Forum posts made by verbal

Topic Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted 26 Nov 2018 10:46

I've not been in here before, though I do see a couple familiar faces. :) A cup of coffee please.

Topic How Much of Your Own Work Do You REALLY Like?
Posted 14 Nov 2018 11:54


I am super critical of my own writing. I keep changing it again and again trying to get it just right, but at some point I have to stop when I'm not making helpful changes. It is common for me to do 5-10 rewrites of a piece before I submit it.


I do this too and I don't think it's a bad thing. As others have said here, though, everyone's experience is different. In general, I think rewriting helps, though after awhile I've found that stories kind of "harden," it's been tooo long since I wrote it and it resists rewriting.

I'd say I'm very happy with about a third of my stories, I think a third are okay, and a third I don't like. I don't know if this lines up with objective reality - lots of my own stuff I've hated and others have liked. I don't know that I'm that good a judge of my own work.

If I pull a story, reread it and decide it's absolute crap, I'll delete it. That's happened a few times.

Topic Inspiring writers
Posted 13 Nov 2018 21:41

Good thread. Glad to see Shirley Jackson mentioned so often.

My own list (I will try to keep this short):
Elmore Leonard - for dialogue and shifting POV
Shirley Jackson - for all rather reasons given above
David Foster Wallace - for those long, beautiful, looping sentences
Stephen King - natural storyteller, just hits all the right notes
John Irving - for World According to Garp, a perfect book, funny and sad and wise
Kurt Vonnegut - made me want to get a writer

Topic Winners of the Stories Space Dirty Martini 420 Competition
Posted 14 Oct 2018 15:28

This was a very cool contest. Contrats to Paperboy, the Welsdh Dreamer, Ping!, and all the other who rounded oout the top ten!

Topic This or That
Posted 11 Oct 2018 17:50

Rain. Though I like both.

Pool or lake?

Topic What is your favorite season, and why?
Posted 05 Oct 2018 12:47

I am actually pretty fond of all the seasons, but Spring has to be #1, because I don't have to drive the kids to school every morning, and because it means the beginning of baseball season!

Topic What are you reading at the moment?
Posted 27 Sep 2018 08:29

Rereading "World War Z" by Max Brooks. Love the book but hated the movie adaptation.



LOVED this book. Loved that it was an oral history, so they were just telling the story. Yes, the movie was awful, and threw away everything good about the book.

About to finish Megan Abbot's Give Me Your Hand. Suburban noir. Excellent thriller about two women and a shared secret (or two).