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    Another hello from England!

    Hi everyone.

    I'm another mum with young children who writes when the kids are at school/preschool.

    I'm near the end of the second draft of my Young Adult historical, set in the north of England in the reign of Henry VIII. I'm hoping to run it past a couple of my beta readers by Easter, before going off and writing the whole thing again!

    Looking forward to talking writing with people on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpinningWheel View Post
    Hi everyone.

    I'm another mum with young children who writes when the kids are at school/preschool.
    Haha! I think we need a sub-forum! Welcome.

    I have to admit, lately I am writing just as much when they are home, pestering me for something to eat. It's like reading a novel. Can't seem to put it down.

    Good luck with your book.

    What exactly is a beta reader? I've seen that phrase several times on this forum but never been able to figure it out.

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    Me neither. But if they convince you not to publish, does that make them a beta blocker?

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    Welcome from another English parent newbie. Have you worked out what happened to all that free time before kids? I haven't.

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    Hi Ellen.
    Yes, when mine's going well I go mysteriously deaf to the cries of 'Mummeeee! Mummeeeeeeee!' The end of my first draft was written with 3 children in the house. I do a fair bit when I've just got my three year old at home but he's quite easy-going, luckily.

    Beta reader just means someone who reads an early version to give feedback. I think it comes from beta testers in the software industry.

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    Ha, beta blocker - I like that.

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    Welcome SpinningWheel! I was fortunate enough to be stationed in England (RAF Croughton) back in the 70s/80s. I loved it! See you 'round the boards.


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    I had just left your thread, and saw a thread in the "Hands-on" forum (arts and crafts) about spinners. Judging only from your "name", I thought you might be interested in that thread.


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    Welcome to AW and good luck with your work. It sounds intriguing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowstorm View Post
    I had just left your thread, and saw a thread in the "Hands-on" forum (arts and crafts) about spinners. Judging only from your "name", I thought you might be interested in that thread.
    Thank you! Yes, I am interested - I have a spinning wheel and some drop spindles, I will have a look over there later. I wasn't expecting to find spinners on here - I just chose the name because I like the double meaning of spinning a yarn.

    Glad you liked England I've never been to Wyoming but I do have a dear friend who teaches in the University of Wyoming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick12 View Post
    Welcome to AW and good luck with your work. It sounds intriguing.
    Thank you for saying that - always good to hear! What are you writing?

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    Thank you for all the lovely welcomes. I am now slightly less scared of this forum than I was two hours ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpinningWheel View Post
    Thank you! Yes, I am interested - I have a spinning wheel and some drop spindles, I will have a look over there later. I wasn't expecting to find spinners on here - I just chose the name because I like the double meaning of spinning a yarn.

    Glad you liked England I've never been to Wyoming but I do have a dear friend who teaches in the University of Wyoming.
    Bolding mine. Now THAT'S a great idea!

    It's a small world, when a tiny state like mine can find some connection to someone somewhere else in the world! I graduated from UW. Neato!


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    Welcome. Good luck with your YA historical. That's an interesting time period.

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