We’re running on a new server at a new host with a new forum software called XenForo. Some things are different.
Some things may not work as expected. I am working on it as fast as I can. Please be patient.
Please read this post.
I'm going to be working on the forums for a while. Things may be wonky. I may turn the forums off without notice.
Consider this a bit of a public beta test as we figure out the new software and make adjustments.
But you've been much missed, and we can't wait to see you again!
...Not that I've been doing anything writing-related in months! About the same time AW went down, actually. Life just got in the way. Since it's been down, I was let go from the job I loved, put on desk work only by the doctor at my other job, which meant I was only working 10 hours/week (Workers' Comp was making up for the other 19 hours until a couple of weeks ago), and had a trip to the ER. But it isn't all crazy and not great; I got into grad school, and will start in the fall! Also, last week I was offered a full time, salaried position with another company, and it comes with benefits, PTO, mileage reimbursement, and a phone and computer stipend! Also I'll get to make my own schedule once I'm done with training. I have a month left at my other job (the one where I'm only working 10 hours/week), but I've taken the next two weeks off to use up the PTO I earned during the 2-3 months I was working full time in the fall.
On/off poster on this thread but I'm here! And very pleased to have the forums back. I'm submitting my latest MS to my agent tomorrow so no doubt I'll immediately be crazy and start going wild on the Internet to fill the void.
And oof, Bookgirl, that sounds an exceptionally busy time for you! Glad you've had some good stuff to offset how hard you've been working.
I wrote my Sisyphus story and that was it. My NaNo died on the vine. But my plan for this year is to finish out Paranormal Bromance with a third book (yes, I know, I should fix the first book first) and finally let my boys be together...or not? I'm working on how to make the mechanics of the romance work satisfactorily.
Yeah, it left Blake questioning (which is a big step for him, tbh) and Ren revealing that he only kept from exploring those feelings because he believed Blake would never be open to it.
The biggest problem is that Blake will keep aging and Ren will continuously be a sixteen-year-old ghost, so the hurdle to get over is how to make a satisfactory ending to this relationship that still honors the magic system. I have some ideas, but some of them really veer off from what little plan I had for the third book. I'm pretty sure that the three workings (spells) that combined to keep Ren in his current ghost form will be instrumental in fixing the ghostly problem, and the solution to it is on the tip of my brain. Like I can feel that it's just right there when I think about what went into the mythology of why Ren is a ghost, but I can't fully grasp how to use it.
I did write a little story that may or may not take place in the third book, and it was fairly easy to write, so that feels like a good sign.
It does sound like you're really close to getting there!
Now that we have AW again, I need to remember how to write a query. I did do an SCBWI Agent-Editor Day via zoom, and it actually went pretty well so.... hopefully this will be something that can go somewhere.
Since the "watched threads" is so different from the User CP, I saw a back cover blurb thread I made for H/V and was enjoying going through it. I did work on a couple of query cries on Discord, but I'm pretty rusty, no lie.
I haven't done any proper writing for aaaaages, so you all have my admiration for putting your fingers to your keyboards! The last thing I wrote relating to an existing ms was probably for Sage's short story competition here last year. I've jotted down some ideas for things, but haven't progressed much further than that so far. Ah well, I'm reminding myself that we all have different seasons and to be kind to myself.
I'm liking the extra smilies we have here, as well as the 'Like' option for posts. And it's great that the board has speeded up considerably!
I'm not sure how I feel about the Like button. I really loved the reps and that you could (if you wanted) leave secret messages. Likes are too easy, IMO. Reps were like, "yes, I really care about what you had to say and maybe wanted to comment on it."
But everything will take some getting used to. Trade off for having a forum that works
I remember times when posts happened on RM just for the sake of continuing secret conversations. Those were fun days. Likes are fine, but they're better when a post follows it. And losing secret comments is a small price to pay to have the forums working again, so it's all good.