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PostSubject: Hello from Spy   August 6th 2008, 10:30 pm

Hello all,

I am Spyqueen. I usually go by Spy, along with a few other alias'. Sue invited me and I am very excited about getting involved in a productive writing community. I write just about anything: poetry, novels, short stories, songs, children's stories, non-fiction...anything my mind wants to create.

I have been writing for a very long time and am pursuing publishing goals on a few current projects. I look forward to meeting all of you and getting to know you.

I enjoy giving critiques, detailed critiques, mind you, I am very picky and though I add encouraging things in critiques, I also point out weaknesses. If ever I go too detailed for you, fear not, I am not easily offended.

Nice to be here!
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Spy   August 6th 2008, 10:36 pm

I'm so happy you're here Spy! Welcome and enjoy yourself. I'm sure you remember me, its been a long time!

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Spy   August 6th 2008, 10:41 pm

Hi Spy and welcome to Scribbles. Glad to have you aboard.

I don't mind a detailed critic at all. It's always more helpful to know what exactly wasn't good than just "Oh I don't like it".

Again welcome.

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Spy   August 6th 2008, 10:45 pm

Thanks for the welcomes!

Kelly! Of course I remember you! No one can forget you. I am so excited to see your creation here and to be a part of it!

Snacker, thank you so much for the welcome. Like I said I am nearly addicted to detailed critiques. So it is nice to meet people willing to receive them! I think you learn just as much about writing by giving crits. as you do getting them. And I do get annoyed also with glib comments that give no insight to a work at all.

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Spy   August 6th 2008, 10:57 pm

Hi Spy, so glad you joined! You are already ahead of me in posting...way to go girl! Guess I better get busy...just like Kelly told me in a pm!! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Spy   August 6th 2008, 11:16 pm

Hello Spy,

Wow, you seem like you've got a foot in everything. What age group are your children's stories geared towards? And what genres do you mostly work in?
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Spy   August 6th 2008, 11:23 pm

HYdraMStar wrote:
Hello Spy,

Wow, you seem like you've got a foot in everything. What age group are your children's stories geared towards? And what genres do you mostly work in?

I do yes, I can't help it. It is how my mind runs. I have a few pre-school stories written and polishing along with one story (I hope to turn into a series) for ages 6 to 9ish. I have toyed with the idea of writing youth fiction, but would have to really research the genre before tackling that one.

My passion is poetry. I am working on a very big non-fiction project currently. I am also working on a novel. Those are my "main" focus right now. I am a huge multi-tasker and though most people have nagged me to narrow my focus and only work on one project at a time, I know it is impossible. Once I decided to 'write my way' I have noticed my output is much stronger now.

Thanks for asking!

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