Write to support other writers and staff!

Reposted from my journal:

Inviting everyone to check out and consider volunteering creative talent for strike_support to benefit writers and non-union creative techs out of work due to the WGA strike. How it works is that people offer to make icons or sketches or write short fiction or poetry as a gift for someone in exchange for that person's donating to a fund to provide emergency help with rent, food, healthcare, etc for unemployed workers in the television industry.

I know many of you are incredibly talented with writing, poetry, music, graphic design, etc - and it's a good cause. Many people in the writing industry are not wealthy - they're 'starving artists' looking for a chance to survive while following their dream and working one or more dayjobs between gigs. And this is a creative, democratic, (discordian!) response to the whole situation.

Here's the community's information:

Everyone knows that the writers are out of jobs because they're on strike. It's what being on strike means, and it's a risk they decided to take.

But hundreds of other people are also out of jobs: actors, technicians, staff, crew. These people had no say in whether the writers went on strike or not. They didn't choose to lose their jobs.

Fans have done a lot to support the strike, so that it ends as quickly as possible. But that end is still far out of sight.

But there's a way that you can help now the people who need help the most. strike_support is a general fandom community dedicated to helping those affected by the strike, who don't have their union's funds to fall back on. We're doing this through two charities: The Actors' Fund, based in NYC, and The Motion Picture & Television Fund, based in LA. If you know another charity that supports "below the line" people, please contact esotaria
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I wrote a story. And it has something to do with Asperger's syndrome. And I have Asperger's syndrome. Therefore, I should post a link to it here.

The End of Emotions

But I'm a programmer, not a writer, so I don't think the writing quality is as good as the other stories you people have put here. My hope is that the themes will make up for the bad writing quality.

Oh yeah, and any suggestions about how to improve it etc. would be nice to get, if anyone wants to do that.

Top Ten Things about being a writer:

1. Not having to bother with managing a mutual fund portfolio or a 401 K retirement plan - too complicated!

2. Your tight food budget results in an automatically low-carb, low-cal diet!

3. Being able to drive your friends crazy by overanalyzing the plots of whatever random TV shows or movies they take you to. Using words such as "post-critical thematic critique" and "anti-chronological theoretical analysis" in your explanation.

4. Getting to join in with the talkative homeless people on city street corners, expounding on your views for any and all passersby to listen. (The homeless were often my best, most appreciative audience at open mic reading events).

5. Stopping every ten seconds while reading a book, asking yourself if you understand all the subtle layers of direct and implied meaning, figuring out what you would have done were you the author.

6. Staying close to your family - after all, you'll probably be living with your parents well into their retirement.

7. Having novel and story ideas pop into your head constantly, on buses, in bed, while brushing your teeth. Jumping out of bed, pouring yourself some coffee, and scribbling away.

8. Blurting out something in conversation, starting to tell a story about something you think you remember doing, and then stopping once you realize it was something one of the characters in your novel did/said.

9. Having strong, callused fingers from all that typing late into the night.

10. Coming up with a million poetically creative answers to the question, "So, what do you do for a living?"

A selection from my novel Winter Sunrises

This is from somewhere near the first third of my novel Winter Sunrises, where the heroine Lysandra and her foster brother/best friend Stefan play together despite their jealous older brother's taunts. They're both about 8-9 years old - and the novel is somewhat of a modern Wuthering Heights.

In this scene we see Lysa making some new friends in a wealthier area of town - however, they exclude Stefan and it challenges their friendship.

Feel free to critique if you want, I'm in the process of revising the whole piece and sending it out to agents and publishers.

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Hey all.

I'd like to ask those of you reading to take an active hand in the shaping of this community, and request things that I can put in our 'interests' section, so that more people will be able to find us.

Also, if anyone knows of a community that might appreciate hearing about us, please do tell. I want to get the word out. In the coming days, I will also be searching for some online information about poetic forms and other stuff to provide you guys with. Poetic forms are interesting because they actually give you guidelines to write poetry with - something of an oxymoronic statement, if I ever heard one. Guidelines for poetry? Who knew? I think that, for the aspie, guidelines are extra appreciated. But poetry is so hard - I don't even know any NTs who seem to truly understand it!

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I just realized that poetry counts as a form of writing too, and we need not be limited to fiction or essays...

Anyways, call me slow for that, but I'm an amateur (very amateur) poet, and I find that I write more poetry than the other stuff these days. Something that popped into my head the other day:

'Upon Hearing Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata'

She hears the light within
the air
cascading bittersweeet down a stair
all the notes bead
upon her skin,
make golden of her hair.

It liquifies, sinks down deep
to the blood. Ecstasy
becomes her;
that is all she is
in this light-dappled
sistine chapel masterpiece
moment of being.

Now, as a rule, poetry is about a hundred times harder than prose, and I'm sure anyone who'd ever written any will attest that their early poems suck/are mediocre. Unless they happen to be one of those rare, talented individuals. The above poem is one of the three acceptable poems I've written in my life. I'm not sure where I'm going with this except to say that no one should be afraid to post their poetry. I don't know that we have any poetic experts here, but I still think that posting could be fun.

I've also been thinking that the purpose of this group is not specifically to critique, but that if someone wants their stuff to be seriously read/proofread, for improvement, etc., then they could put that as a request in their post. If not, that's fine too, as some of us just feel like sharing.

Are you an April fool?

In April a writing challenge goes ahead called April Fools which I intend to take part in and which I think might interest other members of this community.

It distinguishes itself by allowing you to set your own target - the minimum is 500 words - and work on more or less anything you like. It is also astonishingly friendly and supportive.

Here's the URL for more information: http://aprilfoolsnovels.com

Anyone who does decide to sign up can find me there also under the username Astrofiammante. I'm aiming to put 10,000 words on a project that I started for NaNoWriMo 2004 and want to actually finish some day...