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Old 02-20-2010, 03:20 PM   #1
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You know what's really weird?

Going back and re-reading short stories and articles that you wrote 20 years ago!

It is so weird. Not the writing, even, though it is really not that horrible -- I probably deleted the really bad stuff, but to read it almost as though it was written by someone else -- which in a way it was. I look at the date and know it was just a year before the divorce, with three kids ages 1,3,5 -- the changes that I've been through in the last twenty years, the stories I was writing, and also thinking what if I'd kept pushing myself to write and publish as hard as I was pushing then. Where would I be now, what would be different.

Like I said weird, really weird....

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Old 02-26-2010, 04:24 PM   #2
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More than weird, I expect. I have the sealed pages of a historical novel manuscript that I peddled around about 35 years ago. It was a 150,000 word tome that garnered some pleasant rejection slips.

Could I open and read it? I wouldn't dare. Funnily enough it was weird --the title was "Wyrd's Harvest".

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Old 02-27-2010, 07:40 AM   #3
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You should take a peek Christopher.
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Old 02-27-2010, 03:23 PM   #4
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You should take a peek Christopher.
I've got to say, it's worth peeking. The novel that I had locked away for years had lots of embarrassing dialogue and over-exposition, but underneath all that fat was a really imaginative story with a nice structure worth resurrecting. It was 185K originally. I've cut it down to 166K and I'll probably cut another 50K.
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Old 02-27-2010, 04:53 PM   #5
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I've got to say, it's worth peeking. The novel that I had locked away for years had lots of embarrassing dialogue and over-exposition, but underneath all that fat was a really imaginative story with a nice structure worth resurrecting. It was 185K originally. I've cut it down to 166K and I'll probably cut another 50K.

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Old 03-01-2010, 10:22 PM   #6
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While cleaning out my closet yesterday, I found some fun surprises. Original short stories I wrote ten years ago. Awesomely bad. But I loved every minute of it.

And then to top things off, I opened up some more boxes and found a present my parents left me....

My first ever complete work. A storybook illustrated and written by yours truly. Seriously, I was 12. And it was bad. =)
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:54 PM   #7
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While cleaning out my closet yesterday, I found some fun surprises. Original short stories I wrote ten years ago. Awesomely bad. But I loved every minute of it.

And then to top things off, I opened up some more boxes and found a present my parents left me....

My first ever complete work. A storybook illustrated and written by yours truly. Seriously, I was 12. And it was bad. =)

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Old 03-02-2010, 06:15 AM   #9
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Old 03-02-2010, 06:41 AM   #10
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Oh, no.
Horrors!!!

My first post-high school short story qualifies. It's about a vernal pond spirit whose pond dries up. It's quite wretched and thankfully survives only on a sheath of onion skin paper.
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:39 AM   #12
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I had started a Star Trek novel in which the Borg end up smashing through the Federation, but looking back on it, the writing wasn't that good-at all!
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Old 03-02-2010, 03:08 PM   #13
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How funny - I recently read some old short stories I hadn't seen in years. It was almost as if someone else wrote them, and yet I was pleased that they still worked. Thought about reworking a couple and posting them somewhere but they were actually typed on a typewriter (after first being written in long hand), so editing would involve putting them into my computer.
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I saw a short story that I wrote in 9th grade... It was for English class, and it took place as a supplemental story to Homer's Odyssey. While sailing on the ship, the crew encounters a dragon...

Pretty sure I admitted, even back then, that it was a silly concept
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I still have my notebook of short stories and poetry...definately a good laugh.
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