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Postby Glooskap » Wed Aug 01, 2001 1:57 pm

Here's a confession. I came to this board hoping to find a group of high school age writers to eventually put together an international edition of one of my teen group's publications, The Talon Broadsheet. I've met some honest an interesting people here. And some complete idiots. This being my first venture into Internet communication, I learned the hard way you can't have one without the other. <BR><BR>There has been some good, some promissing, and a lot of very bad writing here. Some of the worst has got most of the praise. It's when I see some really GOOD writing being ignored or getting the same response as the very badly written stuff that I almost.....(deleted: Thumper's Rule) <BR><BR>It's sometimes better to leave than to bite your tongue until it bleeds....or to say something that will hurt someone's feelings. As a parting gift, one of mine:<BR><BR>AUTUMN MORNING<BR><BR>Marshland mists<BR>rise like ghostly memories<BR>of sunbright summer dawns,<BR>and with pale arms outstretched <BR>beckon him to come.<BR><BR>We mortals expect endless summer<BR>delaying what should have been<BR>wasting a forever promise <BR>our sunrise potential squandered.<BR><BR>And the mists whisper the haunting truth:<BR> What is now will be forever.<BR> The last labour will remain undone.<BR> The fallen fence will rot unmended.<BR> The kind word will never be spoken.<BR><BR>With a sad September smile<BR>sweet as ripe corn unpicked<BR>rich as first kisses unshared<BR>the season of plenty gathers our excuses<BR>harvests our failures<BR>and flees with swallow swiftness.<BR><BR>Ghosts of her passing echo<BR>low and lingering<BR>over the flattened marsh grass<BR>where he lurks<BR>hissing through dead goldenrod<BR>rattling the ragged cattails<BR>ready for his moment.<BR><BR>Now time and place summon him<BR>and the autumn banshee comes<BR>to sit on my broken porch rail<BR>and teach me his final fear.
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Postby Arwen740 » Wed Aug 01, 2001 2:16 pm

Sorry you have to go, Glooskap. Please come back to relax and enjoy our company. We may not all be scholars, but we are warm and fuzzy <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR>(We do enjoy writing though we're not all great writers). I just get inspiration from the really good ones here. I never considered myself among them. It's just fun to try. <BR><BR>Your poem is beautiful. Someday I hope to write as well. Please return to share more! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>
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Postby the mouth of sauron » Wed Aug 01, 2001 7:20 pm

Thank you Glooskap for your honesty. I would ask you to re-think you decision to bite your tongue and leave.<BR><BR>It take all kinds of people to make this big old MB work, some people just like to encourage other and what they no matter how poorly they write and it's good to have people like that. Even though a bit of writing stinks to high heaven, they will tell you how sweet it is and it's the best thing they have ever read.... I know this because I do it sometime, because I just like to encourage people. Having said that every part of me want to help them out by being blunt and truthful and that can be encouraging too. That’s where you fit in here, I would still be turning out stuff which would have only been good for toilet paper if you and Canamarth had not of told me what you really thing of my writing. We need people like you around here <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> I'm not sure what people think of me here, but in TALK I think they do not understand or even like me that much, and that’s ok because I'm not here to get approval from anyone... But whereever I go I like to have fun and encourage people and tell the truth.<BR><BR>I hope you stay with us.
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Postby Star-of-Hope » Wed Aug 01, 2001 8:48 pm

Glooskap.<BR><BR>I write the trash you have to bite your tongue over,but something you and many others may not know is I do not write for acceptance or a critique, I write to give my feelings substance.Then I can get my head around them and make changes. Maybe I have no business posting them.<BR><BR>eg: My dog, my friend was written following the deaths of 2 of my dogs while another dog pushed me with her nose trying to comfort me.<BR>Spider is an analogy of a dysfuntional marriage.<BR>Teddy bear is my old teddy bear who has been with me all my life and whos worn battered look comforts me when I waken and see him on the dresser.<BR><BR><BR>But I like what you are doing here, you are making us stretch ourselves, and even the 'flotsam and jetsam' may improve if it is given a reason.<BR><BR><BR>BTW: I-am-Tigger and Star-of-Hope are one and the same <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR><BR>
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Postby strider- » Mon Aug 06, 2001 9:32 pm

I think anyone who posts a story or poem here is very brave. They (the stories and poems) often are not only an exercise in prose, but are sometimes ways of sharing a bit of the writers self. This is an interesting forum.<BR><BR><BR>Oh, and btw mos I like you fine <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> even though you think me <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0> <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>
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Postby the mouth of sauron » Tue Aug 07, 2001 2:25 am

TY Strider <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> Someone once told me that it's the thought that counts... so if I say that aboat you, then it's not as bad as thinking it aboat you <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-devil.gif"border=0> <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0> <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>
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Postby Waxwing » Tue Aug 07, 2001 11:48 am

Glooskap, <BR><BR>If this is truly a good-bye, I am sorry to see you go! Thanks for sharing your poetry with us. I haven't shared mine, because I hope to publish it someday (and posting it here means automatic loss of first publishing rights for publishers) but yours is a critique I'd be grateful to have. We'll miss you, and I hope you do come back and at least up the average here. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby TheEllipticalDisillusion » Tue Aug 07, 2001 4:09 pm

Personally i would rather people said to me, hey you're poem, story, whatever stinks than...oooo i liked it keep writing. I hate when people act fakely nice just so they dont offend you. If ya cant take the chance of being offended then dont post something. Ive gotten people saying some good stuff bought a few things ive posted, now i am to wonder if they were truthful or just being nice. Seriously honesty is the only way anyone is going to become a better writer.
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