They pop up occasionally. I've seen Christine and Dakota lately, and franc li as well.
Maybe most of them are over at Liberty Hall.
Anyway, it's good to get new blood. OSC believes that writers groups should disband after a year because by then everyone has learned all they can from the people in their group and they need to move on to a different bunch of people. So the turnover kind of helps that to happen.
Well, I'm still hanging in. Almost two years, now. But then the last place I hung out at, for about, oh, five years, I (mostly) left 'cause I got irritated. Not yet here, though.
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While others of us missed the writing singularity altogether. We are the Left Behind... (that is abandoned to our own devices, rather than an anatomical unmentionable).
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I still lurk from time to time. Between writing a novel and working on revision suggestions I've gotten from an agent, I'm trying to not spend too much time online. I only post when something really hits me.
But Hatrack was definately what got me to the point I'm at right now.
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When I drop out, it's because I'm too busy to browse forums, and I've been waaaaaaay too busy the last couple of months with a big sculpture commission and with doing the final polish on my novel and getting some other stuff written, too. But I try to cruise through here whenever I have the time. I've learned a lot here and enjoy the wide-ranging conversations, as well.
I still drop in every now and again. I haven't had a whole lot of time to get on or to write even. I've been busy at work and enrolling in college for this fall. I'm hoping to get a story published in the University review this year.
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I'm still here--though not as much as I used to be. Has it only been three years? But we've gone through some pretty fundamental changes in the membership in the past year or so that have made me both a dinosaur and stranger in many ways.
Like Kathleen says, this place loses its effectiveness for the individual after so long. You get to a point in your mastership of the craft that Hatrack has nothing new to offer. After that you hang around for sentiment. It is, after all, the best place on the web for wannabe writers to gather and learn. A safe haven, a warm-fuzzy of writerly encouragment.
Wouldn't it be nice if the old-timers (like more than two years of membership) could have a little gold star--like the seller/buyer rating stars on ebay? (Survivor--wherever he may be--would rate a constellation!)
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Well, I still drop by occasionally. But I mainly hang out with my Bootcamp section. It's funny you should have this topic up now; I just poked my head in here for the first time in over a year, just to see who was still around. I spend most of my bulletin board time with Liberty Hall and Codex now. I think I stopped wanting to be here during that short time when folks were actively and unkindly driving out newbies. I'll bet it's changed since then, but really, that's why I stopped being active here.
But yeah, I started out on Hatrack, and the people here definitely taught me just about everything I know.
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I'm around, although not as much. I've had some serious health challenges this year, and that has consumed much of my time as well as left me unable to concentrate so I can write. Now that I'm on the opposite side of radiation treatments, my energy level is picking up. I've recently rejoined a private crit group of Hatrack alumni, so in many ways I feel I'm still involved.
I do miss the input from the long-term Hatrackers on the board, however. Seems the active ones right now are all newbies.
I recall when I first joined Mary Robinette was doing a HUB search for Survivor. Maybe it's time to get the HUB back out again.