View Full Version : The Absolute Write Time Capsule

02-21-2008, 05:10 AM
Shwebb’s, “The Absolute Write History Book (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=93379)” thread gave me the idea of an AW Time Capsule. If in ten, fifty or a hundred years from now, AW is found on the internet, what do you want people to read regarding AW and you? This could be something you posted in SYW (something you won’t publish, but like), a poem, a joke, a picture of you, a short about how AW fit into your life, or you can introduce yourself with a small bio for future generations to read.

And here’s the best part. Once you leave a message in the AW time capsule, make a Donation to AW (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr) as thanks for the tremendous amount of information, friendships and encouragement you receive here. If you have an extra $5, $10 or more, and enjoy AW, make the donation. It’s a great way to leave a mark and to keep this forum going so it doesn’t get lost in the World Wide Web before its time. ;)

02-21-2008, 05:17 AM
To Whoever Finds This Link,

In 2006, several years after completing my WIP, I decided it was time to get some help with editing/revisions. I searched the internet for writing groups and AW popped up on the first page. I joined without knowing what a forum was let alone a writing one. What is a newbie? What is an avatar? Are these people for real? As I struggled for months trying to figure out the gist of the forum, the long-time members, the experts and the fun areas, I collected information and friends along the way.

Then over a year of being a member, I started to question my writing abilities. Am I kidding myself? Will I ever learn the rules, grammar, ‘show’, and ‘tell’ that come so easily to others? In this thread, “Anyone willing to nudge me? (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=85836)” I asked for guidance, because I was at a crossroad and seriously thought about giving up writing. There is still so much for me to learn, and the embers of pen to paper replaced by laptop still burned for words. Then something happened. Members began posting and encouraging me to continue by offering opinions and writing practices. This took me off guard. I hoped to get a few responses, but nothing to the extent of support I received from people I have never met. It made me cry, and I don’t cry that much. Their willingness to read the post and inspire by pointing out my strengths put things into perspective as they held my hand when I took their suggestions.

You don’t always have to carry all the weight or make choices alone. And you don’t need to sit in front of someone to know and feel their words. All you need to do is ask, and someone living next door or thousands of miles away will hear and understand what you need.

I wish you luck with whatever you choose to do. Take care.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m270/Train_of_Thought/Avatars/everything.png TrainofThought, Tater or ToT

dolores haze
02-22-2008, 01:24 AM
To whoever finds this link,

I can't for the life of me remember what it was I was googling on the day that AW popped up on my screen. I do know that I lurked for all of ten minutes before I asked a question - didn't even bother to introduce myself.

I remember being just astounded at the number and rapidity of the responses to my question, and at the helpfulness of those responses. I was hooked - not just on the information that was available, but also to all the wonderful people who were so willing to be so helpful to a complete stranger.

The help I recieved with my writing has been invaluable. And the friends I have made have pretty much saved my sanity. As a stay-at-home mom out in the sticks I had struggled with the loss of social contact. I missed my previous career, my colleagues; my family is in another country, my friends are scattered across the world. I haven't had a problem with feeling isolated since I found AW.

This is an amazing community. I'll be making a donation come payday.

02-22-2008, 01:41 AM
Got ink. Wasn't easy. Hope to do it again.

Learned a lot in the process. Discovered a lot of ugly truths about the whole books, publishing and libraries business, but also found folks who haven't sold their souls to the highest bidders.

If you bought the book, thanks. If not, thanks for taking the time to read this. At least you know I was here.

Joe E

02-22-2008, 03:31 AM
To the AWers of the 22nd century:

I'm not really a DJ... http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/music012.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org) ...I just play one on AW!

All best,

P.S. Back in our day, we had to hunt for tunes instead of having them downloaded directly into our heads. Silly, huh?

02-22-2008, 03:57 AM
Dear Future AW'er,

If you are reading this, I, the great Billy Thrilly...


..am/be dead.

And I'm pretty sure that Bravo killed me.

He should be your #1 person of interest.

Thank you,
William H. Thrilly 7th