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Okay, so where the heck have I been?

Ladies and gentlemen, I apologize.  Health and technical issues both have gotten in the way of posting anything here for a bit.  Life turned ugly and this community was temporarily set aside in the chaos.

I've managed to get it all stitched back together into something life-like and now I can get back to life.  ...such as it is.  :)

I'll be setting up a first official meet-up soon, most likely at a local Crane Coffee.  The local NaNoWriMo group has been meeting there and they mostly rock.  (better than most places, at least.)

Does anyone have preferences as to days of the week and times and such?  I'm afraid I work weekends, so if we do meet on a Saturday or Sunday, then it will have to be late at night., but I'm definitely up for that.

Let me know what you all think, and we'll get the ball rolling!

Why, we have no work posted =0

So, I'll post a poem. Since I tend to not write uhm...non-dark poems...or anything for that matter, I've taken my time picking which to post,  because of the 'rules' of  not posting anything you wouldn't show to a teenager. I'm assuming we mean normal teenagers, not like, what I was...when I wrote 90% of this stuff lol. So, I'll post something that is kinda neutral, totally me, and easy to critique. Bear with me and the fact I am bad at making posts.


Band-aid (Breaking A Rule)

My stomach's turning
My forehead's sweating
The hairs on the back
      of my neck are pricking

My mouth is dry
My tongue's too big
I can't get the words
      to fit past my lips

You're all staring at me, patiently waiting
The air has gone still and the fear's not abating
I'm shifting nervously from one foot to the other
I don't know how the news will blow over

Maybe I'm foolish
Maybe it's too late
Maybe I shouldn't do this
      face to face

I suppose it's stupid
I don't know how you'll react
I'm just so afraid
     you'll all turn your back

You're still watching me as I mumble an apology
I'm starting to wonder what came over me
Since thirteen I've never felt safe in my skin
But what makes me so afraid of my kin?

I remember my childhood
All the scrapes and the cuts
Stinging alcohol cleaning
      out all the dust

All those stupid band-aids
They stuck straight to the skin
You jerk them off quickly
      and the pain's over then

But this band-aid is sticky and I don't have the strength
So I'll peal it off slowly, length by length
And what if you're the dirt that will irritate this wound?
What if I'm taking off the band-aid too soon?

I've stood here too long
I look like a fool
I've broken the 'taking off
      the band-aid' rule

I'll simply leave you to ponder
While I clumsily dodge it
I've never felt safer
      here in my closet

Now, bad as it is, we can say we have some writing posted.

New Year’s Reminder!

Happy New Years, fellow OWLs! Hopefully with the start of the new year we can pull together and start organizing ourselves as a group. I know personal organization is a resolution for me this year.

As a little reminder, there will be a NaNoWriMo meet up on the 11th this month at a Panera Bread from 6pm to 8pm. As soon as ML Angel makes the announcement as to what the location will be, it will be posted here, so keep checking in. Everyone who comes (and we hope a lot of you will!) is encouraged to bring an excerpt of your NaNo to read or pass around. For those of us who decided to let the novels rest during December, now is the time to brush off the dust and get those editing gears moving!

Additionally, if anyone in here would like to get email notifications about posts and events going on here, feel free to send a message containing the email address you would like to use either to myself or ttmurphy here on LJ.

Once again, Happy New Year, and we look forward to seeing you folks in the future.

First Post

It was a dark and stormy night in Omaha.  Suddenly, a group formed!

Okay, seriously.  Across the span of November of 2008, a group of people got together to write and socialize in Omaha.  They were participating in an event called National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.  The goal for the event was to write a 50,000 word novel in the 30 days of November.  Some succeeded, some failed, but their lives do go on after November has ended (their lives just aren't as meaningful, man!) 

This community is intended as a place for all the members of the Omaha Writers League to communicate, socialize, bounce ideas off each other, help each other out with research, post their latest efforts, point each other towards neat stuff on the Internet, and just generally bum around.  It must be remembered, of course, that there will be teens, here, so please, nothing that is not worksafe. 

Even if you're not officially a member of NaNoWriMo and the local chapter, the Omaha Writers League, feel free to join if you're a fiction writer in Omaha or the surrounding area, or if you just want to keep up with us.  You might want to join the NaNoWriMo forums, though, as there is plenty of discussion there regarding local events.

You can find more information on NaNoWriMo here, and sign up for an account.  Once you're signed up, you can sign up for the local region at your page.

Please, everyone, feel free to discuss anything you'd like, here, so long as it's "PG-13."  It's not a paid account, yet, as I'd like to see how well-used it is before I make it a paid site.  If we do that, we'd have more options open to us for posting, such as making voice-posts from our telephones, or posting from cell-phones. 

Sign up, use it, get together, write, talk, go crazy!


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