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PostSubject: Hello from a newbie in Valencia, Spain   August 19th 2008, 5:19 pm

Hello everyone, my name is Alexandra, I'm new here so hello to you all.

I've been reading some of the stories and paying attention to the comments. I like the comments (I also like the stories)

I look forward to posting some of my stories here for you to rip apart and in that way help me get better. I will also be commenting on the things/stories I read.

I must warn you that I'm not into poetry even if by some unknown mistake of my mind I've come up with at least four of those things. I'm more into short stories that range from 400 words to up to 2000 words but that's only because I don't have time for longer stories; well, perhaps the real reason is that I can't go on and on and on and on. I might improve that with time, who knows.

I hope this has been a decent introduction.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from a newbie in Valencia, Spain   August 19th 2008, 5:25 pm

Very decent introduction. Hi Alexandra and welcome to Scribbles...

I like the fact that you are willing to let the other Scribblers rip your stories apart and help you to get better and better. Some people are scared of criticism because it mostly tells you the things you don't want to hear. But you don't seem like being scared. I appreciate that and I'm looking forward to reading your work.

Have fun on the site!

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PostSubject: Reply   August 19th 2008, 5:25 pm

Cool, another story person. Welcome. I do the novels, you do the short stories, sounds like a plan. Glad to have you.

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from a newbie in Valencia, Spain   August 19th 2008, 5:31 pm

Here is the reply box! woohoo! thanks Snacker... stories are like babies, you create them and then it hurts when someone points something bad from it but it what helps you get that baby on the right path and that's why I appreciate criticism.

due to lack of time, I don't do much re-writing, I usually come up with the story in an hour (when I have that time for myself) and then post... but when I've been told to change things I've done it in my word document and then guess what? I forget to post the re-write.

and to you TerishD, I've seen your comments.... you're like a traffic warden, pointing in the right direction, and yes.. you do the novels and I do the short stories.


thank you both for this warm welcome..



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PostSubject: Re: Hello from a newbie in Valencia, Spain   August 19th 2008, 5:36 pm

Yes I do agree with you about the baby thing. It is something you created by yourself. You put a lot of time in it and give it your full concentration. And then someone comes out of nothing and tells you that this and that just don't work.

I know sometimes it seems that it just isn't fair. But in my opinion it is a great thing. I like criticism as well. It tells you where to improve your writing (in case it is a criticism from Terish, Hydra and Kelly - always a great thing) and helps you leading your work on the right path.

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from a newbie in Valencia, Spain   August 19th 2008, 6:51 pm

Welcome Alexandra! Glad you've made it over to our little area of cyberworld. And another story person. Very lovely. I hope you are enjoying your time here and I can't wait to see what you have to offer.

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from a newbie in Valencia, Spain   August 19th 2008, 8:30 pm

Hello and welcome!
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from a newbie in Valencia, Spain   August 23rd 2008, 12:53 pm

Hello Kellycakes and hydra

thanks for welcome!

I'll be posting stories as I make them (more or less) there's no point in posting old ones....
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from a newbie in Valencia, Spain   August 23rd 2008, 5:23 pm

Welcome Alexandra, Hope you enjoy scribbles.If you need anything just give us a yell....Welcome .....Hugs Jules

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from a newbie in Valencia, Spain   August 24th 2008, 4:05 pm

Hi Juju! no yelling yet.....

not yet.... hahaha


I appreciate the welcome very much.
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