ISP nukes watchdog site at scammer’s request.

As so many other sites are reporting, Barbara Bauer called up the ISP hosting the Absolute Write web site and complained because AW lists her as number 3 on the list of the 20 Worst Agents, in terms of taking people's money and not selling their work (or "selling" only to vanity publishers that also take people's money). Not too surprising, I suppose, but what is surprising and even shocking is that the ISP chose to respond by pulling the plug on AW with only one hour's notice!

Complete details are here if you're interested. Hopefully, the online writing community will make their voices heard, as outlined here, and new writers will be spared the experience of tossing their work and their cash into Barbara Bauer's lap.

Published in: on May 27, 2006 at 8:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

First Milestone

I should have posted this earlier, but I’m celebrating oh-so-slightly here: This morning at about 9:20 am, after nearly nine months exactly, I finished writing the first draft of my first complete novel. Uh, eight-and-a-half (by eleven) inches, and I’m not sure how many pounds (of paper).


I’m also in a cheerful mood because I used my Most Productive Critter award to get my short story sent out to the critique group this week, and the 5 critiques I’ve gotten back are all very positive, with a fair number of helpful suggestions. One critter even said I should have no trouble selling it. Cool!

Published in: on May 12, 2006 at 8:36 pm  Leave a Comment  


Woohoo!  I got the Most Productive Critter award this week. I've got a story almost ready to submit to the critique group, so maybe I can polish it up and get it submitted today. If I do, I should be able to get it moved to the front of the line, and it should go out with next Wednesday's manuscripts.

 The story is called "Mokochan" and is my first attempt at writing horror, so we'll see how it goes…

Published in: on May 4, 2006 at 12:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

I can’t believe I crittered the whole thing…

Whew!  I finally finished all my critiques.  I turned in a critique for just about every short story that was posted this week.  Not all of them met the "300 added words" minimum standards, but hopefully enough of them did that I'll be eligible for a MPC (most productive critter) award, or at least an "instant winner" for having 10 or more eligible critiques.

 My mind is whirling right now though from doing so many crits in such a short time.  There were some really well-done tales in this batch, and also some that needed some work.  But lots of really interesting ideas and images.  It was well worth the effort, whether or not I get an MPC.

I used my CritFlogger app to download the stories, read them, and write my crits.  It's working pretty well now, but I still have a few improvements I'd like to make before I consider it done.  It's at least usable at this point, though.

 Now to finish my story and upload it–see what life is like on the other side of the crit. 🙂

Published in: on May 1, 2006 at 8:16 pm  Leave a Comment