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    Quote Originally Posted by 2400 View Post
    You're off to a good start, don't worry about the peanut gallery. You should post up some of your stuff here.
    I can give links to my writing if anyone is interested, but I won't take up space with it on the board. I think Ship would lay an egg if I did.

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    These are BIG words!


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    Quote Originally Posted by SuckLead View Post
    I can give links to my writing if anyone is interested, but I won't take up space with it on the board. I think Ship would lay an egg if I did.
    Link away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuckLead View Post
    When I was in school a few years ago for journalism they taught us to dumb it down to a point where every little thing was spelled out for the reader. We weren't given a specific reading level, but we were told to imagine our entire audience was on the verge of mental retardation.
    WOW! A journalism class taught you to image a room full of liberals! Cool! There is hope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuckLead View Post
    You would have fit in so well with me and my friends in college. We'd have complete conversations using huge words... only because it kept away people like the one who commented on my story. It worked well and helped out vocabulary.
    One of my brothers is a member of Mensa. He’s got a pretty high IQ thus a larger vocabulary than most he was working with at the factor he use to work at. He told me that during a union meeting he was specking and someone from the back said, “Hey Steve, Why don’t you say words we can all understand?” My brother replied, “Because my vocabulary is larger than just four letter words.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by tnoisaw View Post
    One of my brothers is a member of Mensa. He’s got a pretty high IQ thus a larger vocabulary than most he was working with at the factor he use to work at. He told me that during a union meeting he was specking and someone from the back said, “Hey Steve, Why don’t you say words we can all understand?” My brother replied, “Because my vocabulary is larger than just four letter words.”
    Good one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tnoisaw View Post
    One of my brothers is a member of Mensa. He’s got a pretty high IQ thus a larger vocabulary than most he was working with at the factor he use to work at. He told me that during a union meeting he was specking and someone from the back said, “Hey Steve, Why don’t you say words we can all understand?” My brother replied, “Because my vocabulary is larger than just four letter words.”
    Nice come back! I'll tell you though, that's how I realized I needed to leave my armored transport job. I was in there one day talking to the other supervisor about books we both liked and a bunch of the other guys started to really make fun of us because we read for pleasure. That's when I got them back... I started posting notices with nothing but pictures. Like I was told to post a notice that all trucks must be gassed up before being brought back to base for the night, so the notice was a picture of an armored truck, a plus sign, a picture of a tank reading empty, an equal sign, and a photo of a gas pump. When confronted about the notice I told them, "You guys told me you couldn't read."

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    Ok, here's this. http://www.fantasy-writers.org/stori...cat=18&id=2350 That will take you to the small piece of what I have so far of the story in question in the original post here, it is a work in progress and even that chapter isn't nearly complete yet (it is also a prologue to build up to the main character... the story isn't a romance, I promise). I'm still testing the waters with drafts. My other portfolio online is a little confusing and I can see someone losing their lunch if they stumble on some erotica I've written for contests and junk. If anyone likes horror (not graphic), I can post the short ones in the supporting member forum if Ship gives his blessing.

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    Access denied! You don't like me do you? Waaaaaa!

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    What?! Crap... *runs off to check* Try this one: http://www.writing.com/main/view_item/item_id/1197352

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    Hey, that was good. Even though I read war/fighting type novels your story held my interest. Nice job! It makes me want to read more.

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    One more thing. I could see images in my head of the Elf and Fey and scenery surrounding them. That’s a good sign.

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    Glad you liked it. I'll let you know when I add more if you feel the urge to read further.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooter View Post
    Ya gotta understand it was probably a liberal reading it and they have major trouble with words that exceed one syllable
    wha's a sillibble?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuckLead View Post
    I need to blow off steam, so here it is.

    Ok, so I am working on a short story, my first attempt at fantasy.

    So the first line of the story is this: "Evening was turning the sky a brilliant kaleidoscope of colors: blues, purples, and oranges broken by gray shadowed clouds."

    I have gotten my first bit of "advice" about writing the story. Here it is:

    This is just me but you almost lost me on the word kaleidoscope, using big words generally slows down the reader. This is esspecially true if they don't know what the word means. Maybe I'm just a minority of people who don't know what a kaleidoscope is but I've been pasting that word because I know I'd get it wrong if I spelt it. I suppose long story short if you use big words your audience has to interpret.

    ...when was the last time you read a book or story that was totally devoid of "big words?"

    ...I am left wondering about the future of this entire planet.
    There is a whole generation that seems to only communicate via text. The big words they use are U, R, K, etc... Now think again why they are confused by words with more that 4-5 letters in them.

    The future is indeed dim and seems to be getting dimmer.

    Yore critic dont seam two bea abel too writ gud n has soem baad grahmer two? hes knot two brite sew don ewe warry non bouy he atall, k!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2400 View Post
    Yore critic dont seam two bea abel too writ gud n has soem baad grahmer two? hes knot two brite sew don ewe warry non bouy he atall, k!
    LOL! You're silly!

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