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Topic: What are you doing instead of writing?
Posted By: Lord Xoon
Subject: What are you doing instead of writing?
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 2:13pm
...Other than farting around on these here forums?

I'm cruising Youtube to try to find the perfect music to finish up this swamp fantasy.  Right now, the soundtrack to Neverending Story is in the lead, but I can't really be sure until I pore through another 100 or so vids.

I figure about 8:00 tonight I'll develop a little urgency.

Yay procrastination!



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Posted By: Imaginative Insanity
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 2:53pm
Rearranging my bedroom. No joke.

Amazon Prime Day brought a new bed just into my price range, so I've been cleaning and rearranging to prepare for its arrival.

I swear, my house will never be cleaner than it gets during these contests. LOL

Feeling a little better about my story today, though, so maybe I'll stop procrastinating so much.


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Posted By: jhardycarroll
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 2:55pm
Well, I am in the middle of a huge novel and come to the painful realization that I need to do several drafts of an outline. I am doing fiction prompts (including this one), short story revision, music videos, and this forum. In short, anything I can think of.

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Posted By: steph9289
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 3:23pm
Watching author documentaries with a cute boy!

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Posted By: Eggcorn
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 3:24pm
Mainly this. And facebook. It's all related to what I'm supposed to be doing though. . .mostly


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Posted By: Lookit There
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 3:38pm
Well, I'm here - so there's that.
I've finished draft #2, which got rid of *most* of my extra 435 words, and completely changed the ending for the better.
Waiting to hear back from any of my 3 betas, and...avoiding rewriting it, though I know I must.
Next up: errands!
Then that last terrified rewrite before I hit "Send" and instantly regret it*

*Assuming this to be true based on past experience


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Posted By: ASharedNarrative
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 4:18pm
Waiting on betas, watching this forum on one screen, and watching Royal Pains on the other.


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Posted By: LaraH
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 4:38pm
Painting. As in painting a room not a creative masterpiece. I still have 140 words to cut and I don't want to give any of them up.

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Posted By: Anirena
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 5:19pm
Re- watching the last few episodes of season 6 of Game of Thrones while staring at my story hoping a few words will just run away on their own.


Posted By: Balabean
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 5:37pm
Listening to "Whoever Fights Monsters" by Robert Ressler to drown out the cacophony of my three boys, thinking about vegetables and puzzling over why my table feels sticky. I finished my story at noon yesterday, but now I realize I probably should have spent more time fiddling with it. Oh well.


Posted By: Alexis_H
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 6:02pm
I taught my nephew how to ride his bike, took him to swimming lessons and searched for insects with him.

I've submitted now but really should have got my act together and got a beta. I know I'll regret that.

To sleep... ahhhhh heaven.


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Posted By: charleycheval
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 6:31pm
I was at a horse show allllll weekend and am now on paragraph two of my story.. at least I have 5.5 hours to go though. Pressure is on! ;) 

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Posted By: LyndaD
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 6:35pm
Waiting on my beta...
I took a nap, did a partial water change on two aquariums, and watered houseplants.


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Posted By: cookie75
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 6:56pm
Reading this, reset my password on here, twice..ran some errands, deciding on the perfect music, set DVR for GOT, checked twitter, Facebook, instagram and Snapchat multiple times! Now I'm stressed, have 300 words typed and I hate my ending but I haven't even written it yet! 😑


Posted By: ShroudedWolf
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 7:00pm
Trying to motivate myself to instill changes from my betas, when I have it under 1,000 words and with a decent flow, but still know the betas made a good point and I don't want to sacrifice any darlings to birth new ones. That, and watching The Grinch on Netflix.

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Posted By: Zblugg
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 8:37pm
I'm done now, but I spent the better part of Saturday and today's mornings and afternoons doing some plumbing, or shopping for said plumbing. Not by choice, not for fun. Because I had to.

But I'm done now. 

The text. Not the plumbing.


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Posted By: ShroudedWolf
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 10:54pm
Originally posted by Zblugg Zblugg wrote:

I'm done now, but I spent the better part of Saturday and today's mornings and afternoons doing some plumbing, or shopping for said plumbing. Not by choice, not for fun. Because I had to.

But I'm done now. 

The text. Not the plumbing.

Lol. You're going to need to read my story when we can post them. Seriously. You won't believe it.


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Posted By: Zblugg
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 11:34pm
Originally posted by ShroudedWolf ShroudedWolf wrote:

Lol. You're going to need to read my story when we can post them. Seriously. You won't believe it.


Sure sounds like we'll be exanging feedback soon enough, then! ;) And it'll be my pleasure!

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Posted By: Shadies01
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 11:53pm
I spent most of Saturday working (I'm a realtor so weekends are busy!) and thinking over ideas for the story. I spent most of Sunday working and managed to sneak in about 3 hours to write up the story I came up with...and spent then the rest of Sunday night realizing I used a storeroom instead of a stockroom, but didn't have time to come up with an entirely new story since I had a bunch of paperwork to do for work.  Oh, and spent quite a bit of time both days admiring pictures of my new granddaughter. :)


Posted By: ASharedNarrative
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 11:57pm
Originally posted by Shadies01 Shadies01 wrote:

I spent most of Saturday working (I'm a realtor so weekends are busy!) and thinking over ideas for the story. I spent most of Sunday working and managed to sneak in about 3 hours to write up the story I came up with...and spent then the rest of Sunday night realizing I used a storeroom instead of a stockroom, but didn't have time to come up with an entirely new story since I had a bunch of paperwork to do for work.  Oh, and spent quite a bit of time both days admiring pictures of my new granddaughter. :)


What's the distinction? I thought they were two different words for the same thing.


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Posted By: Shadies01
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2017 at 12:14am
Originally posted by ASharedNarrative ASharedNarrative wrote:

Originally posted by Shadies01 Shadies01 wrote:

I spent most of Saturday working (I'm a realtor so weekends are busy!) and thinking over ideas for the story. I spent most of Sunday working and managed to sneak in about 3 hours to write up the story I came up with...and spent then the rest of Sunday night realizing I used a storeroom instead of a stockroom, but didn't have time to come up with an entirely new story since I had a bunch of paperwork to do for work.  Oh, and spent quite a bit of time both days admiring pictures of my new granddaughter. :)


What's the distinction? I thought they were two different words for the same thing.

Hopefully the judges won't see a difference! :)  

Stockroom: a room in which stock of materials or goods are stored for use or sale.
Storeroom: a room or space where things are stored.  

Not a huge difference, really, but they could be picky about it.


Posted By: Alexis_H
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2017 at 8:43am
Originally posted by Shadies01 Shadies01 wrote:


Stockroom: a room in which stock of materials or goods are stored for use or sale.
Storeroom: a room or space where things are stored.  

Not a huge difference, really, but they could be picky about it.

Last year my location was a gun range. I had nothing so I made it into a former gun range, now nightclub. I got the highest marks for that one out of last years entries. 

Was the storeroom in a place where the items could possibly be sold?


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Posted By: Shadies01
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2017 at 10:11am
Originally posted by Alexis_H Alexis_H wrote:

Originally posted by Shadies01 Shadies01 wrote:


Stockroom: a room in which stock of materials or goods are stored for use or sale.
Storeroom: a room or space where things are stored.  

Not a huge difference, really, but they could be picky about it.

Last year my location was a gun range. I had nothing so I made it into a former gun range, now nightclub. I got the highest marks for that one out of last years entries. 

Was the storeroom in a place where the items could possibly be sold?

No, sadly it was not.  It was just a storeroom in a house. If the worst thing they say is that I got that part wrong, I'll be happy.  I doubt that'll be the case, though!  The story morphed into a non- traditional writing style and I've learned from experience that the judges don't care for that sort of thing, even if it's what the story calls for.   My Political Satire from a previous competition was all in letter format and they really hated it. REALLY hated it.  I probably shot myself in the foot just by writing it the way I did, so I shouldn't really stress about the store room debacle. LOL



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