First, a little bit about myself and my interest in writing. I am a recent graduate in English and Philosophy, and have always been interested in literature but also storytelling (which unfortunately is rarely valued in academia). SciFi and Fantasy have always been what I have read for pleasure and also what I have always been tempted to write (many half-baked ideas and partially completed stories but nothing complete). These genres (and sub-genres) are able to explore complex ideas while still crafting a good yarn. I am particularly interested in personal identity and what scifi allows a writer to accomplish. Asimov's short stories and OSC's Worthing Saga are some of my favorites. I look forward to getting involved, mostly in the open discussions about writing, but in giving feedback as well. And who knows, eventually asking for some feedback of my own.
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Isn't exploring complex ideas what this entire exercise is about? And crafting a good yarn is just the bonus! Science fiction and fantasy writers should rule the world, or at the very least we should be able to fix it. After all, we aren't the we've-always-done-it-this-way sort of folk, are we? (Do I hear an "Amen?")
As far as the half-baked ideas and partially completed stories, I hear you. I have a filing cabinet full of the same. Shame on me for killing all those trees.
Maybe someone will give you the grand tour of the treehouse.
Ya know, that grand tour stuff is getting complicated with all the new stuff that keeps getting added on. It's a good thing the new koi pond is always the right temperature and ice free. But, hey, come on in and make yourself right at home. Seems that beside the space station and the deep see observatory, we now have a koi pond (No offense, folks, but I've never been real thrilled with fish, except on a plate. Ummmm Ummmm!). Maybe sometime we'll even get the movie theatre fired back up again in our magical treehouse. Maybe.
Howdy bemused! Enjoy your time here. I already love this place and I've only been here a few days. It's a nice atmosphere here and people don't mind hurting your feelings a bit about your writing. That's a good thing though. It always makes you better. If hurt feelings leads to me getting a book deal one day I will personally thank everyone here.
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Welcome, Bemused. I think I ran into Befuddled and Bedazzled earlier... You know, The Worthing Saga is one of my favorite of OSCs books. I'm surprised that it rarely comes up when talking about his work. Did you read the precursor "Hot Sleep"? Probably only available from dodgy second hand book dealers, these days, but I found it moving in a way that its more refined successor never quite managed to recreate.