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Jan. 17th, 2007 @ 03:23 pm The Road to Salvation- a multimedia serial story by Laura Cushing
Current Mood: creativecreative


If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, what paves the way to salvation?

Orville Deacon, the charismatic televangelist who hosts The Road to Salvation, has been embroiled in a scandal of epic proportions. Sex, drugs, and inappropriate use of donations - he's accused of it all. In the midst of the investigation, he commits suicide - leaving behind his wife Mary and their four sons - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The story is told primarily from the perspective of the four brothers as they search to redefine their lives in the light of their father's suicide, and his secret life they never knew.

This exciting drama, as told by Laura Cushing, will unfold through a variety of media - journal entries, newspaper clippings, audio clips, music, and photography.

Join us on The Road to Salvation- the story's just getting started!

The first installment is up, featuring music by Daniel Brummel and photography by Natalie and Yazzmin!

Artists, musicians, photographers, models, and voice actors still needed! If you want to do more than watch the show, please see this post for how you can contribute to our story.
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Jan. 1st, 2007 @ 10:24 pm The Road to Salvation - a multimedia serial story by Laura Cushing
Current Mood: goodgood

If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, what paves the way to salvation?

Orville Deacon, the charismatic televangelist who hosts The Road to Salvation, has been embroiled in a scandal of epic proportions. Sex, drugs, and inappropriate use of donations - he's accused of it all. In the midst of the investigation, he commits suicide - leaving behind his wife Mary and their four sons - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The story is told primarily from the perspective of the four brothers as they search to redefine their lives in the light of their father's suicide, and his secret life they never knew.

This exciting drama, as told by Laura Cushing, will unfold through a variety of media - journal entries, newspaper clippings, audio clips, music, and photography.

Join us on The Road to Salvation- the story starts soon!

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Artists, musicians, photographers, models, and voice actors wanted! If you want to do more than watch the show, please see this post for how you can contribute to our story.

Our current contributers include artist Jeff Swiggum and musicians Daniel Brummel and Fiberoctopus!
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Sep. 23rd, 2006 @ 09:03 pm Call for Submissions: Plain Spoke Issue #1
Plain Spoke is a literary magazine project The Appalachian Square Table has been working on for quite some time.  We expect to publish Issue #1 in January or February 2007, and then repeat that bimonthly or quarterly, depending on the quality and quantity of submissions we recieve. 

Who we are:
We are poets, painters, basket weavers, musicians, writers, moonshiners, photographers, and other plain folk who recognize the value of nature, the value of our own humanity, and the charm of where we come from. We are not ashamed to be plain-spoken.

What we want:
how-to articles, poetry, short fiction, black and white photography, art, written-down oral histories, memoir, recipes, geneology, music reviews, the old stories, handcrafty articles about handcrafty people, folk art, river-mountain folklore, family stories, old journals, found photographs, old wives tales, festival dates, event announcements for summer 2007, train stories, coal miner stories, nostalgia, interviews with whittlers, quilters, and moonshiners, Appalachian Trail stories, ghost stories, regional humor, poetry of place, creative non-fiction, stories of Native American Culture from Appalachia, grass roots stuff, bootleg stuff, old ballad lyrics, UMWA stories, VFW stories, hillbilly stuff, Civilian Conservation Corps Stories, War stories, depression stories, memories, Trolley Park stories, flood stories, ephemera, and other rich, River-Mountain goodness.

Submission Guidelines:
We are now considering unsolicited submissions.  Deadline for submissions is December 31 (postmark).  We will consider any unpublished, original poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, or anything from the above list.  No more than five submissions per person. 

How to Submit:
Email electronic attachments to cindykelly@gmail.com before December 31, 2006.  We will accept .doc, .pdf, or .rtf files.  Any other file types submitted will be deleted. 

Postal Mail: 
Send submissions to:

PLAIN SPOKE
Amsterdam Press
6199 Steubenville Road SE
Amsterdam, Ohio 43903

Include: 
SASE
Cover Letter including name, mailing address, titles of works submitted, and a brief biography.

Other Info:
Authors retain copyright after publication. 
Payment in copies:
1 copy of issue story appears and 1 year subscription
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Aug. 13th, 2006 @ 04:52 pm Tired of fandoms? Looking for something original?
Current Mood: creativecreative


Join originalit , a community for writers of original fiction!

We are aiming to become a supportive, creative collective that encourages the development of original fiction - we're likely to have prompts, character development exercises, discussions, and links to original fiction writing resources. You will also be able to post your original fiction works for feedback and critique.

If you write fanfiction currently, but are looking to branch out into original fiction, we welcome you as well!

There is no application process, no minimum posting requirement, no experience too great or too small - all you need is you and your creativity.

C'mon and join already! We're waiting for you.
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Aug. 7th, 2006 @ 01:09 am 2nd annual playwrights festival now accepting submissions

Edison High School Thespian Troupe #5400 is now accepting submissions for the 2nd Annual Edison High School New Playwrights Winter One-Act Play Festival.  Performance dates expected to be late January, 2007 in Richmond, Ohio.

Scripts must be previously unpublished, have a running length of under 30 minutes, a cast size of no more than 5 and be appropriate for high school production. 

Submissions may be submitted electronically in word (.doc) or plain text (.txt) or rich text (.rtf) formats.  Submit to:  cindykelly@gmail.com

Submissions may be sent via snail mail to:  EHS New Playwrights Festival / 6199 Steubenville Road SE / Amsterdam, Ohio 43903. 

For more information, please contact Cindy Kelly at cindykelly@gmail.com or 740-543-3345. 

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Mar. 17th, 2006 @ 08:11 pm Original Character development community
Current Mood: creativecreative


writers_almanac - A Writer's Book of Lists

Do you love your original fictional character(s)? Want to learn more about him/her/it/them? Join us!

Writer's Almanac is a community with questions for original character development. Four questions plus a bonus essay question every month.

Original characters only, please (roleplaying characters, short story or novel characters, any genre - so long as it is your own original work)
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Mar. 10th, 2006 @ 12:18 am Urbis News
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Urbis has yet to introduce tools for publishers to find talent, but
some publishers are ahead of the game. Michael Gustie, associate editor of
the Santa Clara Review, found two new authors for his upcoming issue on
Urbis.

Founded in 1869, the Santa Clara review has a long history of a
pioneering spirit. It started out publishing frontier writing, and is one of
the first literary publications on the West Coast. Urbis authors Laura
Cushing (Charisma) and Ally Harris (Allycat135) are published in the
current issue which includes an interview with Neil Gaiman (American Gods,
Good Omens) and non-fiction by Beverly Denofio (Riding in Cars with
Boys).

Laura Cushing (urbis username: Charisma) is a thirty-five year old New
Jersey native. Her short story, Mudo is a personable narrative told
from the perspective of a musician named Michael who suffers from severe
social anxiety.

Ally Harris (urbis username: Allycat135) is a 19 year old sophomore at
Susquehanna University where she studies writing and philosophy. Her
poem, Mechanics, is a surreal exploration of the mechanics of nature.

To learn more about the Santa Clara review or purchase a copy, visit
their new website at http://santaclarareview.com.
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charisma:
Mar. 9th, 2006 @ 11:00 am Re: My Reviewers
If I have to take you with a grain of salt
I’d rather just ignore you.
Just because you’re published
does not guarantee your spot
on the short list of good literary criticism.
It also does not mean you’re a good writer.
It only means that some editor somewhere
liked you
or maybe wanted to fuck you
or maybe couldn’t find anything else
to fill up his college magazine.

Another thing: being a good writer
and being a good critic
are mutually exclusive.
Many people wish
they could just be one
or the other,
most of them fail miserably
at being either one.

Constructive shmontrucktive.
I’m tired of spending triple-earned credits-
Yes earned three times over! because
I don’t write reviews that sit on rainbows
and pet kittens
and many of them get refunded
(even though I obviously spend more time on them
than the authors spent on the original works).

So if you’re going to write something
obviously juvenile
(OMG LULZ I LESS THAN THREE THIS)
or purposely shitty
(You suck and this might be good
if I totally rewrote it for you
because I’m the best writer evar and you’re not)
or empty-vague with arbitrary ratings
(This is wonderful
except for the parts that aren’t!
If you fix those I would give it a 5,
but you get a two!)
please just don’t review my work at all.

Needless to say, I'm a bit disgruntled right now, but I do realize it's still in beta and I'll get over it. The positives do outweigh the negatives on the site, but the negatives are slowly growing while the positives are standing still.
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Feb. 20th, 2006 @ 08:47 pm Heh
Current Mood: blahblah
Hi, I'm new here, obliviously. I joined the community under the name of Yeshua and I have already have one novel piece up and posted on the site. Hopefully, someone will enjoy it.
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mitheithel:
Jan. 22nd, 2006 @ 02:06 am (no subject)
I have a question about the credits on Urbis. I didn't have enough credits (only 100-something) to reveal two reviews I received, so I reviewed three stories. I should have 921 credits and should be able to reveal the reviews, but it still thinks that I only have the 100-something. Is anyone else having this problem? Anyone know how long it'll take before it'll let me see the reviews?
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