenever you can, don't wait for the big chunks of time that rarely come. Now if I can just follow that advice...

Oh, and we homeschool too, although my hubby is the teacher and I'm the breadwinner. I get to teach the occasional art lesson


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Welcome.
You won't be the only newbie. *looks to make sure no one else is watching, points to self* The best thing about being a new writer here is that we are surround by very helpful, talented, friendly people. I've learned more already in two weeks than I had on all other "writers" websites combined.

You just have to love to write and never stop, even if you start to hate how your work sometimes turns out.


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Howdy there, partner. Right nice for you to join us and all that.

As stated already this here place is great for learning the craft of writing, friendly people too.

However, ya'll ain't the only one with young'uns here. There seems to be a parcel of mommas and even one or three dads, with little ones here abouts. So sit back and write.

And Do Not forget at the beginnin' you have to give yurself permission to write some bad stuff. It happens to us all but we all improved even though dang if a couple of us didn't fall back to the bad stuff but everyone else keeps going forward.

I too have a couple of ideas for dragon stories. One is an epic fantasy and a couple are Urban Fantasies. My inner muse seems to be mostly stuck on UF for some reason.
As to dragons here. Don't worry about yours scratching the limbs. There's a big one here that is all white and has the most wicked looking eyes... at least according to one lady writer. I personally haven't seen its eyes. But if you see a unicorn be careful, she can be mean.


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LDWriter is right, there are a bunch of parents on here. I've got two little girls and a dragon problem, as well.
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WriteRebekah
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I'm both moderately aghast and relieved to hear of the treehouse's current dragon infestation. Has anyone thought to call the Orkin man? It didn't work for me because at my house *nobody* comes when I call, but I figured you all stand a better chance. Teach me! Teach me!

And thank you for the warm welcome. Er, that would be thank you, PARDNER, to those of you in the Wild West.

And the protocol is I now go and do a little loving red-penning on people's 13 lines, right?


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Welcome!
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You sound awesome. Happy to have you aboard. Or abranch...whichever.
~Sheena

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LDWriter2
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Surprised that I didn't suggest this last note. But your problem with the dragons gnawing you would make a good children's story. So instead of burying yourself, take notes and write a children's book.

The line about Dragons not going by the rules would be a great opening, I think.

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WriteRebekah
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Being a terribly obedient person, unlike my dragons, I am unburying myself. You should know one of the dragons is currently sitting in my lap, digging his claws into my knees and gnawing painfully on my left arm (politely leaving my right arm free for writing, which I would appreciate a great deal more if I were handwriting instead of typing; this one is not my cleverest dragon).

And I suppose I should go post some opening lines in the other room. Except I'm scared.

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Our family has a cat that does that.
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Yes, this dragon does remind one of a cat, with the exception of the occasional accidental incineration of my monitor. He's also a great deal warmer--I had to knit myself a thick lap blanket to protect my legs after he burned me a time or two.

If only he'd obey me and climb OFF MY LAP every now and then. I have a heck of a time getting anything done.

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I assume that means you are writing a story and/or novel about your chewing dragons.


But just bap that one on its nose and say no in a strong voice. Of course it might breath fire but just point it at your cooling coffee or Hot Chocolate.

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First my respects and support in making the decision not to subject your children to those...places we call schools. I was "homeschooled" (I find using the word odd, since to me it's the natural state and needs no special name) from birth.

I sympathize with the dragons. For me, it's mostly tentacles, and a set of nine rainbow-colored mystical Roads that won't leave me alone, but I do get dragons too (less than I had expected too when I started for some reason.)

And, you won't fail. You can write. There will be people who want to read what you write (and other people who don't.) So try not to concern yourself too much with that.


This is a good place, overall, especially these days. You'll enjoy it. Have a cupcake.

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WriteRebekah
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Rather than start a whole new thread, since I vanished but BEHOLD! have returned, I'm just bumping my own original intro and high-fiving whoever else is hanging out in the treehouse tonight.

Howdy! I'm back, dragons 'n' all.

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Rebe, Have you tried keeping a small spray bottle of water to spray your dragon with when it misbehaves? They quickly learn to not light up if they're going to get dowsed! LOL
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Cats descended from dragons and People descended from cats (as the Egyptians believed anyway). Dragons are superior to humans in all ways.

I write about a cat sized baby dragon and she does not follow rules. "If yo9u did not see me do it, It was not me."

The human, usually a mage, must educate and train a dragon to follow rules.

Of course, there are hundreds of kinds of dragons and they have different body styles and intellect. They run from a flying lion in personality to something brilliant who is humoring the human they associate with.

The beauty of writing dragons is that just about anything is possible.
I wrote quite a few dragons that do not use fire. One story I have which is fairly good but nowhere to go, has images of fire to burn in the mind of the victim.

Let them be what they need to be.

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