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Post 1

frontiersman

Pin,
I have written (and am writing) pieces of 'faction' based on my experiences, intending them to go into AWW. They are stories, containing dialogue and description about a gliding holiday I took in 1959 at the Long Mynd in Shropshire. They are entertaining to those who like anything to do with flying or aircraft. Do you think such things will go down well on AWW, or am I wasting my time? One has been posted already and has no takers; perhaps that is because the title doesn't indicate what the subject-matter is (?)

Ron


Seeking your advice re an entry.

Post 2

Pinniped


Hi Ron

There. You're bumped again, at least.

I don't really know what to advise. I can tell you my opinion anyway, which is that it's a well-written piece, albeit on a subject that doesn't especially interest me.

You ready for a rambling monologue? Hope so, 'cos I've started.

I reckon that you have to know what you're looking for here. Not just in AWW - in all of hootoo. I've been here since 2001 (silly, innit?) and I started out sure I'd get discovered. What better place than a BBC-administered site for an aspiring wannabe writer? Except it's not like that. I know that now.

I changed my outlook and started using hootoo as a practice ground, in all kinds of forums, writing every genre I could think of. There were a few regular friends who gave me crit and encouragement. I made myself a rule never to cover the same ground twice (well, OK, three or four times max). I've learned a lot. I've enjoyed it, and still do. I can persuade myself that I've blazed a little trail, leaving one or two pieces here of which I'm really proud. I've co-operated and occasionally combusted with some very fine writers, and even finer minds.

And of course I'm still learning.

So what do you want, Ron? To be listened to, or to reward yourself in the telling? Maybe be a little of both, but the latter (for me at least) is a must in a place like this. It can be lonely. We can all be overlooked.

I commented on your earlier piece about your childhood illness, remember? That was because it touched me. You wrote in a way that appealed to me personally, with a dramatic story, told with restraint. There was underlying emotion about that piece, and I'm a sucker for that.

The piece about the car is less dramatic, of course, but it has a wistfulness that appeals.

Not everyone feels the same way when they read, of course. I can only speak for myself. The gliding piece doesn't have the same kind of dramatic content as the first piece, and it doesn't add anything in terms of emotional range beyond where you took the Airstream. You see what I'm saying?

I can see you're getting into Convos more, and feeling more assertive. That's good. Many of us are too sycophantic, and you're not going to develop that fault, which is smiley - cool. We all have to find our own style. Do you know Ancient Brit, incidentally? He's my long-time mentor, with occasional slight Meldrew tendencies. I think you'd get on.

So - no put down intended, but I guess to summarise I'm suggesting you'll be better received if you inject more drama. And I don't think this because you confessed to being an accountant. Honest.

Pinsmiley - cheers

(Waz is an accountant too. Explains a lot, doesn't itsmiley - winkeye)


Seeking your advice re an entry.

Post 3

frontiersman

Thanks,Pin,for both that insightful analysis of my situation and the complimentary remarks.
Yes, I guess I'm looking both to be an entertaining writer who is worth reading and to obtain personal satisfaction in the writing, just as you say. Perhaps I'm expecting too much from my fellow h2g2 colleagues, and presuming that someone, anyone, might be inspired a little by my approach to the art of composition.
It is a self-centred expectation, typical of me as a person. I shall have to lower my sights a little in my ambitions.
Well, I trod on Ancient Brit's toes a little, we temporarily crossed swords. It was totally unintentional on my part. I wouldn't think he would be interested in my work any more!

Ron


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Post 4

Pinniped


Hi Ron

I took a peek at what you'd been doing to offend AB.
(Sorry for the intrusion. I'm just nosey, yeah?)
He's an awkward s*d and I think you were far too polite to him.
He shall be told. Then I'll insist he buys the beer.

Pinsmiley - cheers

(in case you don't know and haven't guessed, we're related : A1296830)


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Post 5

frontiersman

Morning Pin,

'Spirit Nothing Dimmed.'
I'm dumbstruck! Can't compete with such, and I hesitate to use the ultimate, but shall anyway: genious!
It reveals the very essence of your father's character and personality.
'Knowing' him, now, enables me to see what makes him tick. It also, but with the tiniest little bit of apprehension, regains the respect and interest I had in him and his work after he first contacted and encouraged me.
So, please don't try to push him into anything he doesn't want to do!
It happens all the time in life. We cannot all be liked by everyone, and your Dad has 'assessed' for himself what 'type' I am, and has probably decided that I have nothing to 'offer' him intellectually.
He knows what he wants,just as we all do.

I shall come back now, regularly, to your portfolio to savour your words

Ron


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Post 6

frontiersman

That should have been genius, of course. None of us are infallible!
I should read my work more thoroughly before I press the posting button.


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