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Hi everyone, I'm new to Mastodon, and I write fantasy fiction (adult and YA).

I'm querying agents for my first novel (epic fantasy) while writing my second (gender-flipped Three Musketeers-meets-Treasure Island with a dark academia vibe) in my spare time.

I love my day job as an academic (PhD in medieval lit), but here I'll be be posting about fiction writing, the query/rejection (!) process, and things that I'm reading and watching.

I look forward to meeting you!

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I'm thrilled at the response to my post looking for other SpecFic writers!

I have a much more active timeline now. Which is a blessing & a curse. It means toots go by faster & I might not see them.

That's where having a group/circle/or the like is useful.

I've had a good experience following an a.gup.py acct for fiber arts, so I'm hoping we can get a robust group for @amwriting

If you tag an #amwriting post w/ the acct name, it will retoot it. Follow it & see them all in 1 place.

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Today I'm carrying an umbrella, wearing sunglasses, t-shirt, and jumper (no wait, it's too warm - hang on, now it's chilly again), and yet am still hopelessly unprepared for the day's meteorological events. Why, yes, I am in the UK, how did you guess?

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One of the things I miss about the Google plus interface was how easy it was to search for/find & create small communities of interest.

I wish there was a way to do that more simply in the fediverse.

Would love to find more #writers, especially #specfic (#sciencefiction & #fantasy) writers.

There are some hashtags that can help us find one another - #amwriting & #amwritingscifi for example, but I don't thing many folks use them.

So, where are my spec fic writers at???

(Boosts welcome!)

After a glorious weekend spent with friends and family, I'm not writing but marking today - some really interesting and diverse student dissertations, so no complaints here.

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I read something about self care that made me feel a bit giddy. It was the usual eat and sleep well, might have mentioned meditation (don't quite recall), carried on with go out into nature (okay, that's interesting, I get how that could be good for you), and talk.
Oh yes? Talking as an element of self care? Reading that made me want to do a little happy dance, I'm certainly good at talking (terrible at meditating!) and enjoy it. It feels like sharing to me. Stimulating and enriching.

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Today is Global Accessibility Awareness day so I'd like to highlight an anthology by Disabled writers I have enjoyed a ton! Not Going Back to Normal. notgoingbacktonormal.com/ #GAAD #Books #Book #AmReading #ReadingCommunity

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Based on reading many old novels I have concluded that 40% of the british workforce is employed as a sexton or vicar or something

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Re-boosting your own posts for 'the morning crew' or 'the night crew' is an acceptable and encouraged practice here. We are largely a community of supportive people who enjoy being given the opportunity to help each other and boost content we may have previously missed.

You should never feel ashamed of promoting yourself, especially as an artist, when it's so difficult to reach people. If anyone doesn't want to see your boosts, they can just scroll past.

#WormsOfAffirmation 🐛

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I don't typically respond to reviews, but DERELICT got a very lovely one today. Including this:

"Too many times, I’ve seen characters in novels suffer debilitating injuries only to be fine a chapter or two later. It doesn’t happen here."

Injuries that exist for story convenience alone is a soap box issue for me. (I was a Physical Therapist for 25 years!)

He also said, "What’s especially impressive is how very real each of the characters feel."

:squeee:

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i but i have no clue how to handle the next chapter so i just writer other scenes for other chapters until my brain allows me to figure that one out.

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A few years ago I made this flow chart of which Mastodon posts end up in which timelines!

So, you can see how each instance will have a different local timeline, and even a slightly different federated timeline - and you can see why the federated timeline moves so much faster than the local one, too.

This is why it's important to boost good posts and use hashtags - the fediverse is fragmented and harder to search by nature.

[ #mastodon #meta #tootorial #howto #mastopedia #mastotip ]

Resubmitted a work-related piece that needed minor revisions, and now I'm redrafting a chapter of my WIP to inject some much-needed conflict into the dreaded middle.

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The other day I saw a poll asking “what made you stay at mastodon”. Choices were like “my friends are here”, “dunno, I just stayed”, or some specific good aspects of this place. That was rather ironic as my reason which is also most Chinese users’ reason, is not listed. To this English speaking world, it’s beyond imagination for many that people tooting in Mandarin would most likely call themselves “cyber refugee”. Because we had nowhere to go. Because everywhere was censored and we had to flee.

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Oops I forgot to write an #introduction post! "Oops I forgot" being a frequent refrain with me, in part because I have #ADHD, diagnosed at 40. (That rhymed!)

#Writing fiction is my curse and my haunting. I wrote fanfic for decades and still do sometimes, but my current focus is a novel series about a Korean queen who lived 2,000 years ago. You can find my rantings and struggles on the #DailyWriting or #LjWrites tags.

I have set up the WriteOut instance and am one of the mods, but I take most mod actions through the @nerd account. Don't hesitate to bring me your moderation and technical concerns, of course! :write_out:

Working from home today, and I'm hoping to finish revising a short article for resubmission, start marking some exam papers, then maybe tonight work on my WIP.

As a British fan, I really was not expecting that! What a brilliant result, UKR & UK.

Wishing a very happy Eurovision to all who celebrate!


Hi everyone, I'm new to Mastodon, and I write fantasy fiction (adult and YA).

I'm querying agents for my first novel (epic fantasy) while writing my second (gender-flipped Three Musketeers-meets-Treasure Island with a dark academia vibe) in my spare time.

I love my day job as an academic (PhD in medieval lit), but here I'll be be posting about fiction writing, the query/rejection (!) process, and things that I'm reading and watching.

I look forward to meeting you!

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