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Kooga



Joined: 16 Dec 2008
Posts: 248
Location: Basel

PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forum moniker
Kooga

Real name
Kooga

Age
34

Occupation
Personal Trainer

Location
United Kingdom

What do you write?
Not much, but when I do I write rubbish, generally.

What are your current writing goals?
To start writing regularly again.

When and why did you start writing?
I enjoyed reading so it progressed from there. I liked the notion that I might be as capable as anyone else at putting ink to paper and being able to entertain others.

What's your best piece of writing advice?
Ummm ...

What three luxuries would you take with you to a desert island?
IPod
The Big Fat Duck Cook Book
Sunglasses

What are your Top 5 Favourite:

Films

Blade Runner, Trainspotting, The Thing, Reservoir Dogs, The Usual Suspects and Donnie Darko (fuck, that's six)

Books
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway, The Fall by Albert Camus, Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh, The Trial by Franz Kafka, The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

Foods
Chillies, Limes, Rib-eye Steak, Chicken Tikka Pathia (Vindaloo hot), Creme Brulee

Places?
the Mecca of Welsh rugby, the backstreets of London, bed, the Mecca of English Football, the summit of Cadair Idris

Which
a) animal -
Cat
b) plant - Yukka
c) piece of furniture - Bookcase
and d) piece of clothing - Well fitted denims
is most like you?


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flirtybee
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Joined: 22 Jun 2005
Posts: 7252
Location: is only 3 of ten dimensions

PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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MichelleY

Location
Ontario, Canada



ooooh! We must get to meet up some time. I'm a cottage country transplant, among other less salubrious descriptions ...
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francys



Joined: 11 Jan 2009
Posts: 13
Location: Canada

PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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francys

Real name
Virginia

Age
50

Occupation
Grant Writer/freelance web design

Location
Saskatchewan, Canada

What do you write?
Mostly poetry now but used to write short fiction and non-fiction

What are your current writing goals?
build portfolio, take up where I left off in 1987

When and why did you start writing?
I started when I was about 10, I always loved using words and creating stories, the use of language

What's your best piece of writing advice?
Probably not to do what I did!

What three luxuries would you take with you to a desert island?

high protection sunscreen, iphone, journal

What are your Top 5 Favourite:
Films - Miller's Crossing, All About Eve, Unforgiven, Goodfellas, Dr. Zhivago
Books - East of Eden, The Lord of the Rings, David Copperfield, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre
Foods - lobster, crab, any fruit, croissants, dark chocolate
Places? - an autumn day in the park, in a library reading, on a ship or boat, walking on the prairie, sipping latte at my favourite cafe

Which is most like you?
a) animal - cat
b) plant - prickly pear cactus
c) piece of furniture - a daybed
and d) piece of clothing - silk shirt
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Michelle



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 1174
Location: Cambridge, Ontario

PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

flirtybee wrote:
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MichelleY

Location
Ontario, Canada



ooooh! We must get to meet up some time. I'm a cottage country transplant, among other less salubrious descriptions ...


That's interesting! I've cottaged in Pointe Au Baril since, well, before I was even born I guess, and now take my kids there, we're actually just planning our first winter weekend trip Smile
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flirtybee
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Joined: 22 Jun 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We're a bit away from that (scales are such a challenge for me as a Brit in Ontario), we're over in Haliburton.

Gorgeous place though!

Quite possibly looking at the three day writeathon in Huntsville though ...
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Michelle



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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Location: Cambridge, Ontario

PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3 hours in Ontario=practically next door!
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Joined: 22 Jun 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good job we live towards the crowded end, eh? Wink
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John-W



Joined: 08 Feb 2009
Posts: 1038
Location: 2012 Whittaker Prize Winner

PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:37 pm    Post subject: John W Reply with quote

Forum moniker: John-W

Age: As old as rock'n'roll.

Location: North London via Essex.

What do you write? Mostly poetry, though I hope to get back to prose eventually. Just not sure if I have the stamina.

What are your current writing goals? After haunting various online writing groups for the past 5 years, I intend to start entering competitions and submitting work in the 'real' world. To see if I'm actually any good.

When and why did you start writing? A couple of false starts in my teens and early twenties. I didn't really know what I was doing. Started again when I hit 50, as part of definitely not having a mid-life crisis.

What's your best piece of writing advice? Try to write something every day. Doesn't matter if it's crap, because no-one else has to see it. Just keep those creative muscles exercised.
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Em



Joined: 14 Feb 2009
Posts: 8

PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Em

Real name
Emma

Age
29

Occupation
TEFL Teacher

Location
Calabria, Italy

What do you write?
Short stories. One day something meatier I hope.

What are your current writing goals?
To write something ... anything ...

When and why did you start writing?
I think I've always had a passion for it but it comes and goes. Started trying to write seriously when I wasn't working and since then been dabbling ...

What's your best piece of writing advice?
Write with your heart. Take a break. Then edit with your head.

What three luxuries would you take with you to a desert island?
A radio (with no batteries - a solar radio?)
An encyclopedia.
A camera.

What are your Top 5 Favourite:

Films
Little Miss Sunshine, erm, I can't think of anymore. Can I have Dirty Dancing? Liked the new'ish James Bond, Casino Royale. Saw the Godfathers recently too, liked them. And a very funny short film about BBQs.

Books
I'm crap at picking the top 5 of anything, I find it difficult to remember what I've read/seen. Empire, Niall Ferguson (because I was learning), Small Island, Andrea Levy (I think?). A GCSE History book I bought when I was 25 because I wanted to learn something (again). The God of Small Things (forgotton the author). Charlotte Gray, Sebastion Faulks. Excellente, that's five!

Foods
Ricotta, chicken tikka masala, spicy potatoes served in a restuarant in Korea, crisps, and then I have to have red wine.

Places?
Anywhere with friends, an English pub on a summer day, Sicily, Jimmy's restaurant in Korea, Finland, Wesley's bar. At least I can remember where I've been, har har ...

Which
a) animal - sloth
b) plant - your average house plant
c) piece of furniture - cushion (does that count?!)
and d) piece of clothing - flip-flops
is most like you?
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flirtybee
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Joined: 22 Jun 2005
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Location: is only 3 of ten dimensions

PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blimey, Em, I thought you were still in Korea!
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RobCurtis



Joined: 12 Apr 2006
Posts: 133
Location: North Essex, UK

PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oo-err, missed this thread Embarassed

Forum moniker: Rob Curtis

Real name: Hmmmm

Age: A very youthful-looking mid-50s

Occupation: None (retired)

Location: Essex, UK

What do you write? Prose, both fiction (flash and I've written some novellas as part of NaNoWriMo), and non-fiction (I'm an inveterate blog starter)

What are your current writing goals? To get back into fiction after a couple of years off; to actually start submitting stuff; to get my novellas edited and re-written with a local focus, and maybe get printed for local marketing.

When and why did you start writing? I loved writing at school, and wrote what was probably one of my best pieces for an exam at age 16. I have a good imagination, and love creating stories.

What's your best piece of writing advice? Unplug the internet connection, and get writing.

What three luxuries would you take with you to a desert island? A laptop; a solar charger; a mobile internet connection;

What are your Top 5 Favourite:
Films: anything with Bruce Willis; Holiday Inn; {I'll come back to you on these]

Books: no real favourites

Foods: fish and chips; pasta with pesto; curry; steak; fried breakfast

Places: Venice; Venice; Venice; Venice; anywhere by the sea

Which is most like you?

a) animal: tiger (not really, a cat like many others)

b) plant: are they those green things in the garden?

c) piece of furniture: CD player (mostly quiet, occasionally very noisy)

d) piece of clothing: cotton tracksuit - comnfortable, easy-going, practical

Interesting questions Very Happy
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Em



Joined: 14 Feb 2009
Posts: 8

PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha ha, nope. Left there last September. Now chillin' like a villain with the mafiosi ... !
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Joined: 22 Jun 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Em wrote:
Ha ha, nope. Left there last September. Now chillin' like a villain with the mafiosi ... !


Flippin' 'eck gal, I could show ya chillin! Shocked

Of course I'm deeply envious, top of my list on places to visit would be Italy.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What are your Top 5 Favourite:
Films: anything with Bruce Willis;


Awesome choice there! Very Happy
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ibnso



Joined: 17 Feb 2009
Posts: 3
Location: Seattle, WA

PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forum moniker= ibnso

Real name= Sam

Age= 33

Occupation= UPS package loader part time/unemployed for day job. Day job was in construction and before that commercial fishing.

Location= Seattle, WA

What do you write?= General fiction. Really not sure where to classify it.

What are your current writing goals?= Compete in some short story contests and work on my novel.

When and why did you start writing?=I started writing early in grade school for competitions at the local country fair. Stopped for many years after discovering girls in junior high and now picking it back up after learning about girls as an adult. Razz

What's your best piece of writing advice?= "Just let it flow and organize it later" Not sure where I heard that but its worked for many a paper for classes.

What three luxuries would you take with you to a desert island?= A box of pencils, some note books and a couple cases of Wild Cherry Pepsi.

What are your Top 5 Favourite:
Film= "Farscape" series, "Firefly" series, "The Unit" seasons 1-4, "Fightclub" and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy

Books= Pretty much all of David Eddings fantasy series, Robert Jordan's "The Wheel of Time" series (RIP) hopeing the last one without him isn't a huge let down, Tad William's "Otherland" series, Alexandar Dumas' "Man in the Iron Mask" and "The Three Musketeers"

Foods= Anything and everything.

Places= Kiska and Attu islands in the Aleutian chain, Sitka Alaska, middle of nowhere Arizona, Las Vegas
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