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Author: Subject: Write for Shmeng!

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  posted on 1/8/2003 at 03:27 PM
So lately MOST of the submissions we've been getting are fiction stories and/or illustrations. While these sort of submissions are welcome, it's really becoming too much.

You do not have to be a great writer. Write about a recent shmengy experience. Be ENGAGING, that's the key. It would be nice to see some variety in the people posting, as well as some variety in topics, content, and style.

biggest piece of advice? DO NOT WRITE SHIT THAT IS CLICHE! DO NOT WRITE SHIT THAT ABSOLUTELY NO ONE CAN RELATE TO (or make them relate). And it doesn't hurt to use humor.

I stole this from the F.A.Q section (written by Devin):

WTF is Shmeng?

Shmeng exists because people suck.

Everyone tries to keep a positive outlook on life, but sometimes it's just not possible. You're going through life all content and smiling, and some fucknugget comes along and does something that's just plain stupid. Everyone has these stories. Everyone loves these stories. Why do you think the Darwin awards exist?

Shmeng is as good a place as any to tell everyone about your stupid people experiences. What should you post? Bad dates are always good. Stupid things people say, clueless friends. Anything shmengy.


 

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Posts: 254
Registered: 31/12/1969
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  posted on 1/8/2003 at 04:27 PM
Recent events on Shemng have also made everyone here a little cautious. If you are part of the Pantheon, you may be oblivious to the impact of such developments, as they don't effect you. I don't see why it's such a wonder that the average poster is trying to please everyone.
If you want to see an example of my point, notice the ‘Politically Correct’ blurb at the end of Domkitten's latest article. It's there to please everyone.
I think a different approach is needed than pointing out the obvious. So far this forum doesn’t seem like it’s going change much in the minds of people. Not only do they have to fear the wrath of the editors ( ) but now also fear their Karma may be hurt, hence the posting of crowd pleasing rants and the lack of actual “Shmeng” articles.

 

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Registered: 31/12/1969
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  posted on 1/8/2003 at 07:31 PM
Yes, well I'm guessing that posting an article isn't going to do anything to your karma points. It gets posted, or it does not. I'm only guessing, but I would hope this to be true (devin? help me out here)

My purpose for starting this forum was to ENCOURAGE people to write something, therefore, yes at least *I* do understand that people are feeling cautious.

I like what monolycus had to say about worrying about your karma (see his comment on the polls)

being politically correct doesn't keep your karma points high. being NICE doesn't keep your karma points high. look at bettie_x as an example. does she kiss ass? is she nice to everyone? is she politically correct? hell no.

I would encourage everyone to read devin's article again, because, frankly, it seems to be that NO ONE actually gets it.

fuck. it's annoying that i even bothered to elaborate. now i have devin yelling in my head "can't save the stupids!"

 

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  posted on 1/8/2003 at 11:15 PM
Aw... thanks for the praise, Ick. I had no idea if anyone would get what I was saying or not. People have some skewy idea of what karma is if they think they will grow by never taking chances. You fuck up and learn from it... there's your karmic reward if you have to put things into that model.. Do all the right things out of fear of getting spanked and deny yourself the opportunity to learn and grow from your mistakes. There's your karmic punishment if you have to put things into that model.

Anyway, I tend to write in illustrations myself for a couple of reasons. Not the least of which is that people seem to respond more productively when they think you are talking about someone else, and the kinds of people who would most benefit from a literary bitch slap are usually the most likely to miss your point no matter which way it is presented. I didn't used to think presentation was important (shouldn't change the meaning), but experience has taught me a few things... or, as Devin put it, you can say something that everyone agrees with and still make them want to kick you in the teeth. I'll try to vary my approach when I get a bit of free time to sit and write.

Don't let the Stupids make your blood pressure rise. You've led those proverbial horses to water... now they can either drink or drown themselves. Either way, you've done all you can. I am, as always,

your faithful servant,

~M.

 

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  posted on 2/8/2003 at 12:11 AM
Well, jeez Stic (blush) it always nice to know you read with bated breath everything I write, but I just wanted to point out that I was not being pc.

The article I wrote was about a small minded person judging me for stupid things. In the course of writing an article, and a help wanted ad, I did not want to make the same mistake of being small minded and judgmental. I mearly wanted to show a balanced view of my opinions, I wasn't really trying to be P.C. I just don't want to be a hate monger.

There is enough shmeng coming off the woman who turned down the job. I didn't feel a need to add to it.

I agree with Monolycus, that karama is meant to encourage learning and growing. One cannot shut off all experience and expect good karma to just flow.

The fire and brimstone has passed or is passing, if people don't start to come out of there holes they may achieve balance but they won't achieve growth. So write DAMMIT!


 

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  posted on 2/8/2003 at 01:46 AM
I know you weren't trying to be politically correct Domkitten, you were just trying not to offend anyone.

I get the article Ick, I'm just projecting my observations- I'll elaborate more on some of the stated points when it's not 4:45 am.

 

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Registered: 29/7/2003
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  posted on 4/8/2003 at 04:12 PM
I'm working on something at the moment... there was an article I read, "Through the Eyes of Newbie" I think it was, that really sums up my feelings. That SUBMIT button is rather daunting, particularly after reading some of the great things I've read here.

I'm not trying to make excuses. And I must admit, I'm not very familiar with the recent issues people have been having with Karma; my vote for the latest poll was "What's Karma?"
I suppose I'm just posting to let you know that there are some of us out here who are writing. I just happen to be relatively slow--I have bursts of inspirations. Short bursts.

 

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"I've told you before, I don't comprehend religion, although conviction is a concept I'm beginning to get. In any case, a person with a real religious conviction is, I propose, a religious convict, and deserves locking up."

 

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  posted on 4/8/2003 at 10:28 PM
Daria: Don't be daunted by a button... it is to submit articles, it won't make you submit to anyone.

Had a discussion with a friend recently about what is "engaging" and "rant-worthy". Excerpted from my side:

M: "When in doubt make fun of the fashion industry. I do several times a day. Hell, that's what it's there for. If you can't laugh at yourself, there is always Donatella Versace."

Your pal,

~M.

 

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  posted on 5/8/2003 at 05:46 AM
Ick: *chuckles* cannot save them, but we can send them to their afterlife and let the divine educate them... *chuckles*

 

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Hohenheim of Light~Full Metal Alchemist

 

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  posted on 5/8/2003 at 10:19 AM
Yes, yes! do not be afraid of the submit button. The very worst that happens is you get made fun of. I'd say take that chance!

Laugh at yourself AND fashion.


 

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  posted on 6/8/2003 at 11:11 AM

Shit happens....yeah is very normal to live your lifew and suddenly live a hell just because someone got the great idea to make your life even worst. Happens all the time...is part of our existence, life sux, I wanna kick some ass hehehehe...

*bites*

 

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  posted on 6/8/2003 at 12:36 PM
I can handle being made fun of. I've dealt with my fair share of that in my life; not that I'm expecting it right off the bat, but just in case... Thanks for putting things in perspective.
Now if only I could think of the right way to end my latest project and get to that button...

 

____________________
"I've told you before, I don't comprehend religion, although
conviction is a concept I'm beginning to get. In any case, a person
with a real religious conviction is, I propose, a religious convict,
and deserves locking up."

 

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Registered: 29/7/2003
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  posted on 19/8/2003 at 01:41 PM
If one submits something and it doesn't get posted, will that person get notified or get any feedback at all? (ie... this sucked too much for us, this was OK but you could fix it in X, Y, Z ways, etc.) I understand the editors are quite busy; I was just wondering. Thanks much.

 

____________________
"I've told you before, I don't comprehend religion, although

conviction is a concept I'm beginning to get. In any case, a
person

with a real religious conviction is, I propose, a religious
convict,

and deserves locking up."

 

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Registered: 31/12/1969
Status: Offline

  posted on 19/8/2003 at 02:24 PM
sometimes you'll be notified. some things sit in the submissions box for a long time until we decide what to do with it. if i just flat out delete something i try to remember to let the person know. if you want to know the status of something you have submitted, send a message to callei or myself (or devin). include the name of your article, please.

we'll try to give you feedback at that point

-ick

 

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  posted on 21/8/2003 at 06:23 AM
we really do try to read each article when it comes in, but somedays we get 6 or 7 and that takes alot of time. and when we get 6 or 7 the next day as well, and the day after and so on, things can back up a bit.

 

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Registered: 29/7/2003
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  posted on 22/8/2003 at 08:32 AM
I understand completely how busy you get... I'm not in a hurry for feedback; I was just wondering if I would get it were any of my submitted articles not to be posted. It's not a huge deal, really.
I haven't been able to be around here as much as I would have liked lately, anyway. Work's been trying to kick my ass for the last couple of weeks.

 

____________________
"I've told you before, I don't comprehend religion, although


conviction is a concept I'm beginning to get. In any case, a

person


with a real religious conviction is, I propose, a religious

convict,


and deserves locking up."

 
 


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