Tag Archives: Live Chat

LIVECHAT: May 12th 9pm ET

1 May

Heeey guys! It feels like it’s been forever since we’ve had a livechat. Maybe that’s because I missed the last one 😉

But we’re planning one for Thursday, May 12th at 9m ET. An online time-converter-y thing tells me that this actually turns out to be 1 am on Friday, May 13 in GMT. Here’s the site to help you do your own time conversions, if need be 🙂 And hopefully I haven’t messed anything up, because to be honest, I’m terrible with time zones.

I think most of you know the drill by now. On the day of the chat, a post will go up with the link to the chat room. All you need to do is click and you’re in. You’ll be a “guest,” and need to choose a name. Comments WILL BE MODERATED, so there might be a small lag between when you type something in and when it shows up.

The topic of the day will be Revising! Revising with critique partners, revising with an agent, revising with an editor, revising with yourself because it just makes you happy…etc 🙂 You guys can come ask any questions you’d like, or just hang around and chat with us about anything and everything revision-related.

In the past, the chats have usually lasted about 2 hours, and they do tend to be much busier toward the latter parts, so if you really want us to spend time on your questions, I’d recommend getting there early. Once the real chat starts, we’ll be moderating questions so they’ll be in a queue and address them one at a time.

If you can’t make it to the chat (we hope you can!!), there will be a transcript up for just about ever, so you can always read it. If you click on the Live Chat tab up top, you can take a look at our previous chats. Some are sillier than others; just a warning 🙂

Alright, I think I’ve gone on long enough. See you all the 12th!!

Live Chat: Mystery Topic

2 Mar

Greetings, dear readers! It’s been a while since we’ve done a live chat, and thought it was high time we had another. As you may have guessed by the title, we will be discussing a mystery topic. Aka, we don’t have one! We’re leaving this one up to you! So come with your questions, whatever they may be, and we’ll do our very best to answer them. On Thursday (tomorrow) we’ll post a link to the chatroom, which you can use to enter the chat once it starts.

Speaking of, you’re probably wondering when said chat actually is! Mark your calendars:

Thursday, March 3rd at 9pm EST

Hope to see you there!

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Link:

Click Here to join the chat!

QOTW: What would you like to discuss in our next livechat?

5 Nov

We’re scheduling another livechat for late November! We’re here for you, so we’d like to know what you guys need us to talk about most! You can select up to two answers in the following poll, or insert your own!

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Here’s the transcripts of previous chats we’ve had:

Querying

Mockingjay

Get to Know the LTWF Girls

Thanks!

Querying Live Chat in 15 min!!

26 Oct

Remember guys–9PM EST…or about 15 min from the time this post was…posted. 😀

Come chat and ask questions about all things querying related!

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Livechat: Querying!

25 Oct

Hey guys! Don’t forget about the livechat on querying tomorrow at 9PM EST. We hope to see all of you there!

You can click on the link below to enter the chat tomorrow. There’s nothing there now (though you can sign up for an email alert, which is pretty cool).

Click Here

Spread the word! Tweet and blog about it. The more people, the more information we have, and the more we all get out of it. 😀

See you tomorrow!

QOTW: Favorite Banned Book

30 Sep

CHAT TONIGHT!

We will be hosting a chat tonight at 9 EST. The topic will be ‘getting to know the LTWF girls’, in honor of the fact that we are accepting applications for membership!

You can visit the chat through this link.

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Saturday marked the beginning of Banned Book Week. Here at LTWF we’re dedicating the whole week to awareness about banned books. We’ve got a lineup of fantastic articles, culminating in our announcement of our banned books-inspired book of the month for October on Friday. This coming Saturday we will post pictures of ourselves with our favorite banned books, and pictures that our readers send us. One lucky reader will even get a giveaway prize!

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This week, in honor of our Banned Books celebration, we thought we’d answer the question: What is your favorite Banned Book, and how has it affected your life?

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My favorite banned book is BELOVED, by Toni Morrison. For me it beats out all the others (even Harry Potter!) because of how much it influenced me as a writer. I think the first copy I ever read was from my teacher’s personal library in high school. I didn’t know much about other writers at that time (though I was calling myself one), and Toni’s forward to the book was part of what convinced me that I was an actual writer, not just crazy. She described the idea for the story coming to her as she stared across her backyard: an imaginary woman climbed up out of the river and leaned against her gazebo. ‘Nice hat.’

The personal way that Toni interacted with her characters really resonated with me as a young writer. When I read the actual book itself, I fell in love. BELOVED is rich and spooky, with characters more complicated and human than any others I’ve ever read. I get why it’s banned: it takes a shockingly realistic look at the trials of real life, and the spiritual emptiness that came for many former slaves. It has abuse, rape, adultery, infanticide, explicit sexuality, and shows various types of segregation and discrimination. And guess what? It was based on a true story.

I can’t understand why anyone would want to cover up such a beautiful story that takes a hard and honest look at life post-slavery. The writing is magnificent, and inspired me to take my own to a new level. There were so many fragments stuck out at me, but the one I want to leave you with is this:

“She cannot be lost because no one is looking for her, and even if they were, how can they call her if they don’t know her name?”

-The Writer Condensing Three Books Into One

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I got TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD as a birthday present sometime in late elementary school or maybe early middle school. I can’t remember who gave it to me, but I remember loving it from the very first read. I adored Scout and somehow, identified with her immensely though we were very different. I loved Atticus and Jim.

To be honest, I didn’t catch much of the political or racial themes of the book. It’s kind of like how I read ANIMAL FARM when I was eleven and then when someone remarked in eighth grade about how the book commented on socialism in Russia, I gave them a look like they were crazy. All I’d gotten from the book was a weird but interesting story about…well, animals on a farm.

Does my younger self’s utter lack of understanding of the some of the main themes of these books mean I wasn’t ready for them? That my librarian and whoever gave me TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD should have told me to wait a few years? I don’t really think so. In fact, I would have loved it if, instead of preventing me from reading these books completely, someone had been open to discussing them with me afterward. That, I think, would have done a lot more good.

Either way, I have since gone back and reread both books, and I’m really glad to have had two experiences with each–the more innocent, simpler version of my childhood, and the one I glean now after having grown up a little more.

edit:  Wow–I completely forgot that NORTHERN LIGHTS/THE GOLDEN COMPASS is banned/controversial in some places. You all know how much I love that book!

-The Writer Who Just Signed With An Agent!

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My favourite banned book, and this is somewhat cliched, is probably FIGHT CLUB by Chuck Palahniuk. This book was the first thing I’ve read which I considered truly subversive — and no, I hadn’t seen the movie — and I’d read a lot of rather edgy realistic fiction before reading this. The central concept of FIGHT CLUB, a bunch of guys getting together and bashing each other up in an attempt to find some kind of spirituality, is disturbing.  At the same time, on some levels, it’s also an interesting exploration of the emptiness and dislocation that can occur in a modern world.

I can see why the book’s been banned. But at the same time, I think that we need books like this that are provocative and gritty. FIGHT CLUB made an impact on me as both a reader and writer — as a reader, it made me seek out other books to challenge and unsettle me, and as a writer it made me appreciate minimalism and the power of a dark, entrancing voice. More importantly, I think, reading banned books that are subversive like FIGHT CLUB, gave me the confidence to unflinchingly explore any subject matter in my own novels.

-The Newest LTWF Contributor Out on Submissions

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I’m going to go with THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK on this one. You can tell how much I’ve read it because my battered copy is missing the back cover, and the pages are stained from me eating while I poured over it. I don’t usually dog-tag pages, but these ones are folded over, passages are underlined, and I have notes in the margins. I even have a copy in German, and one in Italian; that’s how much I love this book.

I first read THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK in fifth grade. Even then, I felt a powerful pull to the book, and it’s stuck with me ever since. People claim that it’s “sexually offensive,” and that the nature of the book is just depressing, but I disagree completely. I always thought Anne’s words were uplifting and hopeful. Despite the horrible things going on around her, she still believed in the inherent good in people. That’s a message I’d think we’d want our kids to understand and take to heart.

My high school actually did this as a play, and it is my most treasured memory from those years. Some of my favorite lines, the ones I often repeat in order to ground myself, seemed even more profound coming from someone’s mouth. It’s amazing to me that one girl could embody so much hope in times of utter despair, and I will never forget the lessons this book taught me.

-The Writer Working on Three Novels At Once

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I think you might have guessed that my choice would be LOLITA.  I can’t remember much of how I first encountered the book; I can’t even remember how old I was when I read it the first time.  The thing I do remember is how stunned I was that any book, no matter how brilliantly written, could make me empathize with a character as treacherous and selfish as Humbert Humbert.  It was my first experience with an “unreliable narrator,” and LOLITA made me see for the first time that even the vilest villain sees himself as sympathetic.  That experience, combined with Nabokov’s incredible prose, the sharp descriptions of the beautiful and the grotesque found in the many suburban American towns through which the main characters traveled, and the irony (and even humor) that can be found in every chapter, gave me my earliest ideas that maybe one day I might want to be a writer.

-The Writer on Submissions

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What Banned Book has affected your life the most?

Mockingjay Live Chat

30 Aug

ETA: The chat was awesome, guys. A big thanks to everyone who dropped by. We’re exhausted (hey, we fought an actual Hunger Games during the chat! You’ll have to check out the transcript to see who won), but incredibly happy to have had the opportunity to chat with you guys.

Okay guys, here’s the link to enter the chat tonight. You won’t see much if you click on it now, but you will be given the option to enter your email for a reminder, so that’s pretty cool!

Either way, remember to come back at 9pm EST for the chat! We can’t wait to speak with you all.

Click Here to enter the chat!

LIVE Mockingjay chat on Monday!

29 Aug

This post is spoiler free!

Hey guys! We’re planning something very special for tomorrow, and we really hope you guys will tune in!

Monday, at 9pm EST, you’ll see a new post on the site with a little chat box. If you participated in WriteOnCon, you’ll recognize the set-up. A bunch of us LTWF girls will be here talking about our feelings concerning MOCKINGJAY.

Obviously, the chat is going to be chock full of spoilers, so do NOT participate if you haven’t read the book yet! (don’t worry, in order to see anything, you have to press a “join chat” button, so you’re not going to be accidently spoiled just by visiting the site tomorrow).

We’re going to cover a number of topics, which we’ll put up at the beginning of the chat because they’re rather spoiler-ific to post here. The format is going to go something like this: we’ll announce the topic, chat about it a little among ourselves, and then open up the floor to your comments/questions/etc. Then we’ll move onto the next topic.

You will have the option of signing into the chat under your twitter, myspace, or facebook account. Or you can just type in a name. It’s really simple, I promise.

One thing, though–if you type in a comment, you WILL NOT immediately see it show up in the chat room. One of us has to moderate it through first. If there are not a ton of people talking, we’ll just let everything through. But if there are so many that things are getting overwhelming, we might have to pick and choose a little bit.

If you can’t make it to the live chat or haven’t read the book yet, the chat transcript will remain on the site forever, so you can go back and read it whenever you want. Again, you’ll have to press “replay” to see this transcript, so no accidental spoilerage is going to happen! (we all hate being spoiled, so we’re doing our best to assure others, haha)

Anyway, this post is getting way too long. The main point is, come by tomorrow at 9pm EST!! We’re really excited about this, and we need you guys there to make this the most awesome online MOCKINGJAY discussion ever!

Questions? Comments? Let us know!

Click here to enter the chat on 8/30/2010 at 9 PM EST!!