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Old 04-15-2017, 03:38 PM
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"You can't go home again..." You're right, Gaines, nothing will ever be the same, just like the renewed IT was nothing like the old one, but WB brought me a long way, as JustcallmeEd, and then as Prodigalson, and I'd be willing to put some effort into "paying it forward," as it were.

It seems these technical difficulties are the main detriment to the site, and I'm not savvy in such things. Does anyone have the time and inclination to look into some concrete solutions?
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If I gain access to this site via Internet Explorer, it's a mess of little boxes with crosses in.

If I use Chrome, it's o.k. It's not the exceptionally user-friendly site it used to be - but still on par with most of them out there.
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I access on my iPhone through Tapatalk. It was down for a bit a few months ago, but has since been strong.

Can't put up an avatar, but I hardly care about that.
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Originally Posted by Prodigalson View Post
"You can't go home again..." You're right, Gaines, nothing will ever be the same, just like the renewed IT was nothing like the old one, but WB brought me a long way, as JustcallmeEd, and then as Prodigalson, and I'd be willing to put some effort into "paying it forward," as it were.

It seems these technical difficulties are the main detriment to the site, and I'm not savvy in such things. Does anyone have the time and inclination to look into some concrete solutions?


Hey S,

How's the book coming? Still in the works?
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I'm not convinced it all boils down to technical issues. It's like a pub - you stick your head in the door, scan the room for someone you know, and make a sharp exit if it's a room full of strangers.

There seems to be quite a flow of new members who post a piece - then promptly disappear. You can have good intentions of giving your time to try and encourage new writers - but you can end up feeling disinclined to bother if they're not interested enough to come back and collect commentary on their submission. They don't stay long enough to make an impact or build relationships.
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Originally Posted by Grace Gabriel View Post
I'm not convinced it all boils down to technical issues. It's like a pub - you stick your head in the door, scan the room for someone you know, and make a sharp exit if it's a room full of strangers.

There seems to be quite a flow of new members who post a piece - then promptly disappear. You can have good intentions of giving your time to try and encourage new writers - but you can end up feeling disinclined to bother if they're not interested enough to come back and collect commentary on their submission. They don't stay long enough to make an impact or build relationships.


I belong to a dozen Facebook writers groups. It's like ADHD mania all the time, with useless soul-draining posts and games. Trolling seems to be the only post-worthy thing happening. No real writing, but lots of people who want to become writers for a couple days. And if I tell someone to fuck-off, suddenly I'm the bad guy.
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BP, I have warm, affectionate memories of you wiping the floor with a particularly aggressive, foul-mouthed and convinced-he-was-a-genius newbie. The exchange escalated over five pages in the space of an hour. It was around three in the morning U.K time - I couldn't go to bed because I was laughing so hard. Strangely enough, he didn't come back.

Youth of today eh? Invest three minutes in writing "the cat shat on the mat" and then get mightily aggrieved when a publisher doesn't PM them with a contract by teatime.

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Originally Posted by brianpatrick View Post
Hey S,

How's the book coming? Still in the works?
The book's done, but life has intervened to the point I barely have time to get on the computer anymore. I need to be pursuing publishing, but it is a rare time indeed where I can think about anything other than work (which is going well), and family (my girlfriend's mother is dying and it has stirred up a firestorm of greed amongst the sisters).

You've still got a signed copy coming, though.
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Hi Prod,

So nice to see your name around the place. x
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MikeC isn't a bad guy. Like almost any other intellectual, he strongly backs his opinions. A determination to take a stance on certain issues often leads to clashes, but his heart is in the right place. It is foolish to pile on him.
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MikeC isn't a bad guy. Like almost any other intellectual, he strongly backs his opinions. A determination to take a stance on certain issues often leads to clashes, but his heart is in the right place. It is foolish to pile on him.


MikeC's a big boy; he can take it.
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I miss Mike C. We need controversy - and he was gifted in bringing a simmering pot to the boil. He's intelligent, and his photography captured the stories in people's faces.

Cityboy, I know you're often on the wrong end of the rifle - but you're much loved y'know. Are you still writing? x
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Originally Posted by Grace Gabriel View Post
I miss Mike C. We need controversy - and he was gifted in bringing a simmering pot to the boil. He's intelligent, and his photography captured the stories in people's faces.



Cityboy, I know you're often on the wrong end of the rifle - but you're much loved y'know. Are you still writing? x


I like talking with MikeC too. I edit for his magazine (Oddville), but never interact with him except here (and that only occasionally these days). I've taken to throwing bricks at his window in hopes he might come 'round. But he has a big personality, eh? Not sure the slimmed down version of WB could hold him.
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That, or he's busy with his new boyfriends...

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I miss Mike C. We need controversy - and he was gifted in bringing a simmering pot to the boil. He's intelligent, and his photography captured the stories in people's faces.

Cityboy, I know you're often on the wrong end of the rifle - but you're much loved y'know. Are you still writing? x
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The Intellect and the ego are like a horse and buggy. People glue their azzes to chairs for years to study and to learn and then turn their mouths into their azzes to dump all the chit they believe is important.
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The Intellect and the ego are like a horse and buggy. People glue their azzes to chairs for years to study and to learn and then turn their mouths into their azzes to dump all the chit they believe is important.


This is a rather shallow characterization. Do you really believe this?

I admire the simplicity of your world view.
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" The ego hurts you like this: you become obsessed with the one person who does not love you. Blind to the rest who do." - Warsan Shire

Er...was it a 'yes' or 'no' to "still writing"?
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